About the Deaf Seniors of America, Inc. , Inc.

The mission of Deaf Seniors of America, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens.​
DSA Mission Statement

Deaf Seniors of America, Inc. (DSA) is a nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate for Deaf seniors by providing information and educational programs designed to enhance their physical, economic and social well-being and promote the common interests of Deaf seniors. We recognize that Deaf senior citizens have a unique community, language, and cultural needs. For these reasons, the golden years pose new challenges and experiences. Through providing resources and support, we endeavor to ensure communication access, health, education, and social support for all our members with the goal of a healthy and thriving Deaf senior citizen community.

DSA Founded in Austin, TX
First Conference in Columbus, OH
New Horizons Publication Starts

The Story Behind DSA

Deaf Seniors of America, Inc. first started in 1992 as an idea for a statewide conference for Deaf senior citizens to be hosted in Austin, Texas. It attracted considerable interest from Deaf seniors across America, and from there, the idea evolved into a national organization focused on the unique needs of American deaf seniors. From 1992 onwards, DSA has been hosting biennial national conferences, which offer an engaging array of resources and entertainment, from seminars to comedians and talent shows. In 1997, DSA’s members decided on Deaf Seniors of America, Inc. (DSA) as the official name of the organization. In 2001, DSA established a quarterly publication, New Horizons. In 2017, we celebrated DSA’s 25th anniversary a city away from the site of the first conference, in Houston, Texas. Deaf Seniors of America, Inc. is a thriving organization committed to ensuring communication access, health, education, and social support for all Deaf and hard-of-hearing senior citizens.

In 1992, Ralph H. White worked with the Travis County Association of the Deaf in Austin, Texas, to set up a weekend conference for Deaf senior citizens. They ended up with a remarkably high number of registered people — 850 — for what ended up being the first national conference of deaf seniors. At this conference, the idea of a national association for deaf seniors was floated. White reached out to all known senior organizations around the country, resulting in an overwhelming positive response towards that idea. Two years later, in 1994, the second conference was hosted in Columbus, Ohio. It featured 24 seminars, comedians, a talent show, and even an Oscar-winning actress, Louise Fletcher.

The result of that conference was the organization of the National Association of Deaf Senior Citizens (NADSC), and the decision to host conferences during odd-numbered years. Ralph H. White served as its president from 1994 to 1999.

During the fourth conference of 1997, in Phoenix, Arizona, a name change for NADSC was proposed — and that is how the current name, Deaf Seniors of America, Inc. (DSA), came about. A new quarterly publication was also established, New Horizons.

At the fifth conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Gertrude Galloway was elected president. After Atlanta, DSA conferences were held in the cities of Boston, San Francisco, Orlando, and Las Vegas. Las Vegas now holds the record of attendees, at 2,334 total. With the unfortunate cancellation of the 2011 conference in Chicago, IL, DSA came into challenges of confidence. However, those challenges were overcome and expectations surpassed when DSA successfully hosted a 2013 conference in Baltimore with an extensive and exciting program. The 2015 conference was hosted in Asheville, NC, at a 100-year-old resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains, instead of DSA’s traditional hotel venue. In 2017, DSA celebrated its 25th anniversary in Houston, Texas, one city away from the location of DSA’s very first conference.

Call for Exhibitors

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Early Bird Special (end December 31st, 2022):
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Number of booths: For more than five booths, please contact: dsa2023exhibition@deafseniors.us
Please print the following information exactly as you wish it to appear in the program book and booth identification sign:
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Call for Presentations

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Please submit your biography relevant to your qualifications for this presentation. Your biography will be printed in the conference program and posted on our web. Please submit up to 300 words in a written/narrative format and NOT a CV/resume.
Titles should be concise and intriguing. Attendees will choose from up to five (5) other session titles per time block.
Descriptions should be no more than 100 words and will be printed in the program book. Suggested format: Describe the activities that will result in the projected outcomes
Please describe what AV your presentation requires, such as flipcharts, PowerPoint, video clips etc. PLEASE NOTE: DSA 2023 Conference DOES NOT PROVIDE LAPTOPS.
• Your proposal in detail including specific examples, goals and objectives
• Your expertise in the topic you select to discuss
• Strategies that support overcoming obstacles, best practices, how can one implement these strategies across the deaf senior community
DSA2023 accepts APPLICATIONS in 3 different formats - workshop, lecture, and/or panel. All sessions will take place between June 26 through 28, 2023.
Please check off all boxes that apply.
ROOM SET UP - Session rooms are set in theatre style. We try to accommodate set up when possible, please list your preference below:
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DSA 2023 Hollywood, FL Raffle

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