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Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency (DCARA)


Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency (DCARA)

Advocacy, education, information and referral services to protect and advance legal rights of the deaf.


Promotes self-determination, independence and celebration of American Sign Language among a diverse Deaf community, regardless of their communication background, through its services and programs, which include community education workshops, presentations and events, peer counseling, advocacy, independent living skills and information and referral. Provides clients and communities with the resources, access and counseling services needed to make independent decisions. Provides the hearing community with information about the Deaf community and working and living with persons who are Deaf, Deaf-blind, Deafened and hard of hearing, as well as collaborating with other agencies to ensure that their services are more accessible to population that DCARA serves. Formerly known as California Center for Law and the Deaf (CALCLAD).


Public Transit:

AC Transit stops within 1 block. BART - Bayfair station.
14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200, San Leandro, CA 94578-2926 37.7060277 -122.1302341 Other

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Elevator
  • Interpreter for the deaf
  • Wheelchair



None. Donations accepted.


Hearing impaired or deaf persons; agencies and businesses serving or employing hearing-impaired or deaf persons


Hearing impaired or deaf person; business, family or agency serving a hearing impaired or deaf person

How to Apply:

Apply by phone or email .

Service Wait Estimate:

Up to 1 week.

Service Areas:

  • Alameda County
  • California
  • Contra Costa County
  • Marin County
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County