|Barked: Sat Sep 8, '12 9:39am PST |
|"No dogs allowed." He's a service dog
"Well is he a seeing-eye dog?" or "You're not blind." He is a service dog. Service dogs are used for many disabilities, not just sight impairment.
"Do you have proof?" or "Can I see his papers?" The ADA does not require a SD handler to have proof nor does it require SDs to be registered/certified.
Easy enough to say on paper yes? LOL I get tongue tied too when I get challenged. Is someone going with you? I find it easier to have someone run point for me. Especially if I'm having a bad day. I carry cards that I made that has Sita's photo. The front says "I'm a service dog. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, this person is accompanied by a service dog. A service dog is trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service dogs are working animals, not pets". Inside the card it has the two questions they can ask (Is this a service dog? What tasks does the service dog perform?). It also says "Business may not 1. Require special identification for the dog 2. Ask about the person's disability 3. Charge additional fees because of the dog 4. Refuse admittance, isolate, segregate, or treat this person less favorably than other patrons. A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: 1. the animal is out of control and the animal's owner does not take effective action to control it 2. the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. Any business that sells or prepares food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises. Refusal to provide equal access to people with disabilities with service animals is a federal civil rights violation, provided by the American Disability Act of 1990. Violators of the ADA can be required to pay money damages and penalties." The back says "The owner/handler of this service animal is presenting this card voluntarily and is NOT REQUIRED by federal law to do so under the Federal ADA act of the U.S. FAA and D.O.T. This Service Animal and their access to all public places and commercial carriers is protected under Federal Law. For questions regarding the ADA, please contact the United States Department of Justice at 1-800-514-0301. For questions regarding airline activity, call the D.O.T. between 9-5 est at 1-800-514-0301. U.S. Dept. of Justice website: www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm Customer Aviation Protection Division 14 CFR part 382". I found this on cards sold by a SD equipment website, but I don't remember the site. Instead of ordering theirs, I made my own & added Sita's photo. I've actually only had to give out three of these, but it's great for when you get flustered & have trouble answering the questions.
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