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Human Development Institute

University Center for
Excellence in Disabilities

HDI Community Training Event

Service Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Date: April 19, 2019

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Presenters: Steve Kuusisto, Barry Whaley, Jason Jones

Continuing Education Units: This program is presented in conjunction with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. CRC credit hours are approved for Rehabilitation Counseling.

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Location: UK Coldstream Research Campus, Human Development Institute Training Room, 1525 Bull Lea Road, Lexington KY 40511

There seems to be a lot of confusion these days about service animals, emotional support, and comfort animals. Are they the same thing or are they different? This session will discuss what the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says about service animals. What rights do handlers of service animals have? What rights do employers, restaurateurs, airlines, property owners, and shop owners have when it comes to service animals and emotional support animals? Join us as we explore the laws and policies around service animals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of what a service animal is as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  2. Understand how the Air Carriers Access Act and the Fair Housing Act differ from the ADA in offering protections to handlers of “non-service” animals.
  3. Learn the history of service animals and how their bond with humans results in independence for nearly half a million Americans.