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The NAD introduces Hugh Farquhar as this month’s #NADHandwave recipient! He’s well known for his many years spent on a small island in Connecticut, as an archery instructor before eventually becoming the Director of Camp Isola Bella. 

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The NAD strongly supports the efforts of Keith Nolan and others to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people have the opportunity to serve our country in uniform. We, like many of our members, were deeply inspired by Keith Nolan’s 2011 TedxIslay conference speech, which has over 150 thousand views on YouTube. The NAD has been working closely with Mr. Nolan over the past three years gathering support in Congress. The NAD strongly supports S.1864 and H.R. 5296.

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The NAD is pleased to share that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created rules requiring text messaging providers to support text-to-911. While the four major wireless phone companies already support text-to-911 on their networks, these rules require all wireless carriers and many Internet-based text messaging application providers to support text-to-911 by the end of this year.

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  1. In a historic first, the NAD Conference theme was only in ASL.

    Animated gif of #2014 NAD Conference Theme


  2. More than 1,500 attendees were at the NAD's Biennial National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia during July 1-5.

    Group of attendees in a church setting

For this month’s #NADHandwave, the NAD is excited to recognize a person who works diligently to support people with disabilities to become better self-advocates -- her name is Haben Girma.

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Felice Marcus is a mainstream schoolteacher at the Indian Pines Elementary School. She has tremendous passion as shown through her teaching experience for more than 25 years! Her dedication to making sure other deaf children got an education is amazing given that Felice herself grew up in public schools with little accommodations and no access to sign language.

She previously taught at The Learning Center and the New York School for the Deaf, and took on her current position as a K-2 teacher at a public school when she needed to move to south Florida to take care of her mother.

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Juniper Sussman, one of the facilitators for the #NAD2014 Community Forum, shares further information about this great NAD@Night event. 
 
 
 
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Video fades to black background and white text, "NAD's First Ever Community Forum."
 
Video fades to Juniper Sussman standing in front of a blue background.
 
JUNIPER: Hello everyone!  Welcome.