Our Mission

...to ensure

for the deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled communities to all of life's opportunities.

Our goal is to protect the civil rights, and ensure equal access for the deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled communities in particular areas of California, including the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Luis Obispo, to all of life’s opportunities.

GLAD’s general purpose and powers shall be to promote the educational, health, housing, vocational, cultural, social and recreational welfare of its deaf and hard of hearing constituents.

The organization’s specific and primary purposes shall be to act as a coordinating agency addressing the broad social service needs of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled individuals through direct service provision, advocacy, research and dissemination of information to the consumers, professionals and parents.

GLAD is committed to the philosophy “…of, by, for, and with the deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled…”

In accordance with Chapter 1193, Statutes of 1980, GLAD includes deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled individuals at all levels of the organization, including the Chief Executive Officer and the majority of the Board of Directors and staff.

Recognizing the diversity of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled communities, GLAD believes firmly in the concept of personal choice. All persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, degree of hearing, or communication mode, are welcome at GLAD.

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