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Paws and Reflect: Navigating Process and Decisions on Emotional Support and Service Animals

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Whether in housing, dining, or classrooms, students are bringing animals to campus more frequently. Join this discussion for guidance on how to address the different types of animals on campus. The presenters will cover how the ADA, Section 504, and the Fair Housing Act apply to different parts of campuses and how they act separately and together to control campus policy about animals on campus. Presenters will also address related issues including allergies, animal species, and conflicts with other animals and people. Plenty of time will be reserved for Q&A!


  • Chris Dallager

    Chris Dallager (he/him) is Director of the Disability Resource Center and ACCESS at Mississippi State University. In addition to working at a large land grant institution, he has worked in the higher ed disability field at small private and public colleges and universities. Prior to working in higher ed, he served as a school psychologist, therapist, and as a program director for group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities. He is a past president of Minnesota AHEAD. He has presented at AHEAD on topics of concussion support, housing accommodations, and collaboration between disability and writing centers.

  • Sonia Badesha

    Sonia Badesha (she/her) is Director of the Student Disability Resource Center at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus on Psychiatric Disabilities from USC in 2012 and maintains an active Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential. She has worked with the SDRC since 2012, serving as consultant and advisor on matters of compliance, policy, and student accommodations. In her role as Director, she oversees disability related matters at South Carolina and facilitates accommodations for students with disabilities on the Columbia and Palmetto College campuses.

March 20, 2024
Wed 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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