2020 INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Showcase

The Positive Impacts of Service Dogs on Individuals with Disabilities

Madison M. Simon, University of Northern Iowa
Natalee M. Hart, University of Northern Iowa

Abstract

This poster presentation examines multiple research studies justifying beneficial effects of service dogs on persons with physical and mental disabilities. To better understand the positive effects of service dogs and their capabilities, a comprehensive literature review was conducted to recount firsthand validation where their assistance has been valuable to these individuals. With over fifty million people in the United States currently living with a disability and that number rapidly increasing, the need for assistance with daily tasks can be achieved with the intervention of a service dog (Iezzoni, 2011). Existing research supports the benefits of service dogs for individuals with a disability. To further investigate this topic and the significant impact that service dogs have on the life and welfare of those with a disability, a survey will be conducted to evaluate the impact of service dogs on persons with disabilities in Iowa.

 
Apr 17th, 12:00 PM Apr 17th, 3:59 PM

The Positive Impacts of Service Dogs on Individuals with Disabilities

This poster presentation examines multiple research studies justifying beneficial effects of service dogs on persons with physical and mental disabilities. To better understand the positive effects of service dogs and their capabilities, a comprehensive literature review was conducted to recount firsthand validation where their assistance has been valuable to these individuals. With over fifty million people in the United States currently living with a disability and that number rapidly increasing, the need for assistance with daily tasks can be achieved with the intervention of a service dog (Iezzoni, 2011). Existing research supports the benefits of service dogs for individuals with a disability. To further investigate this topic and the significant impact that service dogs have on the life and welfare of those with a disability, a survey will be conducted to evaluate the impact of service dogs on persons with disabilities in Iowa.