DEAF, Inc. inspires people to achieve personal and professional goals through accessible programs and services. We build bridges across communities by increasing communication access and awareness.
Founded in 1977, DEAF, Inc. is the only Massachusetts community-based, multi-service nonprofit run by and for Deaf (Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened) adults.
DEAF, Inc. is founded on the principle of self-determination and the rights of Deaf people to identify their own goals and follow through on achieving them, taking increasingly independent charge of their lives.
"We love to give other people the opportunity to grow"
To fulfill our mission, we offer educational programs; health literacy, access and support services; independent living programs, information and referrals; advocacy; and accessibility services in a Deaf-affirmative environment.
People come to DEAF, Inc. to develop skills, learn about the benefits and services available to them here and in the wider community to improve their health, develop their economic stability and personal independence in order to become fully participating members of the larger community through education, employment, and community and political involvement.
DEAF, Inc. is one of the largest private employers of Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people in Massachusetts. A peer-based organization, DEAF, Inc. is committed to hiring staff that reflects the community we serve.
Approximately 92% of staff is Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, or Late-Deafened, including our Executive Director, Director of Finance and Administration, and our program directors.
All direct-service staff members are proficient in various communication methods so they can communicate directly with the people we serve, to assess their needs and goals, and work with them to identify services to achieve these goals.