Your Rights and Responsibilities under Federal and State Law
Three federal laws identify the rights and responsibilities of people who use guide dogs. These three laws, the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), work to defeat discrimination by guaranteeing access and accommodation rights to people with disabilities who use service animals.
Despite the fact that Seeing Eye dogs have improved the quality of life for people who are blind since 1929, federal legislation concerning access rights of persons with disabilities was virtually nonexistent until the mid-1980s. In its absence, each state created its own law(s) to address the rights and responsibilities of people with guide dogs.
To date, all states and the District of Columbia have laws to protect access rights. However, the extent of coverage varies considerably from state to state and sometimes conflicts with federal laws. Generally, federal laws preempt state laws, but the ADA yields to state laws that provide better access.
For more information, contact The Seeing Eye Advocacy Council toll-free at 1-800-539-4425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.