Guide dog not allowed for blind woman- says Polk County court

guide-dog?Stephanie Dohmen, a legally blind woman loses discrimination claim for using her guide dog while re-attending a training program in June 2002.

Her request for using a guide dog was refused by the Lowa Department for the Blind authority, due to their strict policy that bans the use of any visual aids in the program.
However, the department administrators  have no objection on using guide dogs in other situations.

Dohmen, who is very much habituated with her guide dog,  claimed in her lawsuit that the department’s policy violated and ignored her state and federal civil rights.

But The Department for the Blind, represented by the Iowa Attorney General, argued that a totally non-visual approach – and training without assistance of a guide dog or other visual aids – is the most effective approach for visually impaired people learning news skills.

Finally the Polky County jury rejected the woman’s case after a 6 day trial.

But the funniest part of the story is — director of this “most effective approach for visually impaired people learning news skills without assistance of a guide dog or other visual aids”, Karen Keninger, herself uses a guide dog,

For more details please see Phil Law Weblog

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