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Repository: Gallaudet University Archives Call No.: MSS 74Creator: Title: Collection of Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf Quantity: 2.0 Linear Feet (4 document boxes) Abstract: The Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf (C.O.S.D.) served as a clearing house, a contact point for information, and combined actions by national organizations serving the Deaf. Note: This document last updated 2005 November 30.
Acquisition Information: The papers of the Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf were given to Gallaudet College Archives in 1977. The gift was made by Jack Gannon.Processed by: Carielyn Kelly: 1984 June 29. Revised by Ulf Hedberg and Michael Olson, 1997 November 3.Processing Note: Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.
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Scope and Content
The Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, ( C.O.S.D.) served as a clearing house, a contact point for information, and a combined action by National Organizations serving the deaf.
Following a year long study by the National Health Council, under a grant from the Social and Rehabilitation Service of the U.S. officially incorporated on January 27, 1967.
The C.O.S.D. papers which consist of approximately 3,400 pages, date from 1967-1977. The bulk of the collection is made up of financial documents, specifically: accounts, ledger, and vouchers relating to the Council's activities from the years 1967-1974.
The Council was composed of four classes of members: Active members - consisted of organizations which existed to serve deaf people, were national in scope, and were supported primarily by voluntary dues or contributions. Depending on size, each organization was entitled to one or two votes on the Council of Directors.
Associate Members - organizations with an interest in deafness, yet did not meet active membership qualifications. Members could participate in programs, but did not receive representation on the Board, yet could participate in the program.
Individual Members - people interested in supporting the Council's work. These members could participate in the program, yet could not vote unless elected to the Board of Directors at Large.
Committee members met at least three times a year, and also maintained communication through newsletters, memoranda and board letters. These correspondence report national as well as international developments relating to deafness. Such correspondence can be found among the papers.
Also included in the collection are minutes. Agendas and documentation of expenses from C.O.S.D. meetings, workshops and convention. This were held across the United States and occurred during various times of the year.
An Annual Forum was sponsored by the Council ever spring in conjunction with the election meeting of the Board of Delegates. The goal of the forum was to focus on topics of current and long range interest in the field of deafness. Participation was by invitation to professionals, as well as to those of affiliated organizations.
Each Annual Forum provides opportunity for professionals to exchange information and experience, to report new developments to a wide audience, and to identify action potentials for the Council and participants.
Correspondence and documentation relating to the planning, organizing, and financing of each forum are include in the papers.
Throughout its history, the C.O.S.D., it had been receiving Federal Grants. Grantee reports, grant applications and proposals for the years 1968-76 have been kept among the papers. In 1973, The C.O.S.D. received its last Federal Grant. Without the federal grant support, the Council no longer had the funds to continue to meet its objectives. Therefore, the Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf legally disbanded on May 9, 1977.
Organization Members of C.O.S.D.
1. Alexander Graham Bell Association2. American Athletic Association of the Deaf3. American Instructors of the Deaf4. Board of Missions for the Deaf, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod5. Canadian Association of the Deaf6. Conference on Services for Elderly Deaf People7. Conference of Church Workers Among the Deaf8. Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf9. Congressional Committee, 197510. Continuing Education Program11. Council on Exceptional Children12. Educational Commission of the United States13. Episcopal Conference for the Deaf14. Gallaudet College15. International Catholic Deaf Association16. Lions International Convention17. National Advisory Committee on Education of the Deaf18. National Association of the Deaf19. National Association of Hearing and Speech Agencies20. National Congress of Jewish Deaf21. National Fraternal Society of the Deaf22. National Grange Convention23. Operation Tripod24. Professional of Rehabilitation Workers with the Adult Deaf25. Project Dawn26. The Presidents Committee on Employment of the Handicapped27. U.S. Offices of Education Conference on Program Objective28. World Federation of the Deaf
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