Dr. Priya Pubjabi, a Family Practitioner and Internist in the Philly area, refused medical care to a patient accompanied by her husband with a seeing eye guide dog.
Dr. Priya Punjabi asked Joe Cichonski and his black-Labrador-retriever mix, Hero, to leave the waiting room because the animal might scare other patients. (newsworks.org)
A properly trained and behaved guide dog, is protected by Federal Law, to accompany a blind person everywhere they need to be, whether it’s a church, restaurant, store or a doctor’s office. Joe Cichonski goes on to explain the important role guide dogs play in the life of a blind person.
“They are a part of our body. He’s my eyes,’” said Joe Cichonski. (myfoxphilly.com)
More specifically, refusing access to a person with a guide dog is a “violation of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” explains Executive Director of Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Ann Marie Spinden.
See Dr. Priya Punjabi’s responses about this incident on Vitals.com