National Association of the Deaf


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!
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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

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.

The NAD Open House on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 was a huge success! Those who attended were able to enjoy remarks from the NAD President Chris Wagner, NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum, Dr. Lindsay Golden whose father Emanuel "Manny" Golden supported the Visual History Fund that made this event happen, and the artist herself, Susan Dupor. The fund also supported the creation of the "NAD: A GROWING DEMOCRACY" mural. Please enjoy the photos from the event. As always, the NAD expresses sincere gratitude for your ongoing support!

The NAD is pleased that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be creating a special advisory committee that focuses on disability issues. The committee will make recommendations to the Commission on disability issues within the jurisdiction of the FCC. This important development was announced by Chairman Tom Wheeler at the FCC's National Disability Employment Awareness Month Panel Discussions on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) applauds Mary Essex’s leadership in the past few weeks on behalf of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Austine School for the Deaf in Vermont.  Mary is the President of the Vermont Association of the Deaf (VTAD) and is also a proud alumna of the Austine School for the Deaf.  To bring attention to the unfortunate closure of the center and school, she got people together to plan a huge march and rally within a few weeks after the closing of the center was announced.