|Barked: Thu Nov 1, '12 8:05am PST |
|The 3-task standard comes from Assistance Dogs International minimum training standards, developed by their standards and ethics committee. To to receive and maintain accreditation through ADI, programs must train service dogs to reliably perform a minimum of 3 tasks, and additionally, the new handler must receive sufficient training and demonstrate the ability to utilize those 3 tasks to mitigate their disability. Since accreditation is voluntary programs and doesn't exist at all for private or owner trainers, the level of training a service dog receives really comes down to the ethics and standards of the individual trainer.
Where the ADA is concerned, one would think the repeated and persistent use of the plural form of "tasks" in the language of the law would be enough to make it clear that training a single task doesn't pass muster with the ADA either. But, the ADA seem to be the vortex of the universe, where normal sensibilities cease to exist, so until the DOJ issues official guidance on the "work and tasks" topics, they will continue to be an ongoing argument among interested parties.
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