The Governor's Project

Every year, the district governor chooses a project in which he or she would like the district to support and keep in mind throughout the service year. Many service projects that the New York District undertake will be closely related to this project. This year our governor, Mariam Makar, chose Canines for Disabled Kids — learn more below!


Public awareness and education are very important to us at CDK – so important that we travel the country to talk to students of all grade levels, civic groups, religious groups, and businesses about assistance dogs. 

CDK also offers different ways to help educate the public about service dogs including Educational Presentations, Booth Event Participation, Americans with Disability (ADA) consulting. Members of CDK staff and volunteers travel all over the country for these opportunities. 


Your involvement with Canines For Disabled Kids is direct. Unlike other organizations where a portion of your support goes toward it’s goal, here at CDK you truly help an individual.  Whether is be through scholarships to offset the cost of the dogs for the children we help, counseling services for families looking for information about service dogs, or education offered around the country to interested businesses and schools, CDK is always trying to reach as many people as possible.  Your support allows us to do that.  As a non-fee for service program, we are completely funded by private donations and grants. Your help is crucial in allowing us to continue on our mission.


We are grateful to all who volunteer their time and services to impact our mission. CDK was fortunate to receive support from many volunteers throughout the year including our Board of Directors, Educational Program Volunteers and College Interns. We are a much stronger organization because of these individuals.

Check out success stories.

“Increasing independence for children with disabilities and their families by promoting service dog partnerships, understanding and awareness throughout the community.”

Canines for Disabled Kids works to support the creation of child-canine service dog teams to promote independence and social awareness. Offering free services to families and communities across the United States, Canines for Disabled Kids helps connect children with the service dog that can best help them overcome limitations caused by a variety of disabilities while helping communities to be welcoming and supportive of the special canine tools being used. Scholarships to help cover the training costs are offered, another way Canines for Disabled Kids helps to bring these teams together.

A 501C3 non-profit organization, Canines for Disabled Kids work to support children and service dogs on their road to being as independent as possible. Your support is critical in helping us to help them.

Canines for Disabled Kids (CDK) began in 1998 as an offshoot of the NEADS, Dog for Deaf and Disabled Americans training program. Very few service dog programs were willing to provide trained service dogs for children. CDK believed it was possible to train dogs to help autistic children, children with hearing impairments, other physical disabilities and set out to help families find the best training programs for their children.

In an effort to enhance the education and independence of children with disabilities across the USA, we started to provide scholarship help cover some of the training cost. Soon, many families were coming to the program. Since 1998; CDK has sponsored over 130 service dogs, dogs that can help children with different disabilities; some with their parents as facilitators, or supervisors, and others independently.

CDK used scholarships to encourage the placement of service dogs with children. By providing needed funding to the training organization, CDK was able to increase the number of children being accepted for service dogs and has been able to reduce the wait time for many of these children to between 3 months and 1 year, rather than 2 years or more. Over 200 training programs are eligible for the scholarships offered.

CDK also developed a strong educational presentation program to provide information to the public about service dogs, public access and their role with individuals overcoming limitations of a variety of disabilities. These programs are offered all over the country to schools, civic groups and businesses.

Advocating for individuals with service animals became a natural extension of these education programs. CDK staff now works with families across the country helping to determine if a service dog is the right tool and which training organization is the best match for the needs of the individual.

Canines for Disabled Kids on WPIX

Contact Information:

Address: 65 James St #210, Worcester, MA 01603

Phone: (978) 422-5299