Fox News is reporting on a disturbing story in Fairfax County, Va. A 12-year-old boy with a rare and severe form of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, is being denied his right to bring a seizure-detecting service dog to school. Andrew Stevens was home schooled until his mother decided he should return to public school so he could be around other kids. The family raised $20,000 to get Alliya, a seizure detecting dog. But Andrew's school says that because he has a disability, he can't manage the dog if he has a seizure.
Andrew's family is fighting back, citing the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I'm glad the family is taking action and not accepting the decision of the school. The Fox site has an area to post comments on the story. Be sure to let them know what you think!
The Epilepsy Foundation supports the right of people with epilepsy to use trained service dogs. If you have experienced discrimination because of epilepsy or chronic seizures, contact our Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund. For more information and resources on Lennox-Gastaut, visit our parents Web site that provides support and information to parents of children with epilepsy.