For the purposes of this chapter:
- The term "blind person" means, and the term "blind" refers to, a person who is totally blind, has impaired vision of not more than 20/200 visual acuity in the better eye and for whom vision cannot be improved to better than 20/200, or who has loss of vision due wholly or in part to impairment of field vision or to other factors which affect the usefulness of vision to a like degree.
- The term "deaf person" means a person who is totally deaf or a person with hearing impairment that severely interferes with his or her ability to hear environmental noises.
- The term "guide dog" means a dog that is specially trained to assist a blind or deaf person and one which a blind or deaf person relies on for assistance.
- The term "person with a physical disability" refers to an individual who has a medically determinable physical impairment (other than blindness) which interferes with his ability to move about, to assist himself, or to engage in an occupation.
- The term "service animal" means an animal, including a guide dog, that is specially trained to assist a person who is blind or has a physical disability and one which a person who is blind or has a physical disability relies on for assistance.
- The term "service animal in training" means an animal that is:
- At least 6 months of age;
- Undergoing special training to assist a person who is blind or has a physical disability;
- Accompanied by an experienced service animal trainer; and
- Designated as a service animal in training by wearing a harness, backpack, or vest that identifies it as a service animal in training.
Historical and Statutory
1981 Ed., § 6-1709.
1973 Ed., § 6-1508.
Effect of Amendments
D.C. Law 16-305, in par. (4), substituted "person with a physical disability" for "otherwise physically disabled".
D.C. Law 18-146 added pars. (5) and (6).
Legislative History of Laws
For legislative history of D.C. Law 3-144, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 7-1002.
For Law 16-305, see notes following § 7-531.01.
For Law 18-146, see notes following § 7-1002.
DC CODE § 7-1009
Current through December 11, 2012
(Oct. 21, 1972, 86 Stat. 972, Pub. L. 92-515, § 8; Mar. 5, 1981, D.C. Law 3-144, § 2(d), 27 DCR 4659; Apr. 24, 2007, D.C. Law 16-305, § 25(g), 53 DCR 6198; May 22, 2010, D.C. Law 18-146, § 2(c), 57 DCR 2549.)