Westmoreland Association of the Deaf, (W.A.D.) was founded in the spring of 2010. Technically, in the beginning was called Deaf Social. Then it changed to Westmoreland Association of the Deaf, (W.A.D.).
In the beginning the Deaf Social was hosted the second Friday of every month at different local restaurants. The purpose of the social gathering is for deaf people and American Sign Language(ASL) college students to hang out together. The gathering benefits the Deaf to have a monthly social time and ASL students to improve their sign language skills by meeting and learning from all deaf people. It helps the students to be involved in the Deaf culture. Once the students improve their skills with ASL, they can become an interpreters to work with Deaf people.
Later in December 2012, the name changed to Westmoreland Association of the Deaf. W.A.D was established as a non profit organization. We began a search for a place to hold out monthly gatherings and now The club uses Hempfield #2 VFW fire hall.
An important goal of W.A.D. is to develop the deaf community in Greensburg and Westmoreland County. W.A.D. is affiliated with the Center of Hearing Deaf Service, HDS as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. W.A.D.’s future goal is become it’s own non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. In the near future we will be setting up the bylaws and principles for our organization to abide by.