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.