From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Service dogs in labs
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:43:57 -0600
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I'll chime in on this one.

My daughter has several disabilities including deafness and significant mobility difficulties. She has had service dogs for many years while successfully obtaining 2 Batchelor's degrees, a special teaching certificate, and 2 Master's Degrees. I hope she will eventually pursue a PhD.

You do have to retire the service dogs after 5-7 years or so. They work hard for a living.

She has obviously had her various service dogs in all types of science labs, and since she teaches middle school and high school science (many fields including chemistry) particularly to students in Special Education programs, obviously the service dogs have been with her;. The dogs are trained to alert her to any problems with students, herself, the lab environmental, or the building in general (tornado warnings, fire alarms, etc.).

Under ADA, a service dog is a "reasonable accommodation", and I agree with Steven that such can be done rather easily.

My 2 cents worth having dealt with his now for 25+ years as a father.

Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Medical Toxicologist

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM, Funck, Steven <sfunck**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Dr. Hazari: I have not in my current capacity, but was involved in this scenario as a general chem lab instructor at another institution. Prior to the semester starting we did a walkthrough of our lab with our campus disability services officer, the student and the organization which oversees those dogs. The biggest concerns were vapors, broken glass, and spills. Since this was a general chemistry level lab, vapors were not much of an issue. The broken glass/spill issue was minimized by assigning the student to a group whose workstation was nearest to the main door to the lab. The dog then laid underneath the coat rack located just inside the door and could proceed no further than that. It worked out well. During the lab itself the student had his lab partners to assist in things he could not achieve on his own. The dog then helped him in and out of his coat, backpack, etc. when the student was entering/leaving.

Steven S. Funck, MS, CSMM
Natural Sciences Laboratory Program Manager
Messiah College
One College Ave.
Suite 3049
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Phone: (717) 796-1800 (ext. 2079)
Fax: (717) 691-6046

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Al Hazari
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 11:55 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Service dogs in labs

Does anyone have any information on/experience with the presence of service dogs in labs?

Dr. Al Hazari
Director of Labs and Lecturer in Chemistry University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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