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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Supreme Court and Service Animals

In The Politics of Autism,  I discuss court cases under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other statutes.

Lyle Denniston reports at SCOTUSblog:
The Justices will take on a significant new test of the right to sue for parents of a disabled child who needs assistance while attending schools that receive federal funds. The issue in a case from a small Michigan community (Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools) is whether a disabled child’s family must first try to work out with school officials a dispute over the assistance their child needs, before the parents may sue for damages under federal anti-discrimination law. The dispute in the case involves a claim by a disabled girl’s family that the school would not allow her to bring a service dog to help her during her classes. The Justice Department, asked by the Supreme Court for its views, urged the Justices to hear the case.