District sends boy with autism and service dog to another school

09/14/2009 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although a judge issued a temporary court order allowing a 5-year-old boy with autism to bring his service dog to his pre-kindergarten special-education class, his district has transferred him to another school. Carter Kalbfleisch and his dog, Corbin, will attend the Illinois Center for Autism, which is eager to include a service dog in its instruction. Carter's parents still want him to attend neighborhood schools. The district has argued that another student in the class has severe allergies to animals and that a service dog is not part of Carter's Individual Education Plan.

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