Thinking ‘Outside the Box’ 
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2w ago
For nearly 400 adults in Indianapolis and Fishers, Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) facility service dog, Max, has transformed everyday activities into opportunities for growth and independence.  Since October 2023, Max has been paired with Michelle Miller, Executive Director at Outside the Box (OTB).  OTB is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   The organization serves individuals through a day program and also provides employment support to help clients explore jobs and receive the coaching nee ..read more
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Growing up an ICAN kid
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1M ago
When Olivia Goldfarb was only eight years old, her life changed in ways she and her family could have never imagined, because Olivia was matched with an Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) service dog named Ally.  Olivia was born with Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 5, a rare genetic disorder that affects her ability to coordinate movements and balance, and walk independently.  Olivia and her first ICAN service dog Ally Her parents initially thought that a service dog could help by pulling Olivia’s walker or wheelchair to her, picking up dropped items off the floor, and bridging soci ..read more
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Spring 2024 Team Training
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3M ago
Put your paws together for our newest client pairings: Kelly & ICAN Royal Royal will work at Richard Ira Jones Middle School in Plainfield, IL. She will help students with daily lessons, problem-solving, and reading. Royal will also spend time in a special needs classroom, helping to calm students’ anxiety and interrupt unwanted behaviors. Shelly & ICAN Penny Penny will work at Abe Lincoln Elementary School in Indianapolis. She will provide classroom support to students, including participation in one/one and group lessons, emotional and social learning, and reading. She will al ..read more
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Legacy of love
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3M ago
Patricia “Peachy” Hall dedicated over 45 years of her life to serving others and making a difference in her community.   Initially, she worked as an occupational therapist in a hospital and later transitioned to working in a school where she helped children with autism.   After retiring in 2015, Peachy continued her life’s mission of making a difference, this time as a volunteer through the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN).   Peachy’s son, Doug Samuels said, “My mom was extremely dedicated to everything that she did. She always had a smile on her face and t ..read more
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Sean Diamond named ADI assessor
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5M ago
ICAN is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI). As an accredited member, we undergo an accreditation assessment every five years to demonstrate compliance with ADI’s rigorous standards. These accreditation assessments evaluate:  ✓administration and program operations   ✓fair and ethical treatment of clients   ✓humane training methods for the dogs   ✓proper health care for the dogs   ✓safety and cleanliness of the training facility   ✓criteria for matching dogs and clients   ✓procedures for training dogs withi ..read more
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Heartwarming traditions
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5M ago
Yearly Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) Puppy Love Valentines are a longstanding tradition among many families, friends, and coworkers. Among those are the mother-daughter duo Angela Wethington and Roni Bird, who will celebrate eight years of exchanging puppy love this month. However, their yearly tradition began unexpectedly. Angie, the daughter, first received an ICAN Puppy Love Valentine from a colleague. She enjoyed the delivery so much that she decided to send one to her mother, Roni, the following year. Little did they know that they both had the same idea. The same year, Roni saw ..read more
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New Board Members in 2024
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6M ago
Indiana Canine Assistant Network is proud to announce four new board members to our pack, including: Deb Becker Eli Lilly and Company Vice President Human Resources-Immunology BU & EnAble US ChairJoseph Gianoli, CFPKey Bank Senior Vice President & Senior Portfolio StrategistLori VanEvery Veterans Affairs Hospital Indianapolis, Chief, Neurology ServiceCorey Franklin Allison Transmission Supervisor, Factory Controls Engineering The post New Board Members in 2024 appeared first on ICAN - Indiana Canine Assistant Network ..read more
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Generations of Giving
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6M ago
In 2021, Indiana University freshman Sidney May was exploring the student involvement fair and looking for ways to make friends and to become more connected to campus. It was during the fair that she looked down to find an Indiana Canine Assistant Dog (ICAN) dog lying at her feet.   This encounter sparked Sidney’s interest and led her to join the ICAN at IU club. Soon after  becoming a dedicated member, in the spring of her freshman year, Sidney furloughed her first in-training dog, Docket.    That experience was a bit of a challenge since I lived in a small dorm with a roo ..read more
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Inside ICAN at IU
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6M ago
The Indiana Canine Assistant Network at Indiana University Bloomington (ICAN at IU) is a student-led organization founded in 2017 by ICAN Volunteer & Education Manager, Julie Mathias, that extends ICAN’s mission into southern Indiana and gives college students the opportunity to fundraise, educate and volunteer with the nonprofit. Since its launch seven years ago, the organization has welcomed students with various majors and interests. And while their goals may differ, they’re brought together through one commonality: ICAN’s mission of unleashing abilities for Indiana children, adults, an ..read more
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Life-changing impact
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6M ago
In 2017, Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) volunteer Nick Meyer started his freshman year a Indiana University Bloomington. That same year, he attended the very first ICAN at IU meeting with some friends from his dorm. ICAN at IU is a student-led organization at IU that extends ICAN’s mission into southern Indiana and gives college students the opportunity to fundraise, educate, and volunteer with the nonprofit. Little did he know that this decision to attend the inaugural ICAN at IU meeting would shape his college years and lead to a genuine passion for working with service dogs. While ..read more
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