About CAD

About CAD

Advocacy

We communicate Deaf issues with governments, businesses, and organizations.

Symposium

We host a yearly conference to discuss issues that face the Deaf community.

Resource Center

We aim to be the one-stop shop for Deaf Californians searching for local information.

Our Mission

To preserve, protect, and promote civil, human and linguistic rights for all Deaf Californians.

What is CAD?

The Association is a membership organization with voting and nonvoting members and shall be open to all subgroups within the Deaf Community without discrimination. We believe that the acquisition and use of American Sign Language is an essential human right, and operate as such.

How does CAD work?

The Association is a nonprofit member organization consisted of volunteers from local communities in California. Individual members have voting privileges at the Board of Directors meetings and at the Biennial Conference. The Association is open to all subgroups within the Deaf community without discrimination, and individuals may serve in any appointed positions or on any committees. More information here.

How do I become a CAD Member?
Anyone can become a member for $100/year. Sign up here!
What can CAD help me with?
We protect your rights as a Deaf person, as well as advocate for issues that affect the general Deaf population. Contact us for more information how we can help!

Meet our team

Julie Rems Smario

Julie Rems Smario

President

Marla Hatrak

Marla Hatrak

Vice President

Deanne Bray

Deanne Bray

Secretary

Dodi Ellis

Dodi Ellis

Treasurer

Shelley Stout

Shelley Stout

Northern Director at Large

Kavita Pipalia

Kavita Pipalia

Southern Director at Large

Julia Velasquez

Julia Velasquez

Membership Director