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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 people with
disabilities to bring their service dogs onto business premises in whatever
areas customers are generally allowed.
What is a service animal?
The ADA defines a service dog as any guide dog, signal dog, or other dog individually
trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet
this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA
regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local
As of March 13, 2011, the
ADA was rewritten so that animals other than dogs are no longer considered as
service animals. There were too many problems with people entering businesses
with "service birds," service snakes," "service pigs,"
"service tarantulas," etc. While it was clear that these animals were
likely not "individually trained to do work" and therefore did not
have to be admitted, often times there was little business people could do to
discourage people from bringing the animals in.
Key changes include the following:
1. Only dogs will be recognized as service animals.
2. Service animals are required to be leashed or harnessed except when performing work or tasks where such tethering would interfere with the dog's ability to perform.
3. Service animals are exempt from breed bans as well as size and weight limitations.
While there are websites where anyone can pay a fee to "register" their service
dog, this purchased registration is no guarantee that the person purchasing the "registration" has
disabilities as defined by the ADA, or that their dog meets the definition of
"service dog." (see above definition of service animal) The one exception that the
Department of Justice allowed in the rewrite was to permit miniature horses being used as guide
animals to accompany individuals who are visually impaired.
Please note: A service dog is nota pet.
The ADA is very clear in their definitions that service dogs must
be "individually trained to do work or perform tasks."
Service animals perform some of the
functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for
him or herself. Guide dogs are one type of service animal, used by some
individuals who are blind. This is the type of service animal with which most
people are familiar. But there are service animals that assist persons with
other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Some examples
Alerting persons with hearing impairments to sounds.
Pulling wheelchairs or carrying and picking up things
for persons with mobility impairments.
Assisting persons with mobility impairments with
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