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About Us

Deaf Adult Services (DAS) was established in 1983 by a group of committed volunteers interested in the welfare of the Deaf community. DAS was set up as an independent not for profit organization and continues to be the only agency of its kind serving the eight counties of Western New York.

In 2014, DAS changed its name to Deaf Access Services, to expand their focus to not only adults, but children and families in Western New York.

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing individuals, DAS affords a diverse, inclusive environment in which to provide and receive services.


Mission Statement

Deaf Access Services responds to the interests of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals by promoting communication access, awareness, and opportunities in the greater community.


Vision Statement

Deaf Access Services envisions a community where ALL people experience equality, empowerment, and inclusion - leading lives full of possibilities.


Core Values

At Deaf Access Services, we:

  • Respect the principles of Deaf Culture and the wide diversity of the community we serve.
  • Believe that communication access is a human and civil right.
  • Advocate for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals' rights to use sign language and other modes of communication based on their personal preferences.
  • Honor the uniqueness of each person.
  • Connect people and build community.
  • Empower others by encouraging leadership, independence and self-advocacy.