Neads in the news - 2014
Service dog carries on heroic legacy
WORCESTER — As Rescue, a perky black Labrador retriever, investigated the Franklin Street fire station Thursday, it was clear the dog had no sense of the gravity of his duties and the namesake he carries.
An assistance dog from the Princeton-based nonprofit NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, Rescue has been paired with Boston Marathon bombing victim Jessica Kensky and is named in honor of fallen Worcester Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr.
RIC President Visits NEADS Service Dog Training
Your favorite canine does not have to be top dog to learn to sit, stand and roll over. But what if your dog can open a bathroom door? Pull a wheelchair? Answer the phone? The National Education for Assistance Dog Services program, known as NEADS, teaches man’s best friends to do a number of human-like tasks, all in the hopes of providing support and assistance to a variety of special populations, such as veterans of combat, persons suffering hearing or vision loss and other people with disabilities.
Service dogs provide love, assistance to those in need
Westborough resident Cathy Zemaitis grew up with dogs and horses. So it was no wonder when, in 2012, she took the position as director of development at NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans in Princeton. The nonprofit was established in 1976 and offers a wide spectrum of assistance dog services for those who are deaf or hearing impaired, combat veterans, the physically disabled, classrooms, therapy and ministry, and children with a disability or on the autism spectrum. They have placed over 1,500 service dogs, giving their handlers freedom, physical autonomy, and relief from social isolation.
Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year
At Monday's Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost limbs in last year's bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes. Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is among the darkest. They were newlyweds of just seven months when each had their left leg blown off. Their injuries were so severe that they were some of the last victims to leave the hospital. But we want to tell you an encouraging part of their story. It involves an 80-pound black Labrador retriever named Rescue who is specially trained as an assistance dog.
Coakley will speak at NEADS graduation at Monty Tech April 6
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will be the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony for NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg.
How Boston marathon bombing survivors celebrated Valentine’s Day
Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings celebrated Valentine’s Day in a very special way at Copley Place, near the site of the attack last April. Jessica Kensky enlisted the help of an organization called NEADS to plan a surprise for her husband Patrick Downes. The couple stood near the finish line when the bombs went off during the marathon and were seriously injured.
Flash mob in Copley Square
Passersby coming in from the cold got a treat Thursday afternoon when a flash mob made up of hundreds of people put on a Valentine’s Day performance in the Copley Place mall. Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jessica Kensky and husband Patrick Downes (right) were the inspiration for the event planned by NEADS, a service dog organization.
'Fake' Service Dogs a Growing Problem
BOSTON (CBS) — Service dogs are an amazing help to people who really need them. And one of the biggest benefits is that the dogs can go anywhere. The owners of some untrained dogs are now taking advantage of the system so they too can bring their dogs wherever they like.