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Allie Vega

Hi my name is Alexzandra Vega. People often knows me as Allie. I am a deaf mom of two beautiful children ages 6 and 2. I am also a full time student and a Relief worker helping individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ann Creilson

Hi!  I’m Ann Creilson and as an elementary school adjustment counselor, I am always thinking about ways I can support the emotional and social well-being of my students…

Beth Johnson

This Dog is Coming to School! For years, first as a teacher and now as an administrator, I have been thinking about what a difference a dog would make for…

Brian Cloutier

Hi, my name is Brian Cloutier.  I have autism and cerebral palsy.  I am so excited that NEADS has accepted me into their program again.

Caroline Thom

My name is Caroline Thom, and I’ve been teaching third grade at Bishop School for 27 years.  It is with great anticipation that our school will soon welcome an assistance…

Christina Guenard

I thank NEADS for accepting me into the program. This is going to be a wonderful addition and make a huge difference in the lives of the youth and families…

Courtney Chmura & Banks

Everything happens for a reason, we don’t always understand why. I have come to believe my accident happened to bring Banks into my life and to bring me to NEADS so that I could help other clients with their fundraising.

Diane Bertolino

Hi, my name is Diane Bertolino and I live in Natick, Ma. I grew up loving and playing all sports and was always very active until 19 years ago when…

Emma Faye Rudkin

Emma Faye is getting a hearing dog! This dog will help navigate Emma Faye’s everyday tasks and traveling as a deaf individual. She is excited to add into this beautiful…

Erin Doak

My name is Erin Doak.  I am a LICSW and have been a school adjustment counselor at the elementary level for over 10 years.  I have had the pleasure of…

Erin Sullivan & Harry

Hi! My name is Erin Sullivan. I have been a clinician and school adjustment counselor for almost 20 years. My favorite population to work with is teenagers. Currently, I am a school adjustment counselor at Millis High School. MHS is a small public school with about 400 students. In my role there, I work to help support the students through the school day and their lives. It is a rewarding job that I am passionate about…

Gabriel Bachour

Our sweet 8 year old son enjoys having fun with his 4 years old brother (and best friend), also practicing taekwondo, and just like any other boy his favorite thing…

Gary Grimes

Hi! My name is Gary Grimes and I am a Chaplain working on a hospice team in the western Massachusetts area. We work with patients who have been diagnosed with…

Holeigh Morin

At Centerville Elementary all of the staff take great pride in the love we have for each and every unique student who walks through our door. Recently, we have shifted…

Janice Queijo

Hi.  I’m very excited to be waiting for a NEADS Service Dog for Hearing.  I’ve been frustrated by poor communication due to my hearing loss, which is progressive.  I’ve worn…

Jason Biundo

Hey! I’m Jason, and I’m a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Last October, I suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed below the waist. I…

Jeff Bolduc

Hello. My name is Jeff Bolduc and I am a Guidance Counselor at Melrose High School. While working in a high school setting for the past 13 years, I have seen wonderful changes in learning and development. However, I have also seen a greater need for social emotional support. 

Jennie Williams & Danny

Danny is a classroom dog who works every day at a therapeutic day school in Southeastern Massachusetts.  Danny initially came to the school to offer support to students in Kindergarten through grade 8.  Within weeks of coming to the school in August 2017, Danny was in high demand and working with students in all four schools in the building.  This includes students of all ages with multiple disabilities and challenges. 

Jennifer Thompson

I have dealt with chronic illness and I have also gone through the criminal justice system myself. I know firsthand what a NEADS dog can provide to those experiencing difficulties engaging with formal systems. For 10 years now, it has been a goal of mine to bring peace, comfort, and support to those experiencing trauma…

Jessica Lappin

I am Jessica Lappin from Norton, Massachusetts. I was born with a disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (short for AMC). I’m very grateful that I got accepted into NEADS service…

Joanna Lubkin

Caring for and supporting others have always been core values of mine. And I live with several disabilities and chronic illness that can get in the way of me contributing all I…

John Stuhl & DJ

DJ Has changed my life, made the mundane fun and every challenge we conquer taste even sweeter!!

Jovaughny Bevans-Lops

Jovaughny is currently a 10-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Autism, Developmental and Neurological Delays, as well as general, social and separation anxiety. Daily, Jovaughny works hard to accomplish many…

Katelynne Steinke & Jones

My name is Katelynne Steinke, and I am a 29 year old Paralympic hopeful, though truth be told I’m very close to the big 30. In November of 2008, I was in a car accident that severely injured my left leg. After two years of trying to salvage the limb, doctors made the decision to amputate above the knee. I immediately got involved with adaptive sports and worked for Spaulding Rehab in their adaptive sports programming. I applied for a dog in August 2016, and was matched with a male yellow lab named Jones.I’m very grateful for this amazing gift. Jones knows he is responsible for me, just as I am responsible for him.  I am safer because of him.

