By federal law in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service dog or miniature horse (not a pony) is allowed access to any environment where a child with a disability is allowed access, such as schools, school buses, parks, doctor's offices, restaurants, beaches, movie theaters, etc. And while the dog or miniature horse may go out on occasion without the child, the child does not go anywhere without his or her service dog. Time together solidifies the relationship, keeps skills sharp, and helps the child grow in life skills—time together is not only permissible, but necessary.
Source: Autism Service Dogs of America
What the Law Says
Organizations That Can Help
Merlin's Kids: Animals & Children Helping Each Other
Read the keynote speech, "Understanding the Impact of Litigation on Your Programs and Services" byMelinda Jacobs, Esq., an attorney based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, who specializes in special education law and author of Service Animals in the Schools: What Every District Needs to Know About the ADA Rules, published by LRP.