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 non-profit organization and continues to be the only agency of its kind serving the 8 counties of Western New York. DAS changed its name to Deaf Access Services in 2013 to expand their focus to not only adults, but children and families in Western New York as well.
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.
Deaf Access Services connects Western New York communities of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing people using American Sign Language in the pursuit of everyday access through advocacy, education, employment and interpreting services.
To be the leading agency in connecting Western New York’s Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing communities.
*Universal access to American Sign Language and other signed languages are essential to opening doors in acquiring daily information and everyday participation in society.
*Respect and understanding of the Deaf community encompassing communication and social protocols based on the use of American Sign Language.
*Providing information, resources and supports to persons accessing agency services encourages confidence building and newfound abilities to successfully self advocate in the community.
*Bringing together Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing individuals, businesses, educational institutions, human services agencies and government entities creates unlimited opportunities for growth, respect and learning.
*The heart of DAS’s existence is supporting individuals and assisting systems with barrier elimination and provision of equal access opportunities.
*Working with others is integral to the success of DAS’s mission and crucial to maximizing the agency’s goals.
*All individuals shall be treated with respect and equal access to communication in an affirming and inclusive manner at all times.
*Pursuit in continuous improvement of services to agency individuals and customers shall result in the highest caliber of delivery and potential.