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NDFA has succeeded with a recent Deaf Protest 2015. That was due to Charlton LaChase who made impassioned vlogs which drew nationwide Grassroots. The Team 7 made it possible to create a new Deaf Grassroots Movement with the goal of reaching 50 states. More ...

National Deaf Freedom Association, Inc.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

It is our mission to effectively resolve issues critical to the Deaf and Deaf-Plus community in the political realm.

 

We are in the process of obtaining a 501(c)(4) status for this organization that supports on behalf of any issues directly affecting the Deaf and Deaf Plus community.  This political platform addresses concerns presented before all public legislative committees and forums.  The NDFA, Incorporation welcomes affiliations and Political Action Committees (PAC) who promote and ensure the general welfare, health and safety of deaf population.

 

Here is a summary of our organization:

 

Representatives are appointed or selected by voting members to gather, compile and prepare issues related to Deaf. They are liaisons from Deaf Grassroots Movement to general public, organizations and special interest groups. They present their issues to the Executive Team.

 

Executive Team is selected by voting members to execute and resolve all issues. Also the Executive Team shall represent to our legislators, governors, mayors and President.

 

We are in process of finishing up our business plans and Drupal based website. With your generous support, this organization will go public and launch our historic political platform.  

 

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

 

There were some attempts in trying to achieve this 501(c)(4). Scott Walker and his friend worked on a plan to set up in Wisconsin and did not get support. Thus it was on back burner. Michael Gallagher did some research based on numerous situations including National Association for the deaf and Maryland Association for the deaf. He discovered that setting up 501(c)(4) will enable and empower the entire deaf community with political leverage at local, state, and national political establishments and governments.

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF VIEWS

 

In the view of Deaf Plus by everyone, they suffer the most of all. They are neglected the most. Examples are Deaf-Blind, Deaf Mute, Deaf Black, Deaf with mental disability, Disabled Deaf and Aging Deaf. Most Deaf do not have speaking skills and require more assistance and access in public.

In the view of deaf community by general population, deaf are incapable of leading a normal productive life without assistance of education, government subsidies and social welfare. In attempt to ‘fix’ the deaf numerous attempts have been made by ‘improving their fifth sense’ with hearing and speaking skills, and many deaf failed to meet that ‘standard’.  Often, independent minded deaf people find themselves jobs and create families regardless of their background and parents. Still at large, deaf do not have independent universities or political organizations (advocacy do not count as political) to govern deaf properly.

 

In the view of hearing loss, many people have come to grasp that their reality had turned upside down.  The laws do not protect or support those who need assistance. Even with our current laws, still there is no enforcement in communication accessibility. Some current 501(c)(3) organizations do not provide adequate advocacy and have severe limitations to legislations whereas other disability entities enjoy full access.

 

In our future, any new political platform, such as a 501(c)(4) organization, it can boost some current 501(c)(3) organizations and Deaf movements by affiliating to this 501(c)(4) organization first.  And then, their advocacy and limitations can be more exposed to the legislative levels in the future and their new deaf freedom ever all.

 

Overall, this NDFA organization will have the leverage to address more issues than other avenues; Deaf and Hearing Loss individuals who need assistance from this organization directly; Interpreter-service agencies who need assistance from this organization; et cetera. This includes diversities within the organization as People of Color, Asians, and deaf plus disabilities.

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