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EQUITY
Service dogs help enhance the abilities of
their handlers and provide equitable access to
a service being provided to a community.
Paws and Recreation: Creating
Inclusion With Service Dogs
By Hannah Cooper
A
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s generations age, the use of service dogs is on the rise. As
more and more visitors frequent our parks and facilities, so will
service dogs. It is estimated that there are more than 500,000
service dogs in use currently in the United States, and that
number is expected to rise. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
and individual state statutes will determine the extent in which different
types of service dogs have access to your facilities. As an industry, service
dogs are often seen at senior/active adult centers, community centers,
athletic/sports complexes and even playgrounds. These dogs help enhance
the abilities of their handlers and provide equitable access to a service being
provided to the community. Examples of different types of service dogs are
seeing-eye dogs, diabetes alert dogs and mobility assistance dogs.
A service dog has full access and
rights to all facilities, whereas an
[emotional support animal] ESA has
no public access, and a therapy/
facility dog only has access to the
facility at which it is " working. "
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Understand the Types
of Working Dogs
Service dogs are " task trained "
dogs (of any breed) that enhance
the ability of a person to participate
in everyday opportunities.
These are different than emotional
support animals (ESA) or therapy
/facility dogs. A service dog has
full access and rights to all facilities,
whereas an ESA has no public
access, and a therapy/facility dog
only has access to the facility at
which it is " working. " For example,
a service dog must be allowed
on the pool deck with its handler,
but the dog is not allowed to swim
in the pool.
Know the Laws
There are no " certifications " or
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