Viewers Voice: Autistic girl forced to switch schools because of service dog
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CREATED Aug. 27, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - An Ohio mother is battling her daughter's school system over where her first grader gets an education.
Charla Gretz says her autistic daughter, Shyanna, relies on her black lab "Spring" to calm her down.
Shyanna is easily agitated and goes everywhere with the dog including Morrison Elementary School in Athens, OH but this school year was met with disappointment when it was discovered her special needs teacher is severely allergic to dogs.
The school says Shyanna can go to another school a mile away but Charla says that means more time on the bus which can be a problem for her daughter.
Charla said, "You know the ADA law, the Americans With Disabilities Act law specifically states that it has to be at the very same facility. Even the extra mile for her with her sensory issues plays a huge role."
Terri posted to Facebook siding with the mom writing, "Unfair to the child to be uprooted. It's discrimination against the child."
Carla agreed writing, "A service dog is allowed anywhere. Tell the teacher to take a benedryl."
Wallace thought, "I think the teacher takes precedence since she is serving many children."
Mary asked, "Why should the teacher be fired for naturally having allergies? She has rights too!"
For now, Charla is home schooling her daughter.