Imagine having a disability that makes it difficult for you to do everyday tasks. Imagine that you and your service animal have invested thousands of hours in training to become independent again. Now imagine that you walk into your local grocery store-post office-bank only to be told “YOU CAN’T BRING THAT DOG IN HERE”. I can imagine that.
My Name is Pamela and I don’t have to imagine it because I am one of those people. 13 years ago I had to leave my position in television production and reinvent myself because I could no longer leave my house. For 13 years I became trapped in severe panic disorder. The introduction of a Service Animal is the one thing that is helping me get back into my “normal” life. But this isn’t about me, It’s about all the people with disabilities that rely on service animals.
This experience has opened my eyes to the lack of national education regarding ADA LAW as it applies to service animals. Within the past few months TJMAX, WALGREENS and BEST WESTERN have denied access to people with service animals. I myself was denied access to The Post Office, the Gym, an office building and a Doctor’s office.
In lieu of filing complaints against each of these businesses, I decided to be part of the solution to help businesses and all the handlers and their service animals by producing a training video- ADA LAW-The Training Video. Broadcaster and Actor Joe Washington , Suzi award nominated Christy Baggett, and Aimee Copeland along with a cast of Handlers and their Service Animals go through the process of educating retail, restaurant, hotel, transport businesses along with police, fire and rescue organizations what the law is and how they are to handle situations that arise with a service dog and their handler. A comprehensive test goes along with the training video.