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Should Therapy Dogs Used for Emotional Impairments be Allowed at Universities?A recent lawsuit got me to thinking about the use of therapy dogs at colleges and universities. I've seen therapy…

Should Therapy Dogs Used for Emotional Impairments be Allowed at Universities?

A recent lawsuit got me to thinking about the use of therapy dogs at colleges and universities. I've seen therapy dogs used through the American Disabilities Act for those with physical disabilities, such as blindness or deafness. One girl at the college I went to used one and our university had no issue with it. Well, Kearny University denied a student the use of her therapy dog on campus because they said it did not fit under the American Disability Act Guidelines.The new amendments that were made to the ADA did not recognize "therapy animals" being used for emotional support. This student at Kearny had been prescribed dog therapy from her doctor for her anxiety. What is YOUR opinion? Do you think therapy dogs should be allowed for students with emotional impairments? Do they have to have a diagnosed condition or not? Where do we draw the line? For more information on this lawsuit visit: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-12-13/therapy-pets-college-dorms/51878904/1

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