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Service Animals

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Performing “work or tasks” means that the dog is trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. Examples of such work tasks may include guiding an individual who is blind, alerting individuals who are Deaf, pulling a wheelchair, or alerting and protecting an individual experiencing a seizure. (28 C.F.R. §§ 35.104; 36.104) Please note: A service animal is NOT a pet or emotional support/comfort/assistance (ESA) animal.

UMBC is committed to complying with federal, state and local laws regarding individuals with disabilities. In that regard, UMBC supports students with disabilities who require the assistance of a service animal. Although a student with a trained service dog is not required to register with the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS), it is recommended that students with disabilities register in the event assistance is needed navigating campus or if additional accommodations are needed to fully participate in all campus activities. Students residing in Residential Life with a service dog however, will need to complete Res Life’s animal agreement forms and are encouraged to meet with a Residential Life staff person well in advance of move-in date to coordinate their housing.

For additional information regarding service animals, please click the web links below to find the ADA regulations.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA
  2. Service Animal & Emotional Support Animal ADA guide
  3. ESA/Assistance Animal: Fair Housing Act Information January 2020 from US Dept of Housing & Urban Development 

Other Disability and Accessibility Resources

Stairway to STEM: Resources for Autistic Students Going to College

ADA Google Impact Challenge

National Center for College Students with Disabilities Online Resource

Post-secondary Education Resources for Students on the Autism Spectrum

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

Fire Safety for Students with Disabilities

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

American Association of People with Disabilities

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

Job Accommodation Network

National Association of the Deaf

National Organization on Disability

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)

Financial Aid Resources

UMBC Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Adaptive Sports Committee

The Adaptive Sports Committee seeks to create an accessible sports program to meet the needs of students and staff with current physical disabilities. It is a partnership between student athletes, student clubs/orgs and Greek Life, UMBC Athletics & Recreation and The Office of Accessibility & Disability Services. Events in the past have included wheelchair basketball games with broader initiatives planned for the future. To join in this volunteer effort as part of the steering committee of staff and students towards the implementation of a recognized Adaptive Sports Program, please email Theophilus Aluko at with the subject “INTENT TO JOIN ADAPTIVE SPORT COMMITTEE.”

UMBC-Adaptive Sports Program (currently under construction)