The National Association of Guide Dog Users, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, will host a teleseminar designed to teach service animal users how to best protect their rights and be effective self-advocates. It is also meant to help owners and operators of public accommodations understand their rights and responsibilities under the law.
“Service Animals in Places of Public Accommodation” will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (5:00 p.m. Pacific). Reservations are required. Participation is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. While the seminar itself does not have a fee, the call-in telephone number is not toll-free.
The session will answer questions that include the following:
- What are the rights and responsibilities of service animal users in places of public accommodation?
- Are there circumstances under which a business is allowed to refuse access to an individual accompanied by a service animal?
- What is the best way to resolve issues that arise because of the choice to use a service animal?
- What remedies are available to those who feel their civil rights have been violated?
To reserve your space in this teleseminar, please send your name, city and state, and your email address by Thursday, August18, 2011, to Info@NAGDU.ORG. If you are a service animal user or represent a public accommodation, include this information in your message. An email confirmation with the call-in number and access codes will be sent to you. Those without email access or who would like more information may call 813-626-2789.
Please note: This conference will be recorded. Participation implies an agreement to and authorization for such recording in compliance with state and federal laws. The information provided during this teleseminar is intended as informal guidance only and should not be construed as legal advice.
For more information about the National Association of Guide Dog Users, the National Federation of the Blind, or to locate a chapter in your area, visit the following websites: