Dept. of Justice Releases Changes to the Definition of Service Animal. As of February 17, 2011, the DOJ now defines a service animal to include only dogs (and in rare cases miniature horses), and excludes emotional support animals in federal, state, and local government facilities, public accommodations, and corporate facilities. However, the broader definition of service animals still exists in the Fair Housing Act as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and thus DO NOT affect reasonable accommodation requests for housing facilities or housing-related services.
Dept. of Justice Releases Changes to the Title II and Title III Regulations. The The revised regulations will be published in the Federal Register. In general, these final rules will take effect 6 months after the date on which they are published in the Federal Register.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects Americans with mental and physical disabilities against discrimination. The act is a landmark piece of legislation signed into law in July, 1990. For more information about the ADA, click here.
The League of Iowa Human & Civil Rights Agencies July 2010 newsletter offers a number of ways to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ADA. While the ADA provided huge protections for people with disabilities, we have not reached the goal of full inclusion and appreciation of people with disabilities in our society. Unemployment rates hover around 60% for the disability community, some landlords refuse to make modifications to increase accessibility, and students mock their classmates with disabilities. Instead of focusing on people's disabilities, we need to help society look at everyone's abilities and gifts they possess.
Governor Chet Culver is looking extra fashionable as he assists with flood relief in Anamosa, IA.