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Service Animals (ADA)

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Under Title II and Title III of the ADA a service animal is a dog (or under the ADA's associated regulations, a miniature horse) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Besides the ADA, there are other federal laws dealing with service animals. The definition of “assistance animal” under the Fair Housing Act and the definition of “service animal” under the Air Carrier Access Act are broader than the definition under the ADA. This can sometimes cause confusion for researchers. 

In addition to the ADA, we've linked below to other federal laws and regulations on service animals. 

Please remember that this guide is for information purposes only and is not comprehensive.  
It is intended as a starting point for research, to illustrate the various sources of the law, and to provide guidance in their use. 
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