Alberta Association of the Deaf The Alberta Association of the Deaf (AAD) exists to “promote equal rights for Deaf Albertans while endeavoring to improve the quality of life for Deaf people in general.”
Canadian Association of the Deaf The Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) provides consultation and information on Deaf needs and interests to the public, business, media, educators, governments and others. In addition, CAD conducts research and collects data regarding Deaf issues, and offers assistance to Deaf organizations and service agencies across Canada.
National Association of the Deaf (U.S.) The National Association of the Deaf (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. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value.
World Federation of the Deaf The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international non-governmental organization representing approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide. Recognized by the United Nations (UN) as their spokes-organization, WFD works closely with the UN and its various agencies in promoting the human rights of Deaf people in accordance with the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other general acts and recommendations of the UN and its specialized agencies.