In a week, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case about a girl and her service dog, Wonder. Ehlena Fry was born with cerebral palsy, which makes it hard for her to get around, though her cognitive abilities are sharp. When she was just five, her family got her a goldendoodle trained to assist her. It was an expensive endeavor; their community helped them raise the $13,000 they needed to add Wonder to their family.
The Frys credit Wonder with helping Ehlena become more confident and independent. However, her school didn’t see it the same way.
After Ehlena started bringing Wonder to school, the district asked her to stop, citing allergy concerns and potential student fears. Ehlena’s parents insisted that she had the right, but the district wouldn’t back down.
The family transferred Ehlena to a new and more welcoming district. Fast forward several years, and Ehlena is now 12 and in middle school. Wanting to help other families in their situation, the Frys have taken the old school district to court. The ACLU is backing their case.
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Student denied service dog in school takes case to US Supreme Court