It’s an unfortunate truth, but the reality is that many disabled people feel stigmatized because of the ignorance and yes, poor behavior of some community members. For some, it seems that public access challenges are a frequent headache. I’d like to share two tips that may be helpful when you encounter uninformed folks or even people just behaving badly.
Know your relevant federal, state and possibly local civil rights laws. There’s a difference between The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 and The Air Carrier Access Act, for example. You may want to be able to discuss both of these laws as they apply to service animals.
Service dog handlers often feel they lack credibility and that staff in the local restaurant or movie theater my strongly question the presence of your service dog, especially if you are a fairly well-known and you are newly partnered. Your bearing and presentation of your service dog are greatly enhanced when your dog’s behavior is exemplary. If you seem to not have control, you may not be considered credible.
Maintain your dog’s obedience and public access training skills!
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