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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.

Our Mission

Preserve, protect, promote and advocate for the civil, human, cultural and linguistic rights of deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals in Wisconsin.

Our Vision

  • Increase transparency  

  • Leadership development

  • Increase representation on various groups/boards 

  • Offer ASL classes/trainings​

  • Expand our outreach efforts 

  • Increase our financial capacity

Our Mission

WAD Need Your Support Today!

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