ALISON AND STAR (Service Dog)
In many ways, Alison is a typical college student at Michigan State University. Next semester, she will be living in an apartment independently and attending classes full time. Alison also lives with cerebral palsy. She explains, "As much as I strive to do everything on my own, there are many obstacles in my way. The world is not always disability friendly and having a service dog allows me to gain the freedom I desire." Star is a two-year-old black Labrador retriever. Star is trained to pick up dropped items up, open doors, help with laundry, and keep Alison company around campus. She says, "Star will not only be an immense help in me gaining some independence, but a very loved and cherished friend." Star was fostered by Robin Agen-Blausey and inmate trainer Eric M.