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Friday, February 27, 2015


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  1. to Zacardi:
    Before you speak, make sure you have all your duckies in a row...
    1. Sadie is a Nationally register SERVICE DOG.
    Her service to me is not of your concern.
    2. If you look at my license plates on my car, It DOES
    have the Handicap placard on the front plate as
    well as the rear.
    3. My motorcycle has Disabled Vet plates and
    entitles me to same rights as my car.
    Since you obviously know NOT of what you speak,
    I would suggest that you continue with sitting in the lobby trying to eavesdrop on conversations there, and on subjects you may have a clue...
    Disabled Vets and Service animals are clearly not your forte.

  2. It has been suggested that I submit a story for the Reporter on this subject, but instead I think I will instead do it on my blog. in the coming weeks.

    For the person suggesting a fee for having a service dog or horse, well, it clearly states below that you can not charge a fee, so...

    this will be posted in parts:
    Part 1
    U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
    Disability Rights Section
    ADA 2010 Revised Requirements
    Service Animals

    The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).

    This publication provides guidance on the term “service animal” and the service animal provisions in the Department’s new regulations.
    Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.
    A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
    Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.
    How “Service Animal” Is Defined

  3. Part2
    Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
    This definition does not affect or limit the broader definition of “assistance animal” under the Fair Housing Act or the broader definition of “service animal” under the Air Carrier Access Act.
    Some State and local laws also define service animal more broadly than the ADA does. Information about such laws can be obtained from the State attorney general’s office.
    Where Service Animals Are Allowed

  4. Part3
    Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. For example, in a hospital it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from areas such as patient rooms, clinics, cafeterias, or examination rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms or burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.
    Service Animals Must Be Under Control

    Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
    Inquiries, Exclusions, Charges, and Other Specific Rules Related to Service Animals

    When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

  5. Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom or at a homeless shelter, they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility.
    A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.
    Establishments that sell or prepare food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.

  6. part5
    People with disabilities who use service animals cannot be isolated from other patrons, treated less favorably than other patrons, or charged fees that are not charged to other patrons without animals. In addition, if a business requires a deposit or fee to be paid by patrons with pets, it must waive the charge for service animals.
    If a business such as a hotel normally charges guests for damage that they cause, a customer with a disability may also be charged for damage caused by himself or his service animal.
    Staff are not required to provide care or food for a service animal.
    Miniature Horses

    In addition to the provisions about service dogs, the Department’s revised ADA regulations have a new, separate provision about miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. (Miniature horses generally range in height from 24 inches to 34 inches measured to the shoulders and generally weigh between 70 and 100 pounds.) Entities covered by the ADA must modify their policies to permit miniature horses where reasonable. The regulations set out four assessment factors to assist entities in determining whether miniature horses can be accommodated in their facility. The assessment factors are (1) whether the miniature horse is housebroken; (2) whether the miniature horse is under the owner’s control; (3) whether the facility can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size, and weight; and (4) whether the miniature horse’s presence will not compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the facility.
    For more information about the ADA, please visit our website or call our toll-free number.

    ADA Website
    To receive e-mail notifications when new ADA information is available,
    visit the ADA Website’s home page and click the link near the top of the middle column.

    ADA Information Line
    800-514-0301 (Voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY)
    24 hours a day to order publications by mail.
    M-W, F 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Th 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
    to speak with an ADA Specialist. All calls are confidential.
    For persons with disabilities, this publication is available in alternate formats.
    Duplication of this document is encouraged. July 2011

  7. Hi Bob,
    Well spoken and well researched.

    Ziccardy does not know the law nor does she care, and that includes our Bylaws.

    She snoops around in UCO seeking anything she can regurgitate at her next card game.

    This is but one of many reasons not to vote for her!

    Dave Israel

  8. And she has a loud voice like nails on a chalk board too! Just sayin'

  9. Take note: According to the ADA, dogs and mini horses are the only service animals recognized.
    No matter what anyone tells you, a cat can not be a service animal. Sorry to all you cat lovers.

  10. Good for you, Bob, in not only speaking up for service dogs but giving us chapter and verse of the law on these specially trained animals. I have a boyhood friend who has a companion service dog the spitting image of Sadie, name of Sophie. My friend is named Bob, too.

    Bob and his wife had a wonderful marriage and four children when his wife got terminal cancer. During the two years Bob cared for her, he couldn't get the physical care he needed for himself (replacement of both knees and both shoulders and other surgery). He was worn out, hurting physically and devastated emotionally when his precious wife died, and then one of his children suggested a service dog. Sophie, like your Sadie and many another service dog, helped Bob recover and cope. Now there was a glimmer of hope in life. Bob's children, one an RN, got him through the operations he needed, and life has slowly turned around for him now. I could tell you much more, but suffice it to say, joy has come back to my friend of many years.

    If it were only our combat vets who have been helped by these affectionate animals, it would be worthwhile enough. It is much more than this.

  11. I have no argument with any of the comments above regarding service or emotional support animals. They perform a very necessary service. But....the law is such that anyone can get a doctor's, nurse's, aide's, or most any other certificate to qualify them for a pet as an emotional support animal. This animal is not performing a service, but is just desired in a building where no pets are allowed. And I don't know why cats would not be recognized as an emootional support animal, because they certainly do provide that. So I can go out and get such a certficate and voila, I have a dog... and I am protected by the authorities without complaint from my association. If there is a system, residents will find a way to beat it. Now don't kill the messenger. It's just my opinion.

  12. From what I have heard,there have been attempts for a while to tighten up the laws concerning exactly the abuses you describe, ruthphild. There is a little info on this in the archives of this blog, but you may have to check under certain key words.

    I think now it is no longer sufficient for any "doctor" to just scribble out an Rx for anyone who asks; there must be some written justification provided and particulars noted. Perhaps someone in the Village knows more about the current legal state of affairs regarding this.

    I do think this is a two-way street, and that even legitimate owners of service dogs should be aware that some people do not like dogs jumping up on them, etc. Kindness and consideration should work both ways.


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