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This lists all blog postings by the NAD and individuals who have submitted blog entries for posting by the NAD. Some of these will also be in video format (vlogs), which we expect will increase over time.

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Do you remember these?  The NAD is celebrating #GIVINGTUESDAY by going back time, via fold and play style! Donate today at www.nad.org/donate.  If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.

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What happened in Henniker, New Hampshire? #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories  If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.

For this month’s #NADhandwave, the NAD introduces Carlos Aponte-Salcedo, a Nuyorican (a Puerto Rican from New York)!  Carlos is a Mental Health Center coordinator at the Lexington School for the Deaf. Carlos works with many Lexington students but has worked diligently to expand on services and resources for Latino families and students.  At the school, Carlos volunteers his time by being involved with the Diversity Committee, Lexington Strong (a club that promotes school pride), and the Parent Staff Association. In addition, he helped set up a phone tree to provide access in spoken Spanish, and providing ASL as well as English/Spanish versions of various flyers for parents. Through it all, Carlos works tirelessly for the community. 

Carlos graduated from a local high school in New York City, and went on to get his Bachelor from California State University at Northridge (CSUN).  While at CSUN, he started out by becoming involved within local university organizations.  During his internship at the California School for the Deaf - Fremont, he volunteered to help coordinate the children program for the "Black Families Day" event.  That event help kick-start his true passion for working with children. 

Carlos is a passionate fellow who really believes in equal access for deaf people, particularly for those in the Latino community. He also got involved briefly as the Downstate representative with the Empire State Association of the Deaf (ESAD, which is the New York state association of the deaf) and currently serves as a LEAD-K NY Core Team member. He is dedicating his efforts now to promoting linguistic access for all deaf children in early education and within the Latino community. Today, Carlos is most proud of his involvement with Council de Manos, which impacted and transformed him when he realized its tremendous impact towards empowering Latinx youth and adults. Carlos truly has one of the biggest hearts for our community.  He reflects the NAD spirit: youth, diversity, empowerment, advocacy, education, and leadership.  

He is also a recent newlywed, married to Ramon, and together they have two beautiful dogs.

The NAD gives monthly #NADhandwaves to people in our community. This is a great opportunity for the NAD to recognize exemplary people or the work they do.  With such great people, the world continues to progress.  If you know someone who deserves a #NADHandwave, submit your suggestions online!

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The NAD was established in 1880 by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. As a nonprofit federation, the mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more.

 

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What are you doing this summer? We want you to join us in Oregon for the Youth Leadership Camp! The deadline for camper applications is January 2, 2017.  The deadline for staff applications is March 31, 2017.  If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.
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NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum shares thoughts regarding the recent elections. The election results will lead to big changes, including a different President, a different Congress, and a different Administration. For 136 years, the NAD has worked with and against many different Presidents, Administrations, and Congress. The AHA Series is also available at www.nad.org/AHA. If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.
 

Olamide Adetunji was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the United States to continue her education. She is currently a second year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She attended Howard University as an undergrad, where she majored in Political Science and Psychology.  Olamide loves podcasts, so whatever free time she gets from law school, she finds new podcasts! She also likes volunteering to help little kids and enjoys work-out classes. Olamide works at the NAD as a clinic student -- her assignments at the NAD includes: conducting intakes/interviews with potential clients, researching issues relevant to litigating deaf or hard of hearing cases, and drafting legal documents to be filed with either a court, arbitrator or mediator. Olamide is extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked at the NAD and under the supervision of two brilliant attorneys Marc Charmatz and Caroline Jackson.

 

Arjeta Albani is a clinic student with the NAD. Arjeta received a degree in International Studies with a diplomacy concentration from the College of New Jersey. She is currently in her second year at University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a staff editor for the school’s Journal of Business and Technology Law. She is also a member of the school’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. Prior to working with the NAD, Arjeta spent her summer working at the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center as a student equal opportunity specialist working on intakes and investigations into claims of discrimination.

 

 

 

 

P.J. Artese is a second year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  P.J. received a B.A. from the University of Delaware, focusing his studies on Political Science and Spanish. At the law school, P.J. is a staff editor for Maryland Law Review and a member of the school’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. As a student in the Civil Rights for Persons with Disabilities clinic, P.J. is deeply interested in constitutional law and individual liberties. Prior to working at the NAD, P.J. interned for the Honorable Judge Michael W. Reed on the Court of Special Appeals. A Philadelphia native, P.J. is an avid supporter of the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and 76ers.

