What are assistance or service dogs?

"A dog providing assistance(or service) to a person with a disability".

While most of us have heard the term "guide dog" or "seeing eye dog", there are many more types of assistance for which a dog can be trained to provide.

  • Guide dogs for the blind or visually impaired.
  • Hearing dogs (sometimes refered to as "signal" dogs) for deaf or hearing impaired persons detect everyday sounds such as door bells, alarm clocks, smoke alarms, timers, telephone or a crying baby.
  • Social or Therapy dogs, whose work is to effect a change in the person's emotional or psychological state.
  • Seizure dogs who detect when a person is going to have a seizure (yes, even before a seizure actually occurs).
  • Social Signal Dogs(Ssig Dog) are service dogs for persons with Autism.
  • Service dogs performing physical tasks such as pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, turning on a light switch or opening a cabinet door.

Public Access Information

  1. Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets.
    Also please note that "service animal" includes any animal; be it a dog, cat, bird or even a monkey.
  2. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go.
    From the U.S. Department of Justice.
  3. Assistance Dog Laws and Legal Resources
    International Association of Assistance Dog Partners(IAADP)

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