Service Animals and the ADA
The DOJ on Service Animals
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) defines "service animals" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as "dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities."
When it is not apparent as to why the person need the animal, the DOJ allows 2 questions:
1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
2. What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
Resources on Service Animals and the ADA
- DOJ's Brief Overview of the Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals and Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA
- The ADA National Network's Fact Sheet on Service Animals and the ADA
- DOJ's Title II Regulations and Title III Regulations Revised Regulations on Service Animals
Available Training on Service Animals and ADA
The ADA National Network has provided several webinar training on various aspects of service animals and the ADA. Below are the links to a couple of the most recent archived recordings and the supporting materials:
- Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Pets and The Law (7/20/2016)
- Home, Community or Travel: Rules for Service Animals are not the same (2/16/2016)
- Confused about Service Animals versus Emotional Support Animals? The ADA National Network has an online publication that will explain: Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals: Where are they allowed and under what conditions?
- Want to understand Service Animals and Assistance Animals under the Fair Housing Act and how it relates to the ADA? See HUD's recent Memoranda: "Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs" (opens as PDF Document)
- Interested in Service Animals and Transportation? Read the Fact Sheet from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center or DOT's Technical Assistance Note, "No Change to US DOT ADA Regulations for Service Animals and Mobility Devices" (opens as Word Document)
- Interested in Service Animals and Title I (Employment)? Take a look at the Job Accommodation Network's webpage: Service Animals in the Workplace
- Indiana State Law on "service animals" and "service animals trainers" - I.C. 16-32-3-1.5 Service animals and I.C. 16-32-3-2 Public accommodations; service animals (To look up the Indiana code, go to http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/current/ic/)
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