[nfbmi-talk] Fw: guide dog banned from church bus

larry d keeler lkeeler at comcast.net
Thu Jul 16 19:05:33 UTC 2015

Think that woman is on the pilot list. 

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Subject: guide dog banned from church bus

This is from Ohio. One of the better articles on the subject I've seen.

Guide dog banned from church bus

Posted:Jul 15, 2015 8:03 PM EDT Updated:Jul 16, 2015 7:34 AM EDT

By Lisa Hutson



lhutson at fox19.com

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(Source: Lisa Hutson, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Lisa Hutson, FOX19 NOW)



A blind Sardinia woman says a Brown County church is discriminating against
her by not allowing her guide dog on a church bus.


Cathy Inglis says Tiny, a 6-year-old Boxer is an extension of herself
helping her to live independently even though she is completely blind. While
she has

had to explain Tiny's role before, she says she never thought a church would
turn him away.


"They told me I was not allowed to ride the church bus," said Inglis.


After asking to ride the Sunday school bus to church with her 6-year-old
grandson and Tiny, Inglis says Bible Baptist Church in Mt. Orab told her
Tiny could

not ride the bus.


"If I have offended them, I would like to ask for their forgiveness because
I would not want to offend them," said Pastor Ted House of Bible Baptist


House calls the entire discussion a huge misunderstanding. Both Tiny and
Cathy are welcome anytime inside or outside the church he says but any dog
on a

church owned vehicle poses liability concerns.


"It's just I don't want the dog on the bus around those children in those
close quarters because a dog is a dog no matter how well they are trained

a dog might nip a kid and then I've got a parent upset and a lawsuit," said
Pastor House.


Inglis says she has never had any aggression issues toward humans with any
of the seven guide dogs she has owned throughout her lifetime. Each of them

says go through extensive training to behave in public.


House says he has suggested other options besides bringing Tiny on the bus
such as having volunteers guide Inglis on Sundays or having a church member

up the pair in a private vehicle. They are options Inglis says she should
not have to choose from based on her disability.


"I didn't get the dog to leave him and be guided by somebody else. I got him
so I could work him and get around as best I can,"

said Inglis.


According to American Disabilities Act, churches are not required to be ADA
compliant but most do so voluntarily. By law, Bible Baptist Church has the

to refuse to accommodate anyone with disabilities.


Pastor House admits while he should have communicated the issue better, he
sticks by his decision to protect the children on the bus.


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