Who We Are and What We Do

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 and is based in Princeton, Massachusetts. Our Assistance Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability. Tax ID # 23-7281887.

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.

Combat Veterans

Our Canines for Combat Veterans program is designed to help the growing population of wounded veterans.

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.

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  • 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.

How We're Funded

NEADS receives no federal government funding and relies on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, service organizations, bequests and workplace campaigns.