Latvian Association of the Deaf (LAD) is the successor of the first organization of the Deaf of Latvia, established on the 19th of May, 1920. At the moment it is the biggest organization for deaf people in Latvia and it functions in the whole Latvia. There are regional LAD societies in the 9 cities of Latvia.
LAD is a member of the World Federation of the Deaf since the 27th of April, 1992.
LAD is a social organization, and its members are volunteers. Full deaf as well as people with hearing problems, who know Latvian sign language and take part in achieving aims of LAD, participate in it's activities.
LAD main aims are:
· to help people with hearing loss;
· to attain the society's understanding and responsiveness regarding people with hearing problems.
To achieve these aims, the main tasks of LAD are:
· to attain support of the government and self-governments regarding social rehabilitation of the members of LAD, to provide their integration in the society;
· to satisfy the material, every-day's and cultural needs of members of LAD, to raise the level of the education, protection of health and rehabilitation.
In order to fulfil these tasks, LAD:
Institutions and organizations, which work in this center, in cooperation with different supporters, have developed a large sphere of activities which allows to provide deaf people with: