The Illini Service Dog Program is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 2010 by Bridget Evans.
They are the first program that allows college students to train service dogs from puppy hood to placement.
Students are provided the opportunity to foster and train a service dog for a person with a disability. The students take the dogs to classes, sporting events, and on buses. The dogs learn to turn on lights, open doors, pick up objects, and much more! By the time the dogs graduate from our program, they know over 40 commands!
After the service dog has completed training, the dog is placed with a person with a disability free of charge.
Students will have the enriching experience of training a dog for a person with a disability while gaining knowledge of disability culture and disability rights.