Join

The NAD has two memberships: individual and organizational.

Join among thousands and become part of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the nation’s premier and oldest civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.  As a federation of affiliated organizations and individual members, the NAD welcomes everyone who supports its mission and objectives.  Your membership makes it possible for the NAD to protect the collective interests of the deaf and hard of community through advocacy efforts across the board.  You can find benefits to being an individual member or organizational affiliate below.

Individual Membership

Individual members can choose one of four categories:

  • Regular – $40
/yr
  • Senior – $25/yr (age 60+)
  • Youth – $25/yr (age 18-30)
  • International – $60/yr

Individual Members wishing to join sections can choose as many as they wish, while they join or renew.

Sections are a way for NAD members who share common interests to work together on issues that matter to them, and assist the NAD in addressing those issues. Joining a NAD Section is easy! Any NAD member can pay an additional $5 to join one Section and it is possible to join as many Sections as you want. Each Section elects its own chairperson who will lead the Section in discussions, activities, goals, and direction. The Chairperson of each Section or a designee is eligible to attend the NAD Conference as a delegate representing the positions of the Section members. The Section’s delegate may attend the Conference with the support of the Section’s funds. Each Section is able to manage its own funds raised from the $5 dues paid by each Section member, as long as it is in support of the NAD mission and subject to oversight by the NAD pursuant to its obligations as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The NAD currently has five sections: Senior Citizens, Interpreters, Deaf Culture and History, GLBT, and Deaf Business Advocacy. Any group interested in creating a new section should contact the NAD.

  • Interpreter Section – $5
/yr
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Section – $5
/yr
  • Deaf Culture and History Section – $5
/yr
  • Senior Citizen Section -$5/yr
  • Deaf Business Advocates – $5/yr

Organizational Membership

Organizations can choose one of four categories:

1. State Association Affiliates: $200/yr

2. Non-Profit Affiliates:

  • National (10 states or more) – $300
/yr
  • State (1-9 states) – $200
/yr
  • Local – $200/yr

3. Government Affiliates:

  • Federal – $300
/yr
  • State – $200/yr
  • Local – $200/yr

4. For-Profit Affiliates:

  • National (10 states or more) – $2,000
/yr
  • State (1-9 states) – $1,000/yr

Benefits to being an individual member or organizational affiliate include but is not limited to:

  • Representation at the federal and national leve on legislative and government issues;
  • Representation for international human rights (World Federation of the Deaf) to continue to fight for the advancement of international human rights;
  • Youth leadership programs and initiatives;
  • Monthly e-Blast emails and other timely announcements;
  • Resourceful website on issues and resources for anyone looking for information related to the deaf and hard of hearing community;
  • Invitations to annual leadership and biennial national conferences, with opportunities to earn continuing education units (CEUs);
  • Opportunities to interact with members at events and online via social media;
  • Invitation to join various committees, task forces, and strategic teams to help shape the NAD agenda;
  • Subscription to the NADmag publication, mailed to you two times a year;
  • Opportunity to join special interest membership sections;
  • For individuals and non-profit membership-based affiliates: voting privileges, which include the opportunity to submit motions and bylaws amendments online prior to biennial national conferences (including voting privileges on motions brought to the conference General Assembly); and
  • For individuals: your own NAD Membership card.