WHAT IS TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF?
Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD) is an organization for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is a membership organization to provide information and education including surveys and studies to bring the viewpoint on various issues affecting the lives who are deaf or hard of hearing at all levels of the community. TAD also helps to ensure communications accessibility in our state, counties, and cities to our deaf and hard of hearing citizens. It has proven its commitment to address the needs of deaf and hard of hearing members for more than a century.
A sampling of the issues that are of concern to TAD members:
- Deaf Mentorship
- Disability access
- Product evaluation
- Consumer protection and rights
Health and Social Services:
- Mental health
- Promotion/preventive care
- Provider quality and delivery
- Relay services
- Telecommunication devices
- Television captioning
- Unfair bills or laws
- State agencies or departments
TAD has many benefits, and most members find that the biggest one is information. It publishes the quarterly Deaf Texan and periodic bulletins which contain information on all kinds of consumer, economic, employment, health issues, and communication access issues. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you are eligible. Associate membership is also available to hearing friends, family members, and professionals involved with the Deaf Community and who support the mission and goals of TAD.