Nancy Lind was an educator in Chicago for 33 years with CARC, now known as Envision Unlimited, where she taught children with special needs. In her time there, she observed many daily challenges these children faced. Developing new and unique learning methods, she identified how dogs could aid in teaching these life skills to children. Her special love of dogs and the work they do to heal humans led Nancy to found Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy in 1987.
In 2009, Nancy wrote “Animal Assisted Therapy Activities to Motivate and Inspire”, a comprehensive training manual for dog therapy teams. In this guide, she details various activities geared to achieving specific goals and skills. She places emphasis on the actual activities that make up the practice of animal-assisted therapy. This book offers fifty different activities, filled with photographic illustrations, and a cross-reference chart matching goals with activities. Nancy dedicated her book "to all the teams that have carried on the tradition of working with their dogs and program participants. That only confirms what has gone before can only continue to grow to even greater heights."
Nancy’s legacy lives on through the work of our volunteers and our Rainbow dogs.