Physical & Emotional Disability
According to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a physical disability is “[a]ny physiological
disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following
body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory (including speech
organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and
endocrine.” Emotional support animals are commonly recommended for conditions like anxiety, bipolar
disorder, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, neurocognitive disorders, post-traumatic stress
disorder, psychotic conditions, and substance abuse problems.
According to the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), it is illegal to discriminate against
someone with a recognized impairment. Housing rights must be given to those with emotional support
animals, although this law does not override anu existing health cod, such as public health laws that
prohibit dogs in swimming pools. Even if a property has a “no pets” policy, they must make reasonable
accommodation to emotional support animals. This applies to public housing, college dorms, and any other
We can write an Emotional Support Animal letter to recommend a pet as part of your ongoing treatment.