Deaf Organizations

AADB - The American Association of the Deaf-Blind. "AADB is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. “Deaf-blind” includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing loss."

ADWAS - Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services. "ADWAS provides comprehensive services to Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. ADWAS believes that violence is a learned behavior and envisions a world where violence is not tolerated."

DBC - Deaf Bilingual Coalition. "The Deaf Bilingual Coalition promotes the basic human right of all Deaf infants and young children to have access to language and cognitive development through American Sign Language (ASL). "

DPC - Deaf People of Color. "The Second National Deaf People of Color Conference is slated for June 25 through 27, 2010, in Portland, Oregon. This exciting event will feature workshops, presentations, and a banquet gala (with entertainment)."

DSA - Deaf Seniors of America. "Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) is a membership organization that was established after its first conference in 1992. Originally called the National Association of Deaf Seniors Citizens (NADSC), the current name was adopted in 1997. DSA carries out its mission to improve the quality of life for Deaf seniors through conferences, newsletters, and other communications with its members. Members must be aged 50 or older to join."

DWOW - Deaf Women of Oregon and Washington. "The mission of Deaf Women of Oregon and Washington is to increase the number of resources and the networking, socialization, education, leadership, and empowerment opportunities of deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and late-deafened women in Oregon and Washington."

DWU - Deaf Women United "Deaf Women United is committed to continuing a community of support of Deaf women from all walks of life. You can play a significant role in assuring the success of our mission to promote the lives of Deaf women through empowerment, enrichment, and networking."

GUAA - Gallaudet University Alumni Association

IDC - Inter-Tribal Deaf Council. “The Mission of Intertribal Deaf Council is to provide education, information & referral, and training about American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nations Indians to tribal councils, family members and other interested parties in order to improve the social, educational, vocational, health and spiritual well-being of this population.”

JNAD - Junior National Association of the Deaf. "Junior NAD offers deaf and hard of hearing students in 7th through 12th grade many opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn and demonstrate citizenship, and meet and interact with students from other schools and states."

NAD - National Association of the Deaf. "The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America." A list of affiliate chapter can be found here.

NBDA - National Black Deaf Advocates. "NBDA is the official voice of Black deaf and hard of hearing Americans
- a community that has historically been neglected in terms of provision of equal access to education, employment and social services."

NADC - National Asian Deaf Congress. "NADC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to define and address the cultural, political and social issues experienced by Asians who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. NADC is strengthened by the diversity of its members and organizations that represent various geographic regions, languages, religions, cultures and generations. NADC will also strive to provide education, empowerment, and leadership for its respective members and organizations."

NCHDHH - National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing. "The mission of the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to ensure equal access of the Hispano deaf and hard of hearing community in the areas of social, recreational, cultural, educational and vocational welfare. To this end, the NCHD will maintain a national awareness and advocacy program to educate the deaf and hard of hearing communities as well as social and educational programs and organizations about the needs and issues facing deaf Hispano persons."

NTD - National Theater of the Deaf. "The National Theatre of the Deaf operates under the following comprehensive mission: To produce theatrically challenging work of the highest quality, drawing from as wide a range of the world's literature as possible; to perform these original works in a style that links American Sign Language with the spoken word; to seek, train and employ Deaf artists; to offer our work to as culturally diverse and inclusive an audience as possible; to provide community outreach activities that will educate and enlighten the general public, opening their eyes and ears to Deaf culture and building linkages that facilitate involvement in our methods of work."

RAD - Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf. "The purpose of the Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf is to establish and maintain a society of Deaf GLBT to encourage and promote the educational, economical, and social welfare; to foster fellowship; to defend our rights; and advance our interests as Deaf GLBT citizens concerning social justice; to build up an organization in which all worthy members may participate in the discussion of practical problems and solutions related to their social welfare."

USADSF - USA Deaf Sports Federation. The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) is recognized by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) as the sole national association of deaf sports in the United States. USADSF is organized to foster and regulate uniform rules of competition and promote fitness among deaf and hard of hearing members of all ages; serve as a parent organization of national sports organizations; conduct athletic competitions; and assist in the participation of US Teams in international competition.

WFD - World Federation of the Deaf. "Established in Rome, Italy, in 1951, WFD is an international, non-governmental central organisation of national associations of Deaf people, with a current membership of associations in 130 countries worldwide. Associate members, international members and individual members also make up WFD’s membership base.
WFD’s philosophy is one of equality, human rights and respect for all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual preference, age and all other differences. WFD supports and promotes in its work the many United Nations conventions on human rights, with a focus on Deaf people who use sign language, and their friends and family. WFD works with the aim of solidarity and unity to make the world a better place."