Resources from Exceptional Parent Article, July 2018, Parents and Youth Designing for Pets, by Charles M. Schwab Architect

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Pet Space Design + Animal Therapy = A Happy Youngster And A Cool Pet Pad

I am including references and resources here to save space (and cost) in the magazine.  Please also see the ADA and HUD assistance animal post that follows this.

Feature article by Mr. Schwab on page 30.

References for the cover story article, by Charles M. Schwab on pg. 30 are as follows:

Pets and Children, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, No,75: May  2013,  Accessed 6-18-18

Monkey Helpers: find out if a free assistance monkey is right for you.

Animal Welfare Act Regulations, Minimum Space Requirements for Dogs,9 CFR 3.6(a)(2)(xi), For the latest regulations on all types of animals

Assessing the Benefits and Risks of Owning a Pet, CMAJ-JAMC Journal (Canada),, accessed 11 24-17

Humane Society for Parents and Teachers: ”When it comes to teaching core skills and core values, humane-themed lessons can capture a child’s attention, imagination, and heart in ways that other subject matter may not.” 6-18-18

Pet Partners (Delta Society) is the leader in demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal interaction to improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those we serve. accessed 6-18-18

Service Dogs to the Rescue: Helping to Make Dreams Come True, Special Needs Magazine, Douglas Haddad, July 2018

6 of the Most Unusual Service Animals, NCPAD Blog, This fun article shows a variety of 6 unusual assistance animals: Ferrets, Boa constrictors, Parrots, Miniature Horses, Pigs, Capuchin Monkeys. accessed 6-18-2018

“The world of the Center for Veterinary Medicine: Interesting and fun facts and activities for all ages.”Accessed 6-18-2018, Available at:

Therapy Dogs for Children with Learning Disabilities, By Jenev Caddell, PsyD,

Center for Veterinary Medicine, About Dog health and Feeding, accessed 6-18-2018:

Therapy Dogs of Vermont: Helpful list of resources and articles.

Get Healthy, Get a Dog, book available at

Wag more: A tale of healthy living, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, published, August 2015, referenced specifically for this article ” How to walk a dog in 5 easy steps”, I’ve adapted it to how to stroll (both walk and roll) a dog. Sourced from the book noted above. Get Healthy Get a Dog.

FREE webinar below: “Service Animals in Shelter Settings”

Presented by TransCen, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Available to the general public online, shared here as a courtesy.
“This session explored the differences in how the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act regulate service animals in shelter settings, including homeless, emergency and domestic abuse shelters.”
The presenter was, Jessica L. Hunt, Attorney Advisor for the Office of Disability Rights in the District of Columbia, addressed scenarios in which these laws may apply.

Available for viewing at:

Resources provided about the ADA and HUD housing with Pets from the webinar above:

  1. Service animals and assistance animals for people with disabilities in housing and HUD-funded programs. Available at:
  2. Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA. Available at:

3) Joint Statement of the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Reasonable Accommodations under the Fair Housing Act. Available at:

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Author: Charles

Mr. Schwab is a home designer and licensed Architect specializing in universal and accessible design that is also sustainable and healthy. He also designs light commercial buildings.

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