September is National Service Dog Month.  Most people think of “service animal” as only seeing-eye dogs for individuals with blindness.  Yet, there are service dogs to support people with many different kinds of disabilities.  In general, a service dog can be used as a form of reasonable accommodation in the workplace.  Resources are being shared to help increase awareness on how both dogs and other service animals can be used to aid people with disabilities in the labor force.

 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Resources

ADA National Network Resources

  • Service Animal Resource Hub - The ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center developed an online portal that creatively breaks up this topic area into nine different sections. 
  • Video on Service Animals - The mid-Atlantic ADA Center developed a 15-minute video about service animals under Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and addresses commonly asked questions. 

Michigan State University Resource

  • Service Animal State-by-State Guide - Michigan State University developed a comprehensive state-by-state guide about different state laws on defining service animals.     

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)

  • What Federal Employers Should Know - EARN developed resource titled Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace: What Federal Employers Should Know that provides background, key considerations, and effective practices 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Resource

  • Service Dogs for Veterans – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides an overview of service dogs in support of our veterans and summarizes the VA benefits available.  Currently, the VA is involved in a long-term study on the impact of service dogs to veterans with PTSD.