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A Message from the Texas Workforce Commission – Service Animals and Their Access to Public Places

Other Accessibility Related Information

As a public service to Texas businesses, the Secretary of State is helping spread the word about trained service animals used by people with disabilities and their right to access public places.

Texas law and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantee the right of a person who is blind or has other disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to be accompanied by a trained service animal in all public places. These places of public accommodation are businesses that are generally open to the public and that fall into one of 12 categories listed in the ADA, such as restaurants, movie theaters, schools, day care facilities, recreation facilities and doctors’ offices.

For a complete description, see Information about Service Animals and Their Access to Public Places (En Español (PDF)) on the Texas Workforce Commission website.