Georgia Association of the Deaf Inc Parent

Striving for Deaf Thriving in Georgia & Nothing About Us Without Us

Atlanta, GA   |
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Georgia Association of the Deaf Inc

EIN: 58-0964411


To promote awareness of issues surrounding hearing loss. To advocate for the rights of citizens. To promote the social, technological, moral, and intellectual advancement of persons with hearing loss in Georgia. To advocate for the quality of deaf education in Georgia. To cooperate with other state associations and the National Association of the Deaf in all projects that will advance the well-being of persons with hearing loss.

Notes from the nonprofit

Here at Georgia Association of the Deaf, Inc., we know that the true disability is not hearing loss itself but society’s placing limitations and barriers on Deaf/HH individuals. GAD, as one of the state associations of National Association of the Deaf (NAD), strives to be a collective where Deaf/HH can function as change agents and supporters toward our cause of empowerment, advocacy, betterment, thriving of Deaf communities and individuals in Georgia. Since our founding in 1910, we have made impacts and are determined to continue doing so. The core of our efforts is to help bring to manifestation our members’ fresh ideas and passion to the range of activities we are involved in. Through all of our endeavors we hope to help Deaf Georgians thrive in Georgia.

Ruling year info



DeAnna Swope

Vice President

Scott Cohen

Main address

2296 Henderson Mill RD NE #115

Atlanta, GA 30345 USA

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Subject area info

Special population support

Population served info

Children and youth


People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Centers, Services (P87)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

GAD/GaRID/NAOBI Conference

The Georgia Association of the Deaf (GAD), the Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (GaRID), and NAOBI-Atlanta are non-profit 501c3 organizations that strive to support and promote the need for accessibility and equity for the Deaf community in Georgia. Our advocacy work aims to provide equal access to information for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals to increase their quality of life. In order to be effective, it is vital for different stakeholders to play critical roles in the well-being of our community and continually develop relationships with an understanding of the need to improve the community’s quality of life and access to resources. The conference provided the physical space for our community to gather and exchange information to learn the latest ideas and strategies to help improve the quality of service our community receives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work


State Association Award 2022

National Association of the Deaf

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of conferences held

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

2021-2023 Goals:
- Priority 1: ASL Resources for Deaf Babies
- Priority 2: Achieving Equity in Deaf Education
- Priority 3: Addressing Well-Being Crisis of Deaf Youths
- Priority 4: Deaf Senior Citizens Issues
- Priority 5: Dismantling Racism
- Push on Vocational Rehabilitation Issues Improvement
- Push on Deaf Education Strategies for Literacy Improvement
- Interpreter Licensure Bill Task Force
- Educational webinars
- Education Advocates Strategic Initiatives
- Voter Registration Drive
- Support Deaf Mental Health expansion drive
- Promotion of Deaf Georgia Ecosystem
- Adding to Growth of Deaf Georgia His/herstory
- Greater collaborative engagement with governmental agencies and other like-minded local organizations
- Greater digital presence and technological integration

2021-2023 Achievement:

- Supported AASD student protestors over superintendent selection concerns
- Participated in Deaf Expo in May with a booth and a presentation about GAD and Deaf Georgia
- Collaborated with GaRID and NAOBI with the first ASL Cookout on Memorial Day.
- Collaborated with GCDHH and DBHDD-Deaf Service on the First Responders' Deaf curriculum development project.
- Submitted a NAD priority proposal targeting on the Vocational Rehabilitation crisis
- Supported and mentored DeMarco Pittman's preparation for the Pitch Competition
- GAD Member DeMarco Pittman representing Regional III NAD Youth Representative
- GAD member Thomas Swope is chosen as Chair of Deaf Culture and History Section under NAD
- GAD President DeAnna Swope chosen as one of the three leaders of a newly established NAD Section of BIPOC
- GAD won Regional III’s “State Association of the Year” at NAD Conference 2022
- GAD Vice President Scott Cohen successfully hosting STEM HANDS camp for deaf high schoolers
- Collected historical information for e-book
- GAD Symposium in lieu of mini-conference
- Four Town Halls so far (Atlanta, Columbus, Rome, Augusta)
- Restructuring and rebuilding GAD: new website, membership access, technological upgrading
- GAD hosted a booth at Fall Fest 2022 with a successful fundraiser and networking.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Georgia Association of the Deaf Inc

Assets info

BMF Data: IRS Business Master File

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Georgia Association of the Deaf Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $795
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $3,393
Program Services $4,681
Administration $700
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $5,381

Georgia Association of the Deaf Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $34,655
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $34,655


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DeAnna Swope

Vice President

Scott Cohen

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Georgia Association of the Deaf Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
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Board chair

DeAnna Swope


Term: 2023 - 2021

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/12/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/12/2023

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.