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Hi everyone,

Does anyone here know how i go about getting a service dog for my daughter who has epilepsy with frontal lobe seizures? She needs one to return to school with confidence. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. We live in southern NJ.

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There are many seizure service dogs out there, most are free as well. The problem is you have to find one to three as close to you and they can be found online if you Google them by, "Service Dogs". Then you can either call them, or download their application.

They normally do have a waiting list for up to five years. I know, because I have been on one and I have finally been contacted. They still require certain things of you even then, so it does take time. I live in southeast Alabama and I have contacted "Canine Assistance Service Dogs" out of Alpharetta,Ga.

I hope this helps, if you have an further questions feel free to ask me.

Terri

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Thank you so much everyone for all of your stories and advice. Will start the process now in hopes of getting one for her. Thank you again.

Re: service dogs

There are many seizure service dogs out there, most are free as well. The problem is you have to find one to three as close to you and they can be found online if you Google them by, "Service Dogs". Then you can either call them, or download their application.

They normally do have a waiting list for up to five years. I know, because I have been on one and I have finally been contacted. They still require certain things of you even then, so it does take time. I live in southeast Alabama and I have contacted "Canine Assistance Service Dogs" out of Alpharetta,Ga.

I hope this helps, if you have an further questions feel free to ask me.

Terri

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Hi NikkiChic,

It seems that both the governments and businesses have been successful in revoking most of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)in actual practice.

The parts of the ADA applicable to reasonable accommodations and service animals is in contentious spreading legal turmoil.

A resourceful news trail includes:

http://www.today.com/id/40907000/ns/today-today_health/t/school-bars--ye...

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Once-Banned-Service-Dog-in-Heat-...

Just a short time ago, news broadcasts here in Northern California were labeling people who didn't have disabilities easily recognized by laypeople, but who utilized assistance animals in public and in ADA covered private places, as opportunists exploiting the law to the detriment of people with "genuine" disabilities, and as endangering the general public with the animals, noting that these "exploiters" must be stopped. So if a professional trains and/or recommends such animals, it may very well be held in propaganda polemics that they "must be stopped" too, and indeed:

http://epilepsyu.com/blog/scam-alert-a-mans-seizure-dog-business-is-a-sc...

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20130523/NEWS07/705229702

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/guide-therapy-service-dogs/277634-i...

Less than a year ago, I had an encounter at a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) when I visited a relative at the facility, and with my using a GPS unit to accommodate my neurological disabilities. I had an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) ruling faulting (and ordering a correction of policy to)a Hospital that had banned visitors with assistance dogs, and I had my physicians' statement explaining my need for accommodation in using a GPS unit to minimize the dangers and effects of my disabilities. My not driving angered the officials at the SNF, and they soon threatened me with having me arrested for tresspass for my relying on my GPS unit, as they demanded and escorted me from the facilities, despite my rights to continue the visit with my relative and to seek ADA accommodation. Their extreme discontent and harangue continued onto public sidewalks as I activated more guidance recording equipment in my walk to the nearest bus stop, and their later harangue included a threat to expel my relative to the streets at midnight with exposure to sub-freezing temperatures, for my conduct with the GPS unit, OCR papers, and physician's statement.

The State of California's officials held that threats of deadly exposure to the elements from forceful expulsion of my disabled elderly relative at midnight was not prohibited by law (this was about the same time as the news stories about "911 no CPR" nursing care, but before the right-to-die propaganda spin: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/03/elderly-woman-dies-after-n... ).

State officials with the state level ADA, et al. state programs, then quickly challenged my right to use a GPS unit also, and a dispute arose over using electronic devices in public places and the admissibility of, and what constitutes, threats of violence documented by electronic devices.

The federal OCR became a non-responder, and, to my relative's OCR complaint, held that retaliation over others seeking ADA protection was not prohibited, and that threats of exposure to deadly cold temperatures was not a violation to any set of rights protected by any federal law or mandated medical practices under Medicare's & DHHS' jurisdiction.

In similar court cases involving epilepsy dogs, the courts have been using every technicality imaginable (and some beyond) to side with businesses and service providers (state, public, and private) against service animals (very few token exceptions), much more so than with my GPS unit conflicts, and then in the exceptions, profesionals recommending and/or providing service animals involving token exceptions, are then being frequently persecuted for facilitating exceptions to the oppression of rights for disabled individuals.

The federal courts granted me poverty status for court fees, etc., and I'm "judgment proof" because of asset/financial poverty due to epilepsy, still, the uncollectible legal expenses can be tremendous (an appellate lawyer opined that the government agency I sought redress from in federal court over a ten year period, had probably expended more than $200,000 to frustrate my legal rights under the Rehabilitation Act with federal employers).

Tadzio

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I am appalled by your story. What is wrong with people? Just because Not everyone has a disability that visible. Just shows how ignorant our society is and how inept our courts are. Ty for your story.

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I am appalled by your story. What is wrong with people? Just because Not everyone has a disability that visible. Just shows how ignorant our society is and how inept our courts are. Ty for your story.

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If you think it is bad now you ought to have seen it back in the 1960's. I lived it then and still know that much more needs to be done. I had a black lab which I got when I was 12. She was just a plan old dog but she knew something was going to happen and she would steer me away from places or get me to stay away from things when I might be having a seizure back tehn and that was before dogs were being trained. I can say Missy was a wonderful dog and she did keep my brother from moving off the blanket when he was put down on it. Heaven help anyone going near my brother if she didn't know them. Tim never got off the blanket tho.

I believe there are several sites that you can find dogs on and there might be access to which ones could be better. Check with your closest EFA or call your Neuro because they also have sources or know people that have them.

Hope this helps