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Episode 9: April 2021
The Value of Animal-Assisted Interventions for LD Individuals

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors considered essential to the health and well-being of both. On this episode of “A World of Difference,” we’ll saddle up and travel to a small Florida horse ranch to get a glimpse of animal-assisted intervention in action. Next, we’ll explore the ins and outs of animal-assisted intervention in our “Ask the Experts” segment. Finally, we’ll introduce you to this month’s “Difference Maker,” Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist, author, and speaker, who has spent a lifetime making the world a more humane place for both livestock and the neurodiverse.

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It is with a heavy heart that we have to report that our colleague Janet Sawyer passed away Feb. 17, 2021 as a result of COVID-19. After a long career as an Orlando TV news reporter, Janet was the first recruit to join “A World of Difference” as a senior correspondent. She believed in the show and the mission, and worked tirelessly to create perfect segments and brainstorm ways to make the program bigger and better. Beyond that, Janet was a caring and spiritual colleague. The show — and we all — are diminished with the dimming of her light. She made a world of difference.
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