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 distinguish between service dogs and dogs who merely help kids with disabilities cope or feel better. There has also been a number of comments and emails concerning differences between the Americans with Disabilities Act and various state laws. Also some school district personnel and concerned about students with allergies.

What do you think? Under what circumstances should a service dog be permitted to accompany a child with a disability to school?