[Nfbnet-members-list] Teleseminar: Service Animal, Therapy Dog, or Pet?

Marion Gwizdala blind411 at verizon.net
Thu Mar 10 18:52:48 UTC 2016

Please distribute the following announcement as widely as 
appropriate. For more information about specific presentations or 
training opportunities for your business or group, please contact

National Association of Guide dog Users Inc.
National Federation of the blind
(813) 626-2789 <mailto:Info at NAGDU.ORG>Info at NAGDU.ORG

March 10, 2016

Service Animal, Therapy Dog, or Pet: How can you tell the difference 
and what can be done?

             There is a growing concern about what exactly is a 
service dog under state and federal law. Many people have a 
misunderstanding about what is a service dog while others simply 
attempt to take advantage of the law in order to bring their pet into 
places where pets are prohibited. Businesses are unsure of their 
rights and, fearing civil and criminal penalties, adopt an overly 
permissive attitude that might compromise the use of legitimate service dogs.

             The National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU), a 
strong and proud division of the National Federation of the Blind and 
the leading advocate for sound service dog policy and law, will host 
"Service Animal, Therapy Dog, or Pet: How can you tell the difference 
and what can be done?" The teleseminar will be held on Monday, March 
28 at 7:00 pm EDT and repeated on Wednesday, march 30 at 1:00 pm EDT. 
These teleseminars are absolutely free; however, space is limited and 
is on a first come first served basis. Reservations are required.

Who Should Attend?
             This teleseminar is designed for both service animal 
users and businesses. It will help service animal users initiate a 
conversation with businesses about service animals while helping 
owners and operators of public accommodations understand their rights 
and responsibilities under the law. The goal of this workshop is to 
encourage proactive solutions to the challenges faced by service 
animal users and places of public accommodation through effective 
education and accurate information. In order to reserve your space in 
this teleseminar, please send your name, whether you are a service 
dog user or what business you represent, your city & state, your 
email address, and which teleseminar you wish to attend by Thursday, 
March 24, 2016 to

<mailto:Info at NAGDU.ORG>Info at NAGDU.ORG

If you represent a business, we would like to know the industry in 
which your business falls. This information will help us better plan 
the content of the teleseminar. If more than one person will 
represent a business, each individual must register for the 
teleseminar in order to ensure adequate facilities. An email 
confirmation with the call-in number and access codes will be sent to 
each registrant. Those without email access or who would like more 
information may call 888-624-3841 and leave a message with this information.

Please note: This conference will be recorded. Participation in the 
conference implies an agreement to and authorization for such 
recording in compliance with state and federal laws. The information 
provided during this teleseminar is intended as informal guidance 
only and should not be construed as legal advice. The call-in 
telephone number is not toll-free; the National Association of Guide 
Dog Users, the National Federation of the Blind, or any of its 
affiliates, divisions, or chapters will not be responsible for any 
telephone charges or fees that may be incurred as the result of 
participation in this seminar.

             The National Association of Guide Dog Users operates the 
NAGDU Information & Advocacy Hotline, a national toll-free telephone 
service that provides information about the rights and 
responsibilities of service dog users. Callers can choose to listen 
to general information about the federal regulations concerning 
service animals, as well as industry-specific guidance for 
restaurants, taxicabs, and health care facilities. Those needing 
immediate assistance can connect to an advocate who has been trained 
to resolve access issues. The NAGDU Information & Advocacy Hotline is 
available by calling 888-NAGDU411 (888-624-3841).

             The National Association of Guide dog Users also has a 
mobile app containing the implementing regulations of the Americans 
with Disabilities Act, the complete texts of each state law, 
industry-specific guidance, and other features to assist service 
animal users and businesses learn more about the ADA. The NAGDU 
mobile app can be downloaded by searching "NAGDU" in the app store. 
In the near future, we will be releasing an Android version of the 
mobile app, updating state laws, adding Canadian provincial laws, 
making the app available in the Canadian app store, and adding 
dynamic features that will enhance the app's functionality.

             The National Federation of the Blind knows that 
blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. 
Every day we raise expectations for the blind because low 
expectations are the obstacles that stand between blind people and 
our dreams. You can live the life you want! Blindness is not what 
holds you back!

For more information about the National Association of Guide Dog 
Users, the National Federation of the Blind, or to locate a Chapter 
in your area, you may visit the following websites:

National Association of Guide Dog Users

National Federation of the Blind

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