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Frequently Asked Assistance Dog Questions

1. What is a Service Dog? Service Dogs,Emotional Support Dogs and even Therapy Dogs can benefit people with disabilities associated with many diagnoses, including: Arthritis Ataxia (poor balance) Autism Blindness or Impaired Vision Deafness or Impaired Hearing Diabetes Cardio/Pulmonary Disease Cerebral Palsy Physical mobility Issues Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) Psychiatric Disabilities Seizure Disorders (Epilepsy) Severe Allergy […]

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What Are The Different Types Of Assistance Dogs?

There are many types of assistance dogs. Service Dog,Emotional Support Dog Therapy Dog Companion Dog Medical Alert Dog Diabetic Alert Dog Physical Assistance Dog PTSD Assistance Dog Allergy Alert Dog Arson / Fire Dog Autism Assistance Dog Brace / Mobility Assistance Dog Hearing Assistance Dog Medical Assistance Dog Military Trained Dog Personal Protection Dog Police […]

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Useful Phone Numbers

  U.S. Department of Justice ADA Infoline Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM until 5:30 PM (eastern time) except on Thursday when the hours are 12:30 PM until 5:30 PM. Spanish language service is also available. For general ADA information, answers to specific technical questions, free ADA materials, or information about filing a complaint, call: […]

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Flying With Your Service Dog

Air travelers who want information about the rights of persons with disabilities in air travel or who experience disability-related air travel service problems may call the Hotline to obtain assistance at: 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1-800-455-9880 (TTY).   For disability discrimination complaints regarding airlines: send your complaint to: U.S. Department of Transportation Aviation Consumer Protection Division […]

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Service Dog Travel Tips And Topics

Although not a requirement, a Service Dog ID badge gives your service dog instant credibility by clearly stating that your dog is a service dog. The Department of Transportation lists service dog identification cards at the top of their list and only verbal assurance is at the bottom. Service Dog ID badges can dramatically speed […]

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Service Dog ESA DOG Travel Laws And Rules

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) May 2008 Excerpt from the FINAL RULE on Air Carriers Access Act Summary from Joan Froling, IAADP Chairperson: The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on May 7th It runs over 300 pages in length. It was issued by the DOT after it considered all the Public Comments […]

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Service Dog – ESA DOG Travel Related Issues?

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling on all disability organizations to promote public education about its Toll Free Hotline for air travelers with disabilities through their organization newsletters, listserves and sponsored events. The Toll Free Hotline for disabled air travelers has been in operation since August 2002 and is available for callers from 7 […]

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Service Dog Travel On Trains

From the official Amtrak site: Only service animals permitted We allow trained service animals accompanying passengers with disabilities in all customer areas in our stations, trains and Amtrak Thruway motor coaches. We permit no other animals onboard at any time. Control of your animal You must keep your service animal under control at all times […]

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Service Dog and Emotional Support Information direct from the airline.

  AccessAir 800-307-4984 website Action Airlines 800-243-8623 website Air Sunshine 800-327-8900 website Air Vegas Airlines 800-255-7474 website Air Wisconsin website AirTran Airways 800-247-8726 website Alaska Airlines 800-252-7522 website Alaska Seaplane Service 800-478-3360 website Allegheny Airlines 800-428-4322 website Allegiant Air 888-594-6937 website Aloha Airlines 800-367-5250 website America West 800-235-9292 website American Airlines 800-433-7300 website Arctic Circle […]

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Airport Relief Stations

Under construction. We’re collecting information on the location and accessibility of service dog relief stations at major airports. If you have information about an airport not yet listed, please use the contact page to let us know about it. “If you need to leave the secure boarding area to relieve your animal, you must undergo […]

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Specialized Service Dog Trainers

  Wells B. Jones, CEO 371 East Jericho Turnpike Smithtown NY 11787 Country: USA Phone: (631) 930-9090 Mobile Phone: None provided E-mail: info@VetDogs.org Web: www.VetDogs.org Status:Accredited member Assistance Dogs Trained:Guide, Hearing, Service Other Information: Seizure, Therapy Dogs. Geographical Area Served:USA and Canada Jenny Barlos, Client Services Director 5605 Monroe Street Sylvania OH 43560 Country: United States Phone: (419) 885-5733 […]

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Sample ESA Dog Physician Letters

  Below are sample letters to enhance your emotional support dog kit. If you are planning a trip which includes flying or moving into a residence where animals are not normally allowed simply provide your treating physician with a sample letter to sign and present the letter along with your ID card.   AIRLINE SAMPLE […]

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List of Possible Tasks for a Psychiatric Service Animal

Guide a disoriented handler. Example: A person wanders away from familiar surroundings during a dissociative episode. When she becomes aware again, she realizes she is lost and still disoriented from the episode. She cannot think clearly about how to retrace her steps. Her dog is trained to backtrack, following their own scent trail back to where […]

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Different Types of Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Psychiatrist – A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and the only professional that specializes in mental health care and can prescribe medications. (Family doctors often prescribe medications for mental health concerns, but do not have specialized training or background in treatment mental disorders.) Most psychiatrists focus on prescribing the appropriate medication that’s going to work best […]

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Access to Public Places and the ADA

Different laws govern the use of service animals in different contexts. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) governs the use of service dogs in public places. The ADA guarantees people with disabilities who use service dogs equal access to public places such as restaurants, hospitals, hotels, theaters, shops, and government buildings. This means that these […]

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Service Dogs And National Parks

Planning a vacation with a Service Dog to national parks,national forests and other Dept of Interior covered entities. The National Parks Service has the most spectacular of the national treasures. If we plan ahead we can greatly enjoy going to these places with our service dog to assist us to be able to do so. […]

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Assistance Dog Model State Law

The model law below is suitable as a basic template for any State law in the United States. The principles outlined will also be useful for any country or state looking to develop an assistance dog law. LLS NO. 98-0000.01 BILL 98- A BILL, FOR AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH ASSISTANCE DOGS. […]

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List of Service Dog Qualifying Disabilities

Do You Qualify As Having a Disability? The ADA defines “disability” very broadly and does not limit the type of disability for which a service animal can be used. In addition, there is great flexibility with respect to the nature and severity of a person’s physical, mental, or emotional issue (disability). The essence of the […]

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Housing Rights and Your Service or Emotional Support Animal

If a person is physically impaired (disabled) and has individually trained service dog to perform a major life task that the person has trouble performing for him or herself (or an emotional support animal prescribed by a licensed mental health professional), the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of […]

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Service Animals & Housing

Content contributed by: Tammi Bornstein, Attorney, and Susan L. Duncan, RN. Landlords, tenants and owners in multifamily housing, housing management associations and realtors often have questions about service animals in housing that traditionally has had no-pet policies. In many areas, despite federal and some state laws that protect people with disabilities to have service animals […]

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