Spotlight on NEADS


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have NEADS nominated by donor Hattie Sass.

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 Service 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.

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.

Visit NEADS' page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!