NEADS in the News

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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…

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 limbs in last year’s bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes. Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is…

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 the attack last April. Jessica Kensky enlisted the help of an organization called NEADS to plan a surprise for her husband Patrick Downes. The couple stood…

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 is sad or upset. AJ, a 6-year-old pure-bred American Labrador retriever, is Maddeford’s service dog. AJ has been a constant companion since Maddeford, a former…

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 all they have lost. The attack cost each a leg, casting the young couple into a nightmarish world of trauma and recovery and shattering their…

Service dogs barred, doubted, and deeply treasured

September 18, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Beth Teitell, The Boston Globe When Kevin Lambert’s service dog, a black Lab named Ronnie, senses he’s in a funk, she plunks her head down in his lap or sometimes climbs right onto it, all 65 pounds of her. When they’re out together, she sticks by the Army vet’s side,…

THE SPITZ TAKE: Mendon mom shares details of her Weekends

August 25, 2013

by Julia Spitz, Milford Daily News MENDON — A suburban mom and a prisoner team up to turn a yellow Lab puppy into a faithful service dog. If you think that sounds like a great idea for a movie, you’re not alone. CBS Films optioned the rights before “Weekends with Daisy” was even written. The…

The Fight for Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD

September 26, 2012

by Rebecca Ruiz, The Atlantic When it comes to treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, no intervention regularly receives as glowing reviews as service dogs. The use of service dogs to treat PTSD is new, though, and many of the findings at this point are anecdotal. Many veterans had eagerly hoped a pioneering study conducted…

Caring for those with NEADS

August 18, 2010

by Doreen Manning, Worcester Magazine 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. Full Story