IAADP
International Association of
Assistance Dog Partners


In Memorium
Ed Eames, Ph.D.
IAADP's President

March 7, 1930 - October 25, 2009





I am sadly about the news, we never met but we seems to have the same goals to educates the public about service animals the laws still and are about to change thank for make us aware of them.....

We all will miss you.



Added: November 9, 2009

My relationship with Ed spread over 12 years so it is difficult to capture one specific moment. I can close my eyes even now and picture the many special dinners we shared during conferences over the years in which we discussed changes and obstacles in our world of disability awareness and assistance dog access. Ed would always present the obstacle then treat it simply as a challenge to be tackled...rather than as a brick wall. He continues to be such an inspiration to all of us and we can only honor him by continuing his work with greater dedication. Ed's legacy is a powerful one and his spirit strong.


Added: November 8, 2009

I have known Ed for close to 20 years and I have yet to reconcile his loss in my mind as a friend and one of the strongest advocates for people with disabilities that I have known in 40 years of working for and with people with disabilities. ED is one of my top 5 heroes, along with FDR, MLK and a small handful of good managers. ED was relentless, persuasive and hard to say no to. He was compassionate, smart and persistent, a very effective package. This tough, yet gentle New Yorker showed the rest of us, if we were really listening and watching, how to live life to the fullest despite life’s challenges. Ed was out there, he traveled and advocated for the assistance dog movement more than anyone I have known. Obviously Ed will be sorely missed and his departure is our significant loss.


Added: November 8, 2009

You will be truly missed; thank you for doing so much, words could never be enough to let you know how much I appreciate your work.


Added: November 7, 2009

Dear Toni,

How impossible it would be to list all the ways that you and Ed changed our lives! The two of you hold a special place in my heart. You gave me courage to venture out into the world with a dog I had trained -- something I could not have done without your words of encouragement.

I can't imagine anyone filling Ed's shoes. But in his honor, I'll step up and do what I can to help keep his dream going.

Wishing you strength,
Elena Maya-Scott



Added: November 7, 2009

It would be hard to find an assistance dog partner who hasn't heard of Ed Eames and all the efforts he has undertaken on our behalf. It is equally difficult to imagine the world without Ed and Toni together as a couple and cohesive working team. I have fond memories of serving with Ed and Toni on committees and task forces where they contributed their considerable intellect and word smithing talents. I learned much about the power of words from Ed, and I know that Toni will proudly carry on all the causes Ed and she tackled as a couple.


Added: November 7, 2009

Guide Dog Users, Inc. is one of many organizations that has benefitted from Ed's hard work and commitment to the assistance dog movement. We have lost a strong voice and willing champion. Ed's voice may be silent but his spirit and legacy remain and we will continue to honor his memory with our commitment to the movement he so valued.


Added: November 3, 2009

Ed Eames left those of us who partner with an assistance dog a powerful legacy of advocacy, independence and personal responsibility. I was happy that some of us in Tacoma, WA had the opportunity to spend some time with both he and Toni in July. Any legacy that creates such a strong path deserves the most positive of actions that can follow. It will be a tribute to Ed if we continue to pursue life with the same determined style that he demonstrated to all of us.


Added: November 3, 2009

I have a number of fond memories, but one of my fondest was having lunch in London, having just flown in with my guide dog, and how, tired as we all were, we talked and laugh and reveled in just being there. I loved Ed's laugh and being part of that circle on that day.


Added: November 2, 2009

Ed's legacy without a doubt is enormous. My heart goes out to both you Toni and to Latrell as you each come to terms in your own ways of this loss. Toni, this has to be an unimaginable time for you. As deeply as I feel the loss of Ed, never even having the opportunity to meet in person, I could not begin to grasp the loss that you personally have to come to terms with.
For Latrell, As hard as it is to lose an assistance dog, I can't imagine being in Latrell's paws right now, as the person he devoted his life to protect has gone.
I also want to take this moment to thankyou and Ed for being there for all of us. There were a few times during my life and partnership with Chimette (Met) that the words of comfort and support from you and Ed really helped me to move forward.
The first occurred when Met was attacked by a pitbull. I was devastated to put it mildly. The change in our partnership was clear. The words from your computer screen to mine helped me keep things in better perspective; helped me to be strong for Met.
If I were to choose one word that describes what not just Ed but you have been to anyone who writes or calls upon you, it is availability. You offer your time, your expertise, your ears and in return so many of us who are going through trying times or times when we just need another perspective are blessed by you. This is how I felt each time I sat down and typed an email to Ed and yourself.
But the support of Ed and yourself has gone further than that. I have received many benefits since joining IAADP with Met, thanks in large part to the way in which Ed and yourself are able to share our needs and in return companies open their hearts and their hands to people they don't even know- only know of through Ed's and your charisma for our cause. I lived with a wonderful service dog for a decade, but also one with chronic health needs. These gifts, rather than benefits of membership, truly made us able to work together up until his passing.
I for one, know that my life, my partnerships with assistance dogs have been made greater because of the charisma for our cause of both Ed and yourself. How does one thank a hero like that? My only thanks can be to share what I have gained through my independence, and make each day a glorious one with my new partner at my side.

Hugs



Added: November 2, 2009
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