Paws 4 Autism

Everything is PAWSable!

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

Mission

Paws 4 Autism trains service dogs for those challenged by neurodiversity or PTSD. We also train professional therapy dogs for schools, facilities, counselors and therapists. ​Our mission is to provide Autism and Psychological Service Dogs and related services, including Professional Therapy Dogs, community outreach and education, service dog awareness, informational training, social skills classes and innovative transitional job skills related to the animal service industry.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

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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Our programs

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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
People with 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
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Through our Puppy Partners Program, we have both fulll time foster/trainers as well as Weekend Warriors. Our Weelend Warriors are a vital part of our training program. By "dognapping" a pup for the weekendm these warriors get their "dog fix" and our pups get to be loved and spoiled by new people. This helps the pups learn to acclimate quickly and to multiple handlers. This also provides a much needed mental break for the Foster Trainers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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
People with disabilities


Our continued commitment to serve neurodivergent in the community drives Paws 4 Autism to provide every opportunity to foster and encourage each participant and volunteer to help increase neurodivergent 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 neurodivergent youth & aduults 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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with other disabilities

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 10/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Stacee Jennings

NKC School District

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Kenneth Wible

Paws 4 Autism

Term: 2011 - 2023

Kenneth Wible

Paws 4 Autism

Terri Wible

Paws 4 Autism

Michelle Toomey

Franklyn Covey

Judy Jorgenson

Community Volunteer

Stacee Jennings

NKC School District

Glenda Stockwell

Norman Marvel

Retired

Danielle Halstead

Home Guru

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

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/18/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.