Role Definition

Who We Are

The history of the ADC is rich with a sense of cultural identity, defined leadership, progressive, and innovative efforts, and a fiercely inherent commitment to addressing the needs of our population. Soon after its formation, the Alaska Legislature recognized ADC by resolution in 1997.

For those persons who choose our services, you will quickly become a S.I.P. (Singularly Important Person) who can truly make a difference in the lives of people who have lived and continue to live in the face of discrimination, segregation, and, in some cases, a denial of basic human/civil rights. You are part of the governing body of the ADC and your actions, attitudes and expertise can bring out the very best in the realization of our values, mission, vision, philosophy and dreams of the future.

This brief introduction to the ADC is assembled for you. It serves several purposes: a starting point for you to know what we are all about, what it means to be a part of the ADC, and to keep you updated on ADC's decisions, actions, and progress. Inside you will find meeting minutes, financial reports, committee reports, officers' reports, and more. It is with great anticipation that the website welcomes you to actively participate as a board member in the life of a very unique organization, the ADC.

Our Mission:

Promote and empower Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind consumers in order to achieve the highest quality of life possible in communities of Alaska.

Our Values:

  • Provide a statewide information clearinghouse and services referral center for issues affecting the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind;
  • Provide enhanced visibility within communities of Alaska communities of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind individuals;
  • Provide resources and information to providers of professional services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind.
  • Provide centralized advocacy resources and information about issues of significance to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind; and
  • Promote and empower Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind consumers in order to achieve the highest quality of life possible in communities of Alaska

Our Beliefs

  • ADC delivers the highest quality of service to all those who use its resources.
  • ADC builds partnerships that help us fulfill its mission.
  • ADC recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its mission.
  • ADC preserves its credibility by remaining independent and objective.
  • ADC builds capacity, talent, and excellence within the social sector.
  • ADC embraces innovation and harness technology to maximize its effectiveness.
  • ADC makes a significant portion of its resources available for free.
  • ADC exercises fiscal responsibility as a means of achieving its mission.

Our Practices

  1. Define and oversee the mission of ADC and keep it relevant to the needs of our community
  2. Monitor programs and services baed on their effectiveness
  3. Provide strategic guidance to the organization
  4. Ensure financial solvency and help raise resources
  5. Ensure continuous board improvement