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Epileptic Boy Can't Bring Seizure Dog to School

Epileptic Boy Denied Right to Bring Seizure Dog to School?

Does everyone really have a right to an education? People in Virgina are questioning that since Andrew Stevens, 12, a boy who suffers from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, is having trouble returning to Fort Belvoir Elementary. The conditions of his reentry, after being home schooled for two years, are posing a problem. One report said:

The family raised $20,000 to get Alliya, a seizure detecting dog. But Andrew's school says that because he has a disability, he can't manage the dog if he has a seizure.

Using the Americans with Disabilities Act, the boy's mother, Nancy, is battling the system. Do you think the school has a legitimate concern?

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Choco-cat Choco-cat 5 years
the difficulty i have with voting on this is while i think the boy should be allowed to bring the dog - i know numerous children that are horribly allergic to dogs and being around one could trigger an asthma attack.
MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
No. It's a trained dog, trained to act a certain way before/during a seizure. That would lead you to believe, since its trained SPECIFICALLY for this, that the dog isn't going to go apeshit crazy and attack the other kids during those moments. Its kind of like saying you can't have a seeing eye dog because you can't see it.
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