|Barked: Wed Sep 5, '12 6:57pm PST |
|So I took my new SDiT, Levi, to the student center tonight on campus to work with him some more. He was wearing his vest and behaving like a perfect gentleman and all was well until a man approached us and asked if he was a seeing eye dog. When I explained that no he wasn't but he was indeed a service dog, he started talking about how they aren't supposed to let animals in unless they are seeing eye dogs, when I know for a fact that that is no Texas law, and certainly not federal law. I tried to explain that while some states DO limit service dogs to seeing eye dogs, the last time I checked Texas wasn't one of them. He didn't seem convinced and asked me to talk to the information desk tomorrow but I'm not really sure what to say or what literature to give them? Any ideas?
Also, I just got my official diagnosis a couple of weeks ago so, especially since I don't really intend on taking him to class with me since he's still in training and by the time he's fully trained I'll be gone unless I go on to grad school, I haven't registered with the student disability services yet. Though mental disabilities are listed as acceptable by the university, reading their policies, "Provision of appropriate documentation is of two-fold importance: establishing that a student is a
person with a disability and thereby entitled to equal access according to federal mandates AND
establishing that a student has a need for accommodation in order to obtain equal access.
Documentation must demonstrate that the physical or mental disability creates a substantial limitation
to a major life activity. In order to be considered for accommodations, the student’s documentation
must establish a current need for the requested accommodation(s)." However, I have neglected to mention using Levi as a service dog to my current therapist because I'm not sure she'll agree with the idea or realizes how much my condition affects my daily life since I'm almost always very composed in session.
I don't want to back down because I know I have rights but I haven't had to deal with these situations before and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and honestly a bit uncomfortable at the thought of having my privacy, in my mind, violated by having to go through all these channels and people I don't know, for something that shouldn't even be an issue except people are stupid and uneducated and if I'm gone in with Levi in a wheelchair, we probably wouldn't even be having this discussion! Okay, now that I'm done with my rant, anyone have any advice for Levi and I?
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