Kathleen Smith

My name is Kathleen Smith and I live in Oxford, MA  I have been an amputee since I was 11 years old from bone cancer. I always walked with an artificial limb and I was always very active I even climbed trees in my younger years. Almost 10 years ago I was matched with the wonderful service dog Lucy.  She made my life whole again and we went everywhere together.  She passed away February 26 2018, and now I am on the waiting list at NEADS for a new partner…

Kathy McInnis-Misenor

When I was 5, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Throughout my life I have used many different tools that have been critical to maintaining my independence. I have…

Katrina Parker

Hey there! I see you have found my page! Now, you’re a little curious aren’t you? Wouldn’t you like to know why you’re here?  No worries. I do not mind…

Kevin Hatch

My name is Kevin Hatch, and I am 34 years old, and I have Cerebral Palsy (CP).  I am incredibly caring, compassionate, and motivated to succeed in anything I put…

Larry Poole

Hi there, my name is Lawrence Poole though I go by Larry. I live in Nashua, NH and am originally from Framingham MA. I am excited to get my second…

Lauren Rogowicz

Who am I?  My name is Lauren Rogowicz.  I am a resilient, determined, funny, sarcastic, kind, and loving individual.  What in my life shaped me to possess these characteristics?  Well,…

Laurie Aronson

My name is Laurie Aronson, and I have been trying for years to get a service dog.  I have limited mobility due to MS–and if that weren’t enough, I am…

Leanna Fergerson

Hello! My name is Leanna Alexis Fergerson. I am 11 years old and live in Charlotte, NC. I am a fun loving little girl, with a great sense of humor.…

Lenore Lupie

Hey there. I’m Lenore and that’s Mo, my family dog. I am striving to get back my independence. To that end, I’m moving into my own adapted apartment. I will be living alone for the first time since I became a quad 4 years ago. I find my biggest challenge to be DROPPING things. This is the main task I need help with and accordingly is the main reason I want a dog.

Lindsay Curtius & Star

My name is Lindsay Curtius. I am an Education Specialist at San Diego Cooperative Charter School 2. In July 2016, I had the opportunity to fly from California to the NEADS campus in Massachusetts to meet and train with Star, SDCCS’ Assistance Dog for the Classroom…

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.

Mary Morois

Currently happily partnered with going-on 14 year old NEADS Service Dog for Hearing, Roxy, who is my lifeline to independence and companionship, I decided to apply for a 4th hearing…

Megan Eich

Hello! I’m Megan, a 16-year-old junior at Howard High school. I am hard of hearing and as I continue towards the status of adulthood I hope to have a service…

Melissa Moore

During a routine hearing screening in my first grade at school it was found that I was born with nerve deafness and was hearing impaired.  This was quite a discovery…

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.

Nerissa Hall

My name is Nerissa and I am co-owner of Commūnicāre, LLC. My team and I work with individuals who have difficulty communicating. We help find different tools and strategies (like iPads,…

Jessica is a former student...and an incredibly inspirational woman. I know having this dog will help her achieve even more goals!

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

I’m so impressed with your persistence and determination.

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Your journey is inspirational! Your Service Dog will add joy and independence which you richly deserve.

Supporting Diane
Service Dog

I'm so glad to see Joanne bringing in a pup into our school because we know first-hand how much dogs can help kids in need. 

Supporting Joanne
Assistance Dog for the Classroom

Paying it forward so the person behind you can have a dog already in training and getting ready as the person in front of you did for you. I know the person who is getting a dog from this program and it’ll make a world of difference to her.

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

Sending love and light to you all.

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Ellen is an amazing person; I do hope she is able to find another service dog to replace Maggie. Maggie has been truly a life saver and perfect companion to Ellen.

Supporting Ellen Smith
Service Dog

As the older sister of a brother with Autism and obsession with Labradors, Lola (my black lab) and I couldn't be more pleased to help Isaac reach his goal. We wish you well in your journey.

Supporting Isaac
Service Dog for a Child

I am so excited for you! A dog will give you so much assistance and let you feel safe all the time. I can’t wait to meet your dog.

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

In memory of Mike, who loved animals and children. He had many nieces and nephews with one of them being on the Autism Spectrum. We look forward to hopefully seeing you around town with your new pup. 

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Maggie and Ellen are an incredible team and I know this transition will be bittersweet. Hugs and love to you both and thank you for all you do!!

Supporting Ellen Smith
Service Dog

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