"The German Deaf Association V. (DGB) represents the interests of the group of German deaf people and other hearing impaired people estimated at 80,000 to 100,000 people, of which around 30,000 are registered members.
The German Deaf Association was founded in 1950. It regards itself as the legal successor to the Reich Association of the Deaf of Germany (ReGeDe), founded in 1927, which was renamed the Reich Association of the Deaf of Germany in 1940 during the Nazi era and was merged into the German Association of the Deaf and Speech Impaired (DGS) in 1943.
The association is based in Berlin.
The association defines “deafness” from the point of view of those affected not only in terms of hearing status, but also in terms of identification with the sign language community and the culture of the deaf. The association is also specifically committed to the interests of families with deaf or severely hearing impaired children for whom a definitive assignment to the linguistically and culturally differently oriented groups of hearing impaired people is not yet possible.
It sees itself as a socio-political, cultural and professional advocacy group for the deaf in Germany and as a forum for the sign language community.