Deaf Community in Los Angeles

Deaf America: California Resources

The deaf community in Los Angeles gets high marks as a "deaf-friendly" place to live.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Society in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles deaf society can partake in social events sponsored by both large agencies and small independent groups:

  • GLAD - Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, which has a social events calendar for GLAD-sponsored events. GLAD’s aims to act as a coordinating agency that addresses the broad social service needs of deaf and hard of hearing people through direct service provision, advocacy, research and dissemination of information regarding deafness to parents, professionals and consumers.
  • Deaf Chat Coffee, which meets at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on West Third Street in Los Angeles once a month on the first Friday of the month from 6 to 11 p.m.

Asian organization

Los Angeles has the Southern California Asian Deaf Association, a chapter of the National Asian Deaf Congress. SCADA strives to build Asian-American cultural awareness for a growing population in Southern California, including Los Angeles, of deaf and hard-of-hearing people whose ancestry are traced back to China, Japan, Korea, South East Asia, and many other Asian countries. Individuals are able to explore their self-identity as they learn more about their own culture.

Social service agencies

In addition to the GLAD, Los Angeles also has the Hearing Loss Association of America - Los Angeles chapter. HLAA-Los Angeles is one of approximately 200 chapters nationwide that shares the mission of the national organization which works at the local level to open the world of communication through information, education, advocacy and support.

Entertainment

It wouldn't be Los Angeles without entertainment. Los Angeles is home to the Deaf West Theatre of "Big River" fame, and the L.A. Bridges Theatre Company of the Deaf. Founded in 1991, Deaf West Theatre aims to enrich the cultural lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the Los Angeles area.

Interpreting Services

GLAD offers an associated interpreting service called Lifesigns, and there is another independent interpreting agency, Western Interpreting Network, that services all of southern California including Los Angeles. Western Interpreting provides certified American Sign Language interpreters, video interpreting, CART, and foreign language and document translation services. Another agency serving Los Angeles is LiNKS interpreting service. L.A. area interpreters also can join the Southern California RID Chapter.

Captioning

As it is home to the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is also home to offices of the larger captioning agencies as well as smaller agencies:

  • NCI - 303 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Suite 200, Burbank, CA 91502
  • Caption Center - 610 N. Hollywood Way, Suite 350, Burbank, CA 91505
  • Vitac - 4605 Lankershim Boulevard, Suite 250, North Hollywood, California 91602

Religion

Greater Los Angeles is home to several deaf churches, including the following:

  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church of the Deaf
  • International Deaf Mission
  • Los Angeles Deaf Church
  • Holy Angels Catholic Church of the Deaf
  • Grace Bible Church for the Deaf

The Jewish deaf community also has a presence. An article in the JDCC news highlighted Los Angeles.

Education

Los Angeles does not have a college for the deaf, but does have a well-known, sizable program at the California State University Northridge, which has a National Center on Deafness.

California is also home to several schools for the deaf, both oral and signing/total communication. The Los Angeles Unified School District has a deaf and hard of hearing program. 

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