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Berardelli v. Allied Services Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 17-1469

Held that the federal Rehabilitation Act generally requires that individuals with disabilities be permitted to be accompanied by their service animals. The plaintiffs in this case were the parents of an elementary school student with epilepsy who wanted to be accompanied at school by her service dog. On a question of first impression in the federal courts of appeals, the Third Circuit concluded that such requests for reasonable accommodation are per se reasonable in the ordinary course. The panel held that the district court's contrary jury instructions constituted reversible error.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/14


  • Krause


  • United States Third Circuit


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