On Tuesday, the Obama Administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the school district, alleging that they are in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
"It is no longer acceptable – if ever it was – for a [school] district to refuse reasonable modifications to a child who seeks to handle her own service dog," said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. in a press release. "Certainly since passage of the American With Disabilities Act in 1990, such failure not only violates the dictates of conscience, it also violates the law. This office will simply not tolerate any discrimination against any person of any age who may happen to be affected by disabilities."
If the DOJ's suit is successful, Pereira will be allowed to act as Hannah's handler with some assistance from school staff; The district will also be required to compensate the Pereira family for handler fees they have incurred.
"Devyn can no longer be denied the help she needs to use her service dog at school," the Pereiras wrote online. "Our victory is not only for Devyn, but for all the families facing similar injustices."