Our Mission

We are a part of USU, situated in beautiful Cache Valley in northern Utah with easy access to Logan Canyon, home of Beaver Mountain ski resort, several cliffs to challenge any rock climbers, several trails to observe the beauty of the Earth, plenty of opportunity for hunting, and ultimately many excellent fishing spots. Besides fantastic outdoor opportunities, Logan has plenty of entertainment including an annual car show parade, operas, theatres, several restaurants to fit any taste buds, and several activities and businesses that promote "big city" feelings in a small city.

The workshop allows us the opportunity to interact with students and professionals from various parts of the country to enhance our experience.

We are fortunate enough to live in such a beautiful place where we prepare and set up our annual workshop which is usually held in February. The workshop allows us the opportunity to interact with students and professionals from various parts of the country to enhance our experience. The workshop not only allows us to serve the professional community but also allows attendees to obtain needed professional development credits for educators and CEHs and/or CEUs credits for interpreters.

DESA is a place where future teachers and professionals who work with deaf people to gain opportunity to interact with professionals already in the field. DESA also educates the public about the Deaf community through fun activities and mini-workshops. Our service to the community allows us to develop our professional network nationwide to prepare ourselves for a career. The professional network allows us to get connected with professional communities and give the community an opportunity to hire potential employees.

Our service and mission couldn't be accomplished without the support from the community we serve; thus, thank you.

Utah State University

Annual Student Silent Weekend, April 2010

Finally, we are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization as per Section 501(c)(3), affiliated with Utah State University through the Department of Deaf Education. We are qualified to accept any donations to support our goals for our members and professional community alike. Any donations are tax-exempt and will be used for the best interest of DESA and the community we serve which includes building the Tom and Bonnie Clark Deaf Education Fund for scholarships that provide future graduate students access to high quality education and training. Besides the scholarship, we accept donations that allow us to attend various workshops and conventions as well as to cover our costs when we want to observe different schools for the deaf, interpreting agencies and other potential internship opportunities.

Whoever you are, as students, professional individuals or representative of an agency or organization, come and let us work together for the best interest of the deaf community!