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Clarify the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding service dogs in shopping carts and on restaurant seats

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We are not asking for the Americans with Disabilities Act to be changed. We are simply asking you to publish a statement on the ADA.gov website clearing up the issues noted in this petition for service dog handlers, businesses and the public at large.

For some time now, information has been spread throughout our communities informing that businesses and restaurants are required to allow service dogs in shopping carts and on restaurant seats if the handler requires their dog to be in the cart or on the seat to mitigate their handler's disability. Service dog handlers who interpret the law to mean this say that it is a matter of "reasonable accommodation" and that it is a violation of the ADA for a business to interfere with the dog's ability to mitigate their handler's disability by refusing to allow their dog to be in a shopping cart or on restaurant seat.  These claims are disputed by others who interpret the law differently and say that the service dog handler is responsible for providing all equipment their dog needs to mitigate their disability and not the business.  These conflicting views of the law have deeply divided the Service Dog Community and are causing a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding among service dog handlers and the businesses and restaurants who serve them across the country.

Please publish a statement that will clear up any confusion or misunderstanding about the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to shopping carts and restaurant seats. 



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