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fair housing amendments act. the other is a state law called the fair employment and housing act. both of these laws offer protections for individuals with disabilities. and this protection is both for individuals who require the use of a service animal as well as the support animal. let me go into a little bit of detail about what those terms mean. first off, a service animal is an animal that is trained to provide a specific service related to the individual's disability. while a support animal offers mere emotional comfort just by being present with that individual. that comfort is due to a disability related to reason. that distinguishes and support animal from just a general pet because there is that disability connection. both of these animals can be considered a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability. when we are
talking about housing, a simple term to use to refer to both animals is assistance animals. so, if a person is applying to a unit that has a no pets building or living in a unit that has a no pets building and need to file accommodation request, the status for usually accommodation to be to contact the landlord of the property management and this can be done verbally and/or in writing. it's a good idea to do it both and if you have it in writing it's for yourself to remember how you initiate that request and the landlord my request a letter from the professional so to confirm that you have a disability. if
that connection is an obvious connection between what it provides and the disability, there would not be any necessary further inquiries necessary. so you might not need to even provide that letter. there are in some cases reasons that a request could be denied. and one of that would be if there is a health or safety issue. and this is something that landlords should keep in mind as well as tennants. that the animal should be under their control at all times. and if there is any further questions like i mentioned earlier, please feel free to give us a call back. my name is heather kiter. at 554-6789. thank you and that concludes my report. >> thank you, everybody. next we are going to hear a report from
the disability disaster preparedness committee from denise senhaux and recent cochair. >> okay, this is the disaster preparedness report. we met with the mayor's office on disability and the mayor's disability on council were in attendance as well and members of the public. these were some of the highlights from that meeting. we had a presentation by brenda mass skin and dr. nerven from the homeless outreach team which we usually abbreviate as the hot team. the hot team is a program with the department of public health. the hot teams role is to assist people with disabilities during a disaster. brenda and dr. neville started to
address the hot teams mission and by reconstructing service. the hot team is a group who would address everything about the homeless including medical intervention, when someone was ill on the streets. intervention case management and transportation to shelters and health care and transition to supportive housing to stabilization rooms. under the new reconstruction, the hot team now focuses on the highest users of emergency services. and the people who are the most vulnerable. this is only a subset of the homeless population as a whole. important to keep on training shelters workers to help them make the distinction. james gump from white house and the blind and visually impaired talked about repeating out volunteer youth corp partnered with the red cross to
develop a hand book for people who are blind or low vision. this is enhanced information for the visually impaired. what was lovely about this new handbook is that it's printed in a format that has language print and brailled text. tera connor from the department of public health together they shared a list of list who serve seniors and people with disabilities. the intent with this list is to use the limited number of key and current contacts who can disseminate or distribute information about emergencies and resources to their clients or e list similar to the old phone concept. these key contacts can also send information upwards to the emergency operation center to let emergency
managers know what might be needed to serve people with disabilities in the community. tara also talked about the mapping process that identifies dialysis treatment in the city. and places that will provide services when sites are damaged after an emergency or disaster. collectively the services main -- maintain a 1-800 number plus a number to somebody -- something we would want to publicize on our website and through
three -- 311. i have a little bit more here. i was trying to cut this down. the client have one or more cases ranging in multiple disabilities from mental illness to mobility conditions. the hot group works everyday with people living with addiction to drugs or alcohol and long-term elk -- exposure to their condition. they may need help finding clients who have scattered due to the change in landscape. the client will be transmitted and separated from their support systems including key medications which may include methadone that helps them manage their disability. the cdc talked to supportive workers who may
receive services after receiving specialized training. the hot team client will not probably do well in a general population shelter will be ill equipped to provide the support they need. cindy from the department of public health gave a presentation on the medical shelters and people who require medical daily support which is quite different from person care assistance. a medical shelter would serve those who would require wound care or access to equipment especially equipment like ventilators that require electricity. a medical shelter would been intended to reduce the burden on hospitals which should be to referred to people with acute needs. this is for people
with functional needs. we agree that this is important to keep on training shelter workers to make that distinction. the next ddpc meeting in may will be devoted to a more intense conversation with the key list. the purpose is to talk about how we would activate the list and expectations or agreement for how information will be shared. this concludes the ddc report finally, the next meeting friday may 1 from 1:30 to 3:30 in city hall here. >> thank you. next we have public comment on items not on the agenda. mr.
brown? >> thank you. i want to thank the disability commission, the mta for these new boxes that are disabled accessible and seating for seniors and used in a number of route. i saw a poster on a two command bus the other day who say they plan to include these in the next few years. i hope they service all the people. now bad news, i was at the library 2 weeks ago and noticed on the men's floor that the two stalls that served accessible people are out of order and two2 units were out of order there. i would hope that
the library, i know the funding is over for the year now but i hope they can get funding to maintain these facilities for the comfort and safety of all people going to the library. i commented on this a few years ago and you did a great job in getting this rectified. i hope you can do it again for the safety and comfort of the public. thank you. thank you, is there any other public comment at this time? come forward. >> hi, my name is keith dennis. i'm a long time resident of san francisco.
god bless you auchlt what i want to speak about is the roads that need to be more accessible to people with disabilities. that street i'm talking about is divisadero street between gary and sutter. i went there to see my doctor and i was amazed how bad shape the street was let alone the curb cuts are too high and sometimes my vision goes bad where i need the yellow, i don't know the strip, but i know you smart people do, the yellow strip with the bumps on it so i know i'm not running off into the curb into
the street. i ask the council members to please look at the streets on divisadero between gary and sutter. there are a lot of people with disabilities who go see their doctor at ucsf or moint zion. it's only fair that we can go there to see our doctors. thank you very much and god bless you. >> thank you very much. >> carla, did you have a response? >> i just want to let the public commenter to know that we will log that for existing curb ramps to be built and to make sure they are a safe path to travel. physical truncated domes or detectable warnings.
>> yellow bumpy things are just as good. >> it's a good description. [ laughter ] >> any further public comment? seeing none, we'll move on. correspondence? >> there is one item of correspondence to let the public know that the connor house inc., a non-profit organization has three vacancies on their board. if you are interested you can call them at 1415. 864-7333. or r at connor at org. >> next we have council member
comments and announcements. do i have any announcements? none? very well. before we adjourn i would like to say as we mentioned derek zarda a couple times in our meeting and he was council cochair. he died tragically late in january and we miss him dearly. today we are going to adjourn in silence in the memory of derek zarda.