Why This Is Happening
While researching this article, I read as many news stories and articles as I could find on this subject, and it appears that there are several underlying reasons for this situation:
Lack of Knowledge About Disabilities
Most schools simply do not understand the true scope of each specific disability. In the interest of being fair, how could they?
If you are not living with or caring for a child with an autism spectrum disorder, diabetes, spina bifida or other special needs, how could you know everything that is required to keep that child safe and healthy? However, lack of knowledge is not an excuse, and most schools could benefit from simply listening to and accepting what we parents can tell them about our special needs children.
Too Much Government Intervention
School administrators and educators position themselves as the experts who know what is best for our children, but that’s not always the case. The parents who deal with the child daily know what these kids need and should have the final say about accommodations for their special needs. Instead of fighting us every step of the way, schools should value our feedback and weigh our input more heavily when making decisions that affect our children.
Reluctance to Change
Schools have routines and procedures that they have followed for years, and they don’t like it when students with special needs upset their routines. Providing special help or assistive technology for disabled students means they have to prepare extra paperwork, hold special meetings, or maybe even schedule psychological hearings or other intervention proceedings.
Judging from my experiences, they just don’t want to do this. It seems that they would rather refuse you the services and hope you will accept “no" for an answer and just go away. The more you advocate for your child’s rights, the angrier these officials become, and your chances of obtaining any special services for your child diminish.
Ignorance About Service Animals
Service dogs are working animals, not pets. However, many people just don’t understand how these wonderful animals improve the quality of special needs children’s lives or protect them.
While they obviously do provide friendship and companionship, they are trained to provide special services such as opening doors, alerting for seizures or danger, and other specialized tasks that identify them as more than just pets.