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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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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…

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 Ballard & Lucy

Imagine a place where you know your neighbor- not just their name, but their parents’ names. Where your child’s teacher comes over for dinner. A present day Mayberry. This is the town of Rossville, Indiana. In a city that is mostly comprised of agricultural industry, the love of animals is something that seems to be innate in our citizens….

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…

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…

Seravena Sadaka

My name is Seravena.  I am 10 years old.  I am a very affectionate and energetic girl. I am a crazy animal lover! I like to spend a long time…

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.

Talia Ze’evi

Hi, my name is Talia Ze’evi and I am 9 years old. I am a little girl who desperately wants to perform in plays and in dance recitals, sing and play instruments in concerts, speak with new people I meet and have and enjoy all the experiences a typical nine-year-old girl enjoys – I am not shy, but most people think I am.

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. I am single sidedly deaf in one ear and have 20% hearing loss in the other. There were many things I struggled with before having Millie at my side. For example, I often wouldn’t wake from my alarm in the morning, causing me to be late to work day after day…

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. The dogs came in twice a week and worked with children ages 3.9 to 5 years of age. The children increased their language skills, social skills, improved behavioral issues and classroom topics such as turn taking and completing a task. After that experience I was hooked on working with a classroom dog and students with behavioral needs, Autism, cognitive and developmental diagnosis.

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 in similar situations learn to embrace who they are and the fun that team physical activity can give! I do my best to never let my physical disability slow me down, though some things are just too physically difficult to perform on my own.

It was for this reason that I applied for a NEADS service dog, and I was thrilled to have been accepted in June 2017.

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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