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Greater Washington Asian Deaf Association (GWADA) is an organization that advocates for the interests of the Deaf Asian and Hard of Hearing Community of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. GWADA serves, supports and enhances the social, charitable, educational, and cultural needs and goals of its membership.


  • Be a resource for the education, social justice, civil advocacy, human rights of Asian/Pacific Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons and their families.

  • Promote educational programs, workshops and seminars for Asian Deaf/Hard of Hearing infants/children, their hearing parents, new Asian immigrants and the helping professionals who work with them.

  • Conduct and facilitate leadership/assertiveness training programs and self-esteem seminars for Asian Deaf/Hard of Hearing adults and their family members.

  • Educate the general public about the Asian cultural heritage as well as Asian Deaf culture.

  • To serve as an information clearinghouse on information about Asian Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing people.

  • Enhance the recognition and achievements of Asian Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing people, promoting ethnic/cultural identity and pride.

  • Award scholarships and stipends to outstanding Asian Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing students

  • Promote efficient fund-raising activities to accomplish the above-mentioned mission


  • President Sophia

    Vice President Mai
    Vice President

    Secretary Nick

    Treasurer Jared


At the March 1994 Access Silent Asian Conference (The Deaf Asians Experience) in San Francisco, two Deaf Asians met in a workshop. They were surprised to learn that they both lived in the Washington, DC area. It took a conference 3,000 miles away for them to meet!

As a result, they agreed to plan a picnic in Washington, DC for all Deaf Asians in the area. Despite forecasts of a rainstorm, the group still gathered at Buddy Attick Park, Greenbelt, Maryland o June 11, 1994 and enjoyed a delicious potluck picnic. Afterwards, someone suggested that they formally create the organization and a group of ad hoc officers were elected. Thus, the Metropolitan Washington Association of Asian Deaf Americans (MWAADA) was born.

Later, the association changed its name to the Greater Washington Asian Deaf Association. GWADA is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of Deaf Asians in the DC area by promoting various issues of interest to the Deaf Asian community locally, nationally, and worldwide.


The copy of the by-laws is available to read or download here (PDF).


Get more involved in the Asian Deaf nonprofit association. Please join us in this movement by becoming a member today! To apply for membership, please email GWADA at gwada.dmv@gmail.com

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, GWADA Membership is currently free at this time. Once things become normal, we will reinstate membership fees ($15 for individuals, $25 for couples/family, and $10 for students and seniors).


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GWADA is a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. To donate, please use Paypal or mail us a check payable to "GWADA" (below). Please feel free to send us an email: gwada.dmv@gmail.com. Much appreciated!

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Washington, DC 20024

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