In compliance with the ADA, service animals are welcomed on LASC’s campus. If you have a disability that requires the assistance of a service animal on campus, you should first contact DSPS to register as a student with a disability and complete the DSPS Service Animal Agreement. The Director of DSPS (or a designee) will review the agreement and your paperwork, and recommend any additional accommodations appropriate to the functional limitations of the disability.
Requirements of service animals and their owners/handlers include:
- Dogs must be licensed in accordance with county regulations and wear vaccination tags.
- Animals must be in good health.
- And animals must be on a leash at all times.
- The handler must control the animal at all times. The care and supervision of an animal is solely the responsibility of its partner/handler.
- The handler should provide DSPS information as to how the animal accommodates for his/her disability.
LASC may exclude a service animal from all or part of its property if a handler fails to comply with these restrictions in a manner that fundamentally alters the nature of LASC’s programs or services, or poses a threat to the health or safety of others.
A service animal is a dog that has been trained to complete some tasks and functions a person with a disability cannot perform themselves. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as:
Any dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals.
The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks.
- Alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds.
- Providing non-violent protection or rescue work.
- Pulling a wheelchair.
- Assisting individuals to the presence of allergens.
- Retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone.
- Providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities.
- Helping individuals with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.
The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship are not considered work or tasks under the definition of a service animal.