ERIC Number: EJ967515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Dog and Pony Show: New Guidance for Service Animals in the School Setting
Cossler, Christine T.
School Business Affairs, v77 n11 p23-24, 26 Dec 2011
The odds that a school district might be asked to allow a service dog or miniature horse into one of its facilities have increased tremendously in light of new legislative changes. With those changes comes a host of fresh challenges for school administrators and policy makers--not the least of which are complex disability discrimination laws and intense media coverage. In March 2011, new regulations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became effective, providing further guidance on dealing with requests to allow service animals in school and possibly making the presence of those animals more prevalent. In a nutshell, the ADA protects individuals with disabilities, including mental disabilities, who use service animals that are trained to perform specific tasks. That protection means schools must allow such animals in facilities, with a few limited exceptions. Further, protection is not limited to students with disabilities but extends more broadly to any individual with a disability.
Descriptors: Animals, Disability Discrimination, Disabilities, Guidance, School Policy, Educational Legislation, Accessibility (for Disabled), Related Services (Special Education), Physical Mobility, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990