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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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April’s #NADHandwave goes to Jamie Munro, who can often be found volunteering his time and services at deaf community events in the Rochester, New York area.  He states, “Your community is as good as you make it.”  The monthly #NADHandwave recognition program is an opportunity for everyone to meet an individual who has contributed greatly to the betterment of the deaf community. 

Jamie, who originally hails from Ramsey, NJ, is a proud alumnus of Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems in 1994.  For the past eight years, he has been involved with numerous organizations of, by and for the deaf based in Rochester including but not limited to: Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims (ASADV), Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW), and the Deaf Rochester Film Festival. He also often participates in local community projects and organizational fundraising activities on a smaller scale.

Jamie has been active with the ASADV organization for the past seven years, including serving as its board president for four years.  He recently retired as its Past-President elect. He was instrumental in helping transform the organization from an all-volunteer team to an agency supported with government grant funds.

In November 2013, Jamie was part of a DDW delegation that traveled to the Philippines for three weeks to partake in capacity-building activities with the deaf community there. As a way to ‘give back’ to DDW for this wonderful experience, he is now assisting with DDW’s major fundraising event in April 2014 as its volunteer coordinator.

“Those volunteering experiences gave me connections… which in turn, opened up new opportunities… which has been very rewarding personally,” he said. Jamie also said that he is no different than many of the wonderful volunteers in the Rochester community that give their time to the community many times over.

Professionally, Jamie is an Operations Manager for market research firm Nielsen in the Rochester office, where he manages eight internal project staff and programmers along with working with a programming vendor from India. When not busy working or volunteering, Jamie enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife, Adrianna Smart (also a graduate of RIT/NTID), and three boys, Bryan (student at University of Buffalo), Connor (4), and Trent (2).  His hobbies include biking and family road trips.

The NAD thanks you Jamie, for all that you do! 

The NAD Board of Directors met in Rochester, New York earlier this month.  Enjoy this photo slideshow to see what they've been up to! 

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Are you interested in attending the Council of Representatives (COR) that will take place during #NAD2014 this Summer?  Any individual, who is not a delegate, can attend the OGG Breakfast.  At that breakfast, as a group, OGG can select up to 6 individuals to represent all individual NAD members during COR at the 52nd Biennial NAD Conference.  This is your opportunity!  
 
 
Video description and transcript:
 
Video begins with the NAD Conference Theme in American Sign Language (ASL). 
 
Video dissolves to white then to Philippe Montalette. 
 
PHILIPPE: Delegates either represent a State Association or an Organizational Affiliate.  As an individual who is not a delegate, you have an opportunity to attend the OGG (Order of Georges and Georgettes) breakfast.  People who are interested in attending OGG are required to have been a NAD member for 3 or more years.  At OGG, you will have an opportunity to voice and discuss to decide who should represent OGG at the Council of Representatives (COR) sessions.  OGG is your voice!
 
Video fades to the same NAD logo in green and peach before transitioning to the NAD logo in red and blue. Black text below the logo appears, "A production of The National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2014 All rights reserved."
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The NAD Staff from Headquarters share their appreciation for all the volunteers who have supported the NAD.  Watch Howard A. Rosenblum, the NAD Chief Executive Officer, express his gratitude.  #NationalVolunteerWeek #NADthanksVolunteers #ThankYou #NADlove
 
 
Video description and transcript:
 
Video fades to soft blue and white background with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "National Association of the Deaf."
 
Video fades to white then to the staff at the NAD Headquarters.  Howard A. Rosenblum, Chief Executive Officer of the NAD begins his message.
 
HOWARD: Hello from the National Association of the Deaf, NAD!  We want to thank those who have volunteered here at headquarters or did an internship with us and contributed their time for the NAD.  We all know the importance of the NAD's advocacy efforts -- equality for deaf and hard of hearing people.  Thank you for your passion, dedication, energy. All of us would like to...
 
EVERYONE: Thank you!
 
Video fades to the same soft blue and white background with the NAD logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "A production of The National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2013 All rights reserved."
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The NAD Board members from Region 4 want to take the time to thank their volunteers, watch David Reynolds express his gratitude in this video.  While Julie Rems-Smario is not included in this video, she's there in spirit!  #NationalVolunteerWeek #NADthanksVolunteers #ThankYou #NADlove
 
 
 
Video description and transcript:
 
 
Video fades to soft blue and white background with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "National Association of the Deaf."
 
Video fades to white then to David Reynolds.
 
DAVID: Hello!  You know, Julie and I both discussed how extremely thankful we are, from the bottom of our hearts.  There are many of you in Region 4 who have fought tirelessly for educational rights, and many other important issues.  Many volunteered, from the 11 states.  We are proud to serve you.  Many of the things we've accomplished would not be possible without your involvement.  You all volunteered your time and committed to the advocacy efforts and that's just champ.  We love you and thank you for continuing your hard work alongside us.  Thank you again for volunteering.
 
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The NAD Board members from Region 3, Christopher Patterson and Larry Evans, want to take the time to thank their volunteers.  #NationalVolunteerWeek #NADthanksVolunteers #ThankYou #NADlove
 
 
 
Video description and transcript:
 
Video fades to soft blue and white background with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "National Association of the Deaf."
 
Video fades to white then to Christopher Patterson and Larry Evans.  
 
CHRISTOPHER (on the left): Hello!
 
