Keep your Service Snake to Yourself, says the Dept of Transportation

  No one thinks it’s a big deal to see a blind person walking with a seeing-eye dog. But dogs can do a lot more than that to help people with disabilities. Some are trained to recognize when their handlers are about to have epileptic seizures. Others can pull wheelchairs, open doors and retrieve items. These dogs are recognized as “service animals” and people who … Continue reading Keep your Service Snake to Yourself, says the Dept of Transportation

Don’t Shed on Me!

The students in my disability law class were expecting to have a guest speaker that evening. But they were surprised and delighted when not only did two guests enter the classroom, one of them was of the canine persuasion. I believe the best way to teach the law is for students to see it in action. And that evening, they learned about an organization called … Continue reading Don’t Shed on Me!

Miniature Horses, your Time Has Come

  There has been a lot of publicity lately about service animals, mostly dogs. But a little-known fact is that miniature horses are also legally recognized as service animals in many situations. The following New York Times articles summarizes this very well. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/17/travel/mini-horse-service-plane.html?searchResultPosition=7       Continue reading Miniature Horses, your Time Has Come

So…is that a Service Dog, an Emotional Support Dog, a Therapy Dog or None of the Above?

Needless to say, there is tremendous confusion about this issue. That’s why I was glad to find this remarkably clear and concise explanation of what dogs are covered by disability laws, and when. Hopefully this can provide a little clarity!  https://adata.org/publication/individuals-disabilities-and-their-assistance-animals-brief-history-and-definitions Continue reading So…is that a Service Dog, an Emotional Support Dog, a Therapy Dog or None of the Above?