 

 

 

Thomas Fuller is from Timonium, Maryland, and a graduate of Stevenson University. At Stevenson, Thomas studied Biology and earned a minor in Chemistry. Before coming to law school at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey, School of Law he worked at the National Aquarium both as a volunteer and an employee. Additionally, he has interned at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges in the government affairs department. Thomas is very interested in politics and policy development. Because of this interest, he has interned with Congressman Andy Harris, the Senate Budget Committee, and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Also, Thomas spent his summer in 2015 at the NAD and is very excited to be back. Now that he is in his final semester he is beginning to prepare for the Bar exam. After school, Thomas hopes to return to Capitol Hill as a full-time staff member.

 

Jaime Santiago Gonzalez is a second year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Jaime earned a B.S. on 2014, in Criminal Justice Administration from Florida International University. Jaime also holds a minor in Sociology/Anthology from the same institution. Whereupon graduation, he was nominated a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar. In his spare time, he likes to go fresh water fishing, read about historical events, and listen to classical music. He also enjoys sports such as running or swimming.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Munib Lohrasbi is a third year student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Munib is from Ellicott City, Maryland and earned his B.A. from the Ohio State University in 2013 before deciding to return to his home state for law school. Munib’s interest in working for the NAD was sparked through his work with The Ability Experience, a non-profit organization in Charlotte, North Carolina that supports people with disabilities through shared experiences and fundraising. It was important for Munib to learn and apply principles of disability law during his time at Maryland Carey Law; making his work with the NAD a priority for his legal education. In his spare time, Munib likes to watch baseball and reruns of “Seinfeld.” He enjoys spending time with his friends and family and believes that hot dogs should be considered as sandwiches. His biggest pet peeve is wet socks.

 

 

Lauren McLarney is currently in her second year at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.  This past summer, Lauren was an intern for the Honorable Stephanie A. Gallagher, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court of Maryland, and summer associate at Levin & Curlett, LLC. Currently, Lauren maintains a clerkship at the firm, where she focuses mostly on juvenile defense, serves as a student attorney at the NAD, and is Co-Vice President of the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, a 501(c)(3). Prior to law school, Lauren was the Manager of Government Affairs at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). During her seven year tenure at NFB, Lauren worked in legislative advocacy to advance education policies and the procurement of accessible materials by schools so that students with disabilities can have equal access and live the lives they want. Before NFB, Lauren was a grassroots lobbyist for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and a Press Intern for the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Lauren got her B.A. in Government and Politics and Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2008. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Claire McDowell is from Ellicott City, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2015 with a B.A. in Government & Politics. Claire is currently working at the NAD as a student attorney through the Civil Rights for Persons With Disabilities Clinic at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she is a second-year law student. She is also a staff editor on the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class. Claire has previously worked at the Maryland State Senate, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), and as a law clerk at McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC. In her free time, Claire enjoys long distance running, wakeboarding, skiing and snowboarding, and hanging out with her dog, Lincoln.

 

 

Alex Mentkowski is from Sacramento, California and is a senior at Gallaudet University majoring in International Studies with a minor in Spanish. He is passionate about disability rights as he was involved with California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities for 7 years serving in various roles from program assistant to staff director. At Gallaudet, Alex was formerly of Gallaudet International Human Rights Organization operating in a role of Public Relations Officer. His responsibilities at NAD include conducting research on legislative bills and issues impacting deaf and hard of hearing people. He hopes to use his NAD internship experience to propel himself in a career where he sees himself being an advocate for people with disabilities. Alex is an avid sports fan, he enjoys all sports especially his Green Bay Packers and Manchester United Soccer team. He loves to travel as he has been to 48 states and 7 countries. 

