[nfbmi-talk] Fw: [Nfbnet-members-list] Teleseminar: Service Animal, Therapy Dog, or Pet?

David Robinson drob1946 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 23:58:08 UTC 2016

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Please distribute the following announcement as widely as appropriate. For more information about specific presentations or training opportunities for your business or group, please contact
National Association of Guide dog Users Inc.
National Federation of the blind
(813) 626-2789 Info at NAGDU.ORG
March 10, 2016
Service Animal, Therapy Dog, or Pet: How can you tell the difference and what can be done? 
            There is a growing concern about what exactly is a service dog under state and federal law. Many people have a misunderstanding about what is a service dog while others simply attempt to take advantage of the law in order to bring their pet into places where pets are prohibited. Businesses are unsure of their rights and, fearing civil and criminal penalties, adopt an overly permissive attitude that might compromise the use of legitimate service dogs. 
            The National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU), a strong and proud division of the National Federation of the Blind and the leading advocate for sound service dog policy and law, will host "Service Animal, Therapy Dog, or Pet: How can you tell the difference and what can be done?" The teleseminar will be held on Monday, March 28 at 7:00 pm EDT and repeated on Wednesday, march 30 at 1:00 pm EDT. These teleseminars are absolutely free; however, space is limited and is on a first come first served basis. Reservations are required. 
Who Should Attend?
            This teleseminar is designed for both service animal users and businesses. It will help service animal users initiate a conversation with businesses about service animals while helping owners and operators of public accommodations understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. The goal of this workshop is to encourage proactive solutions to the challenges faced by service animal users and places of public accommodation through effective education and accurate information. In order to reserve your space in this teleseminar, please send your name, whether you are a service dog user or what business you represent, your city & state, your email address, and which teleseminar you wish to attend by Thursday, March 24, 2016 to 
If you represent a business, we would like to know the industry in which your business falls. This information will help us better plan the content of the teleseminar. If more than one person will represent a business, each individual must register for the teleseminar in order to ensure adequate facilities. An email confirmation with the call-in number and access codes will be sent to each registrant. Those without email access or who would like more information may call 888-624-3841 and leave a message with this information. 
Please note: This conference will be recorded. Participation in the conference implies an agreement to and authorization for such recording in compliance with state and federal laws. The information provided during this teleseminar is intended as informal guidance only and should not be construed as legal advice. The call-in telephone number is not toll-free; the National Association of Guide Dog Users, the National Federation of the Blind, or any of its affiliates, divisions, or chapters will not be responsible for any telephone charges or fees that may be incurred as the result of participation in this seminar. 
            The National Association of Guide Dog Users operates the NAGDU Information & Advocacy Hotline, a national toll-free telephone service that provides information about the rights and responsibilities of service dog users. Callers can choose to listen to general information about the federal regulations concerning service animals, as well as industry-specific guidance for restaurants, taxicabs, and health care facilities. Those needing immediate assistance can connect to an advocate who has been trained to resolve access issues. The NAGDU Information & Advocacy Hotline is available by calling 888-NAGDU411 (888-624-3841). 
            The National Association of Guide dog Users also has a mobile app containing the implementing regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the complete texts of each state law, industry-specific guidance, and other features to assist service animal users and businesses learn more about the ADA. The NAGDU mobile app can be downloaded by searching "NAGDU" in the app store. In the near future, we will be releasing an Android version of the mobile app, updating state laws, adding Canadian provincial laws, making the app available in the Canadian app store, and adding dynamic features that will enhance the app's functionality.
            The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise expectations for the blind because low expectations are the obstacles that stand between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want! Blindness is not what holds you back!
For more information about the National Association of Guide Dog Users, the National Federation of the Blind, or to locate a Chapter in your area, you may visit the following websites:
National Association of Guide Dog Users
National Federation of the Blind


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