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Ohio Association of the Deaf, Inc.

Our mission is to promote educational opportunities, protect and define existing rights of the current and potential deaf and deaf-blind citizens of America, and to solidify their social and economic security.


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Fall 2022


Ohio Association of the Deaf almost phased out in 2019 and was saved by the Strategic Planning Committee that spent hours and months collecting information for storage in OAD Archives. Cleaning up the mess left by the former officers took time nd a lot of effort. Our 47-page By-Laws were revised and sent to the Office of the Ohio Attorney General and our EIN is restored and the OAD logo is registered with the State of Ohio.


On May 28, 2020 I was elevated to the position of interim president at the advisement of the Office of the Ohio Attorney General after I was voted out illegally in 2017 as OAD vice-president without the two-thirds of members vote.


In the summer of 2020, I took part in a webinar with deaf-owned agency that advocates for deaf patients who have mental health issues. In the summer and fall of 2020 I participated in webinars hosted by the National Association of the Deaf.


In December of 2021 Ohio Association of the Deaf joined forces with Ohio’s Deaf Grass Roots Movement to advocate for a family from Solon, Ohio that fought to have their deaf daughter removed from the Pre-School Program at a public school before being admitted to the Ohio School for the Deaf. Also, OAD, Ohio’s DGM and the CORE TEAM collaborated by writing letters to Columbus’ Deaf Services Center to condemn DSC’s selection of a hearing person to an interim executive position after DSC terminated the services of its deaf executive director without merit.


In March of 2022 Gallaudet University invited Ohio Association of the Deaf to host a virtual workshop with participants that attended the EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention for Deaf Babies) Conference through ZOOM. Ohio Association of the Deaf hosted three virtual social chats with members and interested individuals last winter.


On June 5, 2022, OAD interim president was among the 20 leaders invited by the DGM and the CORE team to give speech at Deaf Power Festival on the steps of the state capitol. It was a memorable event.


In the early spring of 2022 OAD welcomed new members whose goal is to expand membership through organizational partnerships. We hope this will come to fruition in the near future. OAD’s founders / visionary leaders once had strong ties with organizations and we hope to follow this example with leaders of tomorrow.


Irene Tunanidas  

President

OAD PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE