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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.

Mission

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.

Objectives

  • 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