From: Washington, DC
Program: Hearing Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$4,922
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. I successfully graduated college with honors for my grades. During college, I was involved with the Equestrian Team in which I competed in both Western and English riding. Despite being able to accomplish those things, I still struggle with daily living in a hearing world.
I am now in the process of moving to D.C for my new job. This will be the first time I am living on my own and beginning my career path. To help me transition well while struggling with my deafness, I have looked into many different services offered to help the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This is where I found NEADS! NEADS trains a wide range of Service Dogs to meet the needs of people with a variety of disabilities or hearing loss. NEADS has a training program for canines to become hearing dogs. Hearing dogs are specially trained canine assistants who help people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Hearing dogs can alert their partners to sounds around the home and in public.
A hearing dog would alert me of the many daily environmental sounds and actions that I miss due to my deafness. A few examples a hearing dog would alert me to include: a door knock, smoke detector alarm, an alarm clock ringing, tea kettle whistling, telephone or cell phone ringing, keys dropping, traffic approaching, my name to alert me when I am being spoken to, and general sound awareness. Having a hearing dog at my side would provide me with an understanding of my surroundings and help me to further succeed in the next step of my life.
NEADS has offered me an incredible opportunity to be paired with a hearing dog that fits my personality and it would be amazing to have a companion at my side to communicate, love, and support me. The reality in finding a dog, training them well, and pairing them with an owner in need is that there is a large cost behind it all. On average the cost for a service dog to be well trained and cared for is almost 50,000 dollars. As part of the program, I have been asked to raise 8,000 dollars to support the costs and ensure proper training and wellbeing of the hearing dog.
I’d like to ask if you would be willing to support me in my new journey with a new companion who can improve my quality of life by giving me an understanding of my daily surroundings. All donations, big or small, are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your kind consideration. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
*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.