Department of Justice Releases Report on Service Animals and the ADA

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a technical assistance document, Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA. The document includes frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) that protect the rights of individuals and their service animals. As noted by the DOJ, it is as a follow-up to the DOJ’s 2011 guidance on Service Animals and the Revised ADA Requirements, and should be read in conjunction with the 2011 document.

Department of Justice Posts Guidelines for Service Animals

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) posted a technical assistance document on its website about service animals and the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). DOJ revised its ADA regulations in September 2010 and clarified that under the ADA, dogs trained to work for an individual with a disability meet the requirements for service animal. The guidelines include a discussion of the limited circumstances under which miniature horses may be considered service animals. To read the document, go to http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm