Service Dogs for People With a Physical Disability

Service Dogs assist adults and children with a physical disability by performing tasks that their partner cannot do or has trouble doing. The tasks that Service Dogs can perform include:

  • picking up dropped items
  • retrieving objects from tables or counters
  • turning light switches on and off
  • pushing automatic door buttons
  • tugging doors and cabinets open
  • standing and bracing for stability during a transfer
  • barking on command for help
  • getting a cordless phone in an emergency
  • and more

Service Dogs for Adults with Physical Disabilities

Service Dogs accompany their adult partner wherever they go, including the workplace, shopping and traveling. These dogs provide a degree of independence that many people with a disability have never had before. Not having to depend on another person is a priceless gift.

The process to receive a NEADS Service Dog involves multiple steps. Start the process by taking our Prequalifying Questionnaire to find out if a Service Dog is right for you.

Take the Prequalifying Questionnaire here.

Service Dogs for Children with Physical Disabilities

NEADS places Service Dogs with children age 12 and up with the partnership of a parent or guardian (also known as a facilitator). This facilitator must live with the client and accompany him or her in all public places whenever the dog is present. Although the child is the main caregiver for the dog and does most of the work with the dog, the facilitator may take on some responsibility for assisting the child in the care, health and safety of the dog. Ultimately, the facilitator must make sure that the dog's needs are being met and that all training criteria are adhered to. Facilitated Service Dogs do not attend school with children, since the facilitator must always accompany the dog and client in public places.

The process to receive a NEADS Service Dog involves multiple steps. Start the process by taking our Prequalifying Questionnaire to find out if a Service Dog is right for you.

Take the Prequalifying Questionnaire here.

More about NEADS Service Dogs

NEADS Client Sarah Best shares insights about the application process and life with her Service Dog, Edison.