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Service animals: An ADA Q&A

Medical Environment Update, August 30, 2020

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These questions and answers were adopted from a Q&A published by the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division: https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html

Q: What is a service animal?

A: Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.

Q: What does “do work or perform tasks” mean?

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