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Canines for Disabled Kids

By Erin Jerrett, Margarita Mnatsakanyan, Colleen Reynolds, Yin Wang

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Canines for Disabled Kids have been working on behalf of children and their families to educate communities and promote service dog partnerships for almost twenty years. Their advocacy with local legislatures, business owners, and community leaders highlighted the difficulties encountered when differentiating service dogs from emotional support/comfort dogs. Service dogs are entitled to access by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while emotional support/comfort dogs are not protected under the federal statute or to the same rights. Canines for Disabled Kids proposed a study to obtain a current count of licensed service dogs in the Commonwealth and investigate the feasibility of requiring a specialized dog tag. Canines for Disabled Kids is working to resolve the difficulty area businesses and community members are experiencing identifying service dogs in order to ensure access without violating the federal regulations.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2017
Pages 45
Department School of Professional Studies
Degree Master of Science in Professional Communication (MSPC)
Language English
University Clark University
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Communication
  3. Disabled children
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. Service animals
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