Service Dogs: How Can They Help?

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Dogs are man’s best friend, but service dogs are specially trained to make their owners’ lives easier and healthier. Service dogs provide companionship and perform life-saving tasks. At Summit Disability Law Group, we strive to help people with disabilities take advantage of all the benefits available for them. Many people with disabilities can find help from these animals. This post explains the basics of the assistance they provide.

How Can Service Dogs Help?

Any dog breed can be a service dog. The only distinction is that they are trained to work for you, and not just be a pet. These dogs are trained to help people with many different disabilities. Service dogs can provide emotional support, help navigate, assist during seizures, and even call 911 during an emergency.

According to the United States Dog Registry, trained service dogs can help people with the following disabilities:

  • Limited Mobility (Paralysis)
  • Blindness/Deafness
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Bone and Skeletal Disease (Osteoporosis or Scoliosis)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows any disabled person to own a service dog. It also allows these dogs in most public places, including restaurants, hotels, transportation, and stores. Businesses can only ask what tasks the dog is trained to perform, not what disability the owner has. Some businesses, such as airlines, can require your dog to wear an identification vest or card.

Protections under ADA also let owners live with their service dogs at any building or residence, even those with a no pet policy. Landlords and managers must allow service dogs and cannot charge extra fees.

Summit Disability Law Group

Service dogs assist many disabled people. They are just one of the many resources available to make life with a disability easier. Social Security disability benefits are another helpful resource. At Summit Disability Law Group, we help disabled Utahns get the benefits they need.

Our free book, The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook, explains disability benefits in plain English. Order your copy today by clicking on the title above! If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for these benefits. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation!


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