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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SERVICE ANIMALS & EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS?

Under Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a Service Animal is defined as, "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability" (28 CFR 35.104.). However, within Title II, Emotional Support Animals are specifically excluded from the definition of Service Animal as follows: "The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition."

Mom & Autism Activist Holly Robinson Peete Advocates for Early Intervention Services!

Inspired by mom and Autism activist Holly Robinson Peete to advocate and pursue early intervention services for children! Check out this awesome article:

Special Education Teaching Credential:

If a teacher is not appropriately credentialed or qualified to be educating children with unique needs it can lead to a subsequent denial of a student's access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).

Field Trips & Special Education

A California school district faced allegations that it discriminated against students in its special day classes when it reportedly failed to invite them to participate in field trips. San Ramon USD, 114 LRP 7220 (SEA CA 11/25/13)

Special Education 101

Navigating through the maze of special education programs can be overwhelming. Understanding more about the laws and the process as a whole can better prepare you to discuss your child's needs with the school. Here is a starting point in your journey to learn as much about your child's rights as possible.

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