Friday, October 2, 2009

Illinois Backs Allowing Autism Service Dog Into School

The Illinois attorney general is siding with a family currently fighting in court for their autistic son's right to bring his service dog to his neighborhood school.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed papers with the 5th District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon announcing her office's intention to file a brief in favor of Chris and Melissa Kalbfleisch. Madigan was granted a temporary extension Monday to file them. The Kalbfleisches, of Columbia, Ill., are arguing in court that their son, Carter, is entitled to bring the dog to their home school district under an existing Illinois law that permits service dogs to attend any school function.
The parents sued the Columbia Community School District after officials there barred Carter from bringing his newly acquired service dog to his special education pre-kindergarten class at the start of the school year. Carter had attended the same class last year without the service dog.

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