Ecad, Educated Canines Assisting With Disabilities

Rating: 4.92 stars   105 reviews

Issues: Animals, Education

Location: PO BOX 251 Dobbs Ferry NY 10522 USA

Mission: Founded in 1995, Our mission is to educate and place Assistance Dogs to help people with disabilities gain independence and mobility.
Results: ECAD has placed over 200 dogs, in over 25 states, which is made possible by more than 750 teens that have participated in our ECADemy Program. There are over 60 dogs in training at one time and over 30 people waiting to receive a dog.
Target demographics: People with physical disabilities, children effected by Autism, wounded Veterans returning from war and the At Risk Youth trainers that educate our dogs.1.  At-Risk IndividualsThe agencies in which ECAD’s PALS programs operate, serve some of society’s most troubled children and their families in both residential and community settings, providing them with therapeutic care as well as support and skills necessary to succeed as adults:• 87% of the residents are referred through New York City’s child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems, and come from the city’s most impoverished and violent neighborhoods.• 68% of the children admitted to these Residential Treatment Centers have suffered neglect.• 36% have been physically or sexually abused.• 43% have had prior psychiatric hospitalizations.• 39% have made suicidal gestures or attempts• 43% have engaged in delinquent behaviors prior to admission.Most of the children come from families with serious emotional or substance abuse problems: • 78% of the children have one or more parents who are substance abusers. • 45% of the children have a parent in prison, • 30% have a parent with serious psychiatric problems.• Approximately 66% of those served are African American, 27% are Latino, 5% are Euro-American and 2% are from other racial/ethnic backgrounds
Direct beneficiaries per year: ECAD averages 15 dogs placed per year with individuals, and rehabilitation facilities.
Geographic areas served: NATIONAL
Programs: Today ECAD’s training program produces a wide variety of Assistance Dogs: Service Dogs assist individuals with physical disabilities by acting as their arms and legs. The dogs are trained to perform a variety of tasks (e.g., retrieve items, activate light switches, open and close doors, assist with balance) specific to the needs of each individual. Specialty Dogs to assist children with Autism spectrum disorders in a variety of areas including emotional bonding, socialization support, cognitive development, and physical safety. Skilled Companion Dogs are placed with individuals who need support but are too young or ill to handle a Service Dog. These dogs are well socialized, trained in basic obedience, and can be trained to perform more advanced tasks based on an individual’s needs. Facility Dogs are placed in nursing homes, hospitals, private practice settings, alternative schools, or anywhere their therapeutic support is needed. These dogs have been well socialized; obedience trained, and can be trained to work in patient therapy programs.
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

ECAD is all about the money. First to ask for a $500 non-refundable deposit from someone who is disabled and probably on a limited income speaks for itself. The deposit is to show commitment from the client with no commitment from ECAD. They expect payment in full without a written contract with a specific scheduled training. There are inconsistencies with information in their documents. Their communication with a perspective client while the client is trying to raise funds is poor. Their lack of knowledge of fundraising resources to share with clients is poor as well. I cannot speak about how well their dogs are trained but I will not recommend this agency due to their lack of integrity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of ECAD through the Explore.org live cams. It was just before Gucci gave birth to the Cheez-Its and I've been a fan and follower ever since! I have found this organization to be one that cares as much about the breeding and care of these magnificent dogs as they do to the future forever humans they match them with. The Picards, Lu and Dale, are truly dedicated to ECAD's mission and it shows by all the people's lives they have touched and made better, who would otherwise have become a statistic. My only disappointment is that I do not live close enough to be an ECAD volunteer.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

