Thursday, December 11, 2014

"she and the district began working together on a solution"

The school district’s opinion on a first-grader's service dog has softened after the boy’s mother mounted a public campaign to bring attention to his story. 
Ericha Flateau's 7-year-old son Austin has bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria, a rare brain malformation that causes seizures. Last month, Austin was paired with a service dog named Paris who can detect and respond to Austin's seizures: The milky-white golden retriever comforts the boy, alerts others to his seizures and stays by his side nearly 24 hours a day. 
Flateau, a 26-year-old single mother, had hoped the district would assign Austin's aide at Davis Thayer Elementary School, where he attends first grade, to handle Paris. The other options, she said, were to hire someone to travel to school with Austin or care for the dog herself, neither of which she can afford.
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