Assistance Dogs International North America Regional Chapter (ADINA)
Assistance Dogs International North America chapter is dedicated to supporting the work of assistance dog programs across the United States and Canada. It was created in 2007.
ADINA Regional Chapter Board
- Sheila O’Brien, Guide Dog Foundation/America's VetDogs, USA, Chairman
- Sheri Soltes, Service Dogs, Inc., USA, Vice Chairman
- Laura Watamanuk, Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS), Canada, Secretary
- Jeanine Konopelski, Canine Companions for Independence, USA
- Jennifer Rogers, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Sciences (PAALS), USA
- Jenny BrodKorb, Service Dogs for America, USA
- Lori Stevens, Patriot Paws Service Dogs, USA
- Rick Yount, Warrior Canine Connection, USA
Access and Laws
View links for information on public access laws for Canada
View links for information on public access laws for the United States of America
Airline Access Campaign
The ADI North America Airline Accessibility Campaign has added an education toolkit that is available below. The goal of this campaign is to educate airport/airline personnel and the US Department of Transportation on access rights and expected service animal behavior for people with disabilities traveling with service animals. With every program's help, we will further position Assistance Dogs International as the expert in the field of assistance dogs and the one to consult when laws and access related issues are challenged. These efforts are ultimately to provide for easier access for all of our graduate teams.
We encourage every ADI NA member program to educate their local airport personnel with the assistance of a PowerPoint that has been developed. Contacting the marketing and communications department of your local airport is a good starting point, if you don't already have a contact. After presenting this material, please fill out the form on the link below so that we can track which airports this has been shared and determine which ones we need to target more specifically. These is also an airline access campaign poster that can be shared in a printed format of any size that describes the differences between service dogs, emotional support animals and pets. ADI NA encourages each program to supply their graduate teams with an ADI accredited member logo or patch on their working dogs' vests/capes or equipment to help identify our graduates while in airports and the general public.
Click HERE for the Airline Access Campaign Toolkit PowerPoint Presentation
Link to Completed Presentation Form
Air Carrier Act - Proposed Rules and Regulations
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary 14 CFR Part 382 [Docket No. DOT–OST–2018–0068] RIN No. 2105–AE63 Traveling by Air With Service Animals AGENCY: Office of the Secretary (OST), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation (Department or DOT) is seeking comment in this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on proposed amendments to the Department’s Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air. The proposed amendments are intended to ensure that our air transportation system is safe for the traveling public and accessible to individuals with disabilities.
DATES: Comments should be filed by April 6, 2020. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable.
ADDRESSES: You may file comments identified by the docket number DOT– OST–2018–0068 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251.
Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number DOT– OST–2018–0068 or the Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for the rulemaking at the beginning of your comment. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
Download the Full DOT Document HERE.