Guide Dogs for the Handicapped was created to provide specially trained dogs and/or adaptive equipment to aid people with disabilities, enabling them to become more independent. In 1989, the name of the organization changed to Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. and relocated its training headquarters to Swanton, Ohio.

In October of 2011, Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. became Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI), a Program of The Ability Center. The merger between Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. and The Ability Center has allowed both organizations to greater fulfill their missions by reaching more consumers and community members.