Monday, February 3, 2014

Fight to Get Service Dogs in Schools

From our friends in Canada.
Parents of children with autism are battling school boards on an equal-rights issue that promises to heat up ahead of this month’s provincial byelections.
Braydon Drexler, 6, a child with autism
and Keats, his service dog, in Winnipeg.
Do dogs belong in classrooms? Families that have seen their easily agitated, sometimes non-verbal children blossom into calmer, more communicative kids around highly trained service animals think so. Supported by lawyers and equal-rights activists, they are fighting for the dogs to be viewed as assistive devices, no less essential than hearing aids in helping kids absorb curriculum.

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