National Association of the Deaf

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The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

FCC to Consider Text-to-911 Rules

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

The NAD is pleased to share that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expects to consider new rules for text-to-911 at its August 2014 Open Meeting. In January, the FCC adopted a policy statement that outlined goals for text-to-911. The FCC also worked with the four largest wireless carriers to voluntarily commit to supporting text-to-911 on their networks by May 15, 2014.

Time to Ratify the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

In a single vote at this time, the United States Senate can advance equality for all its citizens throughout the world by ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). On July 22, 2014, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted today to send the treaty to the full Senate for a vote on ratification of the CRPD.

Court Orders Medical School To Admit Deaf Student

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Yakima,  Washington -- The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington this afternoon issued a preliminary injunction ordering Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (“PNWU”) to ensure Zachary Featherstone begins his medical education on August 4, 2014. Featherstone, a deaf individual seeking to become a doctor, filed suit last month, alleging that PNWU discriminated on the basis of his disability in violation of 

FCC Requires Closed Captioning of Online Video Clips

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

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The NAD applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and especially Chairman Wheeler for extending the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010’s (CVAA) IP Closed Captioning rules to video clips. The CVAA requires that programs shown on television with captions must be captioned when later shown online. However, the FCC, under the previous Chairman, exempted video clips and concluded that the IP Closed Captioning rules only applied to full-length programs shown online.