Nathan is a sixteen year old high functioning autistic. In 2005 he was matched with his first NEADS dog Meeko. Meeko not only provided constant companionship but taught Nathan responsibility, empathy and the ability to connect with others. She lowered his anxiety level by helping him to focus and not be distracted by sensory overload.
Elijah is 14 years old and in the 8th grade at King Philip Middle School in Norfolk, MA. He has many strengths such as a great sense of humor but is socially withdrawn. A social dog would give him confidence to meet new challenges in his daily life
Because of a rare metabolic disorder, Gabrielle has brain damage which causes balance issues, poor muscle tone, and difficulty with her fine motor skills and speech. A dog would be her friend and help with daily activities.