Neads in the news - 2011
Jake the Vet: Puppy Training Program (video)
Dr. Jake Tedaldi goes to jail to learn about a puppy training program through the state's prison system that provides assistance pets for the deaf and disabled through the nonprofit organization Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans (NEADS)
Life with Liberty: Brenda Bodanza reflects on her first year with a NEADS dog
It has been a year since I first applied to NEADS in Princeton for a service dog, and received my first notice that I was matched with a beauty called Liberty. The surprise, excitement and adjustments have now transpired into reality. Reality that my life will never be as it was almost one year ago today. You see, every day brings something new into it.
Snow gives students a chance to give back
The sixth-grade students on Judith Avery’s Purple Team at Sherwood Middle School have enjoyed this year’s excessively snowy winter. No, it’s not just the days off from school – it’s the opportunity to shovel the white stuff that every snowfall brings. The kids are part of a service-learning project that Avery, a 20-year-teaching veteran in Shrewsbury, spearheaded in 2002. The goal is to raise money for a good cause. But Avery doesn’t allow any of the 50 students on her team to simply solicit money for the project. Funds have to be earned through some kind of job or service performed by each one of the students.
Photo Gallery: NEADS spring graduation
The graduation that was held on Sunday, March 6, 2011 was not just any graduation, it was an inspiration. NEADS, an organization that trains service animals for deaf and disabled Americans, held their spring graduation at the Four Points Sheraton in Leominster. Independence and companionship was shown that the animals will bring with them to their new “jobs."
Service Dogs Get Their Training Papers
When 37-year-old Matthew Katz deployed for Baghdad during his military time, he knew there were inherent risks that came with the job. He admits that his time in Iraq wasn't as horrifying as the time spent by others, but that all changed one day in 2008.
Service Dogs Unleash Life's Possibilities for Disabled Veterans
More than a Best Friend
Swim-a-thon Benefits Class Service Project
Worcester Academy swimmers logged more than 10,000 yards in the school’s pool while participating in a Swim-a-thon recently to benefit National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS).
Acton first-grader donates birthday gifts to charity
Many first-graders have long wish lists for their birthdays--but not Sophie Juethner. Instead, the seven-year-old Acton resident is satisfied with a few gifts from her family, a fun party and the knowledge that her donations in lieu of presents are helping someone who needs it.