IDC's Mission is to provide unique therapeutic, motivational and educational dolphin assisted therapy programs for children with special needs adults with special needs and their families (and/or caregivers) through the use of innovative therapy techniques which enable participants to discover and achieve desired goals strengths and their maximum potential for individual fulfillment. Through interactive programs education and research children and adults alike are inspired to value and respect marine mammals and their environment.
The Story of Island Dolphin Care -- Turning Point.
Island Dolphin Care - Offering Hope to Wounded Soldiers and Children with Special Needs
Joe Hoagland with Fonzie
Veteran with Tashi the Therapy Dolphin
Participant with Therapy Dolphin
Participant in IDC Marine Science Education Program
Dalai -- baby dolphin born in the Fall of 2015
Animal Assisted Therpay for People with Special Needs
Island Dolphin Care (IDC) programs bring a dose of joy and respite to those needing it the most. Most IDC families are in financial and emotional crisis as a result of the medical needs of their family member. Recipients of scholarships are unable to afford paying for programs and would otherwise be unable to attend. IDC trained therapists and dolphins pair traditional therapy methodologies along with the motivation and fun of playing with therapy dolphins. The results are always positive! Every moment and every success is celebrated by participants and their families. Participants in our programs include veterans, along with their family members, that have returned from combat with PTSD and physical injuries. Children with disabilities and critical, life threatening illnesses and their families make up the largest population of those we serve. Adult cancer survivors and those currently under treatment with their families are also part of those we serve.
Veterans with PTSD or other Disabilities
The funding of scholarships is how IDC is able to annually serve hundreds of Veterans -- and their families -- suffering from PTSD and physical disabilities as a result of combat injuries. Family Members and Caregivers participate in the IDC experience. The programs stress peer support and promote community re-integration. In addition to working with veterans and active military, IDC provides programs to family members -- children, spouses and parents--of deceased Veterans and also to the families of military personnel currently deployed. All Veteran Programs are funded through IDC.
IDC provides in-water dolphin experience therapy with trained therapists; marine science education; outdoor learning activities; art relaxation therapy and opportunities with IDC special educators to learn about assisted technology and the latest treatment technologies and techniques.
Dolphin Camps for South Florida Childen with Special Needs
Dolphin Camps: A private full-day or half-day program for groups of critically and chronically ill children. Often enough the children are so ill that they require the presence of the parent during camp. IDC makes provisions to accommodate parents in such cases. When camps are requested by hospitals, the clinical staff attends camp with the child and will comment on how wonderful it is to see the child outdoors and free from the confines of the hospital setting. Children learn about dolphins, meet the IDC dolphin staff and swim with dolphins. All IDC programs include lunch, an art relaxation therapy session, a visit to our Touch Tank with marine critters and time in the Sensory Garden - all this makes for a most special and enjoyable experience for all participants.
Care and Well-Being of the Dolphin Therapy Team
The centerpiece of all of IDC's work are the 8 specially trained dolphins who give the gift of joy to those so in need of being encouraged to become as strong as they can be and provide a large dose of positive energy and giggles. The dolphins are given the special care and attention they need to keep them healthy and happy so that they can do their jobs as therapists along with IDC's professionally trained staff. This includes expert medical care from a veterinarian, IDC's in house zoologist who specializes in marine mammals and of course the day to day feeding and practical needs of the dolphins. Annually all of this costs just over $500,000 a year or about $65,000 for each dolphin.
ADULT PROGRAM FOR VETERANS & MILITARY PERSONEL AND OTHER ADULTS IN TREATMENT
One Day Program - allows participants and their families to learn about dolphins. All enjoy a structured swim, a natural swim and a picnic lunch overlooking our serene dolphin lagoons and have fun creating an art project to take home-at the end of the day there is also a closing ceremony. Annual budget of $54,000 funds 18 One Day Programs.
Five Day Program often with Lodging - is a restorative program where participants can be with their families as they swim and interact with the dolphins. The programs show adults that they can participate in a wide-range of physical activities despite physical limitations, mental challenges or treatment therapies. The hope is that they will be filled with renewed confidence in order to move ahead with their lives. Programs are tailored according to participant needs and abilities. Annual budget of $48,000 funds Twelve Five Day Programs.
Hershoff, Lupino and Yagel
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Dr. Sue Lindeblad
Stanley Zuba, M.D., FAAP
Joy C. Martin
Real Estate Broker, Marr Properties
Paul S. Ellison, M.D.
Dr. Redmond P. Burke
Island Dolphin Care, Inc.
Gretchen Thomasson - BS Sp. Ed.
Kimberly Severance, MS
Veteran Program Coordinator
Eli Smith - BS Sp. Ed.
Chief Inspiration Officer
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.