On October 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a special education case, Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools. The case concerns Wonder the Goldendoodle, a service dog, and his human, Ehlena Fry, a 12-year-old student with cerebral palsy whose school district forbade her from bringing Wonder to school with her. Ehlena benefits from having Wonder help her with tasks such as opening and closing doors. Her parents sued the school district for discriminating against their daughter for not allowing her to bring her service dog to school with her. The issue before the Supreme Court is not whether Wonder may attend school with Ehlena, but whether a case regarding disability discrimination may be brought directly into federal court, or whether the case needs to first be brought before a state administrative court.
Martha Millar Law