WILSON WORKFORCE AND REHABILITATION CENTER
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Title:  Service Animals
Policy Number:  3.3.9
Effective Date:  May, 2001                                        
Lead Departments:  WWRC Admissions Department and Rehabilitation Counseling Division

 

OBJECTIVE

To protect the rights of individuals with disabilities who use service animals, in compliance with federal and state legal requirements

AUTHORITY

DEFINITION

 

Service Animal - The ADA (as interpreted by the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Department of Justice) defines a service animal as "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition."   If this definition is met, animals are considered service animals regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.  

POLICY

Persons with disabilities who utilize service animals shall be permitted to bring the animal to WWRC to assist them during their enrollment. If the service animal meets the definition above, it shall be permitted to accompany the individual to all areas of the facility where consumers are normally allowed to go.  An individual with a service animal will not be segregated from other consumers. As indicated in 28 CFR 35.136 the care and supervision of a service animal is the responsibility of his or her owner not the public entity.