From the Medford Mail Tribune - Nov. 22, 2011- by Sam Wheeler
Nelson, a 2-year-old black Labrador, sits quietly in front of the Ashland Middle School classroom beside special education teacher Janet Voorhies as she instructs her students.
His eyes, like hers, move attentively to whichever student is speaking or raising a hand.
And that's Nelson's job.
He is the first program-assistance dog to be trained and placed into a professional position by Central Point-based Dogs for the Deaf. The organization has been rescuing dogs from animal shelters and training them as assistance dogs for the hearing-impaired and others with special needs since 1977 and is completely funded by donations.
Nelson was taken in by Dogs for the Deaf after another dog-training organization, Guide Dogs for the Blind, determined he was not a good fit as a guide dog...
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