Court To Consider Whether Autistic Student Can Record His School Day

Jan 9, 2018

A federal appeals court is now deciding if a Maine student with autism has the right to record his entire school day. 

Ben Pollock's parents say their son's inability to tell them what goes on during his day at school made them want to record it for themselves.  SAD 60 argues that would violate other students' privacy and is unnecessary.

The case has gone on for years and many of the arguments before the appeals court were about earlier judgments.  Those judgments, based on a federal law known as IDEA, found Ben didn't need to record his day to progress at school.

But Ben's attorney, Richard O-Meara, said under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ben should be able to share his day with his parents, by recording if necessary.   

A ruling from the appeals court is now pending.