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The Adrienne and Pierre Sommer Foundation is France’s only private, independent nonprofit 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 approximately 60 HAI initiatives in France each year. It supports academic and field research on HAI-related issues, provides schools with HAI-themed learning materials, and organizes national and international conferences.

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Human Animal Inter.
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In France, media interest in HAI seems to be growing every day. Even though the country’s oldest animal-themed television program (30 Millions d’Amis) has completed its final season, HAI-themed news stories and reports are increasingly frequent on TV, radio, and in the press. Traditionally, HAI has been covered by regional...

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In spring 2017, a two-day conference will give practitioners and academics the opportunity to consider human-animal relationships from a family-centered perspective. Among the issues to be explored: – Children, animals, and the increasingly virtual world – The role of animals during a family crisis – How to help children create...

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Temple Grandin

Professor Temple Grandin of Colorado State University is a world-renowned expert on animal sciences and one of the first people on the autism spectrum to have publically shared insight from her experience of autism. She is interviewed by IAHAIO vice-president Brinda Jegatheesan for the 2016 conference organized and hosted by...

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A survey commissioned by the Adrienne and Pierre Sommer Foundation. The A and P Sommer Foundation, host of the July 2016 conference of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) in Paris, commissioned a survey to measure the French public’s awareness of and knowlegeability about human-animal interaction. In France,...

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