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Tell Naples, Florida Collier County Schools to Allow Service Dog in Classroom ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Society & Culture  (tags: humans, children, service dogs, school, protection, environment )

- 2428 days ago -
For six-year-old J.C. Bowen, his golden retriever, Pepsi, is more than just his best friend. J.C. has autism, and Pepsi helps him get through day-to-day life. He's trained to stop J.C. from running off, rocking, banging his head, and having a meltdown.

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Maria p (151)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 6:32 am
signed and noted, what a cute picture, thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 6:42 am
#91, thanks

Jill Vickerman (416)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:45 am
Thanks Cher...

Chris R (80)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:05 am
Noted and signed, thanks Cher!~

. (1)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:09 am
Noted and signed. Thank you Cher.

Lydia S (155)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 10:32 am
Outrageous ! It falls under the American with disabilities act! The family should contact

Bonita Masters (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 1:19 pm
great cause signed

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 1:23 pm
they should file a discrimination complaint, pretty sure that is not legal.

Joan for Peace (441)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 1:56 pm
This card is a simple tool for service dog owners. It will assist you when entering a business. The cards were designed to ease the burden of having to remember and relay federal guidelines which go along with owning a service dog. Now you just hand business owners one of these. On one side it says "I'm a Service Dog" and indicates that your dog is a Service Dog - an animal individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities. It has the toll free phone number to the U.S. Department of Justice should the business owner have any questions. On the flip side of the card is a summary of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to Service Dogs. It outlines the questions businesses can ask and what they can't do.

"I'm a Service Dog"
Give it to businesses when you enter
Has the toll-free government number they can call if they have questions
Provides them with ADA information including what they can't ask (see below)
The back of the card says:

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Businesses May ask:
1) Is this a Service Dog?
2) What tasks does the Service Dog perform?

Businesses May Not:
1) Require special identification for the dog.
2) Ask about the person's disability.
3) Charge additional fees because of the dog.
4) Refuse admittance, isolate, segregate, or treat this person less favorably than other patrons.

A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless:

1) the animal is out of control and the animal's owner does not take effective action to control it.
2) the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

Any business that sells or prepares food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.

Refusal to provide equal access to people with disabilities with service animals is a federal civil rights violation, provided by the American Disability Act of 1990. Violators of the ADA can be required to pay money damages and penalties.
When folded this card measures 3.5" x 2", the same size as a standard business card. You'll want to keep these tucked away in your service dog's vest.

Erin R (181)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 3:30 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 4:12 pm
already signed 2 times and forwarded. Noted

Naoko i (264)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:04 pm
Noted, signed and shared on FB.

. (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:38 pm
Service dog what a noble calling.

Charles B (19)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 10:58 pm
# 183 or 184 signed.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 11:05 pm
Signed & Shared on Facebook!!!

Ron Avila (20)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 11:37 pm

T. A. H (39)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 11:47 pm
What''s wrong with these people -- signed with glee.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 12:15 am
Cannot send Joan For Peace another star. Already signed.

jane richmond (10)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 6:14 am

Stephen Hill (633)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:00 am
Cher, you are a blessing to all of us . With pleasure action taken and noted

Esther Z (94)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:01 am
Noted and signed.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 9:09 am
Thanks Cher

Jeanne M (84)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 9:15 am
Signed and noted - thank you, Cher.

Susan Pernot (75)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 10:55 am
wtf is wrong with people at the school? gladly signed.

Gillian M (218)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 11:51 am
Noted & signed with this comment "Service dogs are becoming more wide spread as we become aware that they can do much more than just guide blind people. Each case should be reviewed compassionately and with due regard to the welfare of the child."

Whilst forcing a business to accept someone with a service dog is one thing (& it is a shame that it has to be legislated for), forcing a school is another. I believe that those that NEED service dogs should have them but some cases have seem to me to be as suitable. I would also add that some children are scared of dogs, my nephews would refuse to attend school if there was a dog in the classroom as they are so upset if there is one (our dog has to be kept elsewhere when they visit). Now, how would you deal with this, after all both children have rights?

Gillian M (218)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 11:54 am
but some cases have seem to me to be as suitable, sorry, should read but some cases have seemed to me to be not as suitable.

Susan S (187)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 12:33 pm
Signed and noted.

Patricia W (94)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 1:02 pm
Allowing Pepsi into classes would teach the children, and some adults, compassion and acceptance. What a great way to inspire our future generation. Signed and noted.

Eileen M (8)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 1:27 pm
Signed. Thank you.

Fran SiteIssues F (119)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 3:40 pm
Signed and noted, thanks!

renee lusian (0)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 4:35 pm
Gladly signed

Carol H (229)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 6:32 pm
signed and noted, thanks Cher

Lindsey Williams (234)
Friday June 3, 2011, 5:51 am
Signed and noted, thank you Cher!

Alison A (244)
Friday June 3, 2011, 6:15 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Cher.

alicia m (97)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 7:37 am
signed, gracias

Ira M (211)
Friday July 15, 2011, 8:02 am
Signed and noted. Thank you!
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