Let Sophia Into School!
  • Petitioned Paula Scmitt

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Special Education
Paula Scmitt
Principal
Rick Walsh
Dr. Mary Bucci, Superintendent
Pine Richland School District

Let Sophia Into School!

    1. Jennifer Forsyth
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Forsyth

      Gibsonia, PA

Eight-year-old Sean Forsyth suffers from autism. The Pine Richland School District has used stalling tactics and other unprofessional behavior with the Forsyth family to discourage them from asking that Sean's service dog, Sophia, be allowed to attend school with him. The petition will be sent to the superintendent and other officials in the hopes public opinion forces them to follow the law and allow Sophia to attend school with Sean under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Sophia is Sean's best friend and biggest helper. Having her in school with him will help give him the best educational experience possible.

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    1. Sophia Turns 2!

      Jennifer Forsyth
      Petition Organizer

      We wanted to make sure we posted this wonderful video of Sean & Sophia. Enjoy!

    2. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sean-Sophia-Foundation/187085811334573

      Jennifer Forsyth
      Petition Organizer

      The Forsyth Family was given notice yesterday that the school intends to pull Sean off of his smaller, private bus that relieves his sensory issues and put him back on the regular neighborhood bus. The school was planning on doing this without any input from the family at all, even though the parameters of transportation are in Sean's IEP, and cannot be changed without TEAM approval.

    3. Reached 40,000 signatures

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    • Tina Glengary PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      I have raised 3 puppies for Paws with a Cause (a service dog organization headquartered in MI). They have started placing dogs with autistic children and have seen great results. I'd love to see Sophia and her dog together at school.

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    • Thomas Traywick SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      how can this be? i hoinestly thought pennsylvania was more progressive than that. this is a no brainer. come live in san francisco sean and family. we adoire companion/service animals here.

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    • Kathleen Waldrep VACAVILLE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The stalling tactics of companies and schools to deny access of service animals for people with autism is ridiculous. Now the school tries to force the family to drop its demand that the dog be allowed to do its job by violating Sean's IEP. The family should sue the school for violations of the ADA and violating the IEP. Having the dog in the school is not the distraction schools try to claim it will be.

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    • Susan Woods WICHITA, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      I have a lab that I brought to school with me everyday. His presence worked many wonders that I as an educator could not have done with my 30 years of teaching experience. Kona rescued many children from a unproductive day by being non judgmental and calming many tears and fears that children brought to school everyday. Please reconsider your decision. You are bringing hope and quality of life to every child the dog meets.

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    • Carol Moos INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      As a Service Dog Trainer I know how much help they ar. It is against Federal Law to deny a person with a disability to use their equipment to function in life. Denying use of this service dog is like denying someone who uses a wheelchair the right to use their wheelchair. zzzzservice dogs undergo rigorous training. It angers me to hear that this is still going on.

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