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This document summarizes information most likely to be useful to PHD students and graduates. It identifies and defines relevant terms. Note that definitions and terms can vary between different laws, policies and regulations: common ones identified and defined here. This document also summarizes rights and responsibilities of working dog teams and those individuals and entities with whom they interact. Readers are recommended to consult reference materials, including those below.
ADA definition of
ADA definition of
ADA Q & A about Service Animals
ADA definition of Service Animal (more detail)
ADA Q & A
ADA Title III summary
Assistance animals and housing
Service Animals in state parks
Service Dog Rights:
Fair housing laws - summary
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The Fair Housing Act
New Mexico - 2013
New Mexico Tech policy on Service Animals
UNM policy on Service Animals & Assistance Animals
Section 504 in public schools - a parent's guide
Antioch University policy on Service Dogs
Onaga, A. Requests for Service Animals: Developing Compliant School Policies, Procedures and Responses. LRP Publications.
Service and Emotional Support Animals belonging to patrons and employees
Do's and don'ts (Service Dog etiquette and cultural humility)