I am so sad to hear that Ed has left us behind. IAADP has been a life line in a sea of ignorance of the laws regarding service dogs, and was a HUGE help when my husband's great pyrenees, Hannah, had to have hip surgery! We would have had to have given her up to a rescue because there was no way for us to pay such a large vet bill.
I would be willing to bet that my service dog, Patches, who crossed the bridge last June, welcomed Mr. Eames with a wagging tail and a welcoming warm, wet and sloppy tongue! We never got to meet him but I talked to her all the time and told her about IAADP. She was a good listener.
THANK YOU to Ed and Toni for starting up this wonderful organization!
From: Viki Gentilman Added: February 24, 2010
I met Ed at an NFB convention and liked him on the spot. I also remember his devotion to guide dog users and his work to make convention life with a service dog a good experience for both dog and handler.
From: Joseli Walter Added: February 8, 2010
In Ed Eames memory we must never let service dog advocacy slow down. Toni, I am sorry for your loss and wish you much comfort in the months and years ahead.
From: Elaine Added: January 23, 2010
As I understand it, IAADP was founded in response to a problem which could not be solved through existing organizational means.
IAADP has emerged as a moving force in the assistance dog arena and gives credence to the notion that if one can't go through the door, try the window or, make another door.
From: Cheree Heppe Added: December 31, 2009
I was always inspired by Ed. He was the reason I have used a SD and have successfully lobbied for SD law changes in NE. I always read his commentary in Dog World when I was young!
From: Roxann Hamilton, M.Ed. Added: December 24, 2009
While I never had the honor of meetig Ed, I am one of many people who have benefited from his hard work on behalf of service dog owners. My service dog and I are very grateful for the things Ed and Tony have made possible for us by founding IAADP. The world has lost a wonderful man and my prayers and thoughts are with those mourning his loss.
From: Holly and Tetra Davis Added: December 22, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised that my first contact with IAADP resulted in an encouraging e-mail exchange between Ed Eames and myself regarding my service dog, GiGi. He was gently helpful and clarified public access rules for a wee service dog such as GiGi (3.5 pounds). I will be forever grateful for his (and Toni's)persistant advocacy - especially opening doors for folks with invisible disabilities such as myself. Thank you Ed. God bless you! Amena
From: Amena Reess Added: December 21, 2009
In 2002 I was running into some real stone-walling in my attempts to obtain a guide dog. Time after time the response was, "You use your vision!". (True, all 20/420 of it.) Someone, in answer to one of very many email forays, suggested contacting Ed as a good source of support. With his help and encouragement, I persevered and, in the summer of 2003,was paired with a Leader Dog. I don't think I need explain to any of you what a tremendous event this was for me and the great changes it has made in my life. Over the intervening years I had intermittent contact with Ed, and was always warmed by his personal interest and response. Ed, I'll miss you.
From: Phyllis Collett Added: December 20, 2009
Over the many years we have had the pleasure of knowing Ed and Toni,we have enjoyed discussing Ed's research and his work with IAADP. He and Toni have made a big difference in the quality of life for many Fresno citizens. We will miss his humor, his grin, and his humanity.
From: Bob and Olivia Palacio Added: December 10, 2009
As a rehab technologist I came to know Ed and Toni when they asked if I could fix a balky cassette player. The machine was their access to a world of literature we sighted people take for granted, and Ed hovered over me as I peered into its guts. This began my friendship with this driven couple and their house full of animals. I will greatly miss Ed's easygoing style, his understated brilliance, and his hospitality.