The Metro South Asian Deaf Association (MSADA) is an organization of deaf people from South Asian countries. It was established on 10 May 2003. The idea for it was born when members of the diaspora from the seven countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka met at the 2000 Deaf Way organized by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
Their goal in setting up the organization was to promote personal and social progress, share the diverse cultures of the South Asian region and cooperate with deaf people from other developing countries. The organization is dedicated to personal, economic, technological, social, and cultural growth, emphasizing collective self-reliance and increasing deaf awareness.
Members do not have to be born in any of the countries listed above. They may have roots in these countries, and they live in the D.C. metropolitan area. They are enthusiastic about working together as team. The benefits of joining the MSADA community are primarily cultural, social, recreational and educational. Non-South Asians and hearing people are more than welcome to join the club.
The activities of MSADA are concentrated in the following areas: cultural events, educational presentations, fundraisers, and dissemination of information via various media. The activities are special occasions for bringing together family and friends to celebrate community and to relive traditions. The activities also serve as an opportunity for MSADA members, Gallaudet students and volunteers to develop leadership skills and discover new talents.