From: Maynard, MA
Program: Service Dog for Child with Autism
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$1,914
Isaac is an 11-year-old boy who loves cars, babies (both animal and human), Legos and video games. He is a very bright and friendly 6th grader who loves math and history and also happens to struggle with Autism and ADHD. He is a caring brother to his two younger sisters (he would also like me to note that they can be really annoying).
Isaac struggles with many different things in the social/emotional realm. He has a strong desire to make friends, yet some of his behaviors are very off-putting to those whom he would like to befriend. Transitions and self regulation are difficult and he can require advance warnings and previewing of expectations before new situations or activities.
We believe that a service dog would provide much needed help to Isaac and increase his quality of life as he walks through the middle school and high school years and beyond. As an example, we recently dog sat for some friends, and while Isaac was walking the dog around our neighborhood he was emboldened enough to knock on the doors of the neighbors he knows and introduce the dog to them. Imagine what having his own service dog would be like! I look forward to him having a NEADS service dog that would help to pull him out of himself and facilitate many more positive social interactions. This would be life changing for our son.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please consider making a donation in Isaac’s name. We look forward to personally thanking you and perhaps visiting you when we are matched with a dog.
~The Lewis Family
*NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus allowing us to fulfill our mission of placing Service Dogs with individuals who benefit from them the most. Each donation ensures that NEADS will continue to change lives with our World Class Service Dogs.
On our donation form, pick the name of the client you want to sponsor under the Program Menu and check whether or not we can share your contact information with the client. Client fundraising totals are manually updated weekly (not automatically) which allows 100% of each donation to be allocated towards each client’s fundraising goal.