A mother in southwest Missouri says her daughter’s school is in violation of a federal law designed to give protection to those with handicaps. Cathy Kelley’s daughter Karen Meinke has hip dysplasia. Kelley says the condition makes it nearly impossible for her daughter to walk, so she got a service dog to assist Karen. But the Pierce City Middle School that her daughter attends won’t allow the dog in. When contacted by the Missourinet, the Pierce City Superintendent would not comment, citing privacy concerns, except to say the district was following proper procedures. But Kelley believes they’re in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 – the federal law that requires reasonable accomodations be made for persons with disabilities. Kelley says she’s talked to both state and federal officials but has gotten nowhere yet. She hopes the school does the right thing.
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