NEADS in the News 2004-2007
ABC 7 News - Canines for Combat Veterans Video
01/11/2007 ABC 7 News New York
View an video produced by ABC 7 news about our new Canines for Combat Veterans program.
Trained by Inmates, New Best Friends for Disabled Veterans
By Stephanie Strom 10/31/2006 New York Times
CONCORD, Mass., Oct. 27 — Rainbow looks like any other Labrador retriever, but she is not a pet. Trained by a prison inmate, her mission is to help Roland Paquette, an injured veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, stay on his new feet, the ones he got after an explosion destroyed his legs.
Celebration of love - Dogs help disabled veterans enjoy life
By Sandy Meindersma CORRESPONDENT 10/30/2006 Telegram.com
LEOMINSTER — For Army Staff Sgt. Roland Paquette, yesterday's 30th anniversary celebration and fall graduation of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services marks a beginning.
Retriever is golden at job
By Taryn Plumb 07/10/2006 Telegram.com
WORCESTER — In many ways, the crimp-eared golden retriever Elliott is just as imperfect as the children and adolescents he helps: He can be lackadaisical, he sometimes has problems following orders and the spots on his tongue prevent him from leading the pampered life in the dog show circuit that he was bred for.
Lending a helping paw - A working relationship
By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff 01/15/2006 Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD . On a handmade, wood sign located near the door to Merle Ferber's apartment, the letters of her last name, and that of her former service dog, Radar, are intertwined. The sign is a fitting tribute to the long working relationship that Ferber had with Radar, who helped her perform tasks as she traveled in her wheelchair. A smooth collie, Radar was so popular that he was inducted into the American Working Collie Association Hall of Fame two years ago. It's hard to find a replacement for a dog like that. But Ferber feels that she has.
Shapleigh, Man's Best Friend
NEADS YouTube Video 05/28/2005 Shapleigh, a chocolate lab, greyhound mix, has been partnered with John Defazio for over 2 years. See how Shapleigh has changed John's life.
Partnering with Correctional Facilities to Raise and Train Assistance Dogs
Sheila O’Brien, M.Ed 05/13/2005 Service Dogs / New Horizons
The practice of placing dogs in prison for inmates to train was conceived in 1981 when Sister Pauline Quinn approached the administration of the Washington State Correctional Center for Women. Having had a dog named “Joni” help her survive a devastating young adulthood, she knew first hand how animals could enhance self-esteem and heal wounds. Who better to experience this healing than the women in this maximum-security prison?
Best Friend: Loyal Labrador Specially Trained In Human Work
By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL 02/11/2005 Vineyard Gazette
Since last fall Estelle T. Burnham has had a new friend, a companion in hard times. Confined to a wheelchair, Ms. Burnham, 64, of Edgartown spends her day with a dog. His name is Braun, and this one-and-a-half-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever offers her attention and care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hearing-impaired woman gets guide
KARSTEN STRAUSS 12/19/2004 Register-Citizen, Connecticut
MORRIS - It's widely known that the companionship of a well-trained dog can greatly improve the lives of the blind. Less known, but equally helpful, are the services of hearing aid dogs trained by the National Education for Assistance Dog Services, a nonprofit organization based in Princeton, Mass., that trains canines to assist the hearing impaired and physically disabled.
Program Lets Inmates Train Service Dogs
09/23/2004, WCVBTV Boston
It's an unusual partnership, pairing puppies with prisoners, but officials at MCI-Framingham hope the new program could be a new '"leash" on life for some inmates.
A Different Journey; Living with Disabilities
08/16/2004 New Hampshire Outlook
Parenting a child with disabilites can seem a daunting task. But a new book of essays from successful adults with disabilities shows the amazing power parents have to give their children wings. The book is uplifting and instructive for parents of all children. We will talk to the editor, and two writers whose essays appear in the book.
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