IAD is committed to improving the education of all Deaf children. In conjunction with the National Association of the Deaf, we have a designated Educational Advocate and are working to develop an advocacy network around the state that will serve as a resource for families with Deaf children with an aim towards improving all educational programs for the Deaf and eliminating language deprivation from our Deaf children’s education.
One of the core areas of emphasis for IAD is working with the legislature in a proactive way to set the agenda for Deaf individuals in Indiana. We have begun a process of bringing training to our community with the objective of having a growing team of advocates that can represent IAD and the Deaf community to all legislators in Indiana. Forging ongoing relationships that allow us to constructively set the framework for laws and policies in Indiana and how they impact Deaf people.
The Indiana Association of the Deaf recognizes that we are a stronger community together, lifting each other up than we are separate from each other. We are in the process of identifying and reaching out to a variety of organizations that serve the Deaf community in Indiana and forging strategic partnerships with them that allow our respective organizations to utilize their strengths to support each other and make each other successful. If your organization would like to partner with the Indiana Association of the Deaf, please reach out to us.