Okeechobee Fest is committed to meeting the needs of our attendees and we welcome legitimate service animals into the event.
Service animals are: animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Other examples for education purposes include…
- Providing non-violent protection or rescue work
- Pulling a wheelchair
- Alerting individuals to the presence of allergens
- Retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone
- Providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities
- Helping individuals with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors
As of September 2010, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has redefined a "service animal" for the purposes of the ADA as "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition."
This revised definition excludes all comfort animals, which are pets that owners keep with them for emotional reasons, including anxiety disorders.
If you have further questions about whether or not your animal meets the requirements of a service animal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.