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Hi, my name is Robert. I’m 12 years old and was diagnosed with a form of autism called PDD/NOS when I was almost 3 years old. Even though I have autism, I like to do lots of things that other kids do. I am a catcher for my baseball team, I play basketball in the winter, I love to geocache and I am a HUGE Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots fan. However, having this kind of autism comes with challenges including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and auditory processing disorder. I also struggle with executive functioning and transitioning from one thing to the next throughout the day can be very challenging for me.

My name is Ryan and I really love animals. Since I was born eight years ago, I have loved and loved our kitty. We go to sleep each night together! Unfortunately, our kitty can’t go places on a leash or play outside with me. My family told me about NEADS Social Dogs and I got really excited about the possibility of a constant companion. Now I can’t believe I’ve been accepted for a social service dog! In my picture, you can see I am already sleeping with my stuffed, Labrador NEADS service dog. I struggle daily to regulate my emotions and keep a positive outlook on life. I am a very sensitive boy who needs a lot of reassurance that things are going to be okay. The demands of first grade were tough on me. I find reading, writing, and schedule changes very challenging. My frustration sometimes overwhelms me. When I get home, I need to unwind and get all my energy out. I look forward to spending the afternoons playing catch and hide and seek with my NEADS dog! I am also excited to have my dog sleep next to me to help with my night time worries. I love to cuddle with our kitty and my stuffed animals so I can’t wait to cuddle with my dog. I know this dog will make a huge difference in my life. I look forward to welcoming and caring for our newest family member!

Thekla was thrilled to be matched with her service dog Keely this past June, 2016! A better match could not have been made! Ever since, Thekla and Keely have been inseparable. The difference Keely makes in Thekla’s life is amazing and their bond is so strong and so sweet. Here is what Thekla recently said about having Keely in her life: When I first met Keely and they showed me to her she licked me super crazy. She cuddles with me and any time I ask her to “visit” with me she puts her head on my lap. Keely is so cool because when we are out other kids or grownups ask to pet her and she helps me start conversations. She helps me feel more comfortable talking to people I don’t know. She changed my life completely! I love her so much. She is my best friend and she and I go everywhere together. Keely is so special to me and I wouldn’t trade her for anything.

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

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

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.

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 Elizabeth Vota. I am 15 years old and heading into my sophomore year in high school. For as long as I can remember, I have been actively involved in sports and physical fitness. That all changed at my tenth birthday party when I fell on my knees while skating. For the next three years I visited numerous doctors to try and determine why my knee never healed properly but never received a viable diagnosis. I was finally diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) by a terrific doctor. He taught me that EDS is a connective tissue disorder which makes my joints flexible and hypermobile, allowing my joints to easily dislocate in my body. He introduced me to a great physical therapist and great team of doctors. EDS effects my entire body which results in chronic pain everyday. I also have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) which causes me to have a rapid heart rate and low blood pressure, causing me to have frequently dizzy and fainting spells.

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.