The Professor Paws Project works toward educating people who could directly benefit from the use of a service dog. Funding for the course at Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges came from the United Way’s Innovation Grant. The course covered topics such as the benefits of service dog partnerships, the populations of people who could be helped the most by a service dog, the service dog application process, and the laws surrounding service dog ownership.
The Professor Paws Project works toward educating clinicians about the benefits and barriers of a service dog partnership. The Professor Paws team presented to clinicians and students from across the state at the Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association state conference. Increased understanding of service dogs among clinicians creates a support system, increases advocacy, and decreases barriers for service dog users. Clinicians play a key role in recommending and providing resources about service dog partnerships.
The Professor Paws Project provides educational outreach to the general community in Oklahoma. Increasing the knowledge and understanding about the benefits and laws surrounding service dog partnerships in the community will result in a reduction of barriers for service dog users. The Professor Paws team has presented to local schools, scout troops, non-profit organizations, and continuing education courses.