Geordi, Data and I will be helping the @catxplorer team raise funds for the training of guide dogs through @guidedogspawgust
This cause is meaningful to me on a few levels - as differently abled beebs, specifically vision-impaired beebs, Geordi and Data have been through a lot, including flying across an ocean and a continent in order to find a chance at adoption. They faced a lot of challenges to their survival, but they also benefited from the support of a compassionate community of people who knew that they deserved happy lives, just like any other beeb.
Additionally, as a human living with mental illness who understands the unrivaled level of healing and support an animal can provide, I find it incredibly frustrating how difficult and expensive it is to be matched with a service animal. In the US, many don't realize the amount of barriers that delay and/or prevent people with disability, mental illness, chronic medical conditions, etc. from obtaining a service animal. And that includes me - it's only over the last several years that I've learned more about how the process works, prompted by my own experiences with PTSD/C-PTSD.
We hope to raise some funds to support the training of guide dog puppies, so that - even in a small way - we can contribute toward more people gaining access to the tools and supports they need.
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