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Dogs for the Disabled
chief executive to represent ADI

DOGS FOR the Disabled chief executive Peter Gorbing has been elected to the board of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) at this year’s annual conference held in San Antonia, Texas. Peter also becomes chair of ADI’s International Development Committee.

ADI was established in 1987 and is the lead organisation representing assistance dog programmes worldwide. Its aim is to bring together those working in assistance dog programmes to ensure high standards and promote excellence in all areas of assistance dogs’ organisations. Acting as a form for meeting and sharing knowledge in assistance dogs training and partnerships the organisation now has over 60 accredited members worldwide.

On taking his place at the ADI Board, Mr Gorbing explained: ‘It’s a great honour to be elected to ADI and being part of the International Development Committee will allow me to work with others to ensure that standards of excellence in training are upheld and developed throughout the world.

‘As the only European Board Member, I hope to work particularly closely with the many assistance dog programmes that are now operating in Europe. By working together to share skills and experience all our clients will be able to benefit and we will see more disabled people with assistance dogs in the future.’

He added: ‘An important part of ADI’s role has also been to campaign on issues such as access and education, creating a voice for those involved in assistance dog programmes.’

The charity was also delighted at Peter’s election which gives well deserved recognition to the pioneering work being done at Dogs for the Disabled.