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By Emilia Rak

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Like thousands of Americans, Emilia Rak has a service dog. She believes that the regular discrimination she and other service dog handlers face largely occurs because the public is misinformed about them. In this educational talk, she provides listeners with all the information they need to know to calmly and appropriately coexist without disrupting the important work service dog teams like her and Rooster are doing. Mrs. Emilia Zsuzsanna Rak is a non-traditional honors student pursuing her BSW at the UALR School of Social Work. She is legally disabled and has had the privilege of having her life greatly enhanced because of service dogs for the past three years. First by, Chester, The WonderDog now Rooster, The King of the Universe. When asked for a few lines for her bio she wrote: "It's my sincere hope that I will leave this earth a better place than when I came into it. To sum up my feelings I'd like to quote my daughter, Nini. She said to me, ‘Mami, all of our pain and suffering and bad stuff that happened to us wasn't for nothing because some day we're going to help people.’" It turns out that Nini was right, because Emilia is working hard to becoming an art therapist, realizing the dreams that she and her girls could only hope they would ever see.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publisher TEDx Talks
Size/Length 16:43
Language English
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