[nagdu] Trying to understand: denial of access bad allergies

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Tue Aug 25 19:41:28 UTC 2015

Aleeha, in general, a person must come into direct contact with the
dog in order to have an allergic reaction.  There could be extremely
rare situations where this may not be true, but in those situations
the person should not be a driver.  I have a friend who's son has an
extreme latex allergy so they are extremely careful about any
proximity to latex.  Again, that is extremely rare.  I have a negative
reaction to cigarette smoke.  I worked in a position for many years
where I went to people's homes to provide services and, at times,
someone in the home smoked while I was there.  I did not ask people to
stop smoking because that is their home. We all need to be sensative
to each other.

On 8/25/15, Aleeha Dudley via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Can you guys weigh in on this? I have been severely criticized and called
> selfish for my opinion on this matter. This especially has to do with denial
> of access to uber vehicles, but could also have implications elsewhere.
> Let's start with a hypothetical situation. I request a ride with the uber
> app. As I do not think it is necessary, I do not inform the driver that I am
> accompanied by my dog. The driver shows up and says that they cannot take my
> dog because they or someone in their family has a severe allergy to dog
> dander, to the point that their throat closes up.
> In my opinion, this person shouldn't be driving anyway because anyone could
> be carrying pet dander on their clothing. My dog poses just as much a risk
> as the next person if my dog is well groomed. I believe that everyone should
> follow the law. Now, I'm told that this view makes me close minded and
> selfish. I have a similar view on fear of dogs. I'm told that we are all
> being close minded and spewing rhetoric when we talk about the uber lawsuit,
> but that is a topic for another post. What do you all think?
> Aleeha
> Sent from my iPhone
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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
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