On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, ten dogs spent the day at the Massachusetts State House for a “Dogs at your Desk Day.” Ten house members were each joined by a service dog in training as a way to raise awareness about service dogs — with the added benefit of teaching the dogs what it is like to be in an office environment. You can read more about the visit and watch video at CBS Boston, The Daily Free Press, Wicked Local, and WWLP 22News.
November 2, 2011 -- With leashes in hand, members of the House of Representatives adopted a service dog in training for the day, allowing the canine to shadow them throughout the State House as part of the assistance dog training program NEADS. Pictured from left to right: Carl Richardson, State House ADA Coordinator; Kathy Devin assisted by her own guide dog from the MA Office on Disability; Kevin M. Lambert, Specialized Population Outreach assisted by a NEADS dog from the Executive Office of the Department of Veterans' Services; Gerry DeRoche, NEADS' chief executive officer; Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad; Rep. Kate Hogan, Rep. Kimberly Ferguson; Rep. David Linsky; Rep. Cory Atkins; Rep. Sean Garballey; and Rep. Sarah Peake. Photo courtesy of Rep. Cory Atkins.
Special thanks to everyone at the State House for hosting NEADS! Thank you to NEADS volunteers Mona Blanchard, Karen Irving and Sgt. Ann Regan Jones, and NEADS staff members Gerry DeRoche, John Moon and Sherrie Forest for attending this successful event!