Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD), is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that promotes equal access to legal system for individuals who are deaf and for people with disabilities. HEARD primarily focuses on correcting and preventing deaf wrongful convictions, ending deaf prisoner abuse, decreasing recidivism rates for deaf returned citizens, and on increasing representation of the deaf in the justice, legal and corrections professions. HEARD created and maintains the only national database of deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind detainees & prisoners.
MISSION. Identify and remove barriers that prevent the deaf from participating in and having equal access to the justice system
VISION. Create a universally accessible American justice system that equitably serves individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.
METHOD. Use education to increase the competence, capacity, and capability of justice professionals to manage language access and ability rights concerns & to empower the Deaf Community through education and advocacy.
HEARD facilitates collaboration among deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals because we view access to the justice system as a fundamental human right that we all should be working to make a reality.
EMPOWER. ADVOCATE. REFORM.