ECAD is a wonderful, thoughtful organization that works tirelessly at training and providing service dogs to so many, particularly our returning soldiers that depend on these wonderful creatures to give them the freedom to return to live as it was or as close as it ever can be again. This service is invaluable to our veterans and the people that love them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I volunteer with one of ECAD's dogs and visit patients, families and assist in many physical therapy groups in the hospital that I work for. The difference these dogs make in peoples lives is immeasurable. You cannot appreciate the value fully until you witness it first hand. Stroke patients are motivated to rehab, children with special needs open up as they never have before and provide an avenue for the therapist and parents to reach them. They bring a smile to every face the visit and for some patients that have been hospitalized for an extended period of time, it is an escape for just a short time and renews their hope and motivation to get better and go home to their pets. Thank you ECAD for all that you do.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This company is a major role to our society, ECAD is able to help and support many people with all types of disabilities. The animals they train are able to physically and emotions help their owners get through their different life situations. I have been to a CT facility and gotten to personal meet some of their dogs at different levels of their training. I have seen this company's employees and see them work with their animals and am proud to know that an organization like this is around.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

time spent at the facility

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep it the same

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Likely

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An employee of yours, Rachel Southworth, noticed some of my Facebook posting regarding the need for a certified hearing dog. She reached out to me, and has spent considerable amount of time finding information and resources to help me in my quest, though ECAD does not train service dogs. Her education on the subject, including the importance of finding an organization that is approved by the service dogs accreditation program, has been instrumental. Rachel has been a fine example of everything ECAD represents, and though I am not an actual client, I am proud to have learned about what you do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Due to the information ECAD has been willing to provide, I am now almost approved for a hearing dog through a program they suggested. I appreciate the time they've given me, especially Rachel Southworth, because it shows how they truly give to help ALL people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing!

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ECAD is a wonderful program for not just the local community that is involved, but for the families whose life are changed. I am writing as a witness to this wonderful change in a family very close to me. ECAD has a very special way of working with their clients not only through the training program but also for the years to follow! They provide peace of mind and really set the families up for success!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I witnessed an amazing growth in a family who now can live "normally" thanks to the help of their assistance dog.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I first heard of ECAD from a friend who desired to have a companion dog for her autistic sons. As we were able to take part by assisting with the funds needed for the training and then partnering of the perfect dog for her sons, it became evident that all the staff were kind, professional and very supportive of the entire process. It was a match made in heaven and it has enabled this entire family to venture out into the general population with much more security and confidence and saftey with the assistance of their companion dog. Things that were not a reality if it had not been for the great team at ECAD.

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In directly through partnership with friend.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Great organization

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Rating: 5 stars  

i have a family member who has a companion dog. The union has helped him tremendously. The change I have seen in his emotional stability, attitude and happpiness has been so positive. ECAD does great work, which I am grateful for.

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My close family member has been helped.

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I am not involved with them to make a recommendation. I have only experienced the positive change in a family member.

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I am a co-producer of several projects dealing with the special needs of individuals who have experienced trauma (see truerep.net). Several of the veterans in our films have service dogs. I have also done theatre/film projects working the people who support children who have fallen through the safety net of the foster care system. I have worked with people with emotional illnesses including autism. I am completely astounded by how ECAD heals the people who train their dogs (from kids with emotional challenges to teens at risk) and then send those dogs off to support individuals with all different kinds of disabilities, while the kids/young adults involved in training the dogs move forward with their lives, knowing they have given to the world as they, themselves, were healed .

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my realization of how they have changed the lives of people I have gotten to know through my projects. In fact, there is such an amazing vibe at ECAD that I feel inspired and happy after every visit!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they had all the money they need to do the important service they perform.

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I am a co-producer of several projects dealing with the special needs of individuals who have experienced trauma (see truerep.net). Several of the veterans in our films have service dogs. I have also done theatre/film projects working the people who support children who have fallen through the safety net of the foster care system. I have worked with people with emotional illnesses including autism. I am completely astounded by how ECAD heals the people who train their dogs (from kids with emotional challenges to teens at risk) and then send those dogs off to support individuals with all different kinds of disabilities, while the kids/young adults involved in training the dogs move forward with their lives, knowing they have given to the world as they, themselves, were healed .

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my realization of how they have changed the lives of people I have gotten to know through my projects. In fact, there is such an amazing vibe at ECAD that I feel inspired and happy after every visit!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they had all the money they need to do the important service they perform.

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