Friday, August 17, 2012

Looking Back at Access Issues

              One of the hardest aspect of having a service dog for me has been how much I have to fight for even access to a grocery store or to have my disability plan for college followed. I have spent a great deal of time working on access issues. It is not that I don't want to fight but when it's constant it becomes another stress-or. I have teamed up with a service dog group of guide dogs to help educate where I live. I always thought because it was a dog friendly city that I would not have much issue, but the opposite has been true. I know I would not change getting Duchess, but I wish more people understand that because of my disability access with her is necessary. I know most people think because the laws protect you, but most of the time if they are unaware of the law things do not always go as they should. I do always pursue every access issue I encounter because my actions affect every service dog team that comes after me. I am hoping as I educate that people as I can.

             I know quite a few people who have had issues trying to take their service animals to work even as adults. I am hoping as the more time goes by that more work places will become more comfortable with the laws and making the appropriate accommodations. I have been blessed in that because I work at a large University that they do follow the laws for the most part. I have found after my seizure thankfully they have come around and things have returned to normal. The University also allows me two weeks paid time off for time when I need to train with my next service animal which is a wonderful benefit. There is the good and the bad, but I'm sure over time things will improve.


  1. Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us. boo the dog The World's Cutest Dog

    1. I like to share what I have learned and experienced when I can. Thank you for reading my blog.