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Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

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Who We Are: Deaf, Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA), is a non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Deaf-blind (D/HH/LD/DB) community. Established in 1962 as one of the first Deaf-run agencies in the country, DCARA provides a comprehensive range of programs and services to the Deaf community living in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area of California.

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

Mission: 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.

Governance: DCARA is governed by a Deaf-majority board of directors, administered by a Deaf-majority, and staffed by a dedicated team of diverse deaf and hearing people. Funding comes from the State of California’s Department of Social Services, the United Way, city grants and private donations.

Services: DCARA provides seven categories of services for all D/HH/LD/DB community members and their families: communication access assistance, independent living skills, employment services, peer counseling, information & referral services, advocacy, and community education.

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