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NEADS clients pledge to support the organization by raising $8,000 to help sustain our programs. You can join the hundreds of people who make a donation to NEADS and help our clients meet their fundraising pledges. Read their stories here, then make your donation to NEADS.

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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…

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.

Nathan Lynch

Hi, I am Nathan.  I am so excited to get my service dog from NEADS!  I am patiently waiting for the right dog for me. I love to compose music on my iPad, dancing and swimming.  I often feel overwhelmed and have a hard time focusing, especially in public places.  My dog is going to…

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…

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. 

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….

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 have a cure.  I will have to live with my joints subluxing for the rest of my life.  While daunting, I have worked very hard…

Sarah Best

Hi! My name is Sarah. I was matched with my NEADS Service Dog, Edison in 2016. Having him has been life-changing for me. Now I would love to help other clients with their fundraising.

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 with the animals! Having Autism and ADHD makes some day to day activities a bit more difficult. My parents are working so hard with me…

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.

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 Stoll & Monty

Hello, my name is Tracey Stoll. I am a licensed Special Educator and Certified Autism Specialist.  I am also the proud mother of 3 sons, two who are challenged with ASD and Anxiety.As the Founder/Executive Director of Learning Solutions, LLC (“LS” in Norwood, MA), I am committed to providing a safe, practice place for students experiencing social-emotional stress and confusion among their peers.  Our Social Learning Center supports the growth of over 70 student clients a week; and collaborates with school districts to create inclusive programming that empowers at risk learners…

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 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 nothing that worked with our first son worked with him. When Zach was 5 he was diagnosed with Autism, and more recently with ADHD 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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