Association of Late-Deafened Adults

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Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is an organization for people who become deaf after childhood. ALDA was founded in 1987 by Bill Graham and Kathie Hering of Chicago, Illinois.[1] Within a few years, the organization had chapters in over 15 regions across the United States. The primary growth vehicle was ALDA News, a monthly newsletter.

By 1989 ALDA had begun holding annual conventions, known as ALDAcons. People from throughout the world have attended these conventions, which feature workshops, an exhibit hall, and social activities. The climax of the conventions is a Saturday night party featuring karaoke. I. King Jordan, president emeritus of Gallaudet University, is one of the most famous ALDAn and has spoken frequently at the conventions. The current president of Gallaudet, Alan Hurwitz, is also a regular convention attendee.

Most recently, the Association of Late-Deafened Adults has been involved in Congressional hearing for technological improvements such as movie theater captioning devices for theaters, [2][3] and working with the Georgia Institute of Technology for a text conversion program for Google Glass.[4]


  1. ^ Seibel, Tom (27 October 1990). "Conference tackles problems of adults who lose hearing". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ CIEPLY, MICHAEL (21 November 2014). "Theater Owners Join Effort to Add Captioning to Films". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Loudon, Bennett J. (3 December 2014). "Feds planning new rules on movie captions". USA Today. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "New software for Google Glass provides captions for hard-of-hearing users" (2 October 2014). 2 October 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2015. Foley and the students are working with the Association of Late Deafened Adults in Atlanta to improve the program. 

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