I began working with NEADS in 2005 and received my first Service Dog in 2006. I discovered more independence that I never knew was possible with my Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral palsy. Things that I benefited from were: picking up dropped items, accessing the fridge, light switches, and opening doors just to name a few. Sadly, after working with this dog for four wonderful years cancer cut our partnership short. I hope to regain that independence with a new canine soon.