CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – On Saturday, NewsWatch 12 brought you coverage of an incident recorded at the Grants Pass Growers Market involving market officials and a woman with her ADA service dog.
The Americans With Disabilities Act allows for those with disabilities to use assistance dogs in their daily life. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs are all assistance dogs, but assist with different disabilities. Dogs For The Deaf in Central Point trains hearing dogs and service dogs to assist with autism. All assistance dogs are allowed to go anywhere the public is normally allowed to, such as restaurants, hotels and movie theaters.
Businesses may ask a person if the dog is an assistance dog and no paperwork is required to be shown by the person with a disability. The dog must be either leashed, harnessed, tethered or otherwise under control of the master. Training manager for Dogs For The Deaf, John Drach, said it’s important to realize not all disabilities are obvious at first.
Oregon law only requires hearing dogs to wear a bright orange vest. Assistance dogs may be excluded from a business for limited reasons that include if the dogs is not housebroken or if the dog is disruptive or threatening to others.