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What We Do.

At ADAA, we strive to bridge the gap for individuals with disabilities who may not meet the current criteria set by ADUK charities or are unable to access other assistance dog resources.

We believe that everyone, regardless of how their assistance dog has been trained, deserves access to support and validation. We offer independent assessments and support to owner-trained and non-ADUK-trained assistance dog teams, ensuring they meet the highest standards for full public access. Our aim is to make the assistance dog sector more inclusive and help those in need of support. 


How we work.

Standardising Assistance Dogs.

What we do.

ADAA provide an independent public access assessment of you and your dog. We ensure that your dog has been trained to the highest standards to be suitable and qualify as an assistance dog. We help qualified teams with assistance with public access refusal and are currently working with the travel industry to make travel easier for teams across the UK and abroad. 

Where we work.

We are a UK based charity and carry out assessments in England, Wales & Scotland.  

We will endeavour to carry out assessments locally to you, however we may be limited by assessor availability and geographical locations.

Who we help.

Our commitment to inclusivity drives us to provide assistance to all who require it, regardless of their dog training pathway. We welcome teams with disabilities across the board and even teams that have qualified elsewhere!


We are aiding shops and service providers with eduaction on owner trained & non ADUK teams.  Advising them what they should expect with regards to standards, ethical equipment and guidance on any access refusals of teams.


Upon successful completion of our public access assessment, the qualified team will be able to take up their public access rights in the knowledge that their dog is trained to the highest of standards.

The assessment will provide handlers with: ​


  • A network of assessed assistance dogs and handlers.

  • Share good practice and provide each other with mutual support.

  • Assurance that service providers are being provided with knowledge and guidance.

  • Refusal procedure support and investigation.

  • Clear and easily visible ADAA lead slip

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