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'Pawsitive Action' workshop to highlight role of service animals

Seminole State College of Florida will host a workshop on March 2 to showcase service animals and the role they play in the lives of those they serve. The presentation, led by Florida Service Dogs Inc., will be part of a workshop called "Pawsitive Action."

The workshop, presented by the College's Office of Equity and Diversity/Title IX, is designed to demonstrate the tasks that service dogs can perform to support students, faculty, staff and community members toward independence and fulfillment.

"Service animals help students on a daily basis," says Janet Balanoff, associate vice president for Equity and Diversity/Title IX. "They perform important tasks such as opening doors, retrieving items that have fallen and guiding a wheelchair. This workshop is an opportunity for us to show how the work these animals do is helping students achieve their academic goals."

Seminole State is committed to diversity and inclusion by assuring individuals who use service animals have accessibility to College facilities and activities. This workshop will provide discussion around this topic, as well as educate participants regarding appropriate federal and state laws that apply to the use of service animals. 

Other topics to be discussed include:

  • How students, faculty and staff should behave when meeting a service animal
  • Where emotional support animals and therapy animals are allowed
  • What first responders should do when a service animal is working (for students in public safety programs)

The "Pawsitive Action" workshop is free and open to students, faculty and staff. It will held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (C-110) on Seminole State's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.    

Those who wish to attend the session and need accommodations for a disability may email Janet Balanoff.

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