United Service Animal
Users, Supporters, and Advocates
Partnering for reasoned advocacy
Most recent activity
• “Assistance animal airport accessibility survey report” (July 2019); presented July 18, 2019 at FAA conference with accompanying .pptx presentation, also available in PDF (both via Google Drive)
What is USAUSA?
USAUSA is an internationally oriented, ad hoc advocacy coalition. USAUSA experts develop policy and lawmaking recommendations regarding service animals, inviting stakeholder organizations to sign on and individuals to write in to express support. USAUSA also gathers targeted feedback from the assistance animal community to direct it toward those in power. Read more on USAUSA’s About page.
What work has USAUSA done?
Since 2016, USAUSA has been at the cutting edge of user-based service animal coalition work. This includes getting organizations of all sizes and types on board with flight law recommendations, conducting much-needed community surveys with coalition help, and producing targeted recommendations based on data and experience.
Details—including USAUSA’s revealing reports—are available through our Activities page.
What is USAUSA not? What does supporting USAUSA commit an organization to?
USAUSA is not a membership organization, but merely spearheads advocacy action on a case-by-case basis. An outside group’s support for one USAUSA issue or project does not commit or restrict them beyond that instance of support. Only organizations are eligible to sign on within USAUSA letters, and a representative must attach their name for accountability.
An organization is entirely free to agree with USAUSA and sign on for one issue/letter, while disagreeing with USAUSA on another. Signing on by having one’s name listed simply indicates agreement with that letter, and many groups will sign on to a USAUSA letter and submit their own comment for the same issue when they have more to share. Distributing a USAUSA survey in no way implies endorsement of any survey product.
USAUSA solicits and welcomes advocacy support from individuals in the form of writing to policymakers to express personal stories and reasons for agreeing with any USAUSA actions. This humanizing effort is often essential for agencies to understand the everyday impact their actions would have.
Who has supported USAUSA actions?
Over 25 organizations have signed on to USAUSA letters, including service dog programs, advocacy groups, and businesses. These include:
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA)
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
Blinded Veterans Association
Canine Partners for Life (CPL)
Delta Air Lines
The Dissociative Living Partnership
Freedom Guide Dogs
Guide Dog Users, Inc.
Guide Dogs of Texas
Guide Dogs of the Desert
Hidden Hollow Miniature Horses
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)
Leader Dogs for the Blind
National Association for the Deaf (NAD)
National Center for Accessible Media at WBGH (NCAM)
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
National Association of Airline Passengers
Open Doors Organization
Service Dog Express
Service Dog Society
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Train a Dog Save a Warrior (TADSAW)
If you are with an organization that may be interested in future USAUSA advocacy actions, please contact us early so we are able to consult with you when the time comes. Advocacy opportunities often arise quickly and with looming deadlines, so we have to be prepared to take quick action in coordinating support.
Apart from supporting advocacy actions, how can I contribute to USAUSA’s work?
USAUSA actions are led by the Board of Directors of Psychiatric Service Dog Partners (PSDP) in conjunction with a prominent service animal advocate who formerly served as the Consumer Relations Coordinator for Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs. Donations to PSDP support our work and are much appreciated.
If you would like to bring a potential advocacy action to our attention or give any feedback, please do not hesitate to send a friendly message our way.
How do I contact USAUSA?
Email: USAUSA [at] psych [dot] dog
Phone: (805) 876-4256
Mail: 1651 Sandpiper Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29732 USA