The Arkansas Association of the Deaf (AAD) is one of about 40 states affiliated with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Through an Executive Board comprised of officers elected by the general membership at its biennial conventions, AAD advocates for the educational, economic, and social well-being of deaf and hard of hearing citizens of Arkansas.

Some of the ways in which AAD advocates on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing Arkansans include:

  • Representing Arkansas at the biennial NAD Conferences
  • Responding to requests from government and not-for-profit agencies for representation on advisory committees
  • Meeting and educating state and city government leaders on matters of importance to deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • Promoting deaf community awareness and public education through sponsoring forums and workshops
  • Dissemination of news, information updates, and announcements through the AAD list-serve and website

Through these advocacy efforts, AAD has worked for:

  • the establishment of statewide telephone relay services for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-impaired persons
  • captioning of local news programs and emergency broadcasts
  • the provision of quality interpreting services
  • the establishment of a statewide telecommunications equipment distribution program
  • deaf community representation on the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Schools for the Deaf and the Blind