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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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OVERVIEW OF ADA LAWS

  This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. To find out more about how these laws may apply to you, contact the agencies and organizations listed below. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State […]

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ADA Disability Guide

This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. To find out more about how these laws may apply to you, contact the agencies and organizations listed below.   Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State […]

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ADA Business BRIEF: Service Animals

Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets.   Under the Americans […]

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Disability Resources

United States: Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI) – SUNY/Buffalo Council for Disability Rights Disability Barn (Access Unlimited) National Organization on Disability (NOD) International DINA Australia Global Applied Disability Research (GLADNET) World Association of People with Disabilities (WAPD) Yahoo: Disability Resources (Int’l)

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Definition Of A Service Animal

How was the definition of “service animal” changed July 23, 2010? How has the definition of “service animal” changed since 2009? It has changed from: “Service animal means any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but […]

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Commonly Used Acronyms

504 = Section 504 of the Rehab Act ACAA = Air Carrier Access Act ADA = Americans with Disabilities Act ADI = Assistance Dogs International (publishes the “little blue law book”), or less frequently the Assistance Dog Institute (now called Bergin University) AG = Attorney General AGO = Attorney General’s Office AKC = American Kennel […]

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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SERVICE ANIMALS

  1. Q: What are the laws that apply to my business? A: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow […]

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Federal Agencies and Resources

Many federal agencies issue regulations, provide technical assistance and enforce different sections of the ADA. For example the Department of Justice is responsible for title II, which applies to state and local governments, and title III, which applies to businesses and non-profit organizations. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission handles all things related to the ADA […]

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Canine Resources

Canine Corner supplies the reader with a variety of hot linked topics found on the World Wide Web. Each heading contains numerous sites which open a world of browsing in that particular area. Because the sites are hot linked, the reader only needs to click on the title of the site to connect with an […]

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Signs of Stress In Your Dog Checklist

STRESS SIGNALS CHECKLIST Eyes: [ ] dilated eyes [ ] glazed over [ ] squinting [ ] whale eye (whites showing) [ ] avoidance (eyes or head turned away) [ ] direct stare [ ] blinking [ ] quick movements of the eyes [ ] looks frequently to handler for direction [ ] red eyes […]

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Avoiding Disputes In Public

Many access problems can be avoided by a team with a professional presentation. 1. Dog and handler should be well groomed and clean. 2. Dog and handler should be well behaved. 3. Dog should be marked as a service dog (though not legally required, it is beneficial to both the person with a disability and […]

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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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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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