Animals

  • adata.org/publication/service-animals-bookletThe definition of a service animal is a dog that has been trained to assist a person with a disability in completing tasks that are directly related to their disability. The ADA National Network guide explains that emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals aren’t considered service animals and aren’t protected under the ADA.
  • adata.org/service-animal-resource-hubThe Service Animal Resource Hub has nine different sections addressing specific issues related to service animals.

From Department of Justice – Service Animals and the ADA

www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals

Other Resources

www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/mcdhh/programs/hearing-dogs/

assistive technology and hearing ear dogs (617)740-1600

www.neads.org/

also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans

www.cci.org

Supply 4 types of dogs: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs

www.guidedogsofamerica.org

www.guidedogs.com/

guidedogusersinc.org/

An affiilate of the American Council of the Blind

www.anythingpawsable.com/types-of-service-dogs/#.VdXTQn1lZQd

Common specializations from anythingpawsable.com

www.dogguard.com/guide-to-service-dogs

abilitytools.org/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-service-dogs
From the Ability Tools Blog – with explanations of Service, Support and Therapy dogs.
 

Jini and her service dog, Rue
Jini, our former Director of Services, traveled to California to get her guide dog, Rue. Jini and Rue spent about two weeks training together. If you see Jini and Rue, please remember that Rue is working, and should not be distracted. Proper people behavior around service dogs is to ignore them, unless the owner says otherwise. But, you can certainly admire Rue; she is adorable!