POLICY REGARDING SERVICE ANIMALS
FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Los Angeles Film School, LLC is committed to making reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures to permit the use of service animals by persons with disabilities. Service animals play an important role in ensuring the independence of people with disabilities, and it is therefore our policy to welcome into our facility any animal that is individually trained to assist a person with a disability.
What is a Service Animal?
Service animals include any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for individuals with disabilities, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Service animals do not always have a harness, a sign, or a symbol indicating that they are service animals. A service animal is not a pet. Service animals assist people with disabilities in many different ways, such as:
• Guiding people who are blind or have low vision and retrieving dropped objects for them;
• Alerting people who are deaf or hard of hearing to sounds and the presence of others;
• Carrying and picking up items, opening doors, or flipping switches for people with disabilities who have limited use of hands or arms, limited use of their legs, or limited ability to bend or stoop;
• Pulling wheelchairs;
• Alerting people with disabilities to the onset of medical conditions such as seizures, protecting them and cushioning them if they fall, reviving them, and performing other tasks that reduce the risk of disability-related injury;
• Doing work or performing tasks for persons with traumatic brain injury, intellectual disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities, such as reminding a person with depression to take medication or waking him up, alerting a person with anxiety to the onset of panic attacks, orienting people with schizophrenia to reality, and helping people with intellectual or cognitive disabilities to locate misplaced items, find places, or follow daily routines; and
Providing physical support and assisting people with physical disabilities with stability and balance.
Requirements with Regard to Service Animals:
Most of the time, people with disabilities who use service animals may be easily identified without any need for questioning. If we can tell by looking, it is our policy not to make an individual feel unwelcome by asking questions. If we are unsure whether an animal meets the definition of a service animal, it is our policy to ask the individual only two questions:
• Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
• What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
If the individual says yes to the first question and explains the work or tasks that the animal is trained to perform, we will welcome the person and service animal into Los Angeles Film School without asking any additional questions about his or her service animal. We will not ask an individual questions about his or her disability. We will not ask an individual to show a license, certification, or special ID card as proof of the animal’s training. We must permit service animals to accompany individuals with disabilities to all areas of our facility normally used by students, guests, or other members of the public and will treat individuals with service animals with the same cou1iesy and respect that Los Angeles Film School affords to all of our students and guests.
Since a service animal is not a pet, individuals with disabilities may not be asked to pay any extra deposits, fees, or other charges because they are accompanied by service animals. Deposits, fees, or other charges that are normally required for pets do not apply to service animals.
Please handle any customer inquiries or complaints about this policy in accordance with our usual procedures by contacting Mark W. DeBacco, VP Compliance. Phone 323-769-2850. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.