04 Jun '11, 11pm

Alabama Passes Bill to Allow Autism Therapy Dogs in Schools

Alabama Passes Bill to Allow Autism Therapy Dogs in Schools

The Alabama state legislature has passed a bill allowing all types of service dogs, including autism therapy dogs, in schools across the state. Currently, the law says that someone who is blind or hearing impaired may be accompanied by a service dog; now, someone with diagnosed on the autism spectrum can have a dog. Further, the dogs don't have to have their own handlers: Aides assisting autistic students can now be trained to work with the child and the service dog as a team, says WAAY TV. It's a bill that Anna Laura Bryan, a local contestant in the Miss Alabama Pageant has spent the last couple of years fighting to get passed. 12 year old Brayden Ellis and her autism dog, Puah have accompanied Bryan on the state at the pageant the past two years. Brayden and her dog have been attending Somerville Road Elementary School in Decatur for the three years. Her mother, Wendy El...

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