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About

The Kansas Association of the Deaf (KAD) is a statewide non-profit organization operating independently of government and other organizations, with the office in Olathe, KS. Focusing on the philosophy of serving is not only to its membership, but all deaf and hard of hearing people in Kansas to obtain equal accessibility for all. There are currently over 390 members and continuing to grow.

Membership:
There are currently over 390 members and continuing to grow so please become a member for KAD. As a member, you will be able to serve as an officer or a committee member to improve KAD in many area. You also have opportunity to participate during biennial conferences and business general meetings. All graduating deaf seniors from high school get one year of free membership.

History:
KAD was found in 1909 at a picnic in Wichita with 42 members because the founders were concerned about the welfare of the deaf community. The organization was chartered by the state of Kansas in 1910. KAD has been affiliated with National Association of the Deaf (NAD) since 1911. More information about NAD can be found at www.nad.org.

Our Mission:
Along with NAD and the other state associations of the deaf our purpose are to bring deaf and hard of hearing individuals together to promote greater access into the mainstream of life. Also works closely in the follow areas; the expanding needs of deafness, promote equality in job opportunities, removal of communication barriers, communication rights, obtaining education and rehabilitation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Also to assure that an extensive, organized system of services is accessible to all deaf or heard of hearing in Kansas. It is also to enable them to achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community.