The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools to decide whether children with disabilities have to “exhaust their administrative remedies” before going to court to enforce their right to use a service animal.
More and more children with disabilities are benefiting from service dogs. Some children have service dogs who alert them to the presence of allergens. Some service dogs alert to an oncoming seizure. Still other service dogs are trained to interrupt self-injurious behavior, provide stability for children with mobility impairments, or prevent the child from running away. Service dogs help children with disabilities develop independence they would not otherwise have. When children use service dogs, the law allows them to be accompanied by their service dog, even in school
I think it is important for people to understand why service dogs matter. Service dogs help people with disabilities live with more independence than they otherwise would. They help in ways that those of us who live without disabilities and without the need for service animals can't fully understand and appreciate
A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. A service animal must be a dog-with one exception-miniature horses may be allowed with special requirement in regulations