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Help me receive a Service Dog so I can have the extra help I need to complete my dream of becoming a lawyer.

I am currently finishing my 1L year at New York University Law School. Even after two grueling semesters I have found the study of law to be a passion of mine that I hope to have in my life forever. Unfortunately, I have some roadblocks on my way to full time practice.

First, in June 2009 I was diagnosed with a rare form of an already uncommon cornea disorder. I see with distorted vision so reading is difficult for me and there is a fairly good chance that I will go completely blind within the next few years.

As if this weren’t enough, I was diagnosed in January 2010 with a mobility disorder. Periodically, I will have a hard time walking or I will fall. Therefore, stairs are very dangerous for me. Both of these disorders don’t have a cure or even a treatment. I will be disabled for life.

That being said, I am determined to break through the glass ceiling that still exists for people with disabilities in the legal profession. In order to do this, however, my team of doctors has said that I am going to need a little help. They recommended a service dog that would be trained to help me walk and might eventually be trained as a guide dog.

I have found several service dog schools that will accept me as a student. Generally the cost of raising and training a service dog is around $15,000. However, these select schools, through fundraising, are able to offer their dogs to students for as little as $5,000. Of course, this amount does not include travel to and from the schools (which are all fairly far away) and lodging and food while I’m there. I will generally be there for a two week period, learning how to use the service dog’s cues and bonding with the dog.

I am writing on GiveForward to request a donation to further this cause. Any little bit helps. Your donation will go toward the purchase and/or transportation of the dog. Additionally, while I have my own funds to care for the dog, I do live on a law student’s budget and any extra donations over my transportation needs and the cost of the dog will be added to my budget to care for the dog.

The disabled community is one that is grossly underrepresented in the legal profession and I am ready and willing to blaze that trail. I just need a bit of help getting started.
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