NEADS in the News

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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 week, NEADS dogs are trained by, and live with, prison inmates (under the expert guidance of professional dog trainers). Then, on weekends, the dogs go to…

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 a 33-year career in banking for the nonprofit world. The University of Connecticut graduate resides in Concord with his family, which includes two golden retrievers.…

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 the first of a series, Here & Now’s Robin Young takes a look at how a dog becomes a NEADS service dog. Full Story

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. There were 13 dogs in the room with them. But the dogs weren’t there to guard the inmates; the inmates were there because they train…

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, they were going to make sure another veteran received an assistance dog, just like Holly Mahlert’s dad did. “Did Ollie make a difference in Dad’s…

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 retail to bring in extra money. Think museum gift shops or online stores selling coffee mugs and note cards. Now NEADS, a Princeton, Mass., nonprofit…

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. Raked by the blast, Patrick and Jess would both lose their left legs. But Jess, harder hit, has held for two years now against the…

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 sports fan out of Boston, but you can’t take Boston out of the sports fan. Actor and Weymouth native Nate Corddry, the younger brother of…

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 in 2005 and 2006, when ground battles raged, DiRaimo cannot keep the conflict out of his head. The news these days, as President Obama continues…

Service dogs Jake, Rossi Boy named after fallen firefighters

July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Staff, 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 a Back Bay fire earlier this year. NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a nonprofit organization based in Princeton, Mass., will hold a special event…