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CJ is a 16 year old boy with Mitochondrial Disease. For CJ everyday is a battle.

My 7 year old daughter Rayanie recently recieved Chief, an assistance dog from NEADS. Rayanie has Williams syndrome -- a genetic condition that is present at birth and characterized by medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.

Nathan is a sixteen year old high functioning autistic. In 2005 he was matched with his first NEADS dog Meeko. Meeko not only provided constant companionship but taught Nathan responsibility, empathy and the ability to connect with others. She lowered his anxiety level by helping him to focus and not be distracted by sensory overload.

Elijah is 14 years old and in the 8th grade at King Philip Middle School in Norfolk, MA. He has many strengths such as a great sense of humor but is socially withdrawn. A social dog would give him confidence to meet new challenges in his daily life

Brandon has difficulty in making friends because his speech is sometimes hard to understand and people do not always understand how to communicate with people with Down Syndrome. 

Because of a rare metabolic disorder, Gabrielle has brain damage which causes balance issues, poor muscle tone, and difficulty with her fine motor skills and speech. A dog would be her friend and help with daily activities. 

Kaiyla is a vibrant, energetic, happy 10 year old girl, diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual Disability. The obstacles she faces because of this can be challenging, emotional, frustrating and cause everyday tasks to be difficult. Every day she follows a schedule using visual boards and cues, yet still requires assistance with tasks many of us take for granted. Personal hygiene, getting dressed, toileting, transitioning from one task or place to another, these are all extremely hard for Kaiyla, who strives for independence but gets frustrated and anxious when she needs help.

Taylor is our bright 8-year-old daughter. When she was 18 months old she was diagnosed with autism. We began Early Intervention and had ABA therapists in our home for countless hours. Taylor has always loved dogs, horses, dinosaurs and dragons. As Taylor got older her presentation of autism improved and her current diagnosis is Aspergers. Over the last couple of years, we have noticed high levels of anxiety and depression. We brought her in for help where she was then diagnosed with both of these as well as a mood disorder.

Xander is a seven year old who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of four. Asperger's makes it very difficult for Xander to make meaningful connections with other people. Xander was recently matched with social dog Lucy.  He was so excited to bring our newest family member home with us!