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Living & Thriving Guest Kristin, Canines for Disabled Kids

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About Kristin J Hartness:

Secondary Progressive MS – diagnosed in 1993

BA in performing Arts Directing and Production from Franklin Pierce College

Assistance Dog user from 2001 April to present

Public speaker on assistance dogs from 2001 April to current

Executive Director on Canines for Disabled Kids from March 2002 to current

I travel the country to speak about and demonstrate the use of assistance dogs, helping to raise awareness in the general public.  The goal of these presentations is 2 fold: first to help people understand assistance dogs, why they are used, how they are used and how the American with Disabilities Act allows for them to be in public places other dogs cannot be; second to help those who might wish to use assistance animals to help overcome their disabilities find facilities who can train animals specifically for them.  I generally want to encourage knowledge and discourage fear and miscommunication.

I have spoken at hundreds of schools, Lions clubs, Rotary Clubs, Church groups, synagogues, business meetings and more to educate people about assistance dogs and the rules that surround them."  http://caninesforkids.org

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