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.