The Association of Late-Deafened Adults is about communication and acceptance of every deafened individual. Some people lip-read, some sign, some use hearing aids, some have cochlear implants, and some need to have others write down what they are saying – and at ALDA all the above is okay! ALDAs official communication philosophy is “Whatever works!”
What is most important about ALDA is that there are no membership restrictions, no ties to a specific mode of communication. ALDA reaches out to deafened individuals regardless of age of onset who are seeking their place as a deafened person. ALDA gives late-deafened adults a chance to mingle without being uncomfortable about their deafness and – perhaps for the first time – a chance to confront and accept their deafness (Deaf Life, May 1991). ALDA also provides a place for deaf/hearing couples to socialize with other couples who are facing similar communication issues. While many couples stop socializing when one spouse loses their hearing, couples find a comfortable place at ALDA to socialize where communication is easier. (ALDAcon 2006 Proceedings/Bill Graham).
The mission of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults ( ALDA) is to support the empowerment of deafened people.Late-Deafened Adults are people who have lost the ability to understand speech with or without hearing aids after acquiring spoken language. ALDA is committed to providing a support network and a sense of belonging by sharing our unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies, helping one another find practical solutions and emotional support, and working together with other organizations and service providers for our common good.
ALDA Vision Statement
ALDAâ€™s Vision: To establish a universal presence for ALDA that connects people who embrace all forms of communication:
and supports people who face the unique challenges of living as a late-deafened adult.
One of ALDA’s most significant contributions is adding friendships and social activities back into the lives of people who have lost their hearing.In ALDA we find people who share the same experience and work together to find solutions to the everyday challenges of living with hearing loss.When ALDA members get together communication barriers disappear. ALDA’s communication philosophy is “Whatever works!”Through Local Chapters, Community Forums and our Annual ALDAcons friendships are formed that feel like family.
No one needs to worry about being “alone in a crowd” because every conceivable way to communicate is put to work to make every participant feel welcome.ALDAcon features outstanding keynote speakers, workshops of interest to people of every age and background and vendor displays with the latest technology and resources available.Our annual ALDAcon is more than just a convention; it is communication heaven. ALDAcon is most famous for the Saturday Night Karaoke Party, where everybody cuts loose with singing and dancing. You will not find this kind of fun anywhere else.