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British Deaf Association

The BDA is a high profile national “Deaf People’s Organization” with a strong presence in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The group operates in a fast-paced, politicized environment, dealing with complex and often controversial social issues and with multiple stakeholders.

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Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. The university enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture and other topics related to deaf people.

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International Committee of Sports for the Deaf

The Summer and Winter Deaflympics are among the world's fastest growing sports events. More than 4,000 deaf athletes and officials from 77 nations participated in the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, in September 2009. More than 600 athletes and officials participated in the 16th Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, United States in February 2007.

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Irish Deaf Society

The Irish Deaf Society is the largest deaf-led organization in Ireland working with both the deaf and hard of hearing community. Our work focuses on issues such as achieving equality and access for deaf people.

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Jewish Deaf Community Center

First organized in 1992 as "Creative Services Group", an outreach group in Southern California, the organization expanded its mission in August 1994 when it was renamed Jewish Deaf Community Center, a non-profit organization. It now receives an overwhelming number of inquiries and requests nationwide. JDCC exists exclusively for educational, religious and charitable purposes and does not charge any membership fees.

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National Asian Deaf Congress

The National Asian Deaf Congress is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to define and address the cultural, political and social issues experienced by Asians who are deaf or hard of hearing. NADC is strengthened by the diversity of its members and organizations that represent various geographic regions, languages, religions, cultures and generations. NADC will also strive to provide education, empowerment and leadership for its respective members and organizations.

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National Association of the Deaf in the Republic of China

This organization’s goals are set to develop and to promote sign language, to encourage the public to understand and accept the deaf, to assist the government in offering better social welfare and to create more work opportunities for the deaf. They strive to help the deaf deal with their mental and physical problems and to establish a non-barrier living environment.

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National Black Deaf Advocates

National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) is the official advocacy organization for thousands of black deaf and hard of hearing Americans. For more than three decades, NBDA has been at the forefront of advocacy efforts for civil rights and equal access to education, employment and social services on behalf of the black deaf and hard of hearing in the United States.

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National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The mission of the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to ensure equal access of the Hispano deaf and hard of hearing community in the areas of social, recreational, cultural, educational and vocational welfare. To this end, the NCHDHH will maintain a national awareness program to educate the deaf and hard of hearing communities, as well as social and educational programs and organizations, about the needs and issues facing Hispano persons and work collaboratively with them on improvement.

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National Technical Institute for the Deaf

The primary mission of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is to provide deaf and hard of hearing students with outstanding state-of-the-art technical and professional education programs. Complemented by a strong arts and sciences curriculum, these programs prepare them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhance their lifelong learning.

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Sacred Circle

Our mission is to provide education, information and referral, and training about American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nations Indians who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and late-deafened. This education is provided to tribal councils, family members and other interested parties in order to improve the social, educational, vocational, health and spiritual well-being of this population.

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World Federation for the Deaf

Recognized by the United Nations as their representative to the international deaf community, WFD works closely with the UN and its various agencies in promoting the human rights of deaf people. This is in accordance with the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other general acts and recommendations of the UN and its specialized agencies.