K9 In Training -
Corporate Training for Service Dog and Disability Awareness
About Service Dogs and the ADA
The ADA is written to allow disabled individuals to use their Service Dogs in public with as few barriers as possible. If access were not as open, every building, restaurant and dry cleaner in the country could stop disabled individuals with their Service Dogs and demand proof of training. The ADA specifically states that if someone says their dog is a Service Dog they are to be taken at their word, regardless if it has been certified by a state or other authority. See below:
The ADA states in section § 35.136 Service animals part (f):
“A public entity shall not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal.”
You can view the full ADA law here:http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/titleII_2010_withbold.htm
The ADA is also designed so that disabled individuals may train their own Service Dogs. Program-trained Service Dogs can be very expensive and out of many disabled individual’s budget. Some Service Dogs may cost upwards of $10,000 to $20,000. The U.S. Department of Justice recently held open voting to revise the ADA and the updated version was just released last year. It eliminated animals other than dogs and miniature horses and officially included Psychiatric Service Dogs which can help with severe depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
With all the awareness and laws for Service Dogs--it is still amazing when employees or employers "assume" they know the laws for service dog and disabilities.If you are a Manager, Business Owner, HR Personnel, etc--you want to help avoid a major law suit(s), criminal and civil for violations of civil right and other charges. K9 In Training offers our services to come to your location, develop your company policies and train your staff on the your company policies, state and federal laws.Violations of laws can be extremely costly--criminal charges and civil suits--and very little chance for the defense to win. There was recently a restaurant manager charged with Federal "Violation of Civil Right" Charges, because she was following her employers policies.There is company in Huntington Beach that was charged and sued civil 4 times in one month, for different Service Dog and Civil Rights Violations. All due by lack of staff Training. Federal fees build up, Civil Suits and Charges were brought force.
Our focus is to help encourage education, training and exemplary behavior. Since the ADA was written in 1990, some disabled and non-disabled individuals have chosen to either knowingly or unknowingly claim their insufficiently-trained pet is a Service Animal, either by just saying it is, since no documentation is required, and/or by purchasing patches, vests, ID tags or other equipment at local pet stores or online.
DO NOT ASSUME YOU KNOW THE LAWS--IT CAN COST YOU!!!
Know Your Local State and Federal Laws
Don't Assume you know the Service Dog Laws
It could cost you!