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Seeing eye dogs and the ADA

November 5, 1998
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Does your place of business serve the public, such as a restaurant, hotel, retail store, movie theater, or sports arena? The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.

"Seeing eye dogs" are one type of service animal, but other people with disabilities are using animals to help alert them to sounds, to carry items, or to help balance.

Service animals are not pets, and if you have a "no pets" policy, it does not exempt your business from this requirement. Contact your attorney for more information.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, July 1996, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section

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