Service & Emotional Support Animals: An Introduction to Animal Accommodation Laws

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It seems like service and emotional support animals are everywhere these days and the ease in which someone can get “certified” raises eyebrows. Is there really an epidemic of people fraudulently using the disability protections to bring Fido to the grocery store or avoid a pet fee? Learn the basics of animal accommodation requests; distinctions between service, assistance, and therapy animals; ways to manage dubious requests; the responsibilities of each party; and how to help avoid costly discrimination claims.

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Event Details

Webinar Date

Webinar Time

Course Type

Course Instructor

Jessica Hunt, Esq.

Original Date Of Course

General Credits

2

Course Description

It seems like service and emotional support animals are everywhere these days and the ease in which someone can get “certified” raises eyebrows. Is there really an epidemic of people fraudulently using the disability protections to bring Fido to the grocery store or avoid a pet fee? Learn the basics of animal accommodation requests; distinctions between service, assistance, and therapy animals; ways to manage dubious requests; the responsibilities of each party; and how to help avoid costly discrimination claims.

Principles

  • The basics of animal accommodation laws
  • The distinctions between service, assistance, and comfort/therapy animals
  • Protections available for individuals living with a disability
  • How residential and commercial property manager clients can avoid discrimination claims

Syllabus

Section I. Overview of federal protections for individuals living with disabilities in the context of animal accommodation regulations

  1. Applicable Federal Laws
    1. Title(s) I, II and/or III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
    2. Fair Housing Act (FHA)
    3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RHA)
    4. Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA)
  2. Definition of Disability
  3. Reasonable Modifications and Accommodations

Section II. Types of Animal Accommodation Requests

  1. Service Animals
  2. Assistance Animals
  3. Comfort and Therapy Animals

Section III. Pre-emption issues

  1. Public health issues
  2. Local ordinances
  3. State laws

Section IV. Test Your Knowledge

Instructor

Jessica L. Hunt, Esq.

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