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Hi! My name is Matthew.­­­­­ I have Asperger's Syndrome (a form of Autism). I also have a Mixed Expressive and Receptive Language Disorder, Severe Dyslexia and Anxiety. I don't understand what all this means, I only know it makes it hard to understand other people and the world around me.

Our son, Giovanni was diagnosed with high functioning autism at age 3 and he will be 10 years old this summer. We are asking for your help.

Individuals on the autism spectrum present a variety of symptoms that can make it hard for them to communicate and form relationships. For Giovanni, it is a daily struggle that affects our whole family including our 5 year-old daughter. In addition to being on the autism spectrum, he also deals with anxiety, OCD, irritability, ADHD, Receptive Language Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder and struggles emotionally to connect with people, regulating his emotions and forming friendships.

Hi my name is Lillian Fraser-Gray and I am 12 years old. I have been in intensive therapy since 18 months old. I have been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, moderate retardation, Major Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Mood Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Mixed Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, and cognitively stuck at about mid-kindergarten level. I have a very hard time dealing with all things going on around me. I am very happy to be in this process for a service dog to help me remain calm so that I may go out into the world and not be afraid or able to handle it. I am truly happy and eager to be able for this opportunity and grateful for NEADS. Thank you very much, Lily

Hi.  My name is Issac and I am 14 years old and recently diagnosed with Autism and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  It took a while for my doctor to diagnose me because appointments are overwhelming for me and I usually shut down rather than participate.  Getting out into my community has also proven to be a big challenge for me... as you can imagine that makes it hard for me to make friends or enjoy the simpler things in life like going shopping or out to eat. 

I'm Mia and I have Autism. I am 9 years old and in 3rd grade. I am very smart and friendly. I really love Taylor Swift and her music, of course. I'm like her biggest fan ever. I know the words to all of her songs and I will sing them to my new dog! I'm also really good at math, literacy, and facts, and I like watching game shows like Jeopardy, the Price is Right , and wheel of Fortune. I'm hoping my dog likes to snuggle and watch with me.

Hi, my name is Brennan and I am 12 years old. I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and anxiety about 6 years ago. I am a very sweet and sensitive boy. I like to make people happy. I enjoy playing video games because they help me to stop worrying about things and move on from bad times. I like being with my family. I enjoy swimming, too.

In the summer of 2015, Ben was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism; many people are more familiar with the term Asperger’s Syndrome. We always knew our Benjamin Bunny was quirky: when he was learning to walk, he'd never let you see him trying. As soon as you'd turn your head to see what he was up to, he'd sit down. Then one day around 15 months old, he just walked across the living room like he'd been doing it for years.

My name is Maddy, I’m 15 years old and I live in Raynham, MA. I was diagnosed with ASD (Asperger’s) when I was twelve years old. I have struggled with different things such as anxiety/depression, regulating my emotions, forming friendships and eating since I was little. I also have a hard time when I am not in my own environment and going to school has always been hard for me. I feel best when I am at home. I really feel like having a social dog will help me a lot with all of these things.