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661-Guide Dogs for the blind


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Assembly Bill (AB) 1705 was signed into law October 11, 2017 and will take effect January 1, 2018. It repeals the chapter regulating guide dog instruction (Chapter 9.5 commencing with Section 7200 of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code). It also establishes a fine and civil penalty for persons who improperly represent (or advertise) themselves as guide dog instructors. Instructors must have knowledge of the special needs of persons who are blind or visually impaired and be able to teach them, be able to train guide dogs such that blind or visually impaired persons would be safe under various traffic conditions, or be employed by a guide dog school certified by the International Guide Dog Federation or successor entity. AB 1705 also requires guide dog schools to submit to the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), on or before September 1 of each year, a list of all trainers or guide dog instructors employed or contracted by the school.

Yearly Filing of Mandatory List of Employees/Contractors

As noted above, AB 1705 requires a yearly filing with the DCA of a list of trainers who are employees or contractors of a guide dog school. Guide dog schools will be responsible for submitting this filing to the DCA Customer Information Center (CIC) Correspondence Unit on or before September 1st of each year. During and after the transition any questions, complaints and inquiries from consumers, licensees or the general public shall be directed to DCA’s Consumer Information Center

Department of Consumer Affairs
1625 N. Market Blvd. Suite N112
Sacramento, CA 95834
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Complaints regarding access rights (guide/service dog users being denied access)– Contact the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) information line: 1-800-514-0301.

Questions regarding the Assistance Dog Special Allowance fund - Contact the Office of Services to the Blind: (916) 657-3327

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