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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Guide Dog Access: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Tuesday, April 13 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Many people with vision loss enjoy using a guide dog as their primary mobility system. This choice comes with both rights and responsibilities concerning access and public spaces. At our Guide Dog Access workshop, we’ll explore potential access issues, the laws governing access to things like transportation, lodging and living spaces. We’ll also discuss what you can do when you encounter these types of issues.

While you are entitled to rights of access, you also have certain responsibilities as a guide dog handler. Brad Blair, Second Sense’s orientation and mobility intern and a guide dog handler, shares his own experiences and what you need to know about access issues, access responsibilities and access resolutions. Whether you are a guide dog handler or just thinking about a guide dog, this workshop gives you a strong foundation of what is expected of you and what you may encounter as a guide dog handler.

You’ll learn about:

  • your rights under the ADA
  • your responsibilities as a guide dog handler
  • resolutions when access is denied
  • transportation access including ride sharing policies and the Air Carrier Act
  • housing, hotels, and restaurant access

To join this informative workshop, call our conference line at 312-809-1004. For questions, email Eleni Gaves.