Category Archives: Service dog

Breaking: Oral Argument at Supreme Court; Exhaustion For Special Education Cases #scotus #supreme court

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Fry v Napoleon Community Schools, Docket No. 15-497. Our previous posts on this case are available here and here. Here are the highlights from the oral argument:The questions asked by … Continue reading

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Ten Things To Know Before Going Back To School and Other Fun Facts #back to school

The Disability Connection newsletter for August has a list of ten things to know before going back to school. The list includes such relevant topics as:  bullying, test anxiety, service dogs and a number of other useful items- each filled … Continue reading

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Breaking: Supreme Court To Hear Special Ed Case #SupremeCourt #ServiceDog #Exhaustion

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear Fry v Napoleon Community Schools, #15-497.  It is a service dog case. Unfortunately, however, the issue before the court has very little to do with service dogs and the rights of kids … Continue reading

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The Other Supreme Court Case: Service Dogs, Exhaustion and IDEA #ServiceDog #exhaustion

Last week we discussed the pending supreme court case involving the standard for FAPE and the question of meaningful vs some educational benefit. You can read the post here.There is one other special ed case pending before the Supremes. Fry … Continue reading

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First Grader in Ohio with Service Dog Required to Transfer Schools

Suzi service dog snow 065 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Last week a first grader with Autism was required to change schools by school district authorities in Ohio because she had a service dog.  The special education teacher assigned to her classroom had … Continue reading

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Service Dog Wins Lawsuit; Illinois Court Rules

A court in Douglas County, Illinois has ruled that Kaleb Drew, a first grader with autism can have his service dog attend classes with him. The final injunction was issued by the trial court last week. Here is the news story from radio station WGIL. … Continue reading

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Service Dogs Part IX- Illinois A. G. Weighs In

We have discussed the Illinois service dog case previously in this blog. I am fascinated by these types of cases and I believe that they are a hot button issue in current special education law. For example here is a link to a recent service dog case … Continue reading

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New Hot Button Issue- Service Dogs Part II Other Recent Caselaw

Some of you think that I am preoccupied with service dogs, but I believe that this is a coming trend in special education law. Other posts in this series have described a recent Illinois case involving an injunction requiring a service dog be permitte… Continue reading

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New Hot Button Issue: Service Dogs – The Appeal

A recent post concerned an Illinois Judge’s ruling enjoining a school district to permit a service dog for a child with autism. The school district has appealed that decision. A news article can be read here.There seem to be a number of people who di… Continue reading

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New Hot Button Issue: Service Dogs

There are a growing number of cases involving service dogs. I have seen a few cases in the last couple years. An interesting example occurred last week. A school district in Illinois apparently refused to let a five year old boy with autism bring hi… Continue reading

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