Sunday, August 29, 2010

Illinois Appeals Court upholds decision to allow autistic boy to take his service dog to school

From The AP:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois appeals court has agreed to allow a central Illinois student to keep his autism helper dog in school.

The Fourth District Appellate Court sided with the family of Kaleb Drew (pictured). They had argued that the boy's yellow Labrador retriever is a service animal allowed in schools under state law.

The boy's mother had testified that the dog prevents the boy from running away, helps him focus on his homework and calms him when he has a tantrum.

The appeals court upheld the November decision of a Douglas County judge. The court issued its opinion August 24.

The Villa Grove school district had opposed the dog's presence and argued that it isn't a true service animal. A telephone message for the school district's attorney was not immediately returned.