I have been a member of this wonderful organization for the past 10yrs. I am honored to have gotten to know Ed,Toni, and all the gang through this wonderful organization. He has been an inspiration to me and I will remain true to his movement and never stop educating and advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities and their service dogs. Ed had always answered my calls for help and I will make sure to do the same for others, for I know he will be there support me and give me the encouragement to always do so. Thank You for all you have done for us!!! We will never forget you!!! Just like my dog, you and will always be by my side in memory and spirit!!!
From: Sherry Christoffer and Amber Added: March 11, 2010
I had the pleasure of sitting with Ed at a lunch break at an ADI conference last year. He was so friendly and encouraging to be with me. I have also be in the audience as he presented at conferences and was always impressed with his compassion to help assistance dog users and programs. He will be missed
From: Jen Rogers Added: March 4, 2010
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.