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The UN Convention covering the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNBR) grants not only people with physical disabilities, but also people with sensory, intellectual or mental disabilities/chronic illness, the right toanimal assistanceand the right to participate in an equal way as people with no disabilities. These include the right to autonomy (self-determination/self-reliance), including the freedom to make your own decisions (e.g. when choosing aids) and the right to maximum independence (e.g. from the help of other people through assistance by assistance dog). Discrimination againstpeople with disabilities is also prohibited. It is also enshrined in law that places, buildings and installations accessible to the general public as well as all companies that offer goods, services or information to the public must be accessible and accessible as far as economically reasonable (= in the generally usual way, without any particular difficulty and in principle can be found, accessible and usable without outside help). Allowing an assistance dog does not constitute an economic unreasonable, even if it involves an additional cleaning or disinfection effort.
The application of a general dog ban or the right to a house disadvantages those people who need the assistance of their assistance dog – and constitutes discrimination within the meaning of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).
In the opinion of the Schleswig-Holstein Landtag (print case 18/1500 of 05.02.2014) the legal framework for the barrier-free access of assistance dogs to public areas and institutions has been created. According to Section 15 ofthe Dangerous Dogs Act (GefHG), the prohibitionto take dogs in schools, hospitals, theatres, bathing establishments or similar facilities applies, not to guide dogs and assistance dogs for the disabled as part of their intended use and training. Also from the general obligation of section 2 para.2 These dogs are covered by the above-mentioned conditions of section 15 GefHG liberated. Appropriate equality between guide dogs and guide dogs for the disabled is also provided in the National Nature Conservation Act. Paragraph 32(2) sentence 2 states that these dogs may also be carried on beach sections with a busy bathing operation all year round as part of their intended use and training. Pursuant to Section 17 (3) Forest Law applies the Bid for the way and the linseed requirement for guide dogs and assistance dogs for the disabled as part of their intended use and training not.