DEAF, Inc. was founded in 1977 by Deaf leaders from the National Association of the Deaf and the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf. It is one of the first multi-service community-based agencies run by and for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, or Late-Deafened. We provide Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living, health literacy and support, community access for DeafBlind adults, and related services. All our staff are community members proficient in various communication methods, so they can communicate directly with people to assess their needs and to work with them to set up services to meet their needs.
Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people can find a range of essential programs and services in a Deaf-affirmative, supportive community environment. All our services are linguistically and culturally accessible for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, and Late-Deafened people who use many different communication modes and have different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
DEAF, Inc.'s programs and services are supported by diverse funding sources, including federal, state, and local contracts, grants from private and corporate foundations, and donations from individuals, sponsorships, and grassroots fundraising events. For more information on how you can support DEAF, Inc. and the Deaf community, please visit our Support Us page.
DEAF, Inc.'s main office is in Boston, MA. We also have 3 regional offices: in New Bedford, Salem, and Taunton. Services are also provided at Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP) in Lawrence and Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled (CORD) in Hyannis. For more information about all our offices, please visit our Locations page.