Friday, May 18, 2007

What up Dawg?

A local family is suing the Bakersfield City School District after they were told their son and his helper dog are not welcome at school. (Sounds very Mary Had a Little Lamb doesn’t it?) The funny thing is the boy went to Thorner Elementary and the dog's name is Thor! I don’t see why they couldn’t just make the dog their mascot and call it day.

The boy uses the dog to help with his autism. His parents say the difference the dog has been remarkable. Unfortunately too many people still associate service animals only with the blind. According to the Delta Society, these animals can be trained to help people with spinal cord/head trauma (injury, stroke), visual or hearing deficits, arthritis, ataxia/poor balance, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, cardio/pulmonary disease, Arteriovascular disease (primary or secondary to diabetes, etc.), and psychiatric disabilities just to name a few.

Maybe it’s time for the Bakersfield City School District to start educating themselves.