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