Assistance Dogs in Public
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people who are in the company of an assistance dog must have all the same rights and access of any other person. This includes entry into restaurants, shops and places where dogs are typically not allowed to go.
“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 and gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age and religion. It works to break down barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services and telecommunications for people with disabilities.”
--The U.S. Department of Justice
Do you have a particular question about the ADA or where assistance dogs can go?
The ADA provides a toll-free number that you can call with questions. ADA specialists are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM until 5:30 PM (eastern time) except on Thursday when the hours are 12:30 PM until 5:30 PM. Spanish language service is also available.
For general ADA information, answers to specific technical questions, free ADA materials, or information about filing a complaint, call: 800 - 514 - 0301(voice) OR 800 - 514 - 0383(TTY)