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Patricia Cornwell with Trip, one of the horses she donated to the guide Horse Foundation

Patricia Cornwell with Trip

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Dan with Cuddles - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald
Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Cuddles in Harness - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Don and Janet with Trip and Ras

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Cuddles on the first flight of a horse on a commercial flight

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser
The worlds first horse to fly in the passenger cabin

Cuddles guiding Dan Shaw

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Cuddles at Lunch

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Florida Man to be Arraigned for Discriminating Against a Guide Animal User

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In this press release we see a Florida case where Rodney Lopez will be arraigned on charges of Denial of the Rights of the Disabled.  The charges stem from an incident on May 27, 2004 in which Lopez refused to serve a blind woman, Lynn Cooper, at Uncle Rodney's Bar-B-Q, because she was accompanied by her guide dog. 
This is a perfect example of aggressive law enforcement against those who attempt to deny disabled people from their civil rights.
"According to Florida Statute 413.08, the blind, deaf, or otherwise disabled are entitled to full and equal access in any place the general public is invited and have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog or other service animal specifically trained to mitigate that person's disability. Violation of Florida's Equal Access Act is a second degree misdemeanor.  Lopez could also face Federal Civil action under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Such violations have typically resulted in punitive and compensatory damages totaling $12,500 or more being levied against respondents who have violated the ADA."
Guide Horse users are taught how to avoid being challenged by ignorant people and are taught techniques on how to politely bit firmly insist on their Civil Rights.  Guide Horse users carry a business card reminding people about the ADA and the serious penalties for violating Federal Law.  This gives the potential violator an opportunity to save-face and avoid this type of protracted conflict.  Fortunately, Guide Horse users have reported only a single incident where they were challenged, in an ethnic restaurant where the waiter did not understand English or US law.
It is the policy of the Guide Horse Foundation to avoid having to charge anyone with criminal violations, as is the case with Mr. Lopez:

"Rodney Lopez will be arraigned in front of Judge Thomas in Courtroom C at 8:00 a.m., according to the State Attorney's Office.  If convicted, Lopez could face up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500."

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Janet Burleson
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  • Janet Burleson is one of the world's pioneering horse trainers – Practical Horseman Magazine

  • Seeing is believing – USA Today

  • Janet and Don Burleson are  . . . Angels – People Magazine

  • How wonderful that Janet and Don Burleson have initiated this valuable experimental program teaming miniature horses with blind people – Newsweek

  • Miniature ponies are leading the way for the blind – ABC News

  • Guide Horses  . . . are as small and disciplined as Guide Dogs – TIME Magazine

  • Extraordinary ABC 20/20

  • It is often the little things that win our hearts and minds – ABC News

  • The Burleson’s are . . . using horse sense to Guide Boston Globe

  • Twinkie proved that miniature horses could fill the role, and fill it well – VetCentric Magazine

  • An Intriguing Program - Discovery Channel






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