Mill Neck Interpreter Service (MNIS)—a nonprofit agency that provides Sign Language interpreters throughout Long Island and the New York Metropolitan Area—showed their support by attending the February 2018 graduation ceremony for Canine Companions for Independence.
MNIS has provided interpreters for Canine Companions graduations for more than 10 years. Canine Companions is also a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
The concept of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities began with Canine Companions in 1975 in a home office and a garage. Now, Canine Companions is the largest provider of assistance dogs in the world and all follow-up support is provided free of charge to recipients.
The service dogs that Canine Companions train assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks; they alert their partners, who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to important sounds; they work with clients with special needs in a visitation, education, criminal justice or health care setting; and enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
MNIS hopes to establish a long-lasting partnership with Canine Companions and continue to assist the Deaf and disabled population.