From: Paradise, CA
Program: Assistance Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$0
I have been teaching Special Education children for 8 years. Prior to this, I taught second grade and worked as an Instructional Aide in a class for students with autism. I attended California State Chico where I received a bachelor’s degree, my elementary school teaching credential and my education specialist credential.
Throughout my life, I have had many wonderful dogs that were more than pets. They become family. Dogs have always brought joy and comfort to me. They have a way of making every day better. I look forward to having a service dog that can be my partner in the classroom where we can help children with disabilities.
I teach a class for 12 severely disabled students in Oroville, California. We are the only special education class on an elementary school campus. My students are adorable! Each one has their own unique way to learn. They have a wide range of abilities. Most of my students are nonverbal and several have limited mobility. Their disabilities range from autism, intellectual disabilities, downs syndrome to orthopedic impairment. Two of our kiddos are in wheelchairs. Making relationships, having fun and enjoying school is very important in our class. This can be difficult because their disabilities and inability to speak causes frustration and anxiety. I am certain that a service dog in our classroom would reduce the anxiety that results from their disabilities. Dogs do not care if you cannot talk. They love you anyways. A Service Dog in our class will help my students conquer their anxiety and will also help build friendships throughout our whole school.
*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.
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