Resources on Service Animals for Students with Special Needs

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

ADA 2010 Revised Requirements - Service Animals

Highlights of the Final Rule to Amend the Department of Justice's Regulation Implementing Title II of the ADA (5. Service Animals)

Office for Civil Rights: Protecting Students with Disabilities FAQs

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Organizations That Can Help

Paws for Ability

Autism Service Dogs of America

Children's Disabilities Information - Pros & Cons of Service Dogs

Disaboom Directory of Organizations

Easter Seals Project ACTION

Merlin's Kids: Animals & Children Helping Each Other

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The Service Dog Institute

Expert Advice

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.