I’m committed to doing these podcasts weekly, but I’m starting the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program at The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University in a little over a week, so we’ll have to see how things go.

Not a lot of news lately, but there were two recent stories that I address here at length in the context of the theme this week: transparency and communication at assistance dog organizations – or, really, the lack thereof – and why that has to change.

First story was the ongoing Heeling Autism saga at Guiding Eyes for the Blind and how the organization has handled that situation. The second was the announcement from VA that they will be providing service dog benefits to veterans with mental health disorders and, more specifically, Canine Companions for Independence’s involvement in that process.

Both are great organizations. And both still have problems in these areas, as these stories point out.

This Week’s Stories / Links

 

● Heeling Autism / Guiding Eyes for the Blind

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown/articles/families-protest-changes-to-guiding-eyes-heeling

https://www.guidingeyes.org/29095/heeling-autism-program-update/

https://www.guidingeyes.org/29166/statement-from-the-board-of-directors-and-ceo-tom-panek/

https://www.change.org/p/saveheelingautism-a-program-that-pairs-guidingeyes-service-dogs-with-children-with-autism

 

● Department of Veterans Affairs Announcement / Canine Companions for Independence

http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2809

http://www.news4jax.com/news/military/va-provides-service-dog-benefits-to-veterans-with-mental-health-disorders

http://www.cci.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=cdKGIRNqEmG&b=4127877&ct=14848837