Service Animals in the Workplace

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Service animals fulfill a vital function for their handlers. They allow people who have disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life areas to function independently. Although it is difficult to know how many people in the U.S. use a service animal, an informal research review by staff at the Northeast ADA Center at the Yang-Tan Institute at Cornell University suggests as many as 20,000 service animals assist their handlers with everyday life activities. (Northwest ADA Center, n.d.) Perhaps now or in the future, as a Human Resource professional, you will have an employee or job applicant who uses

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