July 26, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed on July 26, 1990. The ADA is a civil rights act that prohibits discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing individuals and individuals with disabilities. The ADA protects the right of deaf and hard of hearing people to have equal access to many parts of life including but not through: captioning on TV and the Internet, the right to an interpreter, the right to have jobs, and much more.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce the addition of two deaf attorneys to the Law and Advocacy Center (LAC) at our headquarters office in Silver Spring, Maryland! We welcome Zainab Alkebsi and Anna Bitencourt to the NAD legal staff. Beginning in July 2015, these two additional attorneys will enhance the NAD’s efforts in achieving equality for all deaf and hard of hearing people.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) released a position statement supporting the use of bilingual language development -- the use of both American Sign Language (ASL) and English -- in educational settings with deaf and hard of hearing infants, children and youth.