Paws 4 Autism

Lee's Summit, MO   |  www.paws4autism.org

Mission

Paws Trifecta: Kids+Autism+Dogs  Our mission is to bring Autism Service Dogs and related services, including community outreach and education, service dog awareness, informational training and social skills classes, to children who demonstrate autism spectrum behaviors. Our vision is for all children on the autism spectrum and for those with spectrum behaviors to have access to specifically trained autism service and/or therapy dogs to assist with their peer interaction and improve social integration in their schools and communities.

Ruling year info

2021

Principal Officer

Terri Wible

Co Principal Officer

Kenneth Wible

Main address

4065 SW Pendant Dr

Lee's Summit, MO 64082 USA

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EIN

27-3058379

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Autism (G84)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Community Outreach and Education

Paws 4 Autism staff and volunteer speakers are available to present assistance dog demonstrations for meetings and events throughout the region. A presentation can be done with or without a dog and can educate your guests about autism service dogs, disability awareness, assistance dogs and assistance dog etiquette. In addition, a Paws 4 Autism staff member will demonstrate some of the over 50 commands autism service dogs learn during their training.In addition to our availability to present as guest speakers, staff and volunteers will help raise awareness and the need for autism service dogs in our community by having a greater public presence of our dogs in training.

Population(s) Served

Therapy Dogs for Classroom/Facility - These specially trained ADA compliant assistance animals are paired with autism specialists and/or special education teachers who specialize in working with children who have emotional or developmental disabilities.
 
Children with spectrum behaviors have a multitude of issues that they must cope with on a daily basis. Many are overwhelmed with sensory input, do not know how to interact appropriately with peers or authority figures, are easily frustrated and overwhelmed due to their lack of communication skills.
 
Empathy, moral conscience, respect and appropriate peer interactions are difficult at best to teach in a structured environment. Through the Paws 4 Autism Canine Assisted Social Skills In Education Program, teams will work with the children on a one-to-one basis and/or in small group settings to focus on the skills needed to improve their ability to function appropriately in the school and community environments.

Population(s) Served

Through our Puppy Partners Program, local families in our CASSIE program are able to truly become a part of the training process and earn sweat equity towards the cost of their own service dog. They get to train and live with several different dogs throughout their tenure in the program and gain the experience and confidence of becoming basic trainers themselves. This also ensures the best match for both the family and the dog.

Population(s) Served

The EIP Training Center will be a community-based service dog training and autism awareness center. Paws 4 Autism will use the facility as a physical location to provide daytime obedience training for service dogs, as well as provide an opportunity for youth and young adults on the autism behavior spectrum to take part in hands-on training. This will increase the number of service dogs that Paws 4 Autism can provide, allow more families to foster our puppies in training, and provide an opportunity for youth and young adult volunteers to learn valuable life skills and work on social skills.

Population(s) Served

Our continued commitment to serve youth in the autism community drives this organization to provide every opportunity to foster and encourage each participant and volunteer to help increase autism awareness and support for the community at large. Autistic youth are not afforded the same advantages that non-challenged youth in the community enjoy. Many will leave the educational system with little more than basic life skills. This program, if sustained, will expand the social and work skills of this demographic. The Train the Trainers Program will allow youth who have been diagnosed as falling within the autism spectrum to attain more comprehensive skill sets, while helping to train autism service dogs for youth in an expanded regional area at a reduced cost while also providing the opportunity to learn both job and social skills, thus increasing their long term employability. Program Goals:Teach autistic youth employable job and social skills that are more readily acceptable to the general public.Attain a greater capacity to train autism service dogs for youth in our service area.An increased connection to the community through expanded fostering opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2012

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2016

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The ultimate goal of Paws 4 Autism is to become a regional resource for those interested in receiving or working with service and therapy dogs to assist with psychological needs. We are striving towards a community based resource center that not only train dogs for those challenged primarily by autism or PTSD but also providing job skills for young adults on the spectrum and veterans trying to reintegrate into civilian life. By bringing these two group together, not only are we able to assist with options for them to better connect with the community and gain employable skills, but also be the labor force needed to provide more highly trained service and therapy dogs to those who need them at a lower out of pocket cost.

For the PAWSabilities Resource center, we are already teaming up with returning Veterans groups to incorporate Veterans into our training program thus giving them skills to help transition back to civilian life and allow PAWS to expand the number of dogs being trained for local youth. We have scouted out several possible locations that will also make it possible to add a membership based private dog park which would provide a residual income stream.

Puppy Partners is in the process of expanding to handle additional service dogs in training. We have established a partnership with the Belton School District and are already scheduled to add our second school placement team in January 2016. We are actively recruiting foster homes. Currently one adult must be available 24/7 for training and socialization purposes. Once the PAWSabilities Resource Center is established, it will be MUCH easier to expand the fostering program as families that work outside the home will have the option to drop off the pup at the center during the day for training & socialization.

Paws 4 Autism has already received a verbal commitment for matching funds of up to $100,000. We are in the process of locating possible building sites and developing a business plan to accommodate this expansion.

We have already established a successful relationship with the Belton School District and are working towards a similar training relationship with the Lee's Summit R7 School District. Paws had its first successful autism service dog placement in 2015. We continue to work towards securing funding that will provide for a full time certified trainer staff position.

Financials

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Paws 4 Autism

Board of directors
as of 3/2/2020
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Board co-chair

Stacee Jennings

NKC School District

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Kenneth Wible

Paws 4 Autism

Term: 2011 - 2014

Kenneth Wible

Paws 4 Autism

Terri Wible

Paws 4 Autism

Michelle Toomey

VoteNet Solutions

Judy Jorgenson

Community Volunteer

Stacee Jennings

Glenda Stockwell

Norman Marvel

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes