DTL is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to:

• Empower Deaf and Hard of hearing youth
• Foster personal growth
• Encourage confidence
• Create personal and community change

DTL welcomes high school students who are deaf, hard-of-hearing and with multi-disabilities in Washington State. For six fun-filled days (June 27- July 2), dedicated DTL deaf staff members will serve as challenge course facilitators and camp counselors for the group of approximately twenty-four 9th to 12th graders. The campers will develop personal, professional growth, and leadership skills with some team-building exercises to bring back and share in their school, family, employment, and community.

In 2010, the Washington State Association of the Deaf (WSAD) adopted DTL, which has been run exclusively by deaf Washingtonians since its founding in 2006. WSAD continues to maintain and support this program.


If you have any more history, please send it to info@nullwsad.org and we will post it in here. Thanks for your support!

Summary of DTL History:
2006: 26 Participants (26 first timers) – Howie Seago, Director
2007: 25 (17 first timers/8 returning participants) – Howie Seago, Director
2008: Cancelled
2009: 23 (16/7) – Tiffany Gay, Director
2010: 24 (15/9) – Tiffany Gay, Director
2011: 24 – Tiffany Gay, Director
2012: 26 (18/8) – Maria Christianson, Director

 The Click of DTL

The Deafhood Foundation awarded Washington State Association of the Deaf (WSAD) $1,250 to fund the Deaf Teen Leadership Camp, a program of WSAD. This was the first grant awarded by the Deafhood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to achieving economic and social justice for all Deaf people.

Howie Seago, Carol Carrothers and Mat Lyons founded DTL in 2006 and then Washington State Association of the Deaf (WSAD) adopted the DTL in 2010, 2012 was the sixth time (June 24th to 28th, 2012).

Please look at contributions to see who donated to DTL this year. We are so excited to have many support from different organizations, individuals, and DTL Fund Raising events.

More information about the grant: Deafhood Foundation news article

Deafhood Foundation Grant Announcement
Marvin Miller, Grants Chair of the Deafhood Foundation