NEADS in the News
Case manager finds 'right' care for New England wounded veterans
"My job as a case manager is to do what's right for that patient. I'm going to assess it. I'm going to evaluate it. I'm going to plan it," Donna Bibeau said. "It's all of that; it's whatever it takes." One program she has had success with is NEADS, or National Education for Assistance Dog Services. NEADS is a non-profit organization in Massachusetts that trains dogs to help disabled Americans navigate through everyday life.
Paws go to prison for good cause
Jerri is an affectionate service dog that graduated from the Janet S. York Correctional Institution's Prison PUP Partnership Program in June. She was back at the women's prison in Niantic on Thursday, this time with her new owner. The Labrador retriever now belongs to Brown, a special education teacher from Southern California. Jerri will be placed in a classroom in a couple of weeks with special-education students in the third and fourth grade.
Caring for those with NEADS
Everyday skills. Extraordinary independence. That is just one of the mottos of NEADS, a local agency that has been providing assistance dogs for deaf and disabled Americans for more than 30 years – right here in greater Worcester.
Mashpee Gold Star Family Hopes to Aid 'Heroes in Transition'
US Marine Captain Eric A. Jones wanted to fly since he was a boy. But in his service as a marine, he also wanted to be close to fellow servicemen. So to balance those two competing goals, he chose to be a helicopter pilot because it enabled him to fly missions that directly support troops on the ground. “He always wanted to be close to the guys. He felt that by protecting them from above, where he could really see them, he could keep them safe,” Captain Jones’s father, Kenneth A. Jones, said.
Valley Stream vet raises flu, service dog awareness
Central Veterinary Associates of Valley Stream hosted an all-day fundraising clinic on June 30 as part of a nationwide effort to vaccinate dogs against the canine influenza virus, H3N8, and support the National Education for Assistance Dog Services to provide dogs for the deaf and disabled. The event generated about $1,500.
Training Dogs to Help
After living with multiple sclerosis for a number of years, constantly dropping things and struggling to pick them up, Robin Turek was relieved to know there was someone, or rather something, to help her out.Her aide, a yellow Labrador retriever named Colonel, will collect things she may drop, retrieve the phone when it’s ringing and even push elevator buttons for her while she balances on platform crutches.
CBS planning 'Ministry of Animals' special
The U.S. television network CBS says it plans to air an interfaith religion special called "Ministry of Animals."The program about spirituality and animals is to be broadcast June 13 on the network. Among the topics explored in the program are dogs that the clergy uses as a means of pastoral care. Also known as "ministry dogs," these assistance dogs are formally trained at the National Education for Assistance Dog Services' Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans in Princeton, Mass.
Dog being trained to assist the disabled goes to college
Beth Lewis teaches psychology at Rhode Island College. Students in her summer classes have an unusual classmate – a 10-month-old golden retriever named Grace who Lewis is training to become a classroom therapy service dog.
Death-row dogs across the country are getting a second chance at life from some unusual saviors: prisoners looking to locate their own second chances at a meaningful life. Some incarcerated for a few years, others for the better part of a lifetime, these inmates learn life traits, compassion, communication skills, work ethic, job skills and love as they take unwanted dogs out of shelters and train them to become ideal companions or even service dogs.
NEADS Public Service Announcement
This Public Service Announcement describes our Canines for Combat Veterans program that was established at NEADS in 2006 to support returning, wounded Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.