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I'm sorry Scuba but you are incorrect. Psychiatric Service dogs are protected under the ADA, and was reiterated and confirmed in the 2010 ruling by Congress. A psychiatric service dog is trained to perform individual tasks for their user, such as assuming a "protective" circle (this IS NOT to be confused with a guard dog! It is the space that one with anxiety needs to remain anxiety free) and to wake up their handler from nightmares. There are other tasks that psychiatric service dogs can do, such as get medication, alert to panic/anxiety attacks and MANY other tasks. This animal IS a service dog under the ADA.
However you certainly are correct on the poor research! You are 100% correct that the ADA does not cover churches, though EMPLOYMENT by a church organization is. It also does not apply to Native American owned and operated places of business, etc as long as they are on tribal land (they OFTEN do treat their disabled patrons well, and sometimes better than non tribal businesses, etc.) You are also correct in that therapy and/or companion animals are not protected under the ADA. Companion animals are covered under fair housing however, and Airline's Carrier Access. I hope that this clarifies things for everyone. :)6 months ago