There is a growing interest in the “use” of service-dogs to enable people with disabilities to navigate the world more independently in North American culture. On the surface, while this may appear to be progress, the question remains, for whom? While there is evidence that the presence of a service-dog is beneficial for those living with a variety of disabilities, this trend is not devoid of embedded assumptions and a related need for caution. How disabled people are viewed and treated, matters. How nonhuman animals, in this case dogs, are viewed and treated equally matters. One set of needs stemming from structural oppression must not eclipse another's set of needs. The use of one party in order to emancipate another, is therefore fraught with necessary cautions. There are shared oppressions and rights at both ends of the service dog leash.
|Publication Title||At Both Ends of the Leash: Preventing Service-Dog Oppression Through the Practice of Dyadic-Belonging|
|Publisher||Canadian Journal of Disability Studies|
|Location of Publication||Waterloo, Ontario|
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