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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

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Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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The term "service dog" is often used as a generic label including service dogs for people with disabilities, emotional support dogs, psychiatric service dogs, seizure or diabetic alert dogs and therapy dogs. A service dog is defined under ADA as a dog trained to perform a task for a person with a disability that he or she could not perform for themselves and that makes the disability less severe, serious, or painful. Service dogs are granted specific access and legal rights under ADA. Other types of specially trained dogs included under the generic "service dog" category may or may not be entitled to ADA protection and access depending on the type of duties they perform and the nature of their training. Additionally, the abuse of "service dog" designation from online sources has further complicated the issue, especially for individuals with invisible disabilities. This confusion and abuse regarding "service dog" status has caused people with disabilities to be denied access and support, while individuals without disabilities can take advantage of service dog status to gain access for untrained dogs. This situation has resulted in denial of rights for people with disabilities, a potential misperception of the purpose of service dogs, and the potential for unsafe situations for both dogs and people when they encounter untrained "service dogs" in public situations who are not properly trained to handle the complexities of community access. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information on the ADA definition of service dogs and define the purpose, training, and legal access granted to other types of assistance dogs often included in the "Service Dog" category.

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Anne Papalia

Shippensburg University

Thursday December 14, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Imperial Ballroom, Salon A 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303