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.
Wendy Brehm hails from Maryland and had various experiences in education growing up. She attended the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) then went to Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) for her first two years of high school. Later, she transferred to Don Bosco Cristo Rey (DBCR), a private school for one year, then graduated from the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) in June 2014.
Congratulations Dr. Al Mehl for receiving September 2014’s #NADHandwave! Al has been very involved in newborn hearing screening since 1992 and took an integral part in passing Colorado’s newborn hearing legislation in 1997. The reason he’s being recognized this month is because of his recent opinion piece in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s newsletter on how to talk about being deaf, and what makes one “disabled” (or not!).
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.
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.
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.
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.