About Us


The American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA) is a national organization that brings together professionals from vocational rehabilitation, mental health, chemical health, education, interpreting, and related fields to share best practices in working with individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to address policy and program concerns, and to network. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we serve while growing professionally. ​

For more about ADARA, visit ADARA.org

About ADARA Breakout Conferences

The Breakout Conference originated as a breakout session from the International Association of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Services Conference. It began in 1989 as a stand-alone conference through partnerships with the Thresholds Bridge Program and the National Health Care Foundation for the Deaf, jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. ADARA began hosting the Breakout Conference in 2009 which is held on alternate years of the ADARA national conference.

For more about ADARA Conferences and Breakout Conferences, visit ADARA.org/pastconferences.html

About The Learning Center for the Deaf

The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) is proud to host the 2020 ADARA Breakout Conference.

The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) is a nationally-recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. TLC is a non-profit organization.

Over the past 49 years, TLC has seen tremendous growth – from a small school in a rented room to a robust, diverse multi-service agency with 17 buildings on a 14-acre campus and two additional locations, one in Framingham and the other in Springfield.

Today, we are the largest provider of services to deaf and hard of hearing children in New England, and the largest private employer of Deaf individuals in the State of Massachusetts.

At TLC, the primary language of communication is American Sign Language. Those new to our community, or learning ASL, are encouraged to use ASL to the best of their ability. Interpreter services are also scheduled in advance for visitors to ensure that communication is barrier-free. Our goal is that all individuals on our campus feel included, respected and welcomed.

At The Learning Center for the Deaf, we pride ourselves in collaboration, and welcome all inquiries into consultation, education, interpreting, audiology, assessment, research and behavioral health services.

For more about TLC, visit www.TLCDeaf.org