Deaf Visitors & Immigrants for Self Advocacy

Our Mission

The primary purpose of Deaf VISA is to maximize the empowerment of Deaf internationals living or staying in America by affirming their strengths, connecting communities, promoting communication, and advancing self-advocacy. Deaf VISA shall carry out its mission by engaging a wide continuum of members and displaying an ongoing commitment to human rights and the right to self-determination. Deaf VISA is organized exclusively for charitable, advocacy, and educational purposes.

Our Philosophical Commitment

All Officers and other paid and unpaid officials of the organization, as their first act of duty, shall accept the following pledge available in ASL and English: 

“I shall, to the best of my ability, perform my duties with a commitment to respectful interaction consistent with the ideals of international human rights and respect for the personal dignity and self-determination of those involved in the organization. I shall also avoid committing intentional or unintentional, egregious, or persistent acts of discrimination including but not limited to: audism, ableism, elitism, ethnocentrism, linguicism, racism, religious discrimination or intolerance, sexism, and other behavior that harm individuals’ rights to self-determination and self-worth during my term of duty. I shall seek to eliminate any attitudes that feed such discrimination in my time with Deaf VISA.”