Canines for Disabled Kids
- 255 Park Ave, Suite 601
- Worcester, MA 01541
Canines for Disabled Kids (CDK) began in 1998 as an offshoot of the NEADS Dog for Deaf and Disabled American’s training program. Very few assistance dog programs are willing to provide trained assistance dogs for children under age 12. CDK saw a need and worked to filled it. It was possible to train dogs to help autistic children, children with hearing impairments, and other disabled children in the classrooms.
In an effort to enhance the education and independence of children with disabilities across the USA, we started to sponsor dogs that would work with the child but with the aid of a parent. Soon, many applications were coming to the program. Since 1998, CDK has sponsored over 130 assistance dogs, dogs that can help children with different disabilities, and some with their parents as facilitators.
CDK used scholarship paid directly to NEADS, to encourage the placement of assistance dogs with children. By providing needed funding to the training organization, CDK was able to increase the number of children being accepted for assistance dogs and has been able to reduce the wait time for many of these children to between 3 months and 1 yea, rather than 2 years or more.