When people hear the term "service animal" they almost automatically default to a vision of a service dog. However, there are a number of other animals that provide service to the disabled. For instance, since at least the 1970s people with spinal cord and other mobility impairments have received highly trained capuchin monkeys. The only service animal, other than a dog, recognized by federal law is a miniature horse. As more and more medical providers explore the benefits of service and support animals, additional species are added to list. Have you heard of therapy chickens? It is a real thing.
Sadly and unfortunately, we're seeing more news coverage than ever before about police-involved shootings. That doesn't mean, of course, that police excess is a new phenomenon. America has experienced police excess - usually disproportionately directed at the poor, ethnic, and disenfranchised - for the entire history of police. What's new is the ability of the media to cover expose it and spread that information to the widest, most accessible audiences in history. More, with the advent of bodycams, cell phones and wide spread security cameras, the public has a better picture than ever of the raw data concerning these events.
Or..."Well, It Turns Out America Is Great Again, But For all the Right Reasons"
Or..."We're not at the new normal yet."
Or..."Florida's Ignorance Continues Unabated"
Responsibility and accountability - even for the powerful - are rooted into the core of our legal system. This country's founders knew that a democracy needs a court system that empowers people to protect themselves by holding the powerful to account. That's why the Constitution guarantees each person the right to a trial by jury. The founders feared unaccountable power in the form of the King of England against his "subjects." 21st Century America may not have a king, but it does have multi-billion dollar corporations touching every part of every person's life. These corporations now seek the kind of unaccountable power our founders sought to protect against, and they're seeking that power by destroying your constitutional right to a trial by jury.
Or: "Freedom of the Press? Under President Trump's Administration, Maybe Not
Or... "Our Society Depends on Educating Everyone."
or... "Trump set the bar in the sewer, and then he sank below it."
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) is quite clear when it comes to the issue of equal access. Owners, managers and employees are forbidden from denying full and equal access based on a number of categories, including race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation and disability. When it comes to people with disabilities who use service animals, the effect of the law is that animal, be it a guide dog or other type of service animal, and its owner cannot be denied access. This applies to restaurants, shopping centers, rental properties, schools and just about property on which members of the public can go. Federal law likewise prohibits people from denying access to service animals and their owners.