CHICAGO, IL – Canine Companions officially signed an agreement with The International Code Council on April 24 and will be receiving ongoing donations to help people with disabilities live more independently. The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions.
Canine Companions service dogs are trained in more than 45 commands that assist with daily tasks, such as picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors or drawers, turning on and off lights, tugging laundry baskets, pulling lightweight wheelchairs and more.
The donation is coming from a portion of the proceeds from sales of The International Code Council’s ICC/ANSI A117.1 standard for accessibility. The ICC/ANSI A117.1 standard allows for people of several different physical disabilities to independently access, enter and use a site, facility, or building.
“We are delighted to have the Code Council’s support in placing more service and facility dogs with people who need them,” said Matt Levering, senior development director for Canine Companions, “Given its focus on safety and accountability, our partnership with the Code Council is a natural fit.”
The agreement was signed by Canine Companions CEO Paige Mazzonion on April 24, 2022 at an appreciation event held by the organization at Chicago’s Navy Pier. That agreement will be used as a starting point for the Code Council and Canine Companions to work together in raising awareness on accessibility.
Modern building codes and standards are at the core of improving accessibility for all people, so this partnership is important to us,” says Mark Johnson, executive vice president, and director of business development of Code Council. “We are committed to finding innovative ways to work together to advance accessibility in the built environment.”
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