12-year-old girl faces Napoleon Community Schools in Supreme Court By Corrie Goldberg – Associate Producer
October 31, 2016.
WASHINGTON – Ehlena Fry has Cerebral Palsy and when she was 5-years-old, her doctors prescribed her service dog, Wonder to help her at school. But the Jackson County school district would not allow her to bring Wonder to class.
The Frys sued the Napoleon Community Schools and the Jackson County Intermediate School District for violations of federal disability laws, but have lost their battle in lower courts.
However, they’re getting a second chance now, as the supreme court is taking up the now 12-year-old Ehlena’s appeal.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the case will address the nature of how the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act overlap.
The Frys have the support of the Obama administration, who say the appeals court’s decision was wrong and “leads to unsound results”.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the higher court’s ruling, which will likely come next year, may have implications for students with disabilities across the country.