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Formed at the California School for the Deaf, Berkeley in 1960 by a small group of concerned teachers, Cal-ED (formerly CATHI) has grown into a large state-wide organization of professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Its purpose is to improve the quality of education for all Deaf* children.

Membership Benefits

  • Building a network of contacts with other professionals through area e-mails

  • Sharing ideas with other professionals at the state-wide conference

  • Providing scholarships to future professionals in the field of deaf education through the Tamozelle Jennings Cal-ED Memorial Scholarships

  • Providing Teacher Grants to active professional members through the Tamozelle Jennings Memorial Cal-ED Teacher Grants

  • Expressing to legislators and other decision-makers concerns related to Deaf* students

  • Receiving the e-News - the official publication of Cal-ED, published quarterly via email

  • Access to Member Only features of our website

  • Reduced conference rates for members


  • Open to Credentialed teachers and professors in Deaf Education
  • Educational administrators supervising programs of Deaf students
  • Credentialed related service providers in Deaf Education
  • Certified Interpreters working with Deaf students


  • Open to Credentialed teachers in General and Special Education
  • Non-certified persons working in educational programs for Deaf students
    • (such as interpreters and instructional aides)
  • Families with Deaf children
  • Retired professionals and stakeholders
  • College Students


  • Open to Organizations involved in Education, Deaf Community, and Family Support
  • School Districts


No Dues

  • Past Presidents who have completed their term(s) in good standing, shall hold professional membership for life without the need to pay additional dues
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
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