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. NEADS receives very limited federal government funding and relies on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, service organizations, bequests and workplace campaigns.


Rosey - 2/25/2019 UPDATE

Rosey and her weekend raiser visited a local Dick’s Sporting Goods local to the Boston area.  She was very patient during the shopping experience, by her handler utilizing the a “down/stay” set of commands for Rosey.  Rosey also took a trip to Gillette Stadium, which was a very busy place, and Rosey did a good job staying focused. 




Charlie - 3/26/2019 UPDATE

Lindenhurst Office

Charlie turned 1 year old on March 24!

Charlie's handler is teaching him how to find a misplaced cell phone by the smell of vanilla extract, and how to tug and hold open a heavy door so a potential client can go through the doorway.  As Charlie matures, his handler will continue to review the Service Dog task work, and obedience cues that are included in the training curriculum.  At 12 months old, Charlie has learned over 15 tasks and 30 obedience cues.

Charlie and his weekend raiser are taking field trips to sit down restaurants, hospitals, museums, and riding on public transportation. This atmosphere provides the weekend raisers with an opportunity to expose pups to typical restaurant noise and distractions.



Iris - 9/30/2019 UPDATE

Esposito & Patterson Toms River office

Iris has been matched with Stephanie as a service dog! Service Dog Iris will help Stephanie by picking up dropped objects, retrieving objects, turning light switches on and off, pushing automatic accessible door buttons, pushing elevator buttons, opening the refrigerator and outside doors, and bark on command should Stephanie require assistance.

Stephanie and Service Dog Iris are participating in facility based training through October 4.  Stephanie is learning how to work with Iris, under the guidance of NEADS trainers.  Stephanie and Iris will be invited to the spring 2020 graduation. Way to go Iris! Just another graduate!



Sage - 8/19/2019 UPDATE

Wall – Muscarella Office

We have some good news to share.  Sage has been matched with Paul as a Trauma Assistance Dog (TAD)!

Paul is a veteran in the NEADS service dog program.  Sage will help Paul with symptoms of PTSD.  Paul and Sage completed their facility based training on August 16.  During this training, Paul learned how to work with his new Service Dog under the guidance of NEADS trainers.  The NEADS Trauma Assistance Dog program is a one year program.  Paul and Sage will be invited to either the fall or spring 2021 graduation. 




Rosey and Daisy - 10/24/18 UPDATE

Rosey and Daisey are in the final stages of their Service Dog training. Rosey and Daisey are 16 months old.

At 12 months, both of these dogs have been taught over 15 Service Dog tasks and 30 obedience cues/commands.  As the pups continue to mature, their handlers work to refine their skills, under the guidance of NEADS Senior trainers.  It is vital that service dog task work executed by NEADS dogs is done with precision, accuracy, and consistency.  These tasks provide clients with freedom and independence to get through everyday life in this world. 



Pepper - 12/7/18 UPDATE

Pepper has been matched with Abby as an Assistance Dog for the Courthouse!

Abby is an attorney who works with children and adults at the investigatory and trial stages of a criminal case.  Abby and Assistance Dog for the Courthouse Pepper will work together to help those in need.  Abby and Pepper began facility based training at NEADS on December 3 and will complete this training on December 11.  During facility based training, Abby is learning how to work with her new Assistance Dog Pepper under the guidance of NEADS senior trainers.  Abby and Pepper will be invited to participate in the spring 2019 graduation, on April 28, 2019 at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, MA.

We are so proud of Abby as she dons the red graduation cape in the photos below!






Marcy -- 9/16/19 UPDATE

Marcy is 19 months old!  Her handler has taught Marcy all the obedience cues and Service Dog task work that are included in the training curriculum.  She has learned over 30 obedience cues and 15 Service Dog tasks.  Some of these tasks include; turning light switches on and off, opening the refrigerator and other doors, retrieving an object out of the refrigerator, picking up dropped objects, retrieving objects off a counter, table or desk, pushing automatic accessible door buttons, pushing elevator buttons, and finding a misplaced cell phone by the smell of vanilla extract.

Marcy and her weekend raiser have taken field trips to museums, sit down restaurants, shopping malls, grocery stores,  and small and large cities. In addition Marcy and her raiser have taken rides on buses and trains.



Be sure to check back to see how all the pups

are doing throughout their NEADS training!