Striving to Excellence at Deaf Services!

Fewer than 1 in 20 Americans are currently deaf or hard of hearing.

About Us

Aim for Equality in Communication Access!

We’re a global community that believes Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf+, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened
deserves access to equality. We’re reshaping the future for our community.

About Us

Maximize the Diverse Experience!

We promote positive perspectives of Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf+, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened people.

About Us


Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency

...of, by, for, and with Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf+, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened people.

What We Do

We provide a comprehensive range of programs and services to the Deaf community living in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Who We Are

We are a non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Deaf-blind community.

Our Great Services:


Provides services that empower Deaf & Hard of Hearing people to live independent and productive lives, with full access to the rights, privileges, and opportunities available to the general public.


Provides information, assistance, and emotional support during an immediate crisis.


Assist Deaf & Hard of Hearing people in acquiring the tools they need to obtain and maintain employment.

Family Connections

Offers 1:1 services, classes, workshops, training institutes, consultation, and meainingful family activities.


Sign Language interpreters for deaf people in all kinds of environment to be able to communicate with everybody. Top notch quality interpreters with efficient processing service.

Sign Language For All

Offers in person classes and online classes for all types of people who wish to learn American Sign Language in order to communicate with their friends, family members and employees.

Our Progress

4,000 deaf bay areans served | 200 deaf employees placed

Meet Our Leaders

Raymond Rodgers

Executive Director

An all rounded person with extensive background in business, camp, counseling, entertainment, interpreting, residential and social work. Raymond is a visionary leader for DCARA entering into a new era of empowerment and innovation. He has degrees from Gallaudet University and Loyola University. In his spare time, he enjoys arts, camping, coffee, dining, traveling and wineries. To win his heart, offer him dark chocolate.

Patty Vanni

Finance Director

Hailing from the Bay Area, Patty received a B.S. in Accounting from Gallaudet University, Washington DC and has 27 years of experience in the field. She has worked at DCARA for 25 years. Loves wine tasting, has a chocolate addiction and collects Snoopy.


Deputy Director

To be determined, stay tuned.

Patty O'Sullivan

H.R. Director

Patty has over 30 years of corporate/human resources experience. She provides the daily oversight of the DCARA/EDD program in five EDD offices in the Greater Bay Area where staff works with clients to obtain employment. When not in the office, Patty enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and watching football!

Robin Horwitz

Development Director

A serial entrepreneur at heart. He founded Convo Communications along with 3 other deaf founders and turned into one of the most successful start ups ever for the Deaf community. He continues to research for new opportunities for DCARA to be involved with and raises cash at the same time. Robin is a powerlifter, trader and also a father to a beautiful daughter.


Deaf Bay Area Expo

Deaf Bay Area Expo is a free event to all participants.

Deaf Bay Area Expo
Building C
4501 Pleasanton Ave
Pleasanton, CA 94566
10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sponsors and Vendors
Meet companies, deaf owned businesses, non profit organizations and more!

Deaf Shows
Enjoy an afternoon with a collection of deaf entertainment.

Halloween Contest
Halloween costume contest for adults and children with prizes for winners.

5th Annual Zumbathon Charity Event

November 6th, 2016 (Sunday)

Deaf Community Center
1550 San Leandro Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94578

2:30-4:30 pm
Doors open at 2 pm
$15 until November 4th and $20 at the door


How to Contact Us

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED


14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578


  • DCARA Headquarters
    14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200
    San Leandro, CA 94578

  • Deaf Community Center
    1550 San Leandro Blvd
    San Leandro, CA 94577

  • DCARA Fremont Oak Garden
    2681 Driscoll Road
    Fremont, CA 94539

  • DCARA Family Resource Center
    39155 Liberty Street, Suite D420
    Fremont, CA 94539

    Employment Services - Fremont
    39155 Liberty Street, Suite B200
    Fremont, CA 94539

  • DCARA San Jose
    650 N. Winchester Blvd, Suite 3
    San Jose, CA 95128

  • Employment Services - Concord
    4071 Port Chicago Hwy, Suite 250
    Concord, CA 94520

  • Employment Services - Oakland
    7677 Oakport Street #350
    Oakland, CA 94621

  • Employment Services - San Francisco
    801 Turk Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102

  • Employment Services - North San Jose
    1901 Zanker Road
    San Jose, CA 95134