The Adrienne & Pierre Sommer Foundation is France’s only private, independent, not-for-profit organization devoted to human-animal interaction (HAI). The Foundation supports the development of HAI practices that contribute to the well-being and integration of the most fragile members of society: ill or disabled children and adults, homeless youth, ex-prisoners, and dependant older adults. To this end, the Foundation provides financial support for academic and laboratory research on HAI-related issues. In addition, the Foundation creates and diffuses materials for HAI learning and education programs.
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Rebecca Johnson is the Président of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) since 2010. She is also director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) and teacher at Sinclair School of Nursing from the University of Missouri. As you have been in the field of HAI research...
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In the village of Bard-le-Régulier in France’s Burgundy region, support from the A&P Sommer Foundation is enabling a school to integrate animal interaction into its educational program. In the early 2000s, like many parents of gifted children, Vanessa Toinet tried to find a type of education that would enable her...
The A&P Sommer Foundation has always provided support for institutions for children, teenagers, and young adults under court jurisdiction. In the past few years, prisons have also sought out Foundation support. Ever since its 2003 call for proposals, the A&P Sommer Foundation has been funding initiatives where pets and domesticated...
In 2016, the 9th Conference of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) will be held in Paris, organized by the A&P Sommer Foundation. Next on a list that features Montreal, Geneva, Prague, Rio, Glasgow, Tokyo, Stockholm, and Chicago, Paris has been selected to host the next IAHAIO Conference....