WHAT IS A SERVICE ANIMAL?
As stated by the U.S. Department of Justice, under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a service animal that has been individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the service animal must be directly related to the person’s disability. The service animal must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. Emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals are not considered service animals.
New England Disabled Sports is an on-leash, service animal friendly location. Please note that all service animals must be leashed while on New England Disabled Sports and its’ mountain hosts property and programs. The service animal must be under the control of the handler at all times. While we welcome you and your service animal, your service animals’ direct participation in programming with you may not be safe in all situations. If you plan to bring your service animal with you to a NEDS program, you must notify the NEDS staff at least 48 hours in advance. If the service animal must be left at the NEDS offices, a kennel needs to be provided. The service animal must be able to be left for the duration of the lesson time and remain under control while the handler is away. It is the responsibility of the handler to feed and toilet the service animal. Please note that these safety requirements are based on potential risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way. NEDS staff, coaches or interns do not provide care for or supervision of a service animal.
During COVID-19, operational guidelines must be adhered to in regards to the capacity of individuals allowed within each of the NEDS offices. This includes one-way traffic through the building and only re-entering upon the completion of your lesson. If your lesson ends early, we ask that you to call the NEDS Loon office at 603-745-9333 or NEDS Bretton Woods office at 603-278-3398 to reenter the building and retrieve your service animal. Entry and re-entry into the NEDS offices will only be allowed if the building capacity can be maintained in order to keep our participants, volunteers and staff safe. If the service animal cannot be left for the duration of your lesson, we ask that you consider other options other than boarding them at the NEDS offices. These decisions regarding the service animal policy may change as the situation evolves.