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Iowa

Consolidated Assistance Animal/Guide Dog Laws

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Citation: I. C. A. 216C.1 - 11; 321.333

Citation: IA ST 216C.1 - 11; 321.333


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 12/2013

Summary:  

The following statutes comprise the state's relevant assistance animal and guide dog laws.



Statute in Full:

Iowa Code Annotated. Title VI. Human Services [chs. 216-255A]. Subtitle 1. Social Justice and Human Rights [Chs. 216-216E]. Chapter 216C. Rights of Persons Who Are Blind or Partially Blind and Persons with Physical Disabilities.

216C.1. Participation by persons with disabilities

216C.2.Public employment

216C.3. Free use of public facilities

216C.4. Accommodations

216C.5. Use of guide dogs

216C.6. Failure to use cane or dog not negligence

216C.7. Penalty for denying rights

216C.8. White cane safety day

216C.9. Curb cutouts and ramps for persons with disabilities

216C.10. Use of hearing dog

216C.11. Service dogs and assistive animals

Title VIII. Transportation [chs. 306-330B]. Subtitle 2. Vehicles [Chs. 321-323A]. Chapter 321. Motor Vehicles and Law of the Road. Pedestrians' Rights and Duties

321.333. Duty of drivers

 

 

Chapter 216C. Rights of Persons Who Are Blind or Partially Blind and Persons with Physical Disabilities.

216C.1. Participation by persons with disabilities

1. It is the policy of this state to encourage and enable persons who are blind or partially blind and persons with disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment.

2. To encourage participation by persons with disabilities, it is the policy of this state to ensure compliance with federal requirements concerning persons with disabilities.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.1 by the Code Editor for Code 1993. Amended by Acts 1993 (75 G.A.) ch. 95, § 6; Acts 1996 (76 G.A.) ch. 1129, § 32; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1079, S.F. 2202, § 3.

 

216C.2. Public employment

Persons who are blind or partially blind and persons with disabilities shall be employed in the state service, the service of the political subdivisions of the state, the public schools, and all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds, on the same terms and conditions as other persons, unless it is shown that the particular disability prevents the performance of the work required.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.2 by the Code Editor for Code 1993. Amended by Acts 1996 (76 G.A.) ch. 1129, § 33; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1079, S.F. 2202, § 4.

 

216C.3. Free use of public facilities

Persons who are blind or partially blind and persons with disabilities have the same right as other persons to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public elevators, public facilities, and other public places.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.3 by the Code Editor for Code 1993. Amended by Acts 1996 (76 G.A.) ch. 1129, § 34; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1079, S.F. 2202, § 5.

 

216C.4. Accommodations

Persons who are blind or partially blind and persons with disabilities are entitled to full and equal accommodations, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motorbuses, streetcars, boats, other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, eating places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.4 by the Code Editor for Code 1993. Amended by Acts 1996 (76 G.A.) ch. 1129, § 35; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1079, S.F. 2202, § 6.

 

216C.5. Use of guide dogs

Every blind or partially blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog, under control and especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in sections 216C.3 and 216C.4 without being required to make additional payment for the guide dog. A landlord shall waive lease restrictions on the keeping of a guide dog for a blind person. The blind person is liable for damage done to the premises or facilities by a guide dog.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.6 by the Code Editor for Code 1993.

216C.6. Failure to use cane or dog not negligence

A blind or partially blind pedestrian not carrying a cane or using a guide dog in any place shall have all of the rights and privileges conferred by law upon other persons, and the failure of a blind or partially blind pedestrian to carry a cane or to use a guide dog in any place shall not be held to constitute or be evidence of contributory negligence.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.6 by the Code Editor for Code 1993.

 

216C.7. Penalty for denying rights

Any person, firm, or corporation, or the agent of any person, firm, or corporation, who denies or interferes with the rights of any person under this chapter shall be guilty of a simple misdemeanor.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.7 by the Code Editor for Code 1993.

