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UDS Service Dogs Receives Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International

LANCASTER, Pa. -- United Disabilities Services (UDS) Service Dogs, a non-profit organization committed to serving people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, announced that it has been accredited by the Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

"We have been putting the pieces in place to achieve this goal for the past few years," said Lori Breece, UDS Service Dogs Program Manager. "Becoming an accredited member of ADI is the next step in the growth of our program."

ADI is a worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry. Their objectives are to establish and promote standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership, facilitate communication and learning among member programs, and educate the public to the benefits of Assistance Dogs and ADI membership.

Assistance Dog organizations that pass ADI's accreditation process become ADI Accredited Member programs and are assessed every five years to ensure they meet the highest standards in the industry.

In 2018, UDS moved its corporate headquarters to a new location allowing for substantial growth in their Service Dogs program. UDS Service Dogs specializes in dogs to assist individuals including veterans with mobility disabilities. They are trained to provide services such as opening and closing doors, turning on/off lights, helping to remove jackets and socks, retrieving and delivering items, pushing elevator buttons, as well as providing affection and companionship.

This life-changing program also trains dogs to assist individuals with Autism. These dogs help with pressure, interrupting behavior, and alerting or finding an adult. The UDS Service Dogs program is growing and looking for new clients to match with one of their specially trained dogs.

UDS Service Dogs has also had success with the launch of placing dogs in educational facilities. Within the past year, fifteen dogs have been placed in Central Pennsylvania. Facility dogs help engage students during school helping them remain focused on their work leading to a viable learning environment. A Facility dog elicits positive feelings and helps calm fears and anxieties. An increase in student body morale has also been experienced when a Facility dog is placed in schools.

For more information, please contact Lori Breece, Service Dogs Program Manager at

About United Disabilities Services (UDS):

United Disabilities Services (UDS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Lancaster, Pa., committed to helping seniors, veterans and people with disabilities, lead more independent and fulfilling lives. UDS has developed a wide variety of services and programs that improve quality of life and expand boundaries - including Care Management, Accessible Home Modifications, Service Dogs, Custom Wheelchair Seating and more.

Today, over 350 caring, dedicated employees proudly serve people with disabilities in 40 counties throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Last year alone, UDS provided services to more than 5,000 clients, enabling them to live more happily, more independently, and in control of the decisions that affect their lives. For more information, visit

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Spodak Dental Group To Provide Free Dental Care as Part of Freedom Day USA on October 11, 2018

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Spodak Dental Group ("SDG") proudly announces its participation in the Sixth Annual Freedom Day USA, in which SDG will provide complimentary dental services to the men and women of our Armed Forces, and their immediate family members. Freedom Day USA is a "Day of Free" to thank military personnel and their families for the sacrifices they make each day to ensure our freedom.

"Unfortunately, highly-skilled dentistry is not always accessible to members of the military for many reasons," said Dr. Craig Spodak, owner of Spodak Dental Group and National Committee Member for Freedom Day USA. "We consider this an honor and a duty to take care of our military members by providing exceptional dental care to them and their families, leaving them with one less thing they have to worry about while they are away serving our country."

This year, Freedom Day USA will be held nationwide on Thursday, October 11, 2018, and in honor of this day, Spodak Dental Group will provide veterans, active military members and their families free cleanings, exams, fillings, X-rays, treatment for tooth pain, and extractions. Spodak Dental Group is the only dental office in Delray Beach, Fla. offering these complimentary services.

Dr. Craig Spodak has been placed on the National Committee for Freedom Day USA 2018 following his participation since the event's inception and exemplary results in previous years, where he has led a huge charge within his dental facility resulting in more than $180,000 combined in total dental work provided to support this cause. Last year alone, the dental team was able to treat more than 35 military members, many of who had dental pain and needed immediate attention.

"I was quite surprised that there are very few companies that really help the veterans at this time," said Veteran Barry Levey, a 2016 Freedom Day USA patient at Spodak Dental Group. "And I wish other businesses would follow and give back just like us veterans did give for our country. If I had to do it again, I would."

Spodak Dental Group encourages military members and their families to call the facility and book appointments early this year, as the team anticipates a very busy day of dental care: (561) 498-0050 or Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

About Spodak Dental:

Spodak Dental Group, a 2017 Inc. 5000 honoree, is a comprehensive dental destination providing all general and specialty services in one convenient, state-of-the-art, LEED Gold Certified facility. The team of General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Anesthesiologists are uniquely equipped to treat all dental health needs.

Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. Call (561) 498-0050 or visit for more information.

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