The Wisconsin Association of the Deaf (WAD, established in 1876 in Delavan, WI, is the state's premier civil rights advocacy based organization of, by and for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals in the State of Wisconsin. WAD was originally known as Wisconsin Deaf Alumni Association.
WAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by the generosity of individuals and organizational donors, including businesses and foundations. The organization is governed by the bylaws.
The board meets minimum 4 times a year.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the federal government.
President: Meta Cucinotta
Vice President: Lisa Demmon
Secretary: Kimberly Niebler
Membership Secretary: Janet Kunz
Treasurer: Denise Johnson
Appointed Member at Large: Ron Byington, Jeffrey Cucinotta, Dan Houlihan and Joel Mankowski
Appointed WAD/WisRID Liasion: Vacant
We believe all deaf people can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
Preserve, protect, promote and advocate for the civil, human, cultural and linguistic rights of deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals in Wisconsin.
Increase representation on various groups/boards
Offer ASL classes/trainings
Expand our outreach efforts
Increase our financial capacity