Stronger Together

DEAF, Inc. adheres to the following 5 values that guides our work going forward: Community-driven, Access, Self-Determination, Empowerment and Mutual Respect!

As you are part of our community, we can't do our work without you and your support. In this Annual Appeal, we have included some stories of the lives we support and point to a strong future together. 2020 is right around the corner and we are very much looking forward to serving more of our community. Be on the look out for our upcoming events and ways to get involved!

Please give what you can and as always, THANK YOU!

Sharon L. Applegate
Executive Director of DEAF, Inc.

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.

Meet Our Friends

Joyce Bruno

Joyce is now DeafBlind and through her transition, DEAF, Inc. has been there for her. Together, Joyce remains active in her community.

Lyn & Dave Westmark

Lyn is a dentist and Dave is a healthcare provider. They work in the Boston area and saw an increase in patients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, so they took it upon themselves to take ASL classes.

James Gosson

James has recently gone through some transitions and tells us how DEAF, Inc. was critical to his success!

DEAF, Inc. Works for You

From ASL to Independent Living, we work everyday to make our community stronger.

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ASL Program

DEAF, Inc. offers American Sign Language (ASL) classes for adults interested in learning the language and Deaf culture. DEAF, Inc. also hosts monthly ASL social events.

Outreach, Exhibits & Training

We provide training and technical assistance to professionals, nonprofits, and businesses who want to increase their cultural awareness, learn American Sign Language, and improve accessibility of their services for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people. This service can be tailored to fit your needs.

Independent Living

Our IL program supports Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults 18 and up with achieving their goals. We provide support with applying for benefits, housing, accessing health care and health information, a support group for Deaf parents, as well as peer-based advocacy and skills training.


The DeafBlind Community Access Network (DBCAN) program empowers DeafBlind people to increase and sustain their independence in the community. DBCAN's services are available to DeafBlind adults in Massachusetts.

2020 will bring many events and we hope to see you there! We are very much looking forward to the upcoming year with you and your support!

We can't do it without you! Please give what you can and support us and our community!