About Belleville Association of the Deaf (B.A.D.)

Founded in October of 1986 by a group of deaf local residents (Bill Gregory, Larry Opperman, Scott Mark and Tim Kelly) this non-profit organization was formed to serve Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafened residents in Belleville and surrounding areas.

BAD LogoBelleville Association of the Deaf (B.A.D.) announced its new logo and 25th anniversary at O.A.D. (Ontario Association of the Deaf) / B.A.D. Celebration and Conference held in Belleville, Ontario on November 11 and 12, 2011. The new logo was intended to “represent the unity of the Deaf community to remain strong now and into the future while protecting our values – our language, culture and traditional ties”.

The image of the City Hall represents Belleville where the Belleville Association of the Deaf was founded in 1986.

The waving hands refer to our value of American Sign Language (ASL) through our eyes.

The six individuals represent different segments of Deaf community – the Culturally Deaf; Hard of Hearing; Oral Deaf; Cochlear Implanted Deaf; Deafened and Hearing friends and families.

  • The first individual represents the culture.
  • The second individual represents the social dynamics.
  • The third individual represents the recreational activities.
  • The fourth individual represents the learning experience.
  • The fifth individual represents affiliation with and serving with other local, regional and provincial and national organizations.
  • The sixth individual represents the positive contributions to society as a whole.

The six individuals together in a group represent the unity of the Deaf community to remain strong now and into the future while protecting our values – our language, culture and traditional ties.


Mission Statement

The Belleville Association of the Deaf, as representative of our local Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, works with local, regional and national organizations to:

Provide learning, leadership and social opportunities for Deaf individuals including children and youth.

Preserve and promote the history and merits of American Sign Language (ASL) and culture.

Educate society as a whole on the positive contributions made by the community, past and present.

Advocate for accessible services and promote the general well-being of the individuals we represent.


Our Board of Directors and By-Laws

Click here to view our Board of Directors.

Click here to read more about the B.A.D. By-Laws.



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