The Schools are in violation of Federal ADA guidelines! Stand up and fight! Why do people allow themselves to be victimized?
I get alot of criticism from people but the law is on my side. I will go wherever I please with my dogs. I will not let society dictate my ADA rights!
For many years I have suffered from diabetic low & high blood sugars, migraines, mobility problems and other medical problems.. I would sometimes go into seizures. My old doctor had me on 14 different medicines including seizure meds. All those medicines made me have seizures. Because of my medical condition I could not work, shop or drive by myself.
One day my 6month old female German Shepherd, Cissy started to act weird when I would start having a low blood sugar that put me into seizure mode. It took me 2 years to learn to trust her alerts. Because of her I was able to get off medication that was causing me more harm than good. My male dog Buddy helps me with laundry and mobility issues. I am training a new puppy to take over the old dogs jobs. It takes hard work and dedication to train dogs to alert for medical problems, and to assist with daily chores. But my dogs do work for me and I take care of them very well.
My problem now is that Washington County will not exempt my licensing fees. The people at Bonnie Hays told me that they only exempt dogs that have been "certified by an agency". That is not what the law states. ORS 609.105 states that a county cannot charge a fee for licensing an assistance animal as defined in ORS 346.680.
I am currently waiting for a reply from them. My lawyer wrote Washington County a letter in October 2009 to protect my rights. I have not received a reply from the county.
One thing that a lot of people are misinformed about is that a therapy dog is different than a service dog. Service dogs are working dogs for the disabled with specific jobs. Therapy dogs go to institutions to provide love therapy to those that want to pet the dog. It does not do a specific job for the disabled. Therapy dogs are not granted full access to businesses, transportation, etc.
Anyone who wants to contact me to find out your rights my phone is 971-285-2611. If you don't know your rights...you don't have any.
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