International Association of
Assistance Dog Partners


Proposed by the Coalition of Assistance Dog Organization (CADO) to clarify the 1991 definition.

28 CFR 36.104 - Definition of Service Animal

Revised to read:

Service animal means an assistance dog, and may include other animals specifically trained to perform physical tasks to mitigate the effects of an individualís disability. Assistance dogs include guide dogs that guide individuals who are legally blind; hearing dogs that alert individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to specific sounds; and, service dogs for individuals with disabilities other than blindness or deafness. Service dogs are trained to perform a variety of physical tasks including but not limited to pulling a wheelchair, lending balance support, picking up dropped objects or providing assistance in a medical crisis. The presence of an animal for comfort, protection or personal defense does not qualify as training to mitigate the effects of an individualís disability and therefore does not qualify said animal as a service animal.

NOTE: grammatical update, Jan. 31, 2007, to Service Animal Definition

Mitigate an individualís disability changed to ďmitigate the effects of an individualís disability.Ē

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