Who is Deaf Culture Center of New Mexico?
Deaf Culture Center of New Mexico (DCCNM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Albuquerque that provides arts/culture/social/recreational services and residential living units for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind residents.
The mission of the Deaf Culture Center of New Mexico is to champion the social, economic, educational and cultural lives of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing persons and the extended community in New Mexico.Our goal is to build a DCCNM residential apartment and multi-purpose complex that:
- Enhances arts, cultural, social and recreation activities
- Promotes ownership and empowerment within the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing community
- Respects Diversity
- Preserves Deaf identity, language, history and culture
As of November 2012, there are approximately 261,257 Deaf/Hard of Hearing New Mexicans throughout the state. Thirteen percent of the total population in New Mexico has a hearing loss2. This is a unique community of Culturally Deaf people who use Sign Language, Hard of Hearing people who use the oral method and the Deaf-Blind community that use low vision signing or tactile signing.
New Mexico is one of the largest states in geographic area in United States, yet has one of the most dispersed populations. A Deaf Culture Center will bring the community together to improve access to services, recreation, language and culture. This will be a place where Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind New Mexican people of all ethnicities can obtain education and support services and enjoy social functions. This will empower the group to become significant contributors to the economy and cultural landscape of our state and will improve the quality of life for generations to come.
The Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind people often need others who sign or speak our language, and/or have experienced the successes and frustrations of a person with a hearing loss. The Deaf Culture Center provides a facility to socialize with people that have similar disabilities. When this is needed, it helps to have a place to go to such as a Deaf Culture Center. The Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind community often do not have access to information in our world that is readily available to the hearing population via spoken and aural methods. A Deaf Culture Center will provide this opportunity.
DCCNM welcomes sponsorships (one time or yearly donations) by businesses, agencies, organizations and individuals.