 

Andrés Vera is a second-year student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law who enrolled in law school with an interest in administrative law and government contracting. He graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications in 2011. After graduation, Andrés worked at the Wildlife Habitat Council, a small environmental non-profit in Silver Spring, Maryland. His interest in administrative law and government contracting began as an institutional contractor with the U.S. Agency for International Development. There he discovered his interest in pursuing a legal career involving the regulatory apparatus of the Federal Government and enrolled in law school in the Fall of 2015. In Law School, Andrés has developed additional interests in public policy and international relations. He is the President of the International Law Society and Vice President of the Maryland Law Democrats. He is active in public interest opportunities and utilizes his positions on these student group executive boards to provide opportunities for his fellow students in gaining exposure to public interest practice. As part of this interest, Andrés enrolled in the Civil Rights for Persons with Disabilities clinic in the Fall 2016 semester. He hopes to use his experience at the NAD to prepare himself for a career involving federal regulatory agencies.

Chicago, IL – The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and two deaf individuals filed a lawsuit today against TD Ameritrade for refusing to provide captioning to make the audio content of their website accessible to deaf individuals.  The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The complaint charges that thinkorswim, a trading platform that TD Ameritrade owns and operates, has numerous videos with audio content that are inaccessible to deaf individuals.  The NAD sent a letter to TD Ameritrade requesting that the corporation add captioning.  TD Ameritrade responded that captioning was not available.   

“More than 54 million Americans engage in online stock trading, and as TD Ameritrade advertises on its thinkorswim website: ‘Education is a must in trading.’  There are 48 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans who deserve the same opportunity and access to learn about and participate in online trading, so all trading education websites should be accessible.” stated Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf. 

“The Americans with Disabilities Act requires covered entities such as financial institutions to make fully and equally accessible all that they have to offer the public,” said Michael Steven Stein, an attorney with Stein & Vargas, LLP, one of the firms representing the plaintiffs. 

The plaintiffs are represented by the Austin Law Group LLC, the National Association of the Deaf, and Stein & Vargas, LLP.

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The National Association of the Deaf is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for, deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States.

Stein & Vargas, LLP is a civil rights firm based in Washington, D.C. and committed to the principle that all people have full and equal access to all parts of society.

Austin Law Group LLC is a law firm based in Chicago, Illinois.

 

CONTACTS

National Association of the Deaf
Lizzie Sorkin
301-587-1788
[email protected]

Stein & Vargas, LLP 
Mary Vargas
240-793-3185
[email protected]

 

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Who was one of the pioneers of Deaf people? Learn about Edmund Booth! If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.
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Media Expert Group Chair Linda Bove explains their position statement available online. If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.

Daisy Cartwright has a lifelong passion for the welfare of deaf and hard of hearing children and community, and advocates for their rights. Ever since she completed college 40 years ago, she has devoted herself to volunteer service. She was among the first group of Peace Corps volunteers and was stationed in the Philippines. Since then, Daisy has traveled abroad and worked at different schools for the deaf with her husband. Her dedication, energy, and enthusiasm never fades. Her leadership style is inclusive, innovative, and creative. Daisy is a retired counselor from Alaska and has always dedicated her life to community service and advocating, especially for deaf youth.

Her passion is in working with families with deaf children and for their families to have all the resources necessary to raise successful bilingual deaf children. In fact, she was the inspiration for one of VL2's newest initiatives, Signwise, that will provide family-centered reviews of any educational materials in ASL for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Currently, she goes “the extra mile” in her part-time job at the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) as an on-call itinerant teacher and ASL teacher. She also works as a family mentor, serving the northern region of Arizona, which has her traveling to be a resource for parents of deaf babies. Additionally, Daisy is on the board of the Arizona Association of the Deaf and is the team leader of the LEAD-K Arizona committee. She has the ability to engage in the community as she gives presentations on the LEAD-K Arizona/Early Intervention-Kindergarten Readiness all over the state. The current proposal has been modified in order to accommodate the blind and visually challenged children as well as deaf children enrolled at ASDB. Thanks to Daisy’s work with the core committee, ASDB took an active role in this proposal.

When not working with deaf children and their families, Daisy enjoys hiking, and spending time with her husband, Alan, and their cats. 

Daisy, thank your for always rolling up your sleeves and working on every detail for our deaf and hard of hearing children.

The NAD gives monthly #NADhandwaves to people in our community. This is a great opportunity for the NAD to recognize exemplary people or the work they do.  With such great people, the world continues to progress.  If you know someone who deserves a #NADHandwave, submit your suggestions online!

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The NAD was established in 1880 by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. As a nonprofit federation, the mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more.

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