Mission: DCARA promotes self-determination, independence, and celebration of American Sign Language among a diverse Deaf community, regardless of communication background.
Programs: Parent Links - for parents of deaf infants and young children. Partnership with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to provide employment assistance and job preparedness coaching for deaf and hard of hearing people. Computer classes in American Sign Language (ASL) for deaf students, so they do not have to watch an interpreter and the screen at the same time. ASL classes for late-deafened or hard of hearing senior citizens and other adults. Independent living skills training for deaf and hard of hearing people who have been relying on government assistance. Language and cultural information for foreign-born deaf people adjusting to live in the United States. Information and referral services to connect people with a network of resources. CaptionsOnline, the first online captioning business operated by a deaf-run nonprofit agency, designed specifically to meet the needs of deafened and hard of hearing people in our community. Educational classes and workshops on health and safety, emergency preparedness, financial planning, and other important subjects, accessible to ASL users and deafened or hard of hearing people requiring text captions. The Deaf Gay & Lesbian Center, the nation's first and only center serving deaf and hard of hearing people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, or questioning.