The Icelandic Association of the Deaf

The Icelandic Association of the Deaf is an advocacy, expert and service organization of the Deaf, which was founded on February 11th, 1960. 

The association has much knowledge concerning Icelandic Sign Language and the Deaf community. The goal of the association is to guard, promote and fight for the rights and well-being of the Deaf and hard of hearing people in Iceland. Some of its priorities are improving the quality of life of its members, fighting for equal opportunities and supporting attempts to break the social isolation of the deaf and hard of hearing people. Hoping that these goals will be realized the association supports and initiates social events, offers consultation and supplies information when requested.

The association provides counselling and professional advice regarding the issues of the Deaf, and make sure to keep the interests of its members a priority, securing their equality with the society wherever they may be situated. The first and foremost aim of the association's projects is making sure that the interests of its members are fulfilled, ensuring that its roles are visible to community, that it upholding its cultural obligations, providing services and counselling its members.

The association also provides general information about the implications of deafness and hearing loss, on the deaf culture and the Icelandic Sign Language, the native language of many deaf people of Iceland. Another important role of the association in the Deaf community is operating a clubhouse, where the deaf people meet. Since it is well known that deafness is a subculture it is very important for deaf people to meet each other and even more so than for many other groups.

Association's social clubs organize the activities of the association. The location of the association and club is Þverholt 14, 105 Reykjavík, and the opening times are from 9:00am to 4:00pm. It is the place where deaf senior citizens, parents with hearing children, young people and others meet occasionally on Fridays, as well as other social events hosted by clubs.

The association also works with the Icelandic government and all those concerned with improving the issues of the deaf people in Iceland.

This website's goal is to make clear the association's role and services for its members. Those who wish to look further into the operations of the Association can access, through the website, the meetings, documentations and articles (in Icelandic) published by the association. 

If you would like more information regarding the Icelandic Association of the Deaf, please do not hesitate to contact us at deaf@deaf.is