What we do

Deaf Culture Center of New Mexico works to empower the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind community to champion their social, economic, educational and cultural lives. They continue to struggle with limited communication access in educational, medical, and legal support. Currently, 70 percent of this New Mexican community is unemployed

Where are we going / mission

Deaf Culture Center of New Mexico (DCCNM) is seeking funding to provide a community center and residential apartments for our community to enhance their lives by providing educational and arts/culture programs, ensuring communication accessibility, and increasing socialization. The DCCNM will embody a common ground to preserve and share the language, culture and identity of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind community. It will promote the economic development of the community and will be environmentally friendly. The DCCNM will be open to the latest technology to fit the needs of the community.

Who are involved

The DCCNM has existed since 1994 and it has a strong Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Community. The officers are currently working on developing a strong foundation of funding. Currently, the Deaf Community at large has a good relationship with the New Mexico State Legislature due to a good networking system. DCCNM officers and volunteers have good support from various state agencies, such as the New Mexico Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, the New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability, the New Mexico School for the Deaf, and APS ACCESS program.

Our community organizations such as Zia Deaf-Blind Club, Hearing Loss Association of Albuquerque, New Mexico Association for the Deaf (NMAD) (including all the regional chapters of NMAD), NM Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NMRID), Deaf Senior Citizens, and Intertribal Deaf Council (IDC) are the Council of Representatives who supports DCCNM.