Guide dogs and the ADA

People who work with guide dogs have fought for the right to be accompanied by their dogs in public since 1929. As pioneers in civil rights for people working with service animals, Guide Dog Users, Inc. is proud to provide the following helpful link. This document from the United States Department of Justice helps to anser the question:

"Just what is a service animal anyway?"

If you have any questions about the use of service animals in places of business in the United States, click here for information directly from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. The information will be displayed in a new window.

On November 26, 2002, GDUI and four guide dog schools filed a formal complaint with the Department of Justice on behalf of Stephanie Dohman, a guide dog handler, against the Iowa Department for the Blind. Read about this case and listen to ACB Radio interviews here.

Members of our California affiliate, Guide Dog Users of California, played key roles in 2 videos produced by the California branch of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. You can view the video for law enforcement officers here. Another video for hotel and restaurant staff is also available. Our California affiliate also takes part in the association's trade shows, educating hotel and restaurant owners about the rights of people with guide dogs.