“Change only happens when people choose to act.”
Here you will find information and links to resources about the issues highlighted throughout our documentary season and ways in which you can take action!
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SERVICE DOGS
A Service Dog Is Not A Pet. A Service Dog is a working dog that is individually trained to perform specific tasks for an individual with a disability.
A Service Dog Learns To Perform 50 TO 60 Tasks And Commands.
A Service Dog Is Trained To Behave Well In Public. It will walk on a leash without pulling or straining, does not bark unless asked to speak, and ignores distractions.
People Partnered With A Service Dog Have All The Same Rights And Access As Any Other Person according to the (ADA).
Always Ask The Owner Before Approaching A Service Dog. Any form of distraction can be disruptive to their working relationship.
RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE:
GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND - https://www.guidedogs.com/
Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. With exceptional client services and a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, highly qualified guide dogs are prepared to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision from throughout the United States and Canada.
GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND - https://www.guidingeyes.org/
Guiding Eyes for the Blind works to enrich the lives of the blind and visually impaired by providing them with superbly bred and expertly trained guide dogs.
NEADS - https://neads.org/
NEADS has raised, trained and matched nearly 1,800 World Class Service Dogs since 1976. Service Dogs are matched with children and adults, including veterans, who are deaf or have a physical disability, as well as children with autism and other developmental disabilities. NEADS Dogs are also partnered with professionals in the classroom, ministry, hospital, and courthouse settings.
Between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in prisons and jails in the US increased by more than 700%, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 213,722 in 2016.
Women of color are nearly twice as likely to be incarcerated than white women.
In 2010, 93% of federal prisoners were convicted of non-violent crimes, including 48% for drug offenses.
THE ISSUE: MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING
TAKE ACTION RESOURCES:
1. VOTE SMART
Check out where candidates stand on criminal justice reform. Visit Vote Smart to see if your elected officials represent your views?