Michigan Deaf Association, Inc. (MDA) is a non-profit, tax exempt 501-3c organization with a mission to help improve the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Michigan. MDA is affiliated with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) whose mission is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of Deaf and hard of Hearing individuals in the United States of America.
Michigan Deaf Association has its beginning on July 5, 1880 as a reunion for Michigan School for the Deaf Alumni in Detroit.
June, 1887 at Second Alumni Reunion at the Michigan School for the Deaf, they adopted constitution and by-laws.E. Morris Bristol, the Deaf school's teacher, was elected the first president.
The name of the Association, "Alumni Association:" was changed to Michigan Association of the Deaf (M.A.D.) in 1898 to include Deaf people living in Michigan, regardless of where they graduated.
The name of the organization changed again in 1981 to Michigan Association of Deaf Citizens (M.A.D.C.)
In 1987, the MADC celebrated its 100th Anniversary in Livonia to reflect the year when the organization's Constitution and By-laws were adopted.
The organization changed the name once again in 1995 to Michigan Deaf Association (M.D.A.) to reflect a new identify and cultural awareness.