Washington State – Deaf Resources

Approximately 262,481 individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing live in the state of Washington. Of those 74% of them live in urban areas. Washington has a large deaf-blind population.  More than 180,000 deaf or hard-of-hearing people live in the Greater Seattle area, and with the high number of high schools and colleges offering ASL, an assortment of deaf-friendly businesses and the variety of interpreting services for the deaf, Seattle is reportedly deaf-friendly, and is spotlighted here.

State Events/Organizations:

Hearing Loss Association of America – Washington State Association


Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf


Washington State Association for the Deaf


Washington State Deaf-Blind Citizens, Inc.


Washington State Deaf/ASL Events & Night OutFacebook Grouph


Washington State Deaf Seniors, Inc.


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Washington State Hands & Voices

Washington State Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing, without a bias towards communication modes.


 Local Groups:

Northwest Washington Community of the Deaf


Three Rivers Association of the Deaf


Vancouver Association of the Deaf


Local Groups – Seattle/ Puget Sound Area:

Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC)

A nonprofit for clients who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech-language differences. Their mission is to foster inclusive and accessible communities through communication, advocacy, and education.


Deaf Spotlight 

Inspiresand showcases Deaf Culture and American Sign Language through the arts.


Puget Sound Association of the Deaf (PSAD)

Founded in 1900, is one of the oldest Deaf Associations in the United States! PSAD is run by, of, and for diverse groups of Deaf people.


The DeafBlind Service Center (DBSC)

DBSC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in the heart of Seattle’s Central District. Through your support, DBSC strives to increase the independence of deafblind individuals by supporting their ability to perform daily life tasks, bring down communication barriers, and enhance self-confidence.


Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services empowers Deaf and DeafBlind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence. We provide comprehensive services to individuals and families, community education, and advocacy on systems and policy issues.


Visually Speaking

ASL Classes.


Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children


Using Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) and oral communication we prepare deafand hard-of-hearing children to be self-confident, articulate and academically competitive learners, and engaged community members.


Washington School for the Deaf


The Washington School for the Deaf is the state of Washington’s only ASL-English bilingual school for deaf and hard of hearing students.