The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has mandated the accessibility of all services provided to the public. Despite this mandate, the disability community encounters barriers that prevent them from access at every turn.
Service animal and emotional support animals are critical for people with many types of disabilities to be independent.
Unlocking the Barrier: The General Assembly must protect the rights of individuals who rely on their animals for independent living. Adding administrative burdens or legal consequences to individuals exercising these rights is a step towards institutionalization and greater dependence on more expensive supports.
Many state agencies do not have an ADA Coordinator or have one who lacks training, resulting in inaccessible programs, activities, and services.
Unlocking the Barrier: The General Assembly must conduct self-review of state agencies’ ADA Coordinators, examine qualifications, and develop a corrective action plan.