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Service-dog frustration

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I was asked to write a letter for accommodation request to Pioneer Center to participate in the brain-injury groups they offer.

This is expected so I can bring my service dog into group. I have no idea how to do this for two reasons.

One, it is against the law for anyone to prevent a service dog from being with its owner, except in a room where surgery is being performed, as long as the dog performs a task for them. In my case, it is mobility.

You would not say a cane or walker is prohibited from group. I have been excluded from my cognitive group for more than three months.

The second reason is no form is available to make a request on. I have no idea what to ask for. “Please allow my dog in to help. If you don’t, it is against the law.”

I have a brain injury. I don’t understand why I should be singled out and expected to jump through hoops when it’s obviously causing me a unnatural level of stress and pain.

All I want or expect is Pioneer to understand what they are asking of me and of no one else.

Amanda Gray


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