NEADS in the News
Retriever is golden at job
In many ways, the crimp-eared golden retriever Elliott is just as imperfect as the children and adolescents he helps: He can be lackadaisical, he sometimes has problems following orders and the spots on his tongue prevent him from leading the pampered life in the dog show circuit that he was bred for.
Lending a helping paw - A working relationship
On a handmade, wood sign located near the door to Merle Ferber's apartment, the letters of her last name, and that of her former service dog, Radar, are intertwined. The sign is a fitting tribute to the long working relationship that Ferber had with Radar, who helped her perform tasks as she traveled in her wheelchair. A smooth collie, Radar was so popular that he was inducted into the American Working Collie Association Hall of Fame two years ago. It's hard to find a replacement for a dog like that. But Ferber feels that she has.
Partnering with Correctional Facilities to Raise and Train Assistance Dogs
The practice of placing dogs in prison for inmates to train was conceived in 1981 when Sister Pauline Quinn approached the administration of the Washington State Correctional Center for Women. Having had a dog named “Joni” help her survive a devastating young adulthood, she knew first hand how animals could enhance self-esteem and heal wounds. Who better to experience this healing than the women in this maximum-security prison?
Hearing-impaired woman gets guide
It's widely known that the companionship of a well-trained dog can greatly improve the lives of the blind. Less known, but equally helpful, are the services of hearing aid dogs trained by the National Education for Assistance Dog Services, a nonprofit organization based in Princeton, Mass., that trains canines to assist the hearing impaired and physically disabled.
A Different Journey; Living with Disabilities
Parenting a child with disabilites can seem a daunting task. But a new book of essays from successful adults with disabilities shows the amazing power parents have to give their children wings. The book is uplifting and instructive for parents of all children. We will talk to the editor, and two writers whose essays appear in the book.