Paws and Recreation: Service Dogs, ADA Accessibility and You (Track: Equity and Inclusion)

Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

Track: Equity and Inclusion


Learn the facts about service dogs from true service dogs trainers. This speed session will discuss the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) laws and best practices for service dogs in your public facilities. It also will differentiate task-trained service dogs, therapy dogs, emotional support animals and anything else that might come through your doors. Our Q&A will answer any burning questions on this "hot topic." New Horizons Service Dogs Inc. is a service dog training nonprofit that supplies task-trained service dogs to clients free of cost.


Learning Outcomes:

Identify ADA laws for service dogs and how it relates to your organization.



Hannah Cooper

Athletic Supervisor, City of Port Orange Parks and Recreation

Hannah Cooper is an athletic supervisor with the City of Port Orange (Florida) Parks and Recreation. In her "spare" time she raises task trained service dogs through New Horizons Service Dogs Inc. in Orange City, Florida. She looks to educate and bring awareness to service dogs in the recreation industry and what ADA accessibility looks like for your organization.


Wendy Hartman

Assistant Director, New Horizons Service Dogs Inc.

Wendy Hartman is a retired teacher and now the assistant director for New Horizons Service Dogs Inc, located in Orange City, Florida. She has trained numerous dogs and presented on the topic countless times. Hartman has a wealth of knowledge on ADA laws and the relationship to public spaces.