Dallas – Teacher’s Star

Dallas Performs, As First Program Assistance Dog in Oregon’s Eagle Point School District

Date: Mon, 12/12/16

Jake, an Eagle Point School District student with severe ADHD, struggles daily with his school assignments and has an attention span of typically just 10 minutes on any given task. That is, until he

met Dallas!  Dallas is a 2 year old Terrier mix who was trained as a Program Assistance Dog. He was placed in December with Sean, a special education teacher in the Eagle Point School District in southern Oregon.

On Dallas’ first day on the job, Jake sat with him and was able to perform 45 minutes of school work – twice during that same day! With Dallas’ professional training and calming demeanor, Jake is learning to manage the effects of ADHD, and his success in school will continue to grow.

Dogs for the Deaf helps organizations like Eagle Point School District work with special needs clients. We also train and place Assistance Dogs with people who have a variety of challenges such as hearing loss, deafness and autism spectrum disorder. We love helping dogs and people lead better lives. All of our work is made possible of because of the kind and generous support by folks like you.

Dallas is our seventh placed Program Assistance Dog, and just the fifth to be placed in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley.

Read and watch the news reports on Dallas’ placement below.

Photo Credit (above and on homepage): Jamie Lusch, Mail Tribune

Nelson, Dogs for the Deaf’s First Program Assistance Dogs Is Placed

Date: Thu, 11/17/2011

Dogs For The Deaf has placed a Program Assistance Dog at Ashland Middle School. “Nelson” will be helping Janet Voorheis’ special education class, which currently has 9 children.11.17.11 024 (Small)_0

The dog is trained to help focus the students, and its trainer says the animal has a calming effect for the special needs children in the class. Voorheis says some students have already shown improvement since the dog has been in the classroom.

“He will interact with them in a way that’s much more comfortable for them, so they might make eye contact with a dog where they wouldn’t necessarily make eye contact with humans,” says Voorheis.

This is the first Program Assistance Dog that has been placed by Dogs For The Deaf. Nelson was also inducted into the Oregon VMA Hall of Fame! You can read more about that terrific honor HERE.

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