|Barked: Sun Mar 26, '06 12:22am PST |
|Oh, Lily, that is so not fun!
Unfortunatly, you set a precident last year by not bringing Lily with you... now no matter what they expect you to not bring Lily since you were able to board her last year.
I think the way it works is private groups you can be denied access. If your group requires membership fees and is allowed to deny membership to people without reason, then yes, they can deny access to you if I'm understanding the ADA correctly... that is, they can deny you membership to their group (unless, of course, they get federal funding, in which case they can't). However, they can't not allow you at public places... so you can always go to the same public places that group is at and bring Lily. Like the group might be able to deny you membership to their group, but you could still show up at events like any other public member and bring Lily.
WHat does your group do for other people with disabilities? Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc (and how about glasses?)... are they allowed? If so, you have a good chance of arguing Lily should be allowed. If they are allowed but have to be period, perhaps you can try to use some sort of period style leash/collar and get some period material to make a SD bandanna or vest out of.
If you are going to be bringing Lily, you should make sure she is comfortable around cannon fire etc. If she can't work with loud canon and gun fire, there is no reason to have her there. But I guess you'd have to try it and see how it works.
It's really a shame some people are not understanding of SDs. Perhaps you could print out some flyers from psychdog.org and use those to try to explain why you need Lily with you. If I was going through some med changes I wouldn't be able to go without Sabrina, especailly overnight!
I hope someone else can help figure out if this is legal or not... the ADA can be really confusing sometimes and while I think I understand how it works in relation to private groups, I'm never sure!
Good luck and keep us posted what happens!
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