About DCARA

Mission Statement

Promote and advocate for the rights of full access to American Sign Language and English, education, employment, and cultural identity of, by, for, and with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, and DeafBlind people.

Our Vision

Global recognition, pride, respect for ASL, equality, and justice exist for all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, and Deafblind people.

History

In the early 1960’s, a group of deaf leaders began DCARA as an all-volunteer agency. It was incorporated in 1962 as a non-profit agency, under the name of East Bay Counseling and Referral Agency, Inc. In 1976, EBCRAD changed its name to Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency.

Our Values

1. Culture, Diversity, and Intersectionality within the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened, and DeafBlind community

2. Deaf Culture

3. American Sign Language (ASL)

4. Communication and Language Access

5. Mental, emotional, spiritual well-being of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened, and DeafBlind individuals

6. Accountability (Individual Accountability, Agency-wide Accountability, Community Accountability)

7. Mutual Respect

8. Integrity

9. Financial Sustainability

10. Quality Service

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