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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 used braces, walkers, crutches, and starting at about age 11, a wheelchair. Now at age 60+ I have a nice light weight wheelchair but what…

Kimberly Beshears & Suzie

Suzie is a specially trained Assistance Dog who reduces stress and anxiety in kids involved in legal proceedings. These young victims, often under the age of 12, are comforted through the tuff legal battles that follow the heinous crimes they have witnessed or been a victim to.  From attending court, being present at Juvenile Human…

Kristin Moffat – Peter Noyes

My name is Kristin Moffat and it has been my privilege to work as the Assistant Principal at the Peter Noyes Elementary School in Sudbury Massachusetts for the last 17 years. We are overjoyed that our school has been accepted into the NEADS program and we know that having a classroom assistance dog will offer countless…

Lani Baker

Hi everyone! My name is Lani Baker and I am a 16 year old from Vermont. When I was 18 months old I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 3 and have been in a wheelchair most of my life. Although I have walked, over the years my muscles have progressively gotten weaker and that has resulted in me using a power wheelchair all the time. Since I used to walk I have had the experience of being much more independent. Now I’m much less independent and need to rely on others frequently to help with everyday tasks. Having a NEADS Service Dog will help me be more independent in many different ways…

Laura Curtis

Hello everyone, I’m Laura Curtis!  I am pictured here with my NEADS dog Flynn shortly after we were matched 11 years ago.  Flynn worked with me faithfully over the years as I worked as a psychiatric nurse… Flynn’s impact is becoming clearer to me as he has retired,  After seeing the success of a NEADS…

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…

Luis Jimenez

Hi, My name is Luis, I live in Texas and I am homeschooled!  Some of my favorite things to do are playing video games, play with transformers, Legos, and having fun with my family.I applied for a NEADS service dog and  recently got approved , right before I turned 16!!! and that means my Dog is now in training! …

Mackenzie Joy

Mackenzie is a sweet, kind and caring 14 year old from Nova Scotia, Canada. She was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality. As a result, Mackenzie has a number of diagnoses, including cleft palate (which impacts her speech clarity), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Combined type), Global Developmental Delay, mild intellectual disability, celiac disease, and epilepsy.…

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 Freeman

Hi, my name is Megan Freeman. I have just graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Management Information Systems. A unique fact about me is that I am deaf. Navigating college was a challenge but I didn’t let that stop me…

Megan Lavin

My name is Megan Lavin. I am a special education teacher in the Boston Public School system. I am in my 14th year teaching in the Emotional Impairment Strand at the Beethoven School. I have taught 1st grade, 5th grade and presently teach Kindergarten. The population of students I work with struggle with self-regulation. Many of my students also have experienced childhood trauma. We provide these students with a safe, structured, and therapeutic setting where they can learn to love school. ..

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 for my family since no one had had this type of issue in our past…

Michael Argenyi

Hey readers, I’m Michael Argenyi. I’m now in my 30s and I’m deaf. When I was a mere 8 months old, my parents got the diagnosis and all my life, I was raised to be as independent as possible…

Mike Delisle

I’ve been approved for a service dog!  This dog will not only help me with simple daily tasks such as picking up dropped objects and closing doors. This dog will also provide me with the love and companionship dogs have to offer! 

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, picture communication books, and other systems that empower people to have a voice and to be heard).

Nicole Laabs

Hi there! I am the mom of three children between the ages of 5 and 11 (two of whom also have hearing loss). I was diagnosed with hearing loss as a child. I learned to read lips and depend on reading body language and other social cues in order to understand the world around me. I believe these coping mechanisms allowed me to develop into my current chosen profession as a social worker, since I learned that there are many ways to connect and understand people besides just listening to them speak…

Olivia Swartzentruber

My name is Olivia Swartzentruber, I am twelve years old, and I have Autism. I live in Maine with my Mom and my brother. Some of my hobbies are drawing and acting.

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 be more independent.  When I’m sleeping, taking a shower, or even when I’m out in public, I often miss sounds. 

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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