Illinois appeals court allows student to bring autism service dog to school

12/18/2009 | Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.)

An Illinois appeals court upheld a lower-court ruling that a boy who has autism should be allowed to bring his service dog with him to school. After the initial ruling in August, the Columbia School District sent the first-grade student out of district to a school for students with autism. District officials, who had argued that the dog posed a health risk for another student with allergies, will have the option to take the case to a higher court. The boy's parents hope the ruling will get their son back into his district school and into mainstream classes.

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