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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Just saying no becuase it might be a distraction for other kids isn't really well thought out. I was in kindergarten with a blind girl who had a service dog. Even at that young age we understood that he wasn't something we were allowed to play with or focus our attention on. This is a service dog, its been hand picked and trained from a few months old. They dont run around frolicking happy and licking and nosing around kids. It's not like having a random normal dog in the classroom. I'm not saying that they should or shouldn't be allowed, but that particular reason isn't very solid.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
as the mother of a child with severe autism, and another child with an extreme fear dogs, i have to say that if the child is severely autistic enough to need a dog that child should be in a special needs class. not a special day class, not inclusion with pull outs; special needs class. if there is a child in the special needs class with a fear of dogs, or an allergy to them, then they should be in separate classes. i suspect that what most people are thinking is that the dog is a toy for the child with autism, and it's not; it's a tool. but other children have rights as well. everyone should be considered.
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