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NY State does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act when it comes to disabled persons using service dogs.


Letter to
Ney York State Senate Patty Ritchie, NY State Senator
NY State Assemblyman NY Assemblman Blankenbush
New York State law does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Clarify NY State Law relating to the use of guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs; provide protection from discrimination for persons engaged in training such dogs; clarify the scope of reasonable accommodation required of housing providers; and repeal certain provisions of NY State executive law relating thereto.

It is important to update and clarify New York State
laws regarding service animals in order to reduce discrimination and allow those with disabilities to better function in a least restrictive environment. In addition, the proposed legislation will bring New York State into compliance with federal laws on this topic.

It is a discriminatory practice to deny access or discriminate against a blind, hearing impaired, or other disabled individual because they are accompanied by a dog that has been trained to perform tasks for their benefit. The legislation proposed would also make it a discriminatory housing practice to refuse to make reasonable accommodations including allowing the use of an animal to alleviate symptoms or effects of a disability.