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* 1. The Yukon Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory agency that promotes and protects human rights in Yukon. The information collected in this voluntary survey will inform the Yukon Human Rights Commission’s human rights promotion work. This survey will remain open until November 30, 2019. 

This survey consists of 8 questions and can be completed in as little as 5-10 minutes. You can answer as many or as few of the questions as you choose. There are no mandatory questions. The responses to this survey will remain confidential. Any information that could identify an individual will be anonymized.

Please note that filling out this survey does not mean you have filed a human rights complaint. 

If you need this survey provided in a different format or any other accommodation, please contact the Yukon Human Rights Commission and we will work with you to find a solution. Our contact information can be found at the end of this survey.

Background Information

Disability is a protected characteristic under the Yukon Human Rights Act. Some people with disabilities use assistive animals to help them participate in society. 

What is an assistive animal?

There are two types of assistive animals people may use to assist them with their disability. The majority of assistive animals are dogs, but other species including cats and rabbits may be used.

Service Animal—A service animal has been trained to perform tasks that assist a person with a disability. Examples of service animals include guide dogs, hearing dogs, psychiatric service dogs, diabetic-alert dogs, epilepsy-alert cats, and autism support dogs.

Emotional Support Animal—An emotional support animal provides emotional support and comfort to a person with a disability. (In the United States, emotional support animals are sometimes called ‘therapy animals’.)

What is not an assistive animal?

These are examples of animals that are not considered assistive animals under the Yukon Human Rights Act: pets, companion animals, therapy animals (used in group or individual therapy), and working dogs (search and rescue, police canine, livestock herding dog, contraband detection dog, etc.). 



Disability and Assistive Animals in Yukon Public Survey

1. Self-assessment: What do you already know about the human rights of people with disabilities who use an assistive animal? (Examples: the right to equal treatment, accommodation at work, public access rights.)

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* 2. Self-assessment: What do you already know about the responsibilities of people with disabilities who use assistive animals? (Examples: keeping an assistive animal under control, providing medical documents to an employer, cleaning up after the animal.)

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* 3. How can we make Yukon more inclusive for people who use assistive animals?

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* 4. What would help you or your workplace/organisation to improve inclusion for people who use assistive animals? 

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* 5. Please share your experiences, successes, and/or challenges when using an assistive animal and/or interacting with a person using an assistive animal. 

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* 6. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

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* 7. Where do you live?

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* 8. How would you best describe yourself? (Select all that apply.)

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* 9. Thank you for participating in the survey. The Yukon Human Rights Commission can provide confidential legal information to anyone with questions about human rights, including disability and assistive animals.

You can contact us at info@yukonhumanrights.ca, call 867-667-6226 or toll-free 1-800-661-0535, or in person at 305 Main St #215, Whitehorse (accessible entrance on 3rd Ave.) More information can be found on our website yukonhumanrights.ca.

Optional: If you would like to be sent an information package with resources about this topic in the future, you may leave your contact information below. Please note this may identify you. If you decide to provide your contact information, it will not be stored with or connected to the answers you provided to this survey. Providing this information is optional. If you leave this question blank you may contact the Yukon Human Rights Commission outside of this survey to request the information package. 

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