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American Paralympian Anjali Forber-Pratt and assistive dog Kolton graduate Canine Companions for Independence program

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Anjali Forber-Pratt and her dog Kolton. Image credit: Anjali Forber-Pratt

Yesterday, American Paralympian Anjali Forber-Pratt and her assistive dog Kolton graduated from the Canine Companions for Independence program.   Forber-Pratt needed a service animal because health complications in the past few years had made some tasks much more difficult to do and continue to live a completely independent lifestyle.


Canine Companions for Independence found Kolton as a puppy, and trained him.  He then lived with a family in South Carolina to continue his training, before returning to Florida to finish his six months training.   Forber-Pratt completed training with Kolton during the last two weeks.

Indian born Forber-Pratt is an American wheelchair track athlete who represented the United States at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics.  She claimed a pair of bronze medals at the Beijing hosted Games in the 400-meter T53 and the 4×100-meter relay T53–T54 events. Forber-Pratt started her competitive national level athletics career in 1993 when she participated at the Junior National Wheelchair Games.  Behind the scenes, she is involved in disability sports governance issues, having previously served as a Board Member of Disabled Sports USA.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Transverse Myelitis Association, an international non-profit servingchildren, adolescents, and adults with a spectrum of rare neuro-immune disorders.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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