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 - 2//28/2019 UPDATE

Lindenhurst Office

Charlie is 11 months old!

Charlie and his weekend raiser spent an afternoon visiting the Lahey Hospital and VA Center in Burlington, MA.  Hospitals provide numerous opportunities for the pups to experience sirens, people using canes, crutches and wheelchairs, and unexpected noises.   In addition, they spent a day walking around the Seaport District in Boston.



Iris - 12/3/2018 UPDATE

Esposito & Patterson Toms River office

Iris is 8 months old!  Iris is learning more advanced commands and Service Dog task work.  Iris is being taught the task work that would be beneficial to a potential client.  Her handler is teaching Iris how to turn light switches on and off, retrieve dropped objects, push automatic accessible door buttons, and how to get an object out of the refrigerator.

Iris and her weekend raiser are taking field trips to hospitals, large cities, grocery stores, and going for rides on public transportation.



Sage - 11/28/2018 UPDATE

Wall – Muscarella Office

Sage is 6 months old!  Sage and her weekend raiser have been busy.  This month, as part of her socialization, Sage and her weekend raiser have been to a coffee shop, church, an assisted living facility, the Moving Vietnam Memorial exhibit, and a local shopping mall!

Her handler has also taught Sage basic obedience cues, such as sit/stay, stand, stand/stay, leave it, down, down/stay, come, shake, and settle.  Sage will continue to review the basics, and introduce the next level of obedience cues.  Some of these are; closer (pup moves closer to the person), back (pup takes a step backward), left (pup moves to the left side of the person or apparatus), right (pup moves to the right side of the person or apparatus), and under (pup goes under a desk, table, or bench).




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 -- 12/18/18 UPDATE

Marcy is currently in training at a facility in Rhode Island.  Her handler is teaching her the service dog task work that would be beneficial to a potential client.  She is learning how to turn light switches on and off, open the refrigerator and other doors, push elevator buttons, push automatic accessible door buttons, retrieve objects, and pick up dropped objects. 

Marcy and her weekend raiser are taking field trips to busier locations, as well as continuing to visit quiet locations, such as; libraries and small retail stores.  Marcy and her raiser are taking field trips to shopping malls, large cities, hospitals, and going for short rides on the bus and train.





Be sure to check back to see how all the pups

are doing throughout their NEADS training!