WHAT ARE ASSISTANCE ANIMALS?
Assistance animals are not pets. There are two types of assistance animals:
- Service animals who are trained to do specific task(s).
- Animals who provide emotional support for the benefit of a person with a disability.
These handy reference flyers from the Hawaii Disability and Communication Access Board offer more information:
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS
You may ask the following when asking for a reasonable accommodation:
|For a Service Animal|
|For an Assistance Animal|
Ask to be provided information from a treating health care professional, mental health professional, or other credible verification that the person has a disability and that the assistance animal is needed to alleviate one or more symptoms of the person's disability.
- Hawaii Disability and Communication Access Board
- Hawaii Civil Rights Commission
- Hawaii Public Housing Authority
- U.S. Department of Justice - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Updated guidance on assistance animals under the Fair Housing Act: includes best practices for property managers and landlords