Traveling by Air with Service Animals [corrected from May 31 Update.] Comments due July 9

On May 23, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding regulations of service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). The Department simultaneously issued an Interim Statement of Enforcement Office Priorities about how it plans to target enforcement of the Act with respect to service animals in airplane cabins until the regulations are revised. According to the Statement: “Airlines are expected to continue to comply with the existing service animal requirement which allows U.S. airlines to deny transport only to certain unusual service animals such as snakes, other reptiles, ferrets, rodents, and spiders.” The Department is accepting public comments on the ANPRM, and has specifically asked for feedback on ten questions related to topics such as documentation required by passengers, leash/harness requirements, and how to safely transport large service animals. The comments are due on July 9, and can be submitted here.

Research Survey for Caretakers of Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A researcher at Brandeis University is conducting a study on sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is seeking family caregivers of such women to complete an online survey. The goal of the survey is to understand the perspectives and experiences of family caregivers about sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The survey is available here.

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