As we enter our 35th year, we want to share some exciting news about the team here at SDI. Our wonderful leader, Sheri Soltes, has been elected as the Chair of Assistance Dogs International North America (ADI NA)!
ADI is the worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986, ADI is the accrediting body and leading authority in the global Assistance Dog industry. ADI NA's 82 member programs in the United States and Canada represent 18,000 graduates using Guide, Hearing and Service Dogs in North America.
Sheri served for four years as Vice Chair of ADI NA and also chaired the ADI NA Legislation and Advocacy Committee. She worked with the Department of Transportation and airline industry to update the Air Carrier Access Act, which has made flying safer for passengers using Service Dogs plus the general public, and helped convince Walmart and Etsy to stop selling Service Dog vests to the general public, a practice often used in fraud.
"As ADI NA Chair, I plan to work with our members to continue to move the industry towards the best practices you all have come to appreciate about SDI, like positive reinforcement training and advocating for accessibility to public facilities and transportation. I am also laying the groundwork for a regional conference in Texas."
Please join us in congratulating Sheri on this victory for all of us!