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Casper Council for People with Disabilities recognizes service animals in 2022 calendar

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 7:36 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper Council for People with Disabilities (CCPD) is creating a 2022 calendar to help fundraise for various events and causes they participate in. The theme of images for next year’s calendar will be service and companion animals.

“We’re wanting to highlight as many aspects of the disability community as we possibly can. Our main purpose as the council is to advise the City Council but also to advise the community,” said CCPD member Masha Flinn.

Service dogs can be trained by their handlers or through various programs. Training can take up to two and a half years to complete. They may perform a variety of tasks ranging from picking up dropped objects and closing doors to alerting their handler to an asthma attack.

Service dogs are allowed almost everywhere their handlers go. They are tools and companions to people with disabilities.

“Even though people with disabilities have our extra challenges, we’re just like everybody else. We go to work, we go to school, we have jobs, we have families. Certain things are going to take a little bit longer than others,” Flinn said.

The CCPD is accepting submissions of service dog teams until Oct. 24th. For more information on CCPD and how to submit images, visit http://www.casperdisabilitycouncil.org/.

The calendars are expected to be available for purchase in late November.

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