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With the new additional accessible housing for six students and the existing duplex built in 2007, KSDS can now provide housing for eight students and graduates. Students will be able to enjoy the accessibility during their training period at KSDS to receive an assistance dog. KSDS will be able to provide accessible housing for a unique "home like" environment during class time.

KSDS is fully accredited with Assistance Dogs International, the lead organization for assistance dog training and is the only facility within the State of Kansas with such accreditation. KSDS, formerly known as Kansas Specialty Dog Service, has three programs - guide, service and social. IKSDS has placements in 32 states.

The housing project will promote the future growth of KSDS allowing more assistance dog teams to be placed. Jesi, who received a social dog, was one of the first students to use the new housing duplexes. KSDS is grateful to The Downing Foundation for the grant that assisted us with providing accessible housing to our students.

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~John Wooden, They Call Me Coach