A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF DEAF COMMUNITIES .
Our organization was originally incorporated in 2014 in Saskatoon-Canada as Deaf Youth Empowerment Inc. In response to the growing demand of supporting deaf communities locally and internationally, EDCI expanded its role in reimagining deaf communities’ development globally. In 2018 our organization was renamed to Empowering Deaf Communities International Inc. EDCI now has presence in Canada, Greece, and the United States.
Our mission is to build a global community of deaf people empowered to create sustainable changes for themselves and their communities.
Diversity – We're a diverse global community. We recognize and value the differences among us. We believe that acknowledging and celebrating these differences lead to both stronger deaf individuals and stronger deaf communities.
Inclusion – Bringing together our diverse needs and backgrounds is the key to achieve growth for ourselves and our communities.
Integrity – It is vital we work with trust, openness, and honesty.
We’re proud for our community partners. Together, we can achieve the most efficient and effective access to education, employment, and full participation in all aspects of deaf people’s lives.
We envision a global community that values and supports the full engagement of deaf people and their communities. We work to contribute to an inclusive society where deaf people are given empowering tools to advance their communities and pave the path for future generations.
EDCI accomplishes this by bringing together communities that can contribute to a society where deaf people:
create their own access to opportunities and success
become leaders in their fields
shape their own worlds and communities
unlock their skills, abilities, and talents.