ADA and Fair Housing – There is a difference!

Assistance Animal (click photo for source)

Recently, a student asked me about an article she saw published in a trade magazine for Community Association Managers that addresses recent changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, or ADAA – as amended). In part, the article states:

“The new [ADA] regulations should put an end to the countless service animal questions that have vexed managers, attorneys and judges for decades. The 2010 [ADA] regulations narrow the definition of service animal specifically to dogs…No more debate about monkeys, pot-bellied pigs, cats, or birds.”

The article seems to imply the new ADA regulations apply to resident requests for service animals, which is not the case. The article goes on to say (emphasis added):

“Training has become a key factor. Not only must dogs be trained, but the training must relate directly to the resident’s disability… The [ADA] act makes clear that dogs that simply provide emotional support, comfort or companionship do not qualify as service animals.”

I found these statements to be shockingly misleading.  Continue reading “ADA and Fair Housing – There is a difference!”