A year long, statewide effort by the CT Rotary is resulting in a $21,000 donation to NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans! Rotary District Governor Rupi Rupwani and Paul Burns of the North Branford, CT Rotary will visit NEADS to present the $21,000 check to Cathy Zemaitis, director of Development, and Gerry DeRoche, chief executive officer on Monday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.
NEADS in the News
Sherwood students raising money for MS patient's service dog
SHREWSBURY — Brenda Bodanza is a single mother of six, with a half-dozen grandchildren, a full-time job and secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis. She sits in front of Joyce Avery's and Judy Delsignore's sixth grade classes at Sherwood Middle School, flanked by her youngest sons, twins Francis and Josh Cloutier. She wears a wide smile, a smile that she largely attributes to Liberty, the nearly 4-year-old yellow Labrador retriever curled up dutifully near her feet.
Rotary's Year-Long Effort Results In $21,000 Donation
The Fight for Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD
When it comes to treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, no intervention regularly receives as glowing reviews as service dogs. The use of service dogs to treat PTSD is new, though, and many of the findings at this point are anecdotal. Many veterans had eagerly hoped a pioneering study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs would buttress their personal experiences with science that could support implementing widespread therapeutic use.
Natick VFW hosts fundraiser for NEADS
A Rainbow appeared at the Natick VFW on July 29. This Rainbow, however, was a black Lab associated with NEADS, an organization providing service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans. For a few years, she provided help and companionship for an Army veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan (this was through Canines for Combat Veterans, one of the NEADS programs). Rainbow is retired from service, but not from NEADS; she and her owner, John Moon, travel across the country on behalf of the organization.
Prison inmates train dogs, change lives
East Lyme - Peter Lorange needed to express his gratitude to those who had a hand in raising his service dog, Keddy. So Lorange made the trek Friday from Worcester, Mass., to York Correctional Institution to say thank you to the inmates who helped transform the 15-month-old black Labrador retriever "the good girl she is today." Lorange, who has been a paraplegic for 27 years, was paired up two weeks ago with Keddy, his first service dog, since recent arthritic changes in his cervical spine have caused him to lose strength and dexterity in his hands.
Jake the Vet: Puppy Training Program (video)
Dr. Jake Tedaldi goes to jail to learn about a puppy training program through the state's prison system that provides assistance pets for the deaf and disabled through the nonprofit organization Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans (NEADS)
Life with Liberty: Brenda Bodanza reflects on her first year with a NEADS dog
It has been a year since I first applied to NEADS in Princeton for a service dog, and received my first notice that I was matched with a beauty called Liberty. The surprise, excitement and adjustments have now transpired into reality. Reality that my life will never be as it was almost one year ago today. You see, every day brings something new into it.
Snow gives students a chance to give back
The sixth-grade students on Judith Avery’s Purple Team at Sherwood Middle School have enjoyed this year’s excessively snowy winter. No, it’s not just the days off from school – it’s the opportunity to shovel the white stuff that every snowfall brings. The kids are part of a service-learning project that Avery, a 20-year-teaching veteran in Shrewsbury, spearheaded in 2002. The goal is to raise money for a good cause. But Avery doesn’t allow any of the 50 students on her team to simply solicit money for the project. Funds have to be earned through some kind of job or service performed by each one of the students.
Photo Gallery: NEADS spring graduation
The graduation that was held on Sunday, March 6, 2011 was not just any graduation, it was an inspiration. NEADS, an organization that trains service animals for deaf and disabled Americans, held their spring graduation at the Four Points Sheraton in Leominster. Independence and companionship was shown that the animals will bring with them to their new “jobs."
Service Dogs Get Their Training Papers
When 37-year-old Matthew Katz deployed for Baghdad during his military time, he knew there were inherent risks that came with the job. He admits that his time in Iraq wasn't as horrifying as the time spent by others, but that all changed one day in 2008.