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Access Laws - Access Rights

Federal and state laws provide access rights to service animals.  Three Federal laws cover access for the following locations:

Airlines – Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA)

The first Federal legislation to directly address public access rights of people with disabilities who have service animals was the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986. The act amended the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 to provide that prohibitions of discrimination against handicapped people apply to air carriers. Regulations clarify that air carriers must permit "dogs and other service animals used by handicapped people to accompany the people on a flight". As a result of these 1986 stipulations regarding air transport, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act does not reference air carriers in its Title II and III transportation requirements.

Public Places - The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Section 36.302(c) of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public accommodations generally to modify policies, practices, and procedures to accommodate the use of service animals in places of public accommodation.

Service animal means any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.
Place of public accommodation means a facility, operated by a private entity, whose operations affect commerce and fall within at least one of the following categories:

Places of lodging
Establishments serving food or drink
Places of exhibition or entertainment
Places of public gathering
Sales or rental establishments
Service establishments
Stations used for specified public transportation
Places of public display or collection
Places of recreation
Places of education
Social service center establishments
Places of exercise or recreation


Housing - Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act

The Delta Society's website is an excellent reference. Click the links below to refer to The Delta Society's access information about:

Housing and Traveling

The Delta Society also provides a list of Consultants and Educators who may be of help.

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