Re: competing special needs
From: Joanie Connors (
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 07:31:07 -0700 (PDT)
What a difficult dilemma! How frustrating for you!

On the easy side, you might arrange to have the service dog bathed just before meals and meetings. The most common allergen is pet dander.

A deeper solution would be to have the parties involved (allergic people and service dog owner) meet and decide together on a solution.

If you put yourself in the role of eternal fixer, you may find that no solution is satisfactory. But when the people involved have to come up with (affordable) solutions, they are less likely to complain.

Joanie Connors
Silver City Eco-Community
(forming in Silver City, New Mexico)

----- Original Message ----- From: "Joelyn Malone" <JKMalone [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Non-standardized houses?

We are unfortunately coping with competing accessibility issues right
now. We have many members that have asthma and allergies, and we've
worked toward getting the main house/commons house free of allergens
(remember, this is a huge 1924 building we are talking about!).

Now we have a potential new owner who needs a service dog, to be with
her most of the time. She would be shut out of Commons House activities
if we continued to prioritize the people with allergies. While the new
person's dog is one of the "allergy-free" breeds, one of our members has
broken out in hives when being around that breed. She feels allowing the
service dog in common space would completely shut her out of use of the
This isn't a light matter, as the new buyer lives in Georgia and left
her dog in Georgia for this visit (Is handling her disability with
medications  right now, but that's not a long-term solution.) So we
can't  just have the allergic person spend time with the dog to see if
it would work.
We've thought of  "dividing  up the common space",  but that would
exclude one or the other from community meals. And in this old
building,  air flow is such that  anything in the building is most
likely to be everywhere in the building.

Solutions, ideas, anyone?
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