Home Health Parents News Now Autistic Boy's Family Wins 'Therapy Chicken' Fight Autistic Boy's Family Wins 'Therapy Chicken' Fight By Holly Lebowitz Rossi December 19, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_167761343 30692 The City Council of DeBary, Fla., unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday evening that allows the parents of 3-year-old J.J. Hart to raise the three hens in their backyard as a reasonable accommodation under the Federal and Florida Fair Housing Acts. The resolution notes that "the chickens are primarily utilized for the purpose of enhancing the child's life." "J.J. won... I'm glad," DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia, who knows the Hart family well and has been a vocal supporter of their quest to keep the hens, told TODAY Moms. "Maybe this will take the smudge off the city of DeBary that we don't care about people with disabilities, and we can get back to the norm of how great the city really is." The small town near Orlando has been under intense pressure to take action since earlier this month, when the City Council voted to end a one-year "Urban Chicken Pilot Program" that allowed city residents – including J.J.'s family -- to keep chickens in their backyard. Like many communities, DeBary limits the kinds of animals that can be kept in residential homes. The decision devastated his parents, who say the feathered creatures did what physical, occupational and speech therapies couldn't: Bring J.J. out of his shell. He likes to run after them and hold them, and he smiles when they are around. Image: Chickens, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Autistic Boy's Family Wins 'Therapy Chicken' Fight Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.