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The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and PepsiCo announced today that actress Treshelle Edmond has been selected to bring the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL) to one of the most popular sports and entertainment events of the year – Super Bowl Sunday.

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Do you live near Portland, Oregon? The NAD, Registry of Interpreters, Inc (RID), Oregon RID, and the Oregon Association of the Deaf (OAD) invite you to attend the town hall forum at 7pm on Saturday, January 17th in Portland, Oregon! Please join and bring your issues to us!  This forum is sponsored by the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Portland State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University, and Portland State University. 
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Meet the volunteers who serve on the NAD Board of Directors! Enjoy this brief teaser with all the individual Board members.  Full length videos for the individual Board member is available online!

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) introduces Melissa Yingst-Huber as this month’s #NADhandwave recipient!  You may know her as a school counselor at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (PDSD), a news anchor for Deaf and Hearing Network, or even as the Vice-President of the Phoenix Deaf Women Organization.  She embodies the NAD spirit in every ‘hat’ she’s got on. 

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The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) takes a moment to explain the purpose of the Joint Recommendation and the Comment that was filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on December 1, 2014. Both filings were very important for the deaf and hard of hearing community. With such action, we know that there's work left to be done -- with your support, we can continue the fight for equality for access in Movie Theaters!  www.nad.org/donate.
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What do you want to be when you grow up?  As different kids share their career goals, we know our work is not done.  Donate today at www.nad.org/donate.

Morgan Arons, a Clinic I student attorney, was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. She went to the University of Delaware, where she studied Political Science with a Public Law focus and minor in Legal Studies. She is currently in her final year of law school at the University of Maryland, where she is heavily involved in the Women’s Bar Association as student chapter president.

Congratulations Alvaro “Al” Jimenez for receiving November 2014’s #NADHandwave!  He was nominated because he's the first official Spanish teacher at a school for the deaf who both uses Lengua Senas de Mexicana (LSM) as a bridge for the Latin@ students and teaches it alongside Spanish to the remaining students. This is a rare occurrence for a school to have a trilingual and a native LSM user as a teacher, and we applaud Texas School for the Deaf in welcoming multilingualism into their school. 

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As we approach the end of the year, this is also the best time to donate!  The NAD President encourages you to consider the NAD as an organization to support!  Donate now.

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The NAD noticed videos supporting marriage equality popping up online and decided to join the campaign as well! This effort is being spearheaded by the #signtosign campaign. The NAD released a statement in 2012 supporting this important cause. NAD President Chris Wagner asserts, "Marriage is a fundamental right for all. No one should be denied such an essential part of life and such oppression is not tolerable.