Deaf Visitors & Immigrants for Self Advocacy

Upcoming Events

Sat., Aug 11 Language Exchange Mini Carnival 4:30-7 PM; UMBC PAHB Patio / PAHB 234

Sat., Sept 8 Game Night; 4:30-7; UMBC

Sat., Oct 13 Language Exchange; 4:30-7; UMBC

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July Game Night 

Join Deaf VISA & UMBC Signs of Life on July 14th for Game Night, and find out how much deaf immigrants can teach us. It will be at a new location at UMBC. Please note, we need your help to pay for pizza and drinks, so donate what you can. Ask others to like and support our deaf immigrant organization, too. Donate here:

Want to win our $10 gift card prize? Recruit the most international Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind people to participate at the event for at least 1 hour. You cannot count yourself. Ride sharing is encouraged, but be safe. To break a tie, we will draw the winner. Deaf VISA Board and UMBC Signs of Life Officers may not receive prizes.

Deaf VISA July Game Night
Saturday, July 14, 2018
4:30 - 7 pm
UMBC in PAHB 234 (Shiny Silver Building)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
On campus, go to Hilltop Road and park near the large shiny silver building.

Hope we see you there!

(Description in ASL)

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The mission of Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf Visa, Inc.) is to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. To further our mission, Game Night connects communities through diversity and inclusion and also promotes communication. Deaf VISA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Deaf VISA Responds to Executive Orders

Response to Border Wall and Sanctuary Cities


Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) is deeply concerned about the detrimental effect recent executive orders will have on immigrants, their friends, families, and communities. We are also distressed that new policies appear to single out some classes of immigrants in ways that malign specific ethnic groups. We condemn any efforts to amplify fear and division, and remain worried about ramifications of shutting our border to neighboring immigrants who seek refuge in our country. We stand by our philosophy of eradicating stereotypes that lead to discrimination and loss of human dignity.

Response to EO on Immigration and Refugee Resettlement. ASL:

Citizens of the United States are increasingly concerned with security in the face of terrorism. However, the need for security should not cause us to lose sight of values that are the foundation of America's identity--values of freedom, tolerance, and the presumption of innocence. By restricting travel or asylum of populations that are overwhelmingly Muslim, America risks losing its core identity and the credibility to espouse democratic values. These policies also undermine its own security by increasing grievances in rejecting the tired, the poor, the huddled masses who face oppression and certain death. Under such policies, America opens itself to demonization, a move that extremists could use as a recruiting tool. Blanket policies that assume the guilt of entire populations feed into the very fears and stereotypes that divide us all and make the world less safe.Deaf VISA has pledged to confront injustice, intolerance, and attitudes that lead to discrimination in all its forms. It is our belief that the recent executive order on immigration feeds into such attitudes in ways that areself-defeating and decidedly unAmerican.