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Tue, 02.23.1982

The National Black Deaf Association is Established

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*The 1982 establishment of the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) is celebrated on this date. It is the oldest and largest organization of deaf and hard of hearing African Americans in the United States.  In the early 1980’s, Black deaf leaders were disturbed that deaf and hard of hearing African Americans were not sufficiently represented and created NBDA. They wanted to aid in leadership and policy decision-making activities affecting hearing-impaired African Americans. Beginning with the establishment of two chapters, the NBDA has grown as an organization with 30 chapters.

NBDA serves as a national supporter for thousands of deaf and hard of hearing Blacks. They’re a non-profit, tax-exempt, consumer organization supported by its members and others interested in furthering the goals of NBDA. Membership includes African American adults who are deaf and hard of hearing; parents of African American children who are deaf or hard of hearing; professionals who work with deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, and other interested persons.

The NBDA Executive Board serves on a voluntary basis and is comprised of a majority of deaf and hard of hearing advocates. They consists of officers elected during the national conventions and elected representatives from each member chapter. The NBDA Mission is: The Mission of the National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc., (NBDA) is to promote the educational, cultural, social and economic advancement of deaf and hard of hearing African



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