DHHCAN, established in 1993, serves as the national coalition of organizations representing the interests of deaf and/or hard of hearing citizens in public policy and legislative issues relating to rights, quality of life, equal access, and self-representation.  DHHCAN also provides a forum for proactive discussion on issues of importance and movement toward universal, barrier-free access with emphasis on quality, certification, and standards.

Member organizations are:

  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AGBell)
  • American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
  • American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA)
  • Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA)
  • Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)
  • Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD)
  • Deaf Seniors of America (DSA)
  • Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA)
  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
  • Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)