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Hi! My name is Matthew.­­­­­ I have Asperger's Syndrome (a form of Autism). I also have a Mixed Expressive and Receptive Language Disorder, Severe Dyslexia and Anxiety. I don't understand what all this means, I only know it makes it hard to understand other people and the world around me.

Our son, Giovanni was diagnosed with high functioning autism at age 3 and he will be 10 years old this summer. We are asking for your help.

Individuals on the autism spectrum present a variety of symptoms that can make it hard for them to communicate and form relationships. For Giovanni, it is a daily struggle that affects our whole family including our 5 year-old daughter. In addition to being on the autism spectrum, he also deals with anxiety, OCD, irritability, ADHD, Receptive Language Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder and struggles emotionally to connect with people, regulating his emotions and forming friendships.

We are so happy Chappy has joined our family. Ryan continually says “I can’t believe I have my own dog!”. Ryan’s favorite game is getting Chappy to speak and say “I love you!” for a treat. We all agree that Chappy sounds just like Scooby-Doo when he “talks"! Chappy has truly revolutionized Ryan's outlook on life. There are so many smiles...

Our son Derek has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder along with several sensory issues. Derek is a very smart tenderhearted child, but it can be challenging for him to fit in. He doesn't understand why. It is upsetting for him and hurts him, which pains us deeply. He often struggles when entering social situations and becomes very anxious as a result.

Hi, my name is Lucy Beth Fraser. I am 16 years old from Sharon, Massachusetts. At age 2, I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (psoriatic) and I have since also been diagnosed with crohn’s disease, osteopenia, raynaud’s syndrome, asthma, and heterotopic ossification in my jaw.  Despite excellent medical care, I have never achieved remission of my arthritis and it has affected over 30 joints throughout my body.  When the medications are working, I am able to participate on a competitive dance team, and be a part of my high school theatre company. Unfortunately, my disease is stubborn and refuses to leave me be so about 2-3 months of every year since I have been diagnosed, I am bound to a wheelchair or need to use assistive devices such as crutches to navigate my daily life. 

Hi my name is Lillian Fraser-Gray and I am 12 years old. I have been in intensive therapy since 18 months old. I have been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, moderate retardation, Major Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Mood Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Mixed Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, and cognitively stuck at about mid-kindergarten level. I have a very hard time dealing with all things going on around me. I am very happy to be in this process for a service dog to help me remain calm so that I may go out into the world and not be afraid or able to handle it. I am truly happy and eager to be able for this opportunity and grateful for NEADS. Thank you very much, Lily

My name is Matt, and I have lived with profound hearing loss my whole life. I did not receive hearing aids until I was seven years old. It has been a long journey to get to where I am today, but I am still far from being 100%.

Hi.  My name is Issac and I am 14 years old and recently diagnosed with Autism and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  It took a while for my doctor to diagnose me because appointments are overwhelming for me and I usually shut down rather than participate.  Getting out into my community has also proven to be a big challenge for me... as you can imagine that makes it hard for me to make friends or enjoy the simpler things in life like going shopping or out to eat. 

In the summer of 2015, Ben was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism; many people are more familiar with the term Asperger’s Syndrome. We always knew our Benjamin Bunny was quirky: when he was learning to walk, he'd never let you see him trying. As soon as you'd turn your head to see what he was up to, he'd sit down. Then one day around 15 months old, he just walked across the living room like he'd been doing it for years.

My name is Elizabeth Vota. I am 15 years old and heading into my sophomore year in high school. For as long as I can remember, I have been actively involved in sports and physical fitness. That all changed at my tenth birthday party when I fell on my knees while skating. For the next three years I visited numerous doctors to try and determine why my knee never healed properly but never received a viable diagnosis. I was finally diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) by a terrific doctor. He taught me that EDS is a connective tissue disorder which makes my joints flexible and hypermobile, allowing my joints to easily dislocate in my body. He introduced me to a great physical therapist and great team of doctors. EDS effects my entire body which results in chronic pain everyday. I also have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) which causes me to have a rapid heart rate and low blood pressure, causing me to have frequently dizzy and fainting spells.

My name is Maddy, I’m 15 years old and I live in Raynham, MA. I was diagnosed with ASD (Asperger’s) when I was twelve years old. I have struggled with different things such as anxiety/depression, regulating my emotions, forming friendships and eating since I was little. I also have a hard time when I am not in my own environment and going to school has always been hard for me. I feel best when I am at home. I really feel like having a social dog will help me a lot with all of these things.