Schools, parents spar over use of service dogs by children with autism

08/24/2009 | WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.)

Some schools have denied access to service dogs used by children with autism, sparking recent court cases and demonstrating a rift between schools and parents over the animals. A growing number of families are using service dogs to calm and help children with autism. Some schools counter that the animals' benefit is not proven and that the dogs are not true service animals, but instead pets that offer comfort.

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