Special Education News - November 2010



Service Animals In School - A New Federal Rule...page 1

Wrongful Graduation: What Are The Factors?...page 2

For the Business Manager Post-Issuance Compliance: How To Live With A Bond Issue...page 2


By Jeffrey F. Champagne

In September 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice issued new regulations under the part of the Americans with Disabilities Act that applies to school districts and other public entities. Most of the new regulations relate to architectural and communications barriers. The regulations also address an issue of particular interest to school districts: service animals. Like most rules, this one has two key components: a definition and a command.

The Definition

Service animal means 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. Other species of animals … are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler´s disability.

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