Family loses fight for autistic son to have service dog in class

Kenner Fee poses for a photo with his service dog Ivy in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / HO – Craig Fee)

Source: Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press, August 31, 2017 

TORONTO – Ontario’s human rights tribunal has ruled that a nine-year-old autistic boy can’t bring his service dog with him into class.

The decision says Kenner Fee’s family failed to prove that having his black Labrador Ivy in the classroom would help him with his education.

Adjudicator and tribunal vice-chair Laurie Letheren found that the Waterloo Catholic District School Board took all necessary steps to evaluate whether the dog was needed in the classroom, and supported the board’s decision not to allow the service animal to sit beside Kenner during lessons.

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