Mission: Founded in 1986, the mission of ADWAS is to:- Address the needs of Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.- Ensure that all the services victims need are fully accessible to them.- Provide professional, community education training, and consultation on Deaf culture, Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims'' needs, and domestic violence and sexual assault to professionals, hearing adults, lay people, children, youth, and members of the Deaf and Deaf-Blind communities.
Programs: Direct Service ProgramEducation/Training Program
As a woman in the Deaf community, I'd always heard wonderful things of ADWAS - one of the very few high quality Deaf agencies run by and for the Deaf, with an outstanding staff and board, and a reputation for being very well run.
When I moved to Seattle, I immediately sought out the agency to see how I could participate. I joined the Board, and have been Board Chair for the last 5 years.
We built the nation's first housing for Deaf and Deaf Blind women and children, and we've been a model for success in the Deaf community by partnering within and without the community. We've collaborated with federal and state agencies, other community organizations, law enforcement agencies, and many other entities to educate them about the language and cultural needs of the Deaf women we serve.
This is an unique agency serving a community extremely well.