|Barked: Sat Sep 15, '12 12:03pm PST |
|If I'm reading your question correctly you already have a note for your disability office at your school and are wondering if you need another note for everyday use?
In the case of a fully trained service dog in compliance with the ADA, no you do not need a doctors note to carry around. It is a decent idea to have one for your records but not required for public access. It's actually not only not required but also a very bad idea to show a doctors note in case of a public access challenge. I have borrowed these from a group I'm in but here are a few basic sample letters. The first would be for a school.
To Whom It May Concern:
(Name) is a patient of mine and requires the use of an assistance dog. This is part of his treatment plan and assists him with his disabilities. He meets the definition of disability under the American Disabilities Act, The Fair Housing Act and The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Separating this animal from him would be detrimental to his health. Please accommodate him and his service dog as needed.
(name) requires a Service Dog for Mobility. (this is on an Rx pad) ( I also scanned this, shrunk it, and then laminated it for travel (great for air travel))
(name) is a patient under my care. She has a medical condition that necesitates she have her service dog with her all times. Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.
(name) is a patient of mine and I am treaing her for her chronic medical disability(this can be replaced with name of disability, but not recommended, unless you have both letters). (name) uses a service dog to assist her in managing this disablity, and I support her in doing so. Please accommodate (name) and her service dog as needed.
The only other places you need doctors notes for your service dog are in housing (if renting in a non pet friendly place) or flying. There are special requirements for PSD's and flying so those are important to look into before you fly. That doctor's note needs to be done specifically rather than just a general generic doctors note.
Just remember that a doctors note is not something you pull out in an access dispute the ADA specifically states that no special paperwork is required and if you do try to use a doctors note to gain access you will only make things more difficult for the next team that comes along.
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