NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services (also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a non-profit organization that was established in 1976 to provide canine assistance for people who are deaf or have a disability. These assistance dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners.
NEADS also immediately recognized that the growing population of wounded veterans required a program that was specially designed to meet their needs, and NEADS formed the Canines for Combat Veterans (CCV) program, which is today known as Service Dogs for Veterens (SDV). The Service Dogs for Veterens program pairs highly trained NEADS dogs with qualified veterens of our aremd services who could benefit from canine assistance. Since 2006, NEADS has placed 92 dogs with veterens at no cost.NEADS has trained over 1,600 assistance dog teams since 1976.
NEADS offers a wide spectrum of assistance dog services.NEADS’s national headquarters is located in Princeton, MA, a rural setting close to Worcester in Central Massachusetts. NEADS is the oldest continuing hearing dog program in the country and the only program of its kind in New England. Our assistance dogs include both animal shelter rescues and puppies that are donated or sold to us by breeders.
NEADS receives no government funding and relies solely on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, service organizations, bequests and workplace campaigns.
The Starr Fund has been established by Emma Nyarady to help people with hearing loss who may not be able to afford or fund their own hearing dog. Please consider a donation to this fund. As Starr, her new NEADS dog, has made Emma's life much less challenging.