Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire: Service Dog for a Child with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities

For families with children with autism or other developmental disabilities, the quote from Dr. Stephen Shore rings true: “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”

Just as every child with autism is unique, so is every Service Dog program.

To that end, NEADS asks that you carefully review and complete these pre-qualifying questions to help determine if a NEADS Service Dog may be right for you and your child.

The Application Process

Being matched with a NEADS Service Dog can be a life changing partnership, and our unique matching process relies on an exceptional attention to details – both client circumstances and canine capabilities. Your safety and the safety of our cherished canines are of highest priority.

Step 1: The Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire

Step 2: The Full Application

If you complete the Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire and are able to continue to the NEADS application, you can expect to spend about 30-45 minutes completing the application, which will ask for details about your specific situation and how a Service Dog can help. You may find it helpful to have the contact information about your child’s doctor and your landlord (if renting) prior to starting the application.

Your application will be carefully reviewed and a member of our staff will personally respond to you within 6-8 weeks of your application. Thank you for your interest in NEADS.