The Montana Association of the Deaf (MAD) was founded in Boulder, Montana, June 1912 by twenty-four deaf individuals. At first, the purpose of setting up an organization was a social gathering for deaf people who were isolated in their hometowns near and far and they needed communication. Some years later MAD became involved in advocacy for deaf people legally and economically.
The objectives of MAD are as follows:
- The mutual assistance of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the state.
- The promotion of the welfare, education, and civil rights of the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.
- The encouragement of intellectual, industrial, and social advancement of the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.
- The dissemination of knowledge related to the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and their education and employment capabilities.
As a nonprofit organization, the mission of MAD is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the state of Montana.
The advocacy scope covers any issues that may affect present and future generations in the areas of communication, education, employment, and more.
MAD has four chapters named Great Falls Club of the Deaf (GFCD), Bitterroot Club of the Deaf (BCD), Missoula Club of the Deaf (MCD), and Gallatin Association of the Deaf (GAD).
Every odd-numbered year MAD hosts a conference and the site is determined by the vote of the members at the conference.
(Cam Tulloch, Cheryl Dickens, Larry Eide, David Wise, Brenda Lemuix, Ed Van Tighem)
(Tyler Hansen, Janice Eckerle, Kirk Hash Jr., Lee DuBois)
The MAD is also doing business as Montana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (MDHHS).
For more information on MDGGS, please click here.