Assistance Animals According to ADA and Fair Housing

 

WHAT ARE ASSISTANCE ANIMALS?  

Assistance animals are not pets. There are two types of assistance animals:

  1. Service animals who are trained to do specific task(s).
  2. 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: 

      SERVICE ANIMALS  |  ASSISTANCE ANIMALS

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS

You may ask the following when asking for a reasonable accommodation:

For a Service Animal
  1. Is this animal required because of a disability?
  2. What work or task has this animal been trained to perform?
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.  

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES