Resource Guide: ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE DEAF

Last Updated; December 14, 2023

ALDA, Inc.

8038 MacIntosh Lane, Suite 2
Rockford, IL 61107-5336
(815) 332-1515 (V/TTY)
1-866-402-2532 (Toll free V)
Contact Region I Director: Debra Bare-Rogers
Email: RD1@alda.org
Website: ALDA

The mission of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is to support the empowerment of deafened people. Late-Deafened Adults are people who have lost the ability to understand speech with or without hearing aids after acquiring spoken language. ALDA is committed to providing a support network and a sense of belonging by sharing our unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies, helping one another find practical solutions and emotional support, and working together with other organizations and service providers for our common good.

Bangor Deaf Club also known as TRI Flying Hands Club

P.O. Box 2121
Bangor, ME 04401
Email: triflyinghandsclub@gmail.com

Tri-flying Hands Club (TFH) is the longest standing Deaf club in Maine. We strive to be inclusive and welcoming to all Deaf and Hard of hearing community members including ASL students. TFH sponsors several community events throughout the year to promote the Deaf community and Deaf awareness. Please contact us triflyinghandsclub@gmail.com to become a member, be added to our mailing list and/or volunteer.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

See SUPPORT GROUPS chapter.

Maine Association for the Deaf, Inc. (MeAD)

Tommy Minch, Co-President
Sitara Sheikh, Co-President
Email: mead.president@gmail.com
Email: mead.secretary@gmail.com

The Maine Association for the Deaf (MeAD) is a state chapter of the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) and is the central deaf organization for statewide activities for the deaf in Maine. Founded in Belfast in 1877, this organization focuses on social, education, recreation, civic and economic welfare of all deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens and holds a biennial convention. A person need not be deaf or hard of hearing to be a member.

Maine Sign Language Interpreting Committee (MeSLIC)

The Maine Sign Language Interpreting Committee under the Maine Association of the Deaf (MeAD) serves as a committee for Deaf/hard-of-hearing/hearing interpreters to build community, skills, and discuss the work of interpreting in the state of Maine. Through the partnership between MeAD and MeSLIC, Deaf/hard-of-hearing/hearing stakeholders can participate in discussions about interpreting in the state of Maine. Any and all interpreters are welcome to join the committee through membership with MeAD.

MeSLIC Committee Chairs 2023: Melinda Stamp and Amy Richardson
Email: mead.interpreting@gmail.com

MeSLIC Interpreter Continuing Education Sponsor
Email: mead.ceu@gmail.com

Website: Maine Terp

Maine Deaf Senior Citizens

Ronald Madore, President
Bonnie Snow, Secretary
Email: jbsnow@roadrunner.com

The Maine Deaf Senior Citizens group provides social events on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Governor Baxter School for the Deaf.

Maine Recreation Association of the Deaf

See Maine Recreation Association of the Deaf Facebook page for activities.

The Maine Recreation Association of the Deaf is a volunteer organization for deaf, hard-of-hearing and late-deafened people who want to participate in family activities. There are activities for all ages, including the Deaf Timberfest.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level.

Website: National Association of the Deaf