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Our mission is to promote educational opportunities, protect and define existing rights of the current and potential deaf and deaf-blind citizens of America, and to solidify their social and economic security.




In Memory of Beloved:

Jackie Lawless

Penny Nedblake

Von C. Smith

Nancy (Johnson) Resh

Elizabeth Miller

Harriette Cookston

Gary Bradford McBride

Ray Esser

Verne Taylor Sr.

Thomas A Vaughn

Betty Weber

In Memory of Alvin Leroy Hawk


Alvin Hawk was a tall, kind-hearted gentleman. He was born in Athens, Ohio and graduated from the Ohio School for the Deaf in 1942. He worked for the Firestone Tire Company for 40 years. Alvin was best known for his strong work ethic. He was a dedicated leader with the Ohio Association of the Deaf and served as Treasurer for 10 consecutive terms (1967-1987). He was the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding service in the deaf community organizations.

In Memory of Ella Chesnut


Ella Chesnut's inheritance was contributed to the Ohio Association of the Deaf, Inc in the year of 2013. This was an unexpected surprise and OAD will honor Ella Chesnut's memory by using the contribution to support the Deaf Community. It will be kept in a restricted fund. We will never forget Ella Chesnut's kindness and generosity.