Deaf Culture & History Section

A Brief History: Friends of Library Deaf Action (FOLDA) Section of the National Association of the Deaf became official in 1986.  Later, it became Library Friends Section (LFS).  In 2012, the NAD Conference Delegates passed a motion to change it to Deaf Culture and History Section (DCHS) to include larger areas of culture in the deaf and hard of hearing community; and to work with many cultural, education, and library programs.

Deaf Culture and History Section’s Mission: to provide educational and resourceful information; to develop materials that educate others on understanding deaf culture and history.

Deaf Culture and History Section’s Objectives:

  • Conduct outreach to libraries, organizations, and others to provide assistance and resourceful information, including helping and developing Deaf Culture and History programs;
  • Advocate for greater Deaf Cultural Digital Library resources with the goal of establishing one in each State;
  • Serve the public using monthly newsletter/blog on the NAD Section web page; and
  • Develop relationships with the Deaf and hearing Communities in order to promote understandings or learnings about the Deaf Culture and History.

The objectives will improve outreach efforts across America. DCHS is always seeking new and energetic members to promote the DCHS mission and to help with the obejctives. For just $5 more, you can join the section by selecting DCHS when you renew your NAD membership or join!

DCHS Chair “Kat” Brockway is from Maryland. For many years, she has advocated for deaf rights on a political and historical level. Raised as an “army brat”, Kat graduated from the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) in 1989.  While raising her two daughters, she graduated from the University of Phoenix

with a B.S. degree in Business Management.  In addition to serving as the DCHS Chair, Kat is also a member on the NAD’s Outreach Committee, a Board member and a Museum Director for MSSD, and does advocacy work for Deaf Cultural Digital Library.  Kat presents frequently on “How to Preserve Deaf History Better!” and recently authored her first book, Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage, which was published Arcadia Publishing.