NEADS in the News

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NEADS Assistance Dog Bailey Graduates From Service Dog Training

May 26, 2016

Here and Now, WBUR Here & Now has spent the last year following Bailey, a budding Service Dog raised by MA-based NEADS. During the week, NEADS are trained by, and…

NEADS Service Dog Meets His Match

May 25, 2016

by Robin Young, Here and Now, WBUR Here & Now has spent the last year following Bailey, a budding service dog raised by the Western Massachusetts-based NEADS organization. During the…

CEO One on One: Gerry DeRoche

April 26, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016 by correspondent Sandy Meindersma (compiled by), Worcester Telegram Chief Executive Officer, Gerry DeRoche, has been leading NEADS since 2010, when he made the decision to leave…

How A Dog Becomes A NEADS Service Dog

November 11, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Here and Now, WBUR Western Massachusetts-based NEADS is nationally known for its remarkable success training dogs to be service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans. In…

Handling with care: By training service dogs, ACI inmates help others

February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by John Hill, Providence Journal CRANSTON, R.I. — On Tuesday morning, two dozen inmates filed into the cafeteria at the John J. Moran Medium Security Prison.…

Feb. 14 Millbury fundraiser fulfills NEADS for veterans

February 5, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by Lynne Klaft, Worcester Telegram & Gazette The Mahlerts woke up one morning and decided they were going to do more than donate money to NEADS,…

Princeton nonprofit sells stuffed marathon service dogs

January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Sacha Pfeiffer, The Boston Globe In need of a ‘Rescue’? Nonprofits are always on the hunt for new revenue, and some of them dabble in…

Her decision, their life

January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015 by Eric Moskowitz I Globe Staff, The Boston Globe They were full with newlywed love that brilliant Marathon Monday, fused in joy and then in disaster.…

Nate Corddry a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan

January 8, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Sacha Pfeiffer, The Boston Globe Living 2,600 miles away won’t stop this die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan More proof that you can take the…

R.I. Guard veteran hopes writing book will ease his pain, perhaps that of other soldiers

September 10, 2014

by G. Wayne Miller, Providence Journal The war that John DiRaimo, 53, physically left behind continues. A Rhode Island Army National Guard veteran who served a 13-month tour in Iraq…

Service dogs Jake, Rossi Boy named after fallen firefighters

July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Staff, WCVB.com Edward Walsh, Michael Kennedy died battling Boston fire Two service dogs-in-training have been named after two Boston firefighters who lost their lives in…

Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year

April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014 by Sacha Pfeiffer, NPR — All Things Considered At Monday’s Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost…

How Boston marathon bombing survivors celebrated Valentine’s Day

February 17, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014 by Claire Kim, MSNBC Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings celebrated Valentine’s Day in a very special way at Copley Place, near the site of…

Service dog helps U.S. Army veteran lead ‘somewhat of a normal life’

November 10, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013 by Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun Times Chris Maddeford’s best friend can open doors and deliver his keys and cellphone on demand. He snuggles up when Maddeford…

Nonprofit reaches out to bombing victims with an offer of service dogs

November 2, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013 by Sharron Kahn Luttrell, The Boston Globe Since the Boston Marathon bombings, Jessica Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, have been grappling with the enormity of…