Our Mission and Services

NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans provide independence to people who are Deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance.

NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976. Our Service Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners.

Our Services

NEADS has trained over 1,600 Service Dog teams since 1976. NEADS is accredited by Assistance Dogs International, the internationally recognized governing body that establishes industry standards and practices. NEADS offers a wide spectrum of Assistance Dog services, including:

  • Deaf & Hearing Loss Our Hearing Dogs are specially trained to alert human partners to the source of a sound.
  • Veterans Our Service Dogs for Veterans program is designed to help the growing population of veterans who could benefit from canine assistance.
  • Physical Disability Our Service Dogs assist people by performing everyday tasks like picking up dropped items, opening doors, and more.
  • Classroom, Therapy & Ministry Our uniquely trained dogs engage and inspire a practitioner's community.
  • Children with a Disability Service Dogs for children perform many of the same tasks they can for adults, and offer our younger clients greater independence.
  • Children on the Autism Spectrum Social Dogs help a child on the autism spectrum feel calmer and more confident.