Deaf Action Center

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Deaf Action Center
DAC of Texas, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, provides services and programs as diverse as the people we serve. Our mission is to provide those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing the means to ensure advancement through education, economic security and good health.  

DAC was established in the fall of 1975, at the request of a group of local Deaf citizens who recognized the need for an agency dedicated to eliminating barriers for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our founders, John and Elizabeth Criswell, envisioned the Center as an advocacy and service provider, supporting the unique needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It was initially organized under the Dallas Council for the Deaf, but as the Council had little guidance in providing direct client services, the project gained the support of the local community and soon became an entity of its own. On August 29, 1977, DAC was incorporated as an agency and moved to its present location. Elizabeth Criswell was named the first Executive Director and was instrumental in creating the first apartment complex in the United States to provide affordable and accessible housing for person’s who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing allowing them to live independent, successful lives in the community.  

In 2013, DAC offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Wichita Falls served an estimated 8,000 people living in 72 counties.  

We are looking to diversify our board with individuals who have talents in marketing or employment law to provide leadership, coaching and additional perspectives as Deaf Action Center enter their next phase of growth as an organization. Deaf Action Center is centrally located in Dallas, near Inwood and Cedar Springs, and it is estimated that the required time commitment will be no less than 5 hours a month.
CONTACT: Dominic Lacy, President of the Board,, 214-435-1261