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South Carolina

South Carolina Statutes, 1976, Chapter 33, Sections 43-33-10 through 43-33-70, amended 1993

South Carolina statutes guarantee a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a dog guide in all public accommodations and on all public transportation. Dog guide users are also guaranteed equal housing accommodations. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog guide's presence, but the dog guide user is liable for any damages the dog might cause to the premises. Landlords are not required to modify their property, nor to provide a higher degree of care than that provided other tenants. State policy also endorses the right of a blind person to equal employment opportunity in state service, or the service of its political subdivisions and public schools, and in employment supported in whole or part by public funds, except when the visual disability prevents performance of the work involved.

Public accommodations include stores, hotels, restaurants, places of resort and amusement, and all other places to which the public is invited. (Sect. 43-33-20)

Public transportation includes taxis, trains, airplanes, buses, and all other forms of transportation offered for public use. (Sect. 43-33-20)

Housing accommodations include all real property offered for rent or lease as a residence or sleeping place, except for a single family dwelling, whose occupants offer no more than one room for rent. (Sect. 43-33-70)

The driver of a vehicle approaching a totally or partially blind pedestrian who is carrying a cane predominantly white or metallic in color (with or without a red tip) or approaching a pedestrian utilizing a guide dog shall take all necessary precautions to avoid injury to the pedestrian. (Sect. 43-33-30)

Violation: Any person who interferes with the legal rights enumerated above is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Sect. 43-33-40)

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