Maryland Deaf Senior Citizens, Inc. (MDSC) is a non-stock, nonprofit corporation, and is operated exclusively for charitable, literary, educational, and other purposes within the meaning of Section 501 ( c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The corporation does not engage in partisan political activities that are inconsistent with its qualifications as a tax-exempt corporation under the Code. The main objectives include the following:
- To plan, advocate, develop and coordinate various programs or activities such as workshops and gatherings for the purpose of presenting and/or exchanging information benefitting deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens;
- To collaborate with local, county, and state government agencies to utilize their services to enhance the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens;
- To work with various deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing organizations on matters affecting or pertaining to the health, education, and social welfare of deaf or hard of hearing senior citizens of Maryland;
- To provide education or to share information concerning deafness and deaf culture to the general public and to promote interaction between hearing and deaf or hard of hearing senior citizens;
- To work towards the goal of acquiring venues for use of MDSC which will allow increased socialization opportunities, promote the organization’s monthly social events, and sponsor other events that will serve to mitigate the isolation experienced by many deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens.
The mission of MDSC is to improve the quality of life for senior citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing by:
- Providing seminars, Town Hall Meetings, and conferences dealing with issues impacting their well-being and safety;
- Conducting awareness projects or activities among decision makers, providers of services, and the general public regarding the unique needs of this population group.
- Acquainting deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens with national, state, and local resources that will contribute to their positive self image and fuller participation in the mainstream society.
- Providing social activities intended to mitigate the isolation experienced by many deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens.