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The TAD holds biennial conferences to conduct business and for the election of officers. During the conference, the attenders worked together in mind and spirit to advocate the educational, economic social, and legal status of all.

The most important highlight of the conference is people working together in harmony for common goals and creating a spirit of unity which advocates the advancement of all individuals and the members of the association.


Tennessee Association of the Deaf (TAD) was founded in September, 1897, by a group of deaf leaders who wanted to promote the general welfare of deaf people in Tennessee. As a result, the first convention of TAD was held in Nashville, September 14-16, 1897. This convention registered eighty-five active members, and reported eleven deaf people visiting from other states. The eleven visitors, by acclamation, become honorary members.


About Us

The Tennessee Association of the Deaf (TAD) is a state association affiliated with the National Association of the Deaf and the local chapters across the Great State of Tennessee. It serves as an advocate for more than 500,000 deaf and hard of hearing people living in Tennessee.

The TAD is a non-profit state association operating independently of federal, state, and local. It is supported by a dedicated membership and others interested in the TAD goals. Membership includes deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people.

The mission of TAD is to promote the general welfare of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people by advocating accessible services and programs across the Great State of Tennessee.

The paramount significance of this mission is that it will enable all individuals to achieve full participation into the mainstream of life and community.