NCBD is a national organization for Christian deaf people, established on May 2,
NCBD aims to promote the interests of Christian deaf people in the Netherlands.
On May 2, 1940 – Ascension Day – a meeting of Christian deaf persons is held in a
hall of the Institute for the Deaf “Effatha” at Voorburg, the Netherlands.
The “Netherlands Christian Association of the Deaf and Dumb” (as they were called
at the time) is established. The objective of this initiative is ‘the promotion of
the spiritual and physical interests of its members’.
The NCBD organizes church services for deaf people, followed by a local get-together.
At that time the board consists primarily of hearing people, who take all the decisions
for the deaf.
The NCBD forms the basis for a new initiative, the “Foundation Christian Homes for
the Deaf”, established in 1953. The aim is to buy a home for adult deaf people who
are unable to live independently. This is the start of ‘Dovenvreugd’ in Baarn. Once
again the management is in the hands of hearing people.
In 1965 the Youth Council is established, aimed at the large group of young people
who like to have their own activities: bicycle treasure hunts, holiday trips, weekend
camps, triathlons, hiking trips through the muddy West Frisian Islands, bible weekends,
The NCBD prospers enormously. By 1975 there are 21 sections and nearly 1000 members.
Deaf people are learning to stand up for themselves and at last the committee welcomes
its first deaf committee members.
From 1976 church services are no longer organized by the NCBD; this is taken over
by an interdenominational and co-ordinating Steering Group, with local representation
through an interdenominational Committee.
The home “Dovenvreugd” has become too small and no longer meets the present requirements.
In the beginning of 1973 the old home is replaced by a brand new and modern building
in Ede: ‘De Gelderhorst’. The De Gelderhorst has since existed fully independently
and is now known as the Dutch old people’s home for the elderly deaf.
From 1980 onwards the number of NCBD members gradually declines, since deaf people
are getting more mobile, the first TTD is introduced and the number of welfare foundations
of deaf people is on the increase. As a result the deaf have more opportunities to
meet and get in contact with each other.
The present situation
The NCBD now has approximately 530 members; the majority of them are members of a
local section. Some of them have been members from the very beginning! Hearing people
may support the work of the NCBD by becoming contributors.
There are still ten sections nationwide. Here people meet every month. These meetings
are preceded by a service for the deaf, organized by the Interdenominational Committee.
The sections are run by a (deaf) committee which is appointed by its own members,
and have representatives in a (deaf) central management.
Every year in May the annual meeting of the NCBD takes place. In the morning the
actual annual meeting takes place, followed by some entertainment in the afternoon.
But above all this meeting provides an opportunity for people from the entire country
to meet and strengthen their personal contacts.
In summer the NCBD organizes a holiday trip, normally to a foreign country.
Six times a year the NCBD issues a contact magazine, called “Ons Bondsblad”.
The contents of this magazine are varied. It contains reports of the section meetings,
news from the Committee, a meditation, pastoral articles of the three pastors for
the deaf, family announcements, a crossword section, a survey of church services
for the deaf and any general information that may be of interest to deaf people.
The NCBD is affiliated with the “Deaf Board”.
The NCBD is also in regular contact with the Steering Group of the Interdenominational
Pastorate for the deaf.