Archive for December 6th, 2010

Florida school district bans service dog for autistic student

This story contains what we might call double-edged stupid. Florida’s Collier County School District doesn’t understand the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or what great companions services dogs are for kids with disabilities.

Pepsi, a golden retriever, is a service dog for 6-year-old J.C. Bowen, a boy with autism. According to the story posted on, Pepsi has “learned to respond to J.C.’s seizures by keeping him from falling, alerting people when J.C. needs help, and keeping him calm before, during and after an episode.”

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