Support Our Clients

NEADS clients pledge to support the organization by raising $8,000 to help sustain our programs. You can join the thousands of people who have donated in order to help our clients meet their fundraising goals. Read the clients' stories here, then make your donation to NEADS.

 

 

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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…

Bentley Long

Bentley is a ten year old boy with autism and encephalitis. Bentley is the sweetest boy you will we ever meet. He is a lover of all animals but if…

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…

Dee Genetti

Hi. My name is Dee and I am a psychologist, a paraplegic, and a wheelchair user from a car crash many years ago, and I am legally blind. I have…

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…

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…

Heidi Meikrantz

Cutler School needs a NEADS Assistance Dog.  Please help me raise money for the NEADS program and pave the way for the amazing gifts that a therapeutic dog can provide…

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…

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. 

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.

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…

Kate Weaver

Hi, I’m Kate.  I have steadily been losing my hearing over the last 8 years. I had meningitis at 13 months old and while I survived the illness, I lost…

Katerina Simpkins

Living alone in a city like Boston has its challenges for everyone. It’s fast-paced, busy and intimidating in its own way. Pedestrians get ignored, taxis can be difficult to catch…

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.

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…

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 Lopes

Hi! My name is Lauren Lopes and I’m a funny, loving and intelligent 16 year old from the North Shore area in Eastern Massachusetts. In 2018, I was diagnosed with…

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.

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…

Logan Anketell

Hi! My name is Logan Anketell. I am 12 years old and have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, which affects my legs. I wear AFOs, use loft strand crutches and a wheelchair.…

Marjorie Hintalla

My name is Marjorie Hintalla but most people call me Margie. I was diagnosed with hearing loss as a toddler. I came in to the world 2 weeks late and…

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.

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 Doudna

Hello, my name is Melissa Doudna and I currently live in Fruita, CO with my fiance and two geriatric black labs. Some basic information about me is was born and…

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,…

Nissa Thornton

As a peer counselor within the Massachusetts Department of Correction, I have been accepted into the NEADS program and a currently waiting to be matched with an Assistance Dog who…

Patricia Gomez

Hola everyone, my name is Patricia Gomez.  I am a polio survivor. I am losing my strength, have physical fatigue, intense pain, and tiredness. This will continue to progress which…

Patrick Cogan

Hello!! My name is Patrick Cogan, and, thanks to NEADS, I will be getting a service dog to help me with every day tasks! I have a rare neuromuscular disease…

Peter Hayes

Hi! My name is Peter Hayes and I’m a deaf/ hard of hearing man.  I need a Service Dog to help me in my daily life and to help me…

Rachel Cole

I am a school counselor at Pleasant Hill Intermediate School, and I am raising funds for NEADS as I wait to be matched with an Assistance Dog. I have been…

Rebecca Ferry

In May of 2018, I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS).  While excited to finally have a diagnosis and answers to so many of my questions, EDS does not…

Rebekah Lloyd

Hello my name is Rebekah Lloyd and I have been a client with NEADS for 7 years, and just retired my first service dog named Brent. Brent was one of…

Rivka Schmidt

Hi everyone. I am an 11 year old girl, who has had serve muscle cramps and muscle weakness in my lower legs due to a genetic disorder.  I started with…

Sarah Snow

When I was in kindergarten, I lost one of my hearing aids on the school playground. The entire school participated in the search for this tiny beige-colored hearing aid as…

Sheila Harrington

Hello, my name is Sheila Harrington and I live in Western Maine. I was born with a form of limb girdle muscular dystrophy, and, while the disease did not manifest…

Sonya Daniel

Sonya Daniel is a musician/teacher, writer, and voice over artist. She lives with her family in Arkansas. Hard of hearing her whole life, her side hustle is being a vocal…

Stacy Pokora

Hello, my name is Stacy Pokora and I am a special education teacher in North Providence, RI. My goal is to raise funds for NEADS.  I am currently on the…

Starr Fund

All donations to the Starr Fund go toward helping clients who are Deaf, or have hearing loss, reach their fundraising goals. To date, over $17,000 has been raised for clients through the Starr Fund.

Theresa Lane

I’m so excited our school has been approved for a NEADS assistance dog. We have been fortunate at Nauset Regional Middle School to have had a therapy dog in our…

Tia Maxson & Millie

My name is Tia Maxson. I cannot begin to tell you how much Millie, my Service Dog for hearing, has made a positive impact on my life. Millie has enriched my life in ways beyond what I could have ever imagined.

Tracey Williams & Cuba

My name is Tracey Williams and I’m an Intensive Special Education Teacher for Boston Public Schools. Several years ago I had three therapy dogs participate in a summer program for students with autism.

Tyler Hooton

My name is Tyler Hooton, some fun facts about me, I’m Deaf, I wear a cochlear implant on the right side and a hearing aid on the left. I love…

Tyler Konvent & Baxter

Hey! My name is Tyler and I have Spina Bifida, which has had me wheelchair bound my entire life. Don’t think for a second I’ve let that slow me down, though. I’m an avid sled hockey player, and use my personal experience and disability to help children

Zachary Meffen

Zachary is 8 years old, and the youngest of our two sons. We have always known there was something unique about Zach. He was very intense as a child, and…

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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