Live Interview with Mark Ruefenacht, founder of Dogs 4 Diabetics

Event Details

Event Description

This event already occurred.  Enjoy the recording!

 

The Mission of Dogs for Diabetics is to:

  • Provide quality medical alert assistance dogs to insulin-dependent diabetics through programs of training, placement, and follow-up services; and to,
  • Develop, promote and advocate standards of quality, performance, support and disclosure for all medical assistance dog teams.

Mark Ruefenacht is an insulin-dependent diabetic, with a family history of blindness due to diabetic retinopathy and non age-related advanced macular degeneration. With this strong motivation, Mark began his work with assistance dogs in 1995, raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) of San Rafael, California. He continues this volunteer service today as a regional Guide Dog Puppy Raising Group Leader and also leads a Research Si Development Puppy Raising program under the direction of GDB.

ln 1999, Mark was able to couple his professional experience in forensic science with his guide dog experience to
develop innovative new training protocols for dogs to detect hypoglycemia (acute low blood sugar) in insulin-dependent
diabetics. In 2004, he founded Dogs for Diabetics (D4D), the first-of-its-kind assistance dog organization fully accredited with Assistance Dogs International (ADI) for the training, placement, and follow-up services of dogs to assist type 1
diabetics. Over 100 dogs have been placed with diabetics to assist in the detection and prevention of hypoglycemia.
These dogs now safeguard lives as well as help prevent diabetes-related disabilities such as blindness, amputations and other severe medical complications.

As a pioneer in the medical assistance dog industry, Mark continues to champion minimum training standards and ethics for all medical assistance dog organizations; as well as access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and continued research into the training and use of dogs to assist in the mitigation of different medical conditions.

Mark has had the opportunity to share his story about his work with GDB and D4D as a speaker at numerous
international conferences. in 2010, he was recognized by Bark Magazine as one of the 100 most innovative dog trainers in the world. He has traveled around the world, working directly with numerous assistance and guide dog organizations to further the life-saving skills assistance dogs can provide to people with disabilities.

In 2012, Mark was awarded the Bronze medal and, in 2013, the Silver medal for the Jefferson Award to recognize his
work in promoting volunteerism in the community with GDB and D4D. He was a contributor on the revisions to the
American's With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 2011 and also served on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Disability Coalition to ensure thorough, but equitable, screening of persons with disabilities and assistance dogs.

He consults with corporations and government entities on the ADA and assistance dogs in the work place. Additionally, he
has served as an expert Witness on topics of assistance dog training and the ADA in the California court system.

Comment Wall

Comment

RSVP for Live Interview with Mark Ruefenacht, founder of Dogs 4 Diabetics to add comments!

Join Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes

Comment by kay on August 5, 2014 at 4:13pm

Dogs4Diabetics are wonderful! My daughter has a dog from them and he is absolutely fantastic! They are wonderful people to work with!

Attending (19)

Might attend (8)

Not Attending (2)

Advertisement



REsources

From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

An eye opening experience at @CWDiabetes!

Last month, I had one of the most amazing experiences I have had with technology since I have been living with diabetes. It happened at the Focus On Technology conference organized by Children With Diabetes in Los Angeles (the first Read on! →

World Diabetes Day at REALM Charter School

REALM Charter is a middle school full of amazing young people eager to learn about World Diabetes Day. Team DHF spent the day with over 300 students and taught them about the Big Blue Test and what they can do Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team

DHF TEAM

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, has LADA)

Emily Coles
(Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Development Manager, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)

DHF VOLUNTEERS


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Administrators

Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)

 

LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word

Loading…

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2014   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service