On September 15, 2010, The Department of Justice published revised final regulations for government and public accommodations titles of the ADA. Those revisions meant only dogs were recognized as service animals under those sections, and described a service dog as “a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” It also mandated that in general, businesses or entities that fall under those titles of the ADA must allow service animals to accompany individuals with disabilities so long as the animal is under control.
The ADA and ADAAA are so important for all individuals with disabilities, but especially so for the children we serve through the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids program. The protection under the ADA and the right to have service dogs in public places has benefited many of our W.A.G.S. 4 Kids children when it comes to attending school, venturing out with their family, and more.
No matter how it’s done, raising awareness for individuals with disabilities and promoting inclusion is important not only in July, but all year. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids is proud to create inclusive events like “Christmas In July” on July 25 and the Wonder Run Virtual 5K on August 1. In the W.A.G.S. world, all are encouraged to attend, participate, and be celebrated!
If you’d like to create a project or event to celebrate inclusion and bring awareness to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and the population it serves, submit your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested youths can learn more about and submit their ideas through the Kids Who Can! Youth Empowerment Program.