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The Service Animal Support group is an e-list dedicated
to support, information, and education concerning Service Dogs in
general as well as training issues and general support for persons with
defined (Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990) and are trained
to meet the disability-related needs of their handlers who have
disabilities. Federal laws protect the rights of individuals
with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals in
public places. To be protected by federal law, the person must
meet the definition of having a disability. To have the right of
access with the animal to otherwise "no pets/animals"
areas open to the public, the person must meet the definition of
having a disability and the animal must meet the definition of
service animal. Service animals/service dogs are not considered
all value our independence!
Someone who is physically challenged values that
independence even more, because the daily chores which we often
take for granted are more difficult for someone with limited
trained dog can improve a person's quality of life and become a
valuable vehicle to accomplish this goal of independence.
This four-legged "assistive device" is capable of
giving unconditional love and support and can provide valuable
psychological, emotional and social support.
are not legally
defined by federal law, but some states have laws defining
therapy animals. They provide people with contact to animals,
but are not limited to working with people who have
disabilities. They are usually the personal pets of their
handlers, and work with their handlers to provide services to
others. Federal laws have no provisions for people to be
accompanied by therapy animals in places of public accommodation
that have "no pets" policies. Therapy animals usually
are not service animals
therapy dogs are personal pets, who accompany their owners to a
variety of facilities such as skilled nursing homes or
hospitals. Many therapy dog visits require very simple
skills from the dog. The dog doesn't have to know a lot
of commands or even perform tricks.
dog that lies quietly on a bed beside a patient can lower that
person's blood pressure and reduce the sensation of pain.
In some settings, soft warm eyes gazing up at a person are all
it takes to work magic. Volunteering with your
dog can be a family project too!
animal is any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal
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
Service animals perform some
of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability
cannot perform. "Seeing eye dogs" or sometimes
known as "Guide dogs" are one type
of service animal, used by some individuals who are blind.
Most people are familiar with this type of service animal.
But there are service animals that assist persons with other
kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Such
as Cats, Monkeys, Miniature Horses, Birds, and many more.
||is not legally
defined, but is accepted as another term for pet.
no legal definition. They often are animals that did not
complete service animal/service dog training due to health,
disposition, trainability, or other factors, and are made
available as pets for people who have disabilities. These
animals might or might not meet the definition of service
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