Service animals in education

Student applications to permit various service animals in the educational setting are an increasing phenomenon. This was noted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, which looked at student requests to accommodate “comfort service animals” that are said to assist persons with various mental or emotional challenges.  

The federal court for the Eastern District of New York in Cave v. East Meadow Union Free School District, 480 F. Supp. 2d 610 (E.D. N.Y. 2007) (a public domain copy does not appear available), considered a hearing impaired public school student’s request under the Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-12213, and the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794, to to permit his service dog in school. 

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