National Association of the Deaf in Thailand


21 July 1969 – Group of Deaf alumni had firstly set up at Setasatien School, School for the deaf, by 93 alumni members from deaf schools (ใส่ชื่อโรงเรียนเป็นภาษาอังกฤษเอง school 1, school 2, school 3)

1 April 1981 – Group of Deaf alumni moved to a new location, 9/1 Soi Sukhumvit 51 Bangkok

6 October 1983 – Group of Deaf alumni has established and registered by Department of Cultural Promotion and changed the name to National Association of the Deaf in Thailand (NADT)

23 January 1984 – NADT has received association registration from Special Branch Bureau

1 April 1983 – NADT had moved to various locations and final located at 927 Mooban Thitiporn Soi Phattanakarn 29 Suanluang district Bangkok 10250

  1. To ensure and strengthen deaf association establishment in every province in Thailand
  2. To promote and preserve educations right, public health and human right, sports and recreation welfare, and necessary accommodation for deaf and hard of hearing people
  3. To provide and support related careers and skills for deaf and hard of hearing people including all kind of lottery produced by The Government Lottery Office distribution
  4. To create opportunities for knowledge and/or experience sharing and expressing opinion between deaf and hard of hearing people and general people
  5. To strengthening  networking capacity of deaf association across the nation
  6. To develop Thai Sign Language including enhancement of Sign Language Translator Centre for better experience and easier to access the service
  7. To coordinate with government agencies, private organization, and association of disabilities in Thailand or oversea. However, the coordination will not related political issues.
  8. To raise a better understanding of deaf and hard of hearing culture in general people
  9. Department of Provincial Administration has edited the final version at 17 February 2017)

NADT management

NADT is managed by a committee. The committee consist of members at least 7 people to 17 people which a president of NADT is selected by a group of representatives from deaf associations from all provinces in Thailand. (2 representative per a deaf association of province) The committee has to still in position for 4 years and responsible for overview of process in NADT including establishing policy and monitoring to ensure all projects had been proceeding and completed by NADT staffs

Procedures in NADT are divided various groups;

1.Sign language translator group
Sign language translator is a person who support deaf people to communicate with general people by translate sign language to speaking or writing languageAt the moment, NADT has 6 permanent translatorswhich is not adequate for deaf people accessing translate service all around ThailandDepartment of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has provided registration for Thai sign language translator in Thailand and allocated budget for sign language translate service in every province via Provincial social development and human security officeNADT has been assigned as sign language translate service center for Bangkok

2.Member supporting group
NADT has been a center of communication between deaf peopleMoreover, they are supporting and advising relate member under NADT;

  1. To provide for membership registration
  2. To Support for job searching/opportunity for deaf people
  3. To provide Sign language translate service in case of meeting a doctor, police, etc.
  4. To provide a training to members such as IT training
  5. To broadcast useful news to deaf people by clip video or meeting
  6. To advising for deaf people and their family

3.Media group

  • This group is responsible for producing digital media including printing and picture recording for supporting learning skills of deaf people such as meeting or training recording, sign language recording for broadcasting news to deaf people

4.Thai Sign language group

  1. Sign language publishing. NADT has a few deaf instructors which are professional in sign language teaching and often cooperate with another organizations providing sign language training to their employee
  2. Sign language research and development. Due to different meaning of sign language in various groups/areas of deaf people, miscommunication occurs. Moreover, different educated institutions have applied different sign language. To strengthening sign language standard in Thailand, NADT has participated  with xxx in various education meeting

5.Career training group (stop servicing at the moment)
NADT had establish deaf career training institution in year 1981They aim to provide job training for deaf people who have not been educatedAfter that, the institution had changed their name to training and development center under NADTMoreover, the center had sent some of deaf people to be trained with government agencies and private organization by considering their appropriated skillsNow, the center has closed down since they are lack of funding

6.Acting group (stop servicing at the moment but any occurrence could be temporary depend on an event)
The Deaf actor program was established with the aim of bringing the performing arts of the deaf societyThey keen to providing knowledge and entertainment to the deaf communityIn addition to being able to increase understandable of the deaf within the general public, it was also promoting the career and income of the deaf as wellCurrently, the performance of the cast was unsuccessful since the actors have faced difficulties to earn their living

Targeted audience
  1. Deaf members in Thailand
  2. Deaf schools
  3. Related government agencies and private organizations
  4. Disabilities organizations in Thailand and oversea
  5. Deaf families
  6. Deaf people who have registered as disability
  1. Membership fee
  2. Revenue from lottery for charity
  3. Funding support from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
  4. Donation
Development planning

     1.Publishing Thai Sign Language Books
Currently, deaf people have difficulty communicating with general people because they are lack of Thai reading and writing skillsA few people can communicate with deaf with sign languageFurthermore, sign language interpreters are inadequate to help the deaf accessing services from both government agencies and private organizationTo encourage Thaisign language supportingand reducing the gap between the deaf and the general people, the association has launched a project publishing Thai sign language books for accommodatingpeople to learnThe project has a duration of 3 years 19982000NADT has offered the project requesting support and cooperation from the Japanese Federation of the Deaf

     2.World Deaf Leadership Program (the project is terminated)
The program is a 3 years project, collaborate withGallaudet University, Ratsuda University and NADTThe project is supported by funding from the Nippon Foundation Japan with apurpose to train and support deaf leaders in Thailand to be able engaging with society in economic, social and political perspectives including able to providing a training to other deaf people

The committee member (year 2016 - 2019)
  1. President
  2. 1st Vice president
  3. 2nd Vice president
  4. secretary
  5. treasurer
  6. registrar
  7. public relation
  8. guest relation
  9. assistant registrar
  10. north president
  11. north vice president
  12. central president
  13. central vice president
  14. north-east president
  15. north-east vice president
  16. south president
  17. south vice president

If you wish to donate for support the activities mentioned above, you can contact NADT as following detail or telephone 020127459 fax 020127461 email

checkbox cash
checkbox Cheque in name "National association of the deaf in Thailand"
checkbox Transfer to SCB bank Account name National association of the deaf in Thailand, Klongton branch saving account account number 02802-60253-9

Please provide detail with name, address, telephone number, and email for NADT could provide receipt. In addition, the receipt cannot use for tax reduction.