About this Webinar:
Many people don’t understand the differences between a service animal and an emotional support animal. There’s also been a lot of confusion about the legal rights of an individual with a disability to be accompanied by a service animal. This presentation provides information on the legal status of service animals, the legal status of emotional support animals, and the various laws that apply to determine those rights. A lot of discussions come up about the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the rights of an individual to use a service animal are in several other statutes as well.
By the end of this webinar, providers should be able to:
- Define “service animal” and how that differs from the definitions of “emotional support animal” and “therapy animal.”
- Identify the rights and obligations of service animal handlers, and emotional support animal owners, in a variety of environments including:
- Training is required for a service animal.
- Rights of employees with disabilities to have an assistance animal go to work with them.
- Rules for taking a service animal into public accommodations such as stores, medical offices, or hospitals; restaurants, or special events.
- Handler obligations when taking a service animal into a public accommodation.
- Questions a dog handler can be asked and when a dog handler might have to provide some type of documentation.
- Housing rights of an individual with a disability to have a service animal or emotional support animal living with them.
- Rights of disabled students, in K-12 schools and colleges, to take their service animals with them to class.
- Whether a service animal or emotional support animal can accompany a handler on an airplane.
- Whether a handler can be charged any fees, deposits, or cleaning expenses, because a service animal accompanies the handler.
- Review how a social worker, case manager, or other professionals can help protect the handler’s rights to use a service animal.
Denette Vaughn, JD - Senior Attorney; Disability Rights Texas
Denette is currently a Senior Attorney with Disability Rights Texas. She is a member of the Texas Governor’s Committee on Disabilities service animal workgroup.
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