Canine Companions for Independence is a program that helps people with special needs train their companion dogs (and themselves) in navigating an airport setting was featured at IAH recently. The canine attendees were active service dogs Tyra and Brahms, along with Kenzie III, a future service dog going through puppy-raising training.
According to Tim Joniec, Director of Government Relations and also the managing director of the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordination for the Houston Airport System, “Many people with service animals are hesitant to travel, and this program is designed to help them feel comfortable at the airport. We are 100 percent accessible to people of all abilities.”
Presently, the Houston Airport System is in the midst of implementing disability awareness training to help airport employees recognize people with disabilities and more effectively communicate with those individuals.
On this particular day, all of the dogs behaved while going through security in Terminal A, riding the Skyway to Terminal C and sitting by a gate. Another stop was the indoor doggie latrine in Terminal C, which features fake grass, a hose to rinse down the grass, bags to dispose of waste and a water filtration system beneath the grass to keep everything sanitary.
For more information on Canine Companions for Independence visit: http://www.cci.org/