B-GLAD, the Bakersfield outreach of the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. has been serving the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing residents of Kern County since 1984. The mission of B-GLAD is to ensure equal access of the deaf and hard of hearing community to the same opportunities afforded their hearing counterparts. The organization’s general purposes and powers are directed around the promotion of the social, recreational, cultural, educational, and vocational well-being of its deaf and hard of hearing constituents.

B-GLAD’s specific and primary purpose is to act as a coordinating agency that addresses the broad social service needs of deaf and hard of hearing people through direct service provision, advocacy, research and dissemination of information regarding deafness to parents, professionals and consumers.

B-GLAD is committed to the philosophy “…of, by, for and with the deaf and hard of hearing community.”