 

216C.8. White cane safety day

The governor shall annually take suitable public notice of October 15 as white cane safety day. The governor shall issue a proclamation commenting upon the significance of the white cane; calling upon the citizens to observe the provisions of this chapter and sections 321.332 and 321.333 and to take precautions necessary for the safety of persons with disabilities; reminding the citizens of the policies herein declared and urging the citizens to cooperate in giving effect to them; and emphasizing the need of the citizens to be aware of the presence of persons with disabilities in the community and to offer assistance to persons with disabilities upon appropriate occasions.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.8 by the Code Editor for Code 1993. Amended by Acts 1996 (76 G.A.) ch. 1129, § 36.

 

216C.9. Curb cutouts and ramps for persons with disabilities

1. If a street, road, or highway in this state is newly built or reconstructed, a curb ramp or sloped area shall be constructed or installed at each intersection of the street, road, or highway with a sidewalk or path. If a sidewalk or path in this state is newly built or reconstructed, a curb ramp or sloped area shall be constructed or installed at each intersection of the sidewalk or path with a street, highway, or road.

2. Curb ramps and sloped areas that are required pursuant to this section shall be constructed or installed in compliance with applicable federal requirements adopted in accordance with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act, including but not limited to the guidelines issued by the federal architectural and transportation barriers compliance board.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.9 by the Code Editor for Code 1993. Amended by Acts 1993 (75 G.A.) ch. 95, § 7; Acts 1996 (76 G.A.) ch. 1129, § 37; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1079, S.F. 2202, § 7; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1193, H.F. 2531, § 43.

 

216C.10. Use of hearing dog

1. A deaf or hard-of-hearing person has the right to be accompanied by a hearing dog, under control and especially trained to assist the deaf or hard-of-hearing by responding to sound, in any place listed in sections 216C.3 and 216C.4 without being required to make additional payment for the hearing dog. A landlord shall waive lease restrictions on the keeping of dogs for a deaf or hard-of-hearing person with a hearing dog. The deaf or hard-of-hearing person is liable for damage done to any premises or facility by a hearing dog.

2. A person who denies or interferes with the right of a deaf or hard-of-hearing person under this section is, upon conviction, guilty of a simple misdemeanor.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.10 by the Code Editor for Code 1993. Amended by Acts 1993 (75 G.A.) ch. 75, § 5; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1079, S.F. 2202, § 8.

 

216C.11. Service dogs and assistive animals

1. For purposes of this section, “service dog” means a dog specially trained to assist a person with a disability, whether described as a service dog, a support dog, an independence dog, or otherwise. “Assistive animal” means a simian or other animal specially trained or in the process of being trained to assist a person with a disability.

2. A person with a disability, a person assisting a person with a disability by controlling a service dog or an assistive animal, or a person training a service dog or an assistive animal has the right to be accompanied by a service dog or an assistive animal, under control, in any of the places listed in sections 216C.3 and 216C.4 without being required to make additional payment for the service dog or assistive animal. A landlord shall waive lease restrictions on the keeping of animals for the service dog or assistive animal of a person with a disability. The person is liable for damage done to any premises or facility by a service dog or assistive animal.

3. A person who knowingly denies or interferes with the right of a person under this section is, upon conviction, guilty of a simple misdemeanor.

CREDIT(S)

Transferred from § 601D.11 by the Code Editor for Code 1993. Amended by Acts 1996 (76 G.A.) ch. 1129, § 113; Acts 2009 (83 G.A.) ch. 163, H.F. 488, § 1; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1069, S.F. 2340, § 27; Acts 2010 (83 G.A.) ch. 1079, S.F. 2202, § 9.

 

Title VIII. Transportation [chs. 306-330B]. Subtitle 2. Vehicles [Chs. 321-323A]. Chapter 321. Motor Vehicles and Law of the Road. Pedestrians' Rights and Duties.

321.333. Duty of drivers

Any driver of a vehicle or operator of a motor-driven vehicle who approaches or comes in contact with a person wholly or partially blind carrying a cane or walking stick white in color or white tipped with red, or being led by a guide dog wearing a harness and walking on either side of or slightly in front of said blind person, shall immediately come to a complete stop, and take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid accident or injury to the person carrying a cane or walking stick white in color or white tipped with red or being led by a guide dog.

CREDIT(S)

Amended by Acts 1955 (56 G.A.) ch. 161, § 1.

 

 



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