About DAD-Delphine Alfred Duncan

Delphine and Alfred were married on June 15, 1963 and have 3 children, Alfred, Jr., Annebelle and James.  Alfred was born Alfred Verette Duncan, Sr on the Southside of Chicago Illinois. Also known as Al, he became deaf at the age of 6 years old. He attended the Illinois School for the Deaf in Springfield Illinois and later moved to Berkeley California. Alfred was very athletic. He played basketball, baseball and football. From 1960 to the mid 1970s, Alfred played in the American Athletic Association for the Deaf, (AAAD) and played with the Oakland Silents Basketball team. Many loved to see Al’s jazzy style and skill on the basketball court.

Delphine P. Duncan, also known as Del, was born in Detroit Michigan. At the age of 2 years old, Delphine became deaf. Attending deaf schools, Del moved from Detroit Michigan, her place of birth to East Palo Alto, California where she attended the California School for the Deaf, (CSD) in Berkley California. Delphine graduated from CSD in 1959 and attended Gallaudet University for one year.

After one year, Del returned to California and met the love of her life, Alfred Duncan. Delphine was very active in the Deaf community. Delphine was a member of the Bay Area Scleroderma Support Group, the Deaf Seniors Club and a member of St. Benedicts in San Francisco for many years, where Father Jack McMullen presided.

In honor of the late deaf parents of the Duncan family, The Delphine Alfred Duncan-DAD Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was founded. As a resource and a service to the Deaf Community, a community that Delphine and Alfred respected and cherished, firmly believed that resources, services and opportunities were not always available and accessible to the community they were a part of.

Delphine and Alfred understood and experienced so well the struggles deaf people face in a predominately hearing society. Despite the many barriers they faced, Delphine and Alfred cherished their lives, their children including their Deaf culture. They cherished with much pride in knowing that being deaf and/or hard of hearing or even deaf/blind is not a barrier, but a cultural identity. Throughout their lives, it naturally became who they were. A deaf married couple with 3 hearing children; living in a predominately hearing world. Despite the barriers and difficulties they faced, the Duncan family overcame all obstacles and accomplished all goals and dreams Delphine and Alfred had for themselves and their 3 children.

The DAD Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was founded based on these principles and the desire to see equal access and opportunities to all individuals and families who are a  part of the Deaf Community.

Promoting Opportunities for the Deaf community is who we are.