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Open event for federal partners: BPA-hosted seminar on Reasonable Accommodation – What You Need to Know About Service and Therapy/Emotional Support/Comfort Animals
The Office of Civil Rights and EEO and BPA’s Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program Coordinator will host the DOE’s RA Program Manager Brad Shaff, Battle Buddies’ Ovie Muntean, and trained service animals August 20th, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at headquarters in the 911 Auditorium (911 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232).
To register, please reach out to the following POC directly:
Angela L. Dowling
Equal Employment Specialist | Civil Rights & EEO
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
bpa.gov | P 503.230.3642 | C 971.303.3989
As a part of the Office of Civil Rights and EEO’s efforts to proactively educate and engage the workforce about related topics, August’s subject is Reasonable Accommodation – What You Need to Know About Service and Therapy/Emotional Support/Comfort Animals.
Why is this important
Service animals is one Reasonable Accommodation that can provide needed support to people with disabilities and can open up opportunities to equal access that other technologies cannot achieve. There is an increase in the overall use of service animals, and therefore an increase in their use in the workplace. Additionally, there is an increased use of therapy/emotional support/comfort animals. The terms “therapy animals”, “emotional support animals”, and “comfort animals” are used interchangeably as noted in Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Office of Civil Rights and EEO and BPA’s Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program Coordinator will host the DOE’s RA Program Manager Brad Shaff, Battle Buddies’ Ovie Muntean, and trained service animals August 20th, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at headquarters in the 911 Auditorium and via WebCast. This event is an opportunity to learn about the relevant laws and the internal process for bringing a service or therapy/emotional support/comfort animal into the workplace. It is also an opportunity for attendees to learn how appropriately and respectfully to engage with a person who uses a service or comfort animal.
How to Participate
Please sign up no later than Friday, August 16th to attend this event. Battle Buddies and Canine Companions will have tables in the 911 Lobby after the presentation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.