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February 16, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011
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We received a service dog for our son in March 2010. Baker has been the best thing that has happened to us since our son and his twin brother were diagnosed with autism. Baker has given our son confidence, comfort and freedom. The staff at ECAD were phenomenal in training us for 15 days. They listened to us with compassion. I looked at lots of other organizations and chose ECAD because of their compassion and commitment to their dogs as well as the people who are given a service dog.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving a dog for our son who has autism. Baker has changed our lives for the better because of ECAD.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Internet search

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

ECAD has given me courage to take my son with me wherever I go. Due to his autism, he always had to stay home. Now, with Baker, we can go to the mall, stores, church, hikes...we even took a road trip to Virginia and Baker kept Micah grounded and safe the whole time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

ECAD has been training student/residents at our facility for troubled teens. The students take great pride in their accomplishments of teaching dogs to to help those even less fortunate than them. Developing this sense of pride and mastery goes a long way to help our students become service providers not just service recipients.
This experience becomes a foundation and anchor for many teenagers who have not had these personal growth experiences.
It is always better to build on one's strengths than to continuously identify their shortcomings and the action of ECAD is the perfect model for our adolescents.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my involvement and observations of the total ECAD experience

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to expand this program to reach even more people.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

It takes a lot of work, unlimited patience, to teach dogs to assist humans, in a way that benefits both. This group does it with kindness, and commitment.

Teach a Dog to Heel, They Heal.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/08/the-healing-power-of-dogs/

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing the efforts, donating funds, feeling encouraged by what they do with it.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it available to more people and dogs.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Never ending need, limited supply

Why did you make your donation at this time?

See above

What would you tell others about this organization?

Go to their website, give.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I have worked for ECAD for almost two years now and it is the best thing that ever happened to me. Training these dogs is such a great experience; seeing them grow from little puppies to adult dogs ready to help a person in need couldn't be more satisfying. The people at ECAD are all nice and really make you feel at home. This program is doing wonders for our world not just because they're assisting those in need, but because they're giving them a friend that will love them unconditionally.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

life everday...getting up every morning knowing that i get to work with a program like ECAD just makes my life so much better. I've become happier since i started to volunteer with ECAD and i can't imagine my life without them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to spread the word. When i talk about ECAD in school everybody always asks what it is. I think we should find a way to get people to recognize the name and know what an amazing thing it is we do at ECAD.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

ECAD has changed my life forever...It has given me a new outlook on life, helped me make some amazing new friends and really gotten me out of my shell.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

We acquired a beautiful service dog from ECAD in New York for our son, Nathaniel, in 2008 and it has been the best thing we've ever done for him. Nathan, now 11, suffers from mitochondrial disease, a life-threatening illness that robs the body of its ability to create adequate energy from food. The result is a general deficiency in nearly every system in the body-muscular, respiratory, immune, digestive, etc.

Nathan's beautiful golder retriever, Chief, from ECAD helps Nathan on a daily basis with the everyday functions most people take for granted. He helps Nathan dress by "bracing" for him so Nathan can have something to lean against and maintain balance. He picks up clothes and toys off the floor and brings them to Nathan. He helps hold Nathan's legs up to get his leg braces and shoes on. He alerts my wife and me at night if Nathan's breathing is irregular or if he's kinked his O2 tube. Above all, though, Chief is a faithful sentinel and friend at all hours, day or night. Hospital procedures are more bearable when a warm fur coat and cold nose are close at hand to give a nudge of encouragement as only a faithful dog can do.

There is a reason our family decided to drive all the way to New York from Michigan to get a service dog, and that reason is ECAD. The dogs' breeding lines are strictly maintained and the training is thorough and unparalleled. We sometimes see so-called service dogs from other organizations in our area when we're in public and they behave so poorly that we're quickly reminded again why we choose to go to ECAD for help.

I recommend them unreservedly and hope they will continue their success for generations to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every aspect of daily life. Our son's quality of life has improved so much thanks to the assistance he gets from his service dog, Chief.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

only hope that their litters continue to be adequate to meet the demand for their highly skilled service dogs.

