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Service Dogs and Restaurants

This project witll work with Chambers of Commerce and reaturant owners to educate them about the service dog provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state law. We also propose to train users of service dog.Service dogsa re individually trained to serve people with disabilities, come in a lsizes and breeds, and serve a range of disabilities. This project will reduce tensions, and increase awareness.... more »
Who are you?

Director of Advocacy, CIL of South Florida. Former Senior Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice, 1993-2005.
CILSF serves a cross-disability population, and seeks to enhance voluntary compliance with federal civil rights.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Restaurants are often faced with the decision of whether to allow a customer to enter while accompanied by a dog, and are required by federal law to allow cutomers with disabilities to be accompanied by a service dog. There id often great confusion about what a service dog is, and what questions the restaurant may lawfully ask. This project proposes to train restaurants and users of service dogs about the law, to help alleviate confusion and tension.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Integration of underserved populations.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The CIL of South Flroida has trained restaurant owners and users of service dogs about the ADA, resulting in better relationsships and compliance with the ADA. We have also taught users of service dogs about their rights, and diminished the need for litigation. We have also worked with city officials and health department oficials about the rights and obligations set forth in the ADA concerning service dogs. Thsi project is intended to increase cooperation and compliance.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Center for Independent Living of South Florida


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