What is the Deafhood Foundation?
- A non-profit organization founded in February 2009.
- Has by-laws, which shape the way the organization operates.
- Has a board of directors.
- Has a mission that is dedicated to achieving economic and social justice for all Deaf people by providing financial, educational and social opportunities to end the economic exploitation of Deaf people. The Foundation envisions a world free of audism where everyone experiences full humanity and celebrates Sign Language. To achieve the mission and vision, the Foundation focuses on four goals: consulting, outreach, networking and grants. Grants are the primary goal and the heart of the Foundation and funding is provided for those areas: arts, activism, education, media, and research.
How is the Deafhood Foundation different from the general concept of “Deafhood”?
- “Deafhood” is a word coined by Dr. Paddy Ladd, professor of Deaf Studies Centre at the University of Bristol in England.
- “Deafhood” is described as a journey that each Deaf person undertakes to discover his/her identity and purpose in this life as a Deaf person among other people.
- “Deafhood” is a positive approach to re-affirming Deaf people’s role and place in society, history and the world.
- The Deafhood Foundation does not own “Deafhood.”
- The Deafhood Foundation is one way to make the Deafhood concept widespread in the world through its four goals and relevant projects.
Why is addressing audism and other –isms important to the Deafhood Foundation?
- The Deafhood Foundation believes that audism is the attitudes and practices based on the assumption that behaving in the ways of those who speak and hear is desired and best and it produces a system of privilege, resulting in stigma, bias, discrimination, and prejudice—in overt or covert ways—against Deaf culture, American Sign Language, and Deaf people of all walks of life. (credit: Audism Free America)
- The Deafhood Foundation believes all forms of oppression including racism, sexism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, ageism, and classism are related and must be confronted simultaneously.
What are some of the ways the Deafhood Foundation helps the Deaf community?
- The Deafhood Foundation raises money through donations and events to give to nonprofit organizations of, by, and for Deaf people through a grant making process. Some examples are:
- The play, “Deafhood Monologues” being presented via theater venues.
- Deafhood classes and workshops being offered.
- Chapters of Dr. Ladd’s book “Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood” have been and continue to be translated into American Sign Language and posted on the Foundation website, www.deafhoodfoundation.org as well as on the Deafhood Discussions website, www.deafhood.us.
- The Deafhood Foundation endorses worthy actions and causes that work to remove audism.