News From DAC NW


Every week, it seems, a news channel will run a segment on so-called “fake service dogs”, otherwise known as, well, pets. These segments tend to turn into a tutorial on how to abuse the service dog system in America. And they provoke a knee-jerk reaction from the public.

So, for the 2017 ADA Celebration, Disability Action Center NW has decided to host a dog event. We will focus on the ADA laws of what defines a service dog, meet some service dogs in training and learn from the certified organizations that train them. We will also focus on the rights of businesses, and cover what differences there are regarding service animals vs support animals, and the separate laws that protect people with support animals in housing.

But DAC wants to do this in a fun, interactive setting. Hosting the event in a park means people can attend with their dogs, whether service or pet, it doesn’t matter. Vendors will be there to talk about the services they provide to people with disabilities. Speakers will talk about what wonderful services their animals provide, both in guiding and in PTSD. We will have contests and quizzes with prizes offered.

Bring your favorite dog and get a free portrait taken. Or try your skill in our wheelchair obstacle course. Bring the kids for free balloons and face painting, they can leave looking like their favorite dog! They can meet the K9 Unit of the Lewiston Police Department.

And join us for free hot “dogs” and “pup”corn! Don’t have a dog? No worries. You can meet some great animals that are up for adoption.

DAC and the NW ADA Center Idaho is bringing in Captain Louis Belluomini and Naithan McKinney, both combat veterans. They will bring their service dogs Star and Maverick, and will talk about the important role service animals play in controlling PTSD. Being able to take a service animal to work everyday increases the bond and shows how a service dog is an effective accommodation in these emergency work settings.

Service dog abuse hurts us all. While anyone can obtain special patches, cards and other items, behavior of an animal cannot be faked. Let’s work together to educate and dispel the myths and stereotypes about service dogs.

See you on July 21st! 

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