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Old 08-26-2010, 07:30 AM
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Default Service Dog Not allowed in public school!!!

I can NOT believe this!!

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Old 08-26-2010, 08:56 AM
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The issue isn't that they won't allow service dogs. They're not understanding that this dog IS a service dog. They need educating about what seizure-assistance dogs do. The guy who talked about the presence of a nurse doesn't understand that the without the dog, the nurse can't do a darned thing until the seizure has occured. The dog can, by alerting the teacher, ensure that Cade will be place in a safe environment before the seizure actually happens.
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These are great issues, they are far from cut and dry. If the child is going to have a seizure, the dog cannot treat it. But anticipation could lessen the possibility of injury, especially on a hard school floor.

What about children with allergies and asthma? What about the children with dog phobias. What if the dog would attack a child (very low possibility).

I think people want a perfect solution and often there isn't one. I don't like their reasoning though, not enough evidence?
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After all these years, the problem of canine helpers has still not been resolved...

Back in the 60's, Jose Feliciano was scheduled to appear at a Royal Command Performance; the authorities did not want to let his guide dog in, so he wrote a song called "No Dogs Allowed" which he subsequently sang in his famous Royal Palladium appearance, immortalised on the album "Alive Alive-O" .
It distresses me extremely when I hear of situations like this-after all, these dogs are generally very much better behaved than the average human.
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Okay, I realize that the dog cannot prevent or treat a seizure, but I can tell you that, even if you don't go completely unconcscious during a seizure, you are going to be disoriented to varying degrees after it passes. You have a headful of neurons that are, quite literally, buzzing, from the blasts of electrochemical energy that just went off in your head. (I got my father to understand what seizures were by comparing them to blowing fuses). Having the comfort of your seizure dog probably makes worlds of difference.

Compared to the number of people who have seizure disorders, I'm betting that the number of children with severe allergic reactions is low. If a child is afraid of dogs, it's the job of the parents to get that child's fears desensitized. Every college or school who offers classes toward a teaching license should also include no fewer than two classes on service animals per curriculum.

These animals are important, loving additions to the people who need them. Ignorance should not be permitted to stand in the way of the important jobs they do.

BTW, in order to have more than one cat in this apartment, I secured a letter from my doctor proclaiming them service animals for the tx of depression (if I didn't have them to take care of, let alone be able to receive unconditional love, I might not be sitting here typing this.)
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I could not find the article when I clicked on the link :(
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Here's something else I remember about seizures: a doctor once cautioned me to be on the lookout for any suden physiological changes. Hmmm. Do you think he might have been referring to those nasty little firehose blasts of adrenaline when you come out of a seizure and wonder where the hell you are, because nothing looks familiar to you for a while?
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