No Pets Allowed – Have You Seen a Sign Like This?

Today some truth…I went into the local post office and found this sign posted in the lobby.

Just "blind persons"?

Just “blind persons”?

This disturbs me for several reasons. First, the United States Postal Employees should have a better grasp of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Most importantly though, since our country has had so many service members coming back from overseas with invisible disabilities and many use service animals so they can function now that they’re home.

There are disabilities that are invisible and service dogs might assist with mobility or balance, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, retrieving objects, or performing other special tasks. The dog might not easily be identified as a service dog because they are not wearing a vest or id tag and there is a risk of violating the person’s rights by assuming the dog is not a service animal.

According to the Department of Justice, ” When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

I do hope other Post Offices within the U.S. no longer display such signs. If you notice one, please do send me a photo and the name and town of where you see it.

An actual service dog is best identified by behavior of both handler and the dog. The dog is not a pet and should display quiet excellent behavior all time. This may prove difficult to enforce without violating ADA rights unless training is provided for those who would be responsible for enforcing the regulation.

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