Founded in 2019, Vineyard 2nd Generation Non-Profit gained its name by its desire and dedication to become the second generation of Martha's Vineyard. Martha's Vineyard was a Deaf Utopia island beginning in the early
eighteenth century until 1952. Everyone on the island signed whether they were hearing, deaf, or hard-of-hearing. On Martha's Vineyard, Deafness was not a barrier to participation, and Deafness and sign language were not seen as a disability but rather an all-inclusive life. We believe in the same language equity and inclusivity through the Vineyard 2nd Generation and the American Sign Language (ASL) Acquisition Center.
Vineyard 2nd Generation ASL Acquisition Center keeps the Latin phrase "manus multae cor unum" close which means "many hands, one heart". Through many hands, one heart, our mission is to provide a linguistically enriched American Sign Language environment starting from birth for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) individuals while empowering them to become lifelong, self-directed individuals. We want to connect families and communities and set the standard for equitable resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults through mentoring, equitable resources, and forming collaborative networks that value each individual's language and culture.
"Deaf people can do anything that hearing people can except hear."
King Jordan, First Deaf President of Gallaudet University, 1988