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Parenting Your Complex Child by Peggy Lou Morgan

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CHAPTER

11

SERVICE DOGS

UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA), accommodations are made allowing disabled persons to have service animals. Service dogs are used to assist people in various ways, depending on the needs of the person relying on a service dog. There are:

•    Guide dogs for the blind

•    Hearing-ear dogs for the deaf

•    Mobility dogs that assist people with mobility problems, such as those in wheelchairs

•    Seizure dogs that sense when their handlers are about to have a seizure

•    Psychiatric dogs

•    Service dogs for children with disabilities

As you can see, service dogs are no longer only for blind, deaf, or wheelchair-bound persons. Interest is increasing in providing service dogs to autistic children and those ...

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