- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York school district is accused of violating federal civil rights law by requiring a disabled student’s family to provide a handler for a service dog that accompanies the child to school.

The Justice Department Tuesday sued the Gates-Chili (CHY’-ly) district in federal court in Rochester. The suit seeks to force the district to comply with the Americans with Disabilities act by modifying its practices to accommodate the student’s needs.

According to the filing, the student sometimes needs help with the dog during the school day, but instead of getting help from the student’s one-on-one aide, the family had to hire a handler for $25,000.

District officials, in a statement, say the suit has no merit. The district says it welcomes service dogs in accordance with the ADA.


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