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International Conferences

Since 1986, conferences have been held in Australia, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Spain, Texas, Virginia, Washington state and Wisconsin.

The following countries have been represented: Argentina; Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; England; Finland; Germany; Holland; Ireland; Israel; Japan; The Netherlands;  Sweden and the United States. Additional gatherings of codas have occurred in Austria, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden and elsewhere.

Local Events
In addition to international conferences, local chapters and other regional groups also host retreats, talent shows, dinners, picnics and other gatherings. Codas also gather informally at other national and international conferences and meetings such as RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf), NAD (National Association of the Deaf), Deaf Senior Citizen conferences, WFD (World Federation of the Deaf), and many more!

Mother Father Deaf Day
The last Sunday in April is designated Mother Father Deaf Day. This is a day that codas around the world acknowledge and celebrate our deaf parents. Many local groups and deaf parent groups with young KODAs (Kids of Deaf Adults) will plan picnics and other events.

Here are some ideas of activities to celebrate MFD Day:

  • Share family photos
  • Display conference t-shirts, cups, yearbooks, etc.
  • Display a collection of books and movies about codas or written/created by codas
  • Organize a panel discussion about “what CODA means to me”
  • Watch a video or DVD made by codas or about codas
  • Share a funny experiences about being a coda, having deaf parents, or dealing with hearing people who did not understand our families
  • Have a coda sign a song
  • Share with the group why you are proud to be a coda
  • Have deaf parents share their experiences raising hearing children
  • Bring a potluck dish that was a family favorite. One dinner in Denver end up with a lot of jello with fruit in it and other desserts.
  • Draw a picture or make a collage about being a coda or make Mother-Father- Deaf Day cards to give to deaf parents