Area Served: United States Services: Hearing dogs are trained to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing. They respond to sounds such as alarm clocks, smoke alarms, and telephones by alerting their human partners to these sounds. Service dogs are trained to help people who use wheelchairs, canes, walkers or crutches. They pick up anything that is dropped, pull wheelchairs, turn on light switches and carry items. Service dogs assist children with autism and developmental disabilities. Assistance dogs for the classroom/therapy/ministry, courthouse are trained to become teaching tools. They are paired with social workers, therapists, early education and special needs teachers and are used in working with people with emotional, physical or developmental disabilities. NEADS is the oldest continuing Hearing Dog Program in the US, and the first east coast program to offer service dogs and the first program to place a service dog with a veteran who was wounded in the Iraq/Afghanistan war.