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Meet Thekla. She is a sweet, strong, hard working 8 year old little girl. She has loved animals, especially dogs and horses since we can remember. She constantly plays pretend with her stables of toy farm animals. She also pretends she is puppy and makes her 87 year old grandfather get on the floor to play with her.

Hi, my name is Delainey Fox and I’m 17 years old. I live in southeastern Michigan with my mom, dad and furry friends. For the past two years, I had been experiencing trouble hearing. I was taken to multiple doctors but I was constantly misdiagnosed with ear infections. In late October of 2014, I was diagnosed with another double ear infection and was sent to an ENT. The ENT saw no sign of infection and had me see the audiologist for a hearing test. I was diagnosed with a significant hearing loss and I am considered legally deaf. I have been fitted with hearing aids that help a lot but I still have a lot of trouble in large group settings. When my hearing aids are out, it is extremely hard for me to communicate. I read lips but when the lights are turned off it leaves me both deaf and blind. At night, I struggle to sleep because I’m scared that I’ll miss a smoke alarm or someone yelling my name.

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 He has many strengths such as a great sense of humor but is socially withdrawn.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

Martha is a 16-year-old girl diagnosed with autism who struggles daily to communicate her wants and needs to others. She attends school at Nashoba Learning Group where she has made great strides. We feel a NEADS dog will help Martha develop her social skills as it accompanies her on outings in the community. The dog will also be a companion for Martha, who, because of her disability, does not have the peer relationships of a typical teenager. Having a dog will also give Martha a feeling of responsibility as she will be feeding and walking him/her.

Hello! My name is Chanel, I am sixteen years old. I live in Boston Massachusetts with my family. I was born with a disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. This causes my bones to be vulnerable to fractures with as little as a sneeze. My bones are so brittle that I cannot walk on them so, I have been using a power wheelchair as my main source of mobility since the age of three. I am in the middle of my Sophomore year of High School and I am striving to be more independent as the college years approach. I am looking for help in raising funds for a service dog to further increase this independence.

Hi! I’m Olivia and I am so excited to have Rigney - my social dog! I have high-functioning autism with a sensory processing disorder and generalized anxiety disorder – this cause me to be a worry wart. Every day I worry about everything. Even though I love to have fun and play with my friends and learn at school, I worry about people being naughty and unkind words, and unknown things. Sometimes I hide when I worry.

Hello. My name is Billy and I am 11 years old. I have severe anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning autism), and ADHD. I find it very difficult to be in social situations, or even just leave the house because of the Asperger's and anxiety. This past January my Mom removed me from public school because it was too over stimulating and stressful for me. My attendance was atrocious and my grades slipped dramatically. I am now homeschooled and it is a much better situation for me. My grades have improved and I made High Honor Roll while homeschooling.

Hi, My name is Connor Lizotte. I am 14 years old and I am going into my freshman year at Cumberland High School in Cumberland, RI. I was born prematurely at 24 weeks old and suffered a hemorrhage on the left side of my brain which has caused motor delays and seizure disorder. I was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia and Dystonia. I have had many surgeries to try to connect my muscle tone and I have also gone through two hip dysplasia surgeries.

Hi I'm Matte and I'm 9 years old. I'm looking for a way to feel safe and secure. I have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ie Asperger's, ADHD, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I am very fearful of many things such as darkness, loud noises, crowded places, even the outdoors. I have difficulty with self-regulation and control. At school I was teased and didn't enjoy myself. I can often feel anxious and overwhelmed. I have trouble falling asleep and often can't settle my mind. Today I went to NEADS and met a service dog, it was amazing! I really need a service dog to be by my side. I need a friend that will love me all the time just the way I am. I think having a dog will make me feel safe and strong (because I will play with him outside) Please help me with my fund raising so that I can grow, learn, and laugh with my new best friend. Thank you

Hi, this is Jack. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 years old. He just turned 9 years old. Jack is a very loving, sweet and carling little boy. He lives with his parents and younger brother and loves to play (especially anything outdoors). Unfortunately, he has a lot of anxiety especially in crowded or noisy places. He has always wanted a dog and when he got approved for a NEADS Social Dog he was so excited! He wanted to take home the black lab we met the day of the interview.

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. 

My name is Josh, I’m 12 years old and I live in Sudbury, MA. I was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with Asperger’s a few months ago. I have struggled with different things such as anxiety/depression, regulating my emotions, insomnia and forming and keeping friendships since I was young. I also have nut allergies and get really upset when I have to go to the doctor or dentist. It’s hard for me to work in groups and on teams and I miss opportunities to do things with other kids. It’s been especially hard for me this past year and I’ve missed a significant number of school days. I’ve felt trapped at school in 7th grade and can’t concentrate very well.

Skyler is a bright, sweet active 9-year-old girl that suffers from Cornelia De Lang Syndrome. This is an extremely rare syndrome. One out of every 30,000 kids are affected. It is a genetic disorder present from birth, but not always diagnosed at birth. It causes a range of physical, cognitive and medical challenges. Many affected individuals also have behavioral problems similar to autism, and it affects both genders equally. CdLS does not discriminate—it’s seen in all races and ethnic backgrounds…

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.