What We Are
The Kansas Association of the Deaf (KAD) is a statewide non-profit organization operating independently of government and other organizations. KAD serves not only to its membership, but to all Deaf and hard of hearing people in Kansas. KAD is dedicated to advocate, act and ensure the quality of life, rights and language of all Deaf Kansans of all ages are valued, respected and protected through legislation, policies, and community/government services.
To protect, preserve, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of the Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind individuals in Kansas.
To encourage Deaf people by securing moral, intellectural, and social improvement of their educational and vocational opportunities and by promoting measures tending to better the condition and standing in society at large.
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.
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 as a committee member to improve KAD in many areas. You also have the opportunity to participate during biennial conferences and business general meetings. All graduating Deaf seniors from a Kansas high school get two years of free membership.
To advocate, act, and ensure that the quality of life, rights, and language of Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind Kansans are protected through legislation, policies, services impacting their bilingual education, holistic/healthy early Deaf identities, attitudinal/ environmental inclusivity, equality and equitable opportunities.