February 15, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011
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We have an autistic son who is now 6 years old. We received our service dog in 2009.My wife and I found ECAD while researching service dogs on the internet and applied. After spending two weeks of extensive training with several dogs, we were paired with an older (3 yo) female because our son was the youngest to ever receive a service dog for autism.

Our search turned up several trainers with good credentials much closer to our home in Alabama. However, they would not place a dog with a child younger than 5. In our opinion, this was simply two years of wasted time and opportunity for improvement. Upon contacting ECAD, Lu, the trainer, shared our view and allowed us to interview for placement. It is this vision which sets this organization apart from the rest. And when you find out that they incorporate disadvantaged youths in the majority of their training process, the decision to choose ECAD is an easy one. Our dog, Sonic Boom, is now as much a member of our family as our children and as invaluable resource for our autistic son. She willingly accepts the burden of caring for our son in public situation, and removes most of our safety concerns. We continue to obtain the required yearly certifications from the ECAD staff.

I understand that they are currently creating a new "breed" of service dog with size, strength, and intelligence to place with disabled veterans returning from the middle east. This is just another example of how this incredible organization looks toward the future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the personalized training of each dog, which is augmented to meet the needs of each individual client.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would relocate them closer to Alabama. Other than that...this is one of the most mutually beneficial processes that I have ever witnessed. I wouldn't change a thing.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

i have worked with ecad 2 years and i think they are a wounderful program. with out this program many people would feel helpless and would feel like they have no meening but ecad will and currently is bringing a brighter future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

once in awile clients will come to the school to tell us how the dogs we trained helped them with there lives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get the word out more. next to no one knows about thin amazing program.

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February 15, 2011

I am a co-producer of several projects dealing with the special needs of individuals who have experienced trauma (see truerep.net). Several of the veterans in our films have service dogs. I have also done theatre/film projects working the people who support children who have fallen through the safety net of the foster care system. I have worked with people with emotional illnesses including autism. I am completely astounded by how ECAD heals the people who train their dogs (from kids with emotional challenges to teens at risk) and then send those dogs off to support individuals with all different kinds of disabilities, while the kids/young adults involved in training the dogs move forward with their lives, knowing they have given to the world as they, themselves, were healed .

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my realization of how they have changed the lives of people I have gotten to know through my projects. In fact, there is such an amazing vibe at ECAD that I feel inspired and happy after every visit!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they had all the money they need to do the important service they perform.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I am a co-producer of several projects dealing with the special needs of individuals who have experienced trauma (see truerep.net). Several of the veterans in our films have service dogs. I have also done theatre/film projects working the people who support children who have fallen through the safety net of the foster care system. I have worked with people with emotional illnesses including autism. I am completely astounded by how ECAD heals the people who train their dogs (from kids with emotional challenges to teens at risk) and then send those dogs off to support individuals with all different kinds of disabilities, while the kids/young adults involved in training the dogs move forward with their lives, knowing they have given to the world as they, themselves, were healed .

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my realization of how they have changed the lives of people I have gotten to know through my projects. In fact, there is such an amazing vibe at ECAD that I feel inspired and happy after every visit!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they had all the money they need to do the important service they perform.

January 8, 2011
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January 8, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

ECAD trains superb assistance dogs for disabled individuals as they benefit and transform the children training the dogs. I have had the privilege to attend classes and graduations, as well as knowing some of the great people served by these wonderful dogs. ECAD is a kind of MatchMakers for the Gods...they just take all the healing potential to the highest place...every dog/human pair, whether in training or in life/placement, are taken to a new level of fuller and richer living.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have known several veterans who has literally had their "lives given back to them" by their service dogs (to quote Kim from a radio interview). I love the veterans in my film and I love their dogs...but ECAD is an organization that I knew before I even started my project about disabled female vets. And I still maintain that their training method, working with teens who have fallen through the safety net and children with learning issues is two healing systems in one.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure they had millions and millions of dollars--not just to do their own good work, but to share their method of training with the world.

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