Friday, August 24, 2007

Hard of Hearing?

That's a problem. I hope you don't reside in East Meadow, New York, where they're fighting tooth and nail to keep a hearing-impaired student bring his service dog to school with him. In fact, they didn't even want the state to investigate their refusal.

Now we think of service dogs as the exclusive province of blind people, but I could imagine a hearing-impaired person having difficulties. First of all, schools run on bells, and that can be problematic if you don't hear them. Turning corners can be dangerous if you can't hear people coming around them.

If hearing impaired people feel they'll benefit from service dogs, who is East Meadow to tell them otherwise?
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