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NORCAL WILDFIRES RESPONSE INFORMATION

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

Striving for Excellence at Services!

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.

Aim for Equality in Communication Access!

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

Maximize the Diverse Experience!

Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency

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 Services

We provide communication access assistance, independent living skills, employment services, peer counseling, information & referral services, advocacy, and community education.

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

Advocacy

Help Deaf and Hard of Hearing people remove communication barriers, develop and achieve personal goals, empower self-determination and celebrate their language, identity and culture.  

Peer Counseling

Provides information, assistance, and emotional support during an immediate crisis through constructive coping skills, improving self-esteem, learning to adjust to a new self-idenftification, or develop new personal advocacy skills.

Family Connections

Empower parents with linguistically and culturally accessible information and training that supports optimal parenting skills, and promotes the linguistic, cultural, social, emotional, physical health and safety of their children.

Employment

Provides information, resources, and tools that will enable job seekers to continue to be an integral and contributing part of their community, maintain their sense of dignity, enhance their sense of well-being, and improve the quality of their lives.

Interpreting

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. We also provide other communication accommodations such as Deaf Interpreters (CDI/DI) and any other special accommodations upon request by contacting us. 

ASL Classes

American Sign Language (ASL) Classes from the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA) Learn ASL in the heart of the Deaf community. Begin your discovery and exploration of the Deaf community and its culture by learning its language and means of expression. You will have fun, learn a new way to communicate and challenge yourself in a meaningful way.

What they say about us

“I was without hope, without help, without support until DCARA helped me. Now I have the support I need to look to the future and feel that it is a bright one.”

Jose E.

“DCARA is a highly regarded organization and provides quality services to a unique and often underserved population.”

Deborah Sweeney

“..was extremely helpful in assisting as an advocate for our employee..”

Jennessa Norris

The Management Team

Raymond Rodgers

Executive Director

David Kerr

Deputy Director

Debby Buchan

Program Developer

Patty Vanni

Finance Director

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