Information About ALDA Chapters and Groups

In order to provide support at a local level, ALDA encourages the establishment and maintenance of local affiliates in various locations around the country.  Those affiliates are of two types — ALDA Chapters and ALDA Groups.  ALDA, Inc. grants a Chapter Charter to any group of four or more current members of ALDA, Inc. who submit a petition to become an ALDA Chapter and pledge to pursue one or more of the general objectives of ALDA, which are to provide Education, Advocacy, Role Models and Support (EARS) for late-deafened adults.  In addition, ALDA Chapters pledge to maintain an outreach program which, at minimum, shall include ongoing efforts to identify and recruit new members, to work with other organizations and deaf service providers for the common good of people with hearing loss, and to promote the existence, purposes and functions of ALDA Inc. whenever and wherever possible.

Often it is difficult to establish an ALDA Chapter in a local area because of the required features of an ALDA Chapter.  So, ALDA also allows three people to submit a petition to form an ALDA Group that is less structured than an ALDA Chapter and may hold its meetings entirely online.

CLICK HERE to review all the requirements of ALDA Chapters and ALDA Groups.

CLICK HERE to review the current list of ALDA Chapters and ALDA Groups.

CLICK HERE to review the ALDA Chapter Bylaws

Starting an ALDA Chapter or ALDA Group can be a frustrating yet very rewarding experience.  To aid one with this effort, ALDA, Inc. has developed what is called a “Start Up Kit.”  That “Kit” contains six “ALDA Notes” that provide an abundance of information that may be of use to a person wanting to start an ALDA Chapter or Group.

CLICK HERE to review ALDA Note # 1 (History, Objectives, and Purpose of ALDA)

CLICK HERE to review ALDA Note # 2 (ALDA Programs and Activities)

CLICK HERE to review ALDA Note # 3 (Forming an ALDA Chapter)

CLICK HERE to review ALDA Note # 4 (Locating Late-Deafened Adults)

CLICK HERE to review ALDA Note # 5 (Resources)

CLICK HERE to review ALDA Note # 6 (Increasing Member Involvement)

To be recognized as an ALDA Chapter or Group a petition must be submitted to the ALDA, Inc. Board of Directors requesting to be granted a charter as an official ALDA Chapter or ALDA Group.  Once that charter is granted, it must be renewed every year that the organization wishes to continue its status as an ALDA Chapter or ALDA Group.  Those petitions are extremely short and can be completed online.

CLICK HERE to access the online ALDA Chapter Charter Petition.

CLICK HERE access the online ALDA Chapter Charter Renewal Form.

CLICK HERE to access the online ALDA Group Charter Petition.

CLICK HERE to access the online ALDA Group Charter Renewal Form.

If you prefer, those petitions can be downloaded, completed at home, and submitted via the U.S. Postal Service.  You can access and download the PDF versions of those petitions here.

CLICK HERE to view and download the PDF version of the ALDA Chapter Charter Petition.

CLICK HERE view and download the PDF version of the ALDA Chapter Charter Renewal Form.

CLICK HERE to view and download the PDF version of the ALDA Group Charter Petition.

CLICK HERE to view and download the PDF version of the ALDA Group Charter Renewal Form.

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