Posts by Amanda Charbonneau

Mary Bird

Hello, my name is Mary Bird. I am a Deaf person who uses American Sign Language, a mother to 2 boys.  Larkin (20) a Geography/Sustainable Energy major student at Salem State University, and Logan (soon to be 16), a Freshman at Bristol County Agricultural High School. I work as a Clinical Social Worker at Worcester…

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Luis Jimenez

Hi, My name is Luis, I live in Texas and I am homeschooled!  Some of my favorite things to do are playing video games, play with transformers, Legos, and having fun with my family. I applied for a NEADS service dog and  recently got approved , right before I turned 16!!! and that means my…

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Naomi Ridge

My name is Naomi Ridge, and I live with my husband and two sons (ages 11 and 13) in Watertown, Massachusetts. Since the fall of 2015 I have been losing mobility due to Multiple Sclerosis, and now use a wheelchair to get around outside of my home. In the summer of 2017 I had to…

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Winter Fundraising

We did it!  We survived the holiday season and all the shopping, planning, celebrating and indulging in treats that go with it. Now it’s time to get down to business and think about some winter fundraising! The winter may seem like a tough time to fundraise due to the bad weather and the strong desire…

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Hanae Witkum

Hi, my name is Hanae! I just turned 16 and got the best birthday wish ever. My parents applied for a Service Dog for me through NEADS!  We went on an interview which I was very nervous about – I get teary sometimes when I have to talk about myself – and we were accepted…

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Winter Fitness for your NEADS dog

Keeping your Service/Assistance Dog fit year round can be a struggle, especially for those who live in areas where winter weather is unpredictable or inhospitable.  Extreme temperatures, ice and snow can limit outdoor time to bathroom-only breaks and leave little access for handlers with mobility challenges.  But working dogs must be kept in prime condition…

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Holiday Fundraising

  The holidays are fast approaching and that means it’s the perfect time to fundraise!  This is a fantastic time of year to tap into the seasonal spirit and have some fun doing it.  Here are some of my favorite ideas that are great for kids and adults alike:   Candy grams – Buy lots of…

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Megan Lavin

My name is Megan Lavin.  I am a special education teacher in the Boston Public School system.  I am in my 14th year teaching in the Emotional Impairment Strand at the Beethoven School.  I have taught 1st grade, 5th grade and presently teach Kindergarten.  The population of students I work with struggle with self-regulation.  Many…

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