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What defines “do work or perform tasks” for service animals?

What does “do work or perform tasks” mean?

The dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability.

For example, a person with diabetes may have a dog that is trained to alert him when his blood sugar reaches high or low levels.

A person with depression may have a dog that is trained to remind her to take her medication. Or, a person who has epilepsy may have a dog that is trained to detect the onset of a seizure and then help the person remain safe during the seizure.

From: Dept. of Justice’s site answering American Disability Act (ADA) questions relating to service animals that was updated July 2015.

NOTE from Dept. Of Justice:
The Department of Justice continues to receive many questions about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals. The ADA requires State and local government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations (covered entities) that provide goods or services to the public to make “reasonable modifications” in their policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to accommodate people with disabilities. The service animal rules fall under this general principle. Accordingly, entities that have a “no pets” policy generally must modify the policy to allow service animals into their facilities. This publication provides guidance on the ADA’s service animal provisions and should be read in conjunction with the publication ADA Revised Requirements: Service Animals.

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