Organizations of the Deaf in the United States

The first schools for the deaf were established across the country. Subsequently, organizations were formed by the Deaf community.

National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., in 1880 as a non-profit organization run by Deaf people to advocate for deaf people's rights. The first president Robert P. McGregor was elected.

ASL sign for NAD

More information: National Association of the Deaf (NAD). www.nad.org

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., in 1880 as a non-profit organization run by Deaf people to advocate for deaf people's rights.

Dr. Gertrude Galloway was the first female president of the NAD in the U.S. The video above is an interview with Galloway.

The National Theatre of the Deaf

The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) was founded in 1966. For more information: www.ntd.org

American Athletic Association of the Deaf

The U.S. Deaf Sports Federation (USDSF) is a national organization for Deaf athletes. The American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD), predecessor of the USDSF was established in 1945. The AAAD became the USADSF in 1997.

Arthur A. Kruger is a Deaf pioneer who organized deaf sports clubs across the country. He is known as the father of the AAAD.

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