LARRY (on the right): Howdy!  I'm from Austin, Texas!
 
CHRISTOPHER (on the left): And I'm from Atlanta, Georgia!  We want to take the time to thank everyone in Region 3, whom we've represented for, in the past two years.  Your incredible support and dedication has been awesome.  Thank you.
 
LARRY (on the right): Yes, thank you!
 
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The NAD Board members from Region 2 want to take the time to thank their volunteers, watch Jenny Buechner and Richard McCowin share their gratitude.  #NationalVolunteerWeek #NADthanksVolunteers #ThankYou #NADlove
 
 
 
Video description and transcript:
 
Video fades to soft blue and white background with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "National Association of the Deaf."
 
Video fades to white then to Jenny Buechner and Richard McCowin.  
 
RICHARD (on the right): Hi!  From the two of us from Region 2, we really want to share our gratitude.  Your volunteerism, dedication, and simply being a hard work is very generous.
 
JENNY (on the left): Volunteers are truly important for the NAD.  Thanks to your support, the NAD makes wonderful progress!  We want to...
 
JENNY and RICHARD: Thank you!
 
Video fades to the same soft blue and white background with the NAD logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "A production of The National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2013 All rights reserved."
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The NAD Board members from Region 1 want to take the time to thank their volunteers, watch Margie English and Steve Lovi share their gratitude.  #NationalVolunteerWeek #NADthanksVolunteers #ThankYou #NADlove
 
 
 
Video description and transcript:
 
Video fades to soft blue and white background with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "National Association of the Deaf."
 
Video fades to white then to Margie English and Steve Lovi.  
 
MARGIE (on the right): You have generously contributed a lot of your time for the NAD, we appreciate your volunteer efforts.  The deaf and hard of hearing community has improved enormously thanks to people like you.  Thank you so much!
 
STEVE (on the left): We're so lucky to have people like you in Region 1 who are willing to give their time, passion, and energy to support the NAD. So, thank you again for your time, passion, and energy!
 
MARGIE (on the right): Thank you!
 
Video fades to the same soft blue and white background with the NAD logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "A production of The National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2013 All rights reserved."

The #NAD2014 Early Bird deadline has been extended to April 30th!  That leaves you only one month to take advantage of the early bird fee for the combo registration.  Don't delay and start planning today!  Below is a sneak preview of what workshops will be offered in Atlanta, in addition to the evening events and exhibits!  

  • Advocacy Panel on VRI in Hospitals, Moderator Tracy Reid and Panelists Beca Bailey, Sean Furman, and Sherri Collins, M.Ed.
  • ASL & EHDI: A Powerful Combination, Beth S. Benedict
  • ASL: From the Past to the Future, Timothy "Timo" Owens and Arlene Gunderson
  • The Burden of Audism And Racism, Lindsay Dunn
  • Changing Things: Strategy to Action, Katie Murch
  • Child First, Dr. James E. Tucker and Barbara Raimondo
  • Child Protective Services: National Issues & Proposed Solutions, Allison Schlesinger, Karen Bowman, and Lori Dowds
  • Conflicts With Interpreters, Matthew O'Hara, Pamela Whitney, and David Thacker Bowell
  • Considerations of ASL & Eng Bilingual Dept, Bobbie Jo Kite and Heidi Burns
  • Creating ASL eBooks using iBooks Author, Michael Hughes, Bindu Bammi, Greg Zolkowski, Maureen Zolkowski, and Tobin Zolkowski
  • Deaf Attorneys Panel, Suzy Rosen Singleton and a Panel of Attorneys
  • Deaf Housing: An Integrated Model, Katie Voss, Linda Russell, and Erich Schwenker
  • Deaf Professionals & Interpreters, Shilpa Hanumantha, PhD and Laurie Shaffer
  • Deaf Self-Advocacy, Lillian Garcia Peterkin
  • Deaf Whole: Using Deafhood to Shape our Future!, Marvin Miller and Chriz Dally
  • Deaf Youth: An Untapped Resource, Lissette Molina Wood, Martin Price, and Setth Snow
  • Ethnic Enclaves: The New Deaf Community, W. Scot Atkins, Ed.D and Thomas Baldridge, JD, MBA, MFA
  • Equal Access to the Justice System, Maggie Sims
  • Extraordinary Journey into Parenthood, Sean Furman and Patrick Graham
  • Formula for Success = Collaborations, Steven A. Florio, MS, Mary A. Hartnett, Sheryl Emory, John Miller, Lori Breslow, Benjamin Wagenknecht, and Ronald L. Lanier
  • Gallaudet's VL2 Center Shares Research, Jenny Singleton
  • Healthy Aging in the Deaf Community, Jenny Singleton
  • How to Get a Job in Federal Government, Amanda Clatterbaugh and Ryan Maliszewski
  • Implementation of the VRS Reform Program, Gregory Hlibok
  • Interpreting Services: YOU Know Best, Bradley Dale and Jesse Conrad
  • It’s time to Raise Interpreter Standards, Julie Anne Schafer
  • Know Your Employment Rights and Responsibilities, Benro Ogunyipe, MPA
  • Language Equality for Deaf Kids, Sheri A. Farinha
  • Legislative Success: It is all about Relationships, Mary Hartnett and Jessalyn Akerman-Frank
  • Making the Deaf Ecosystem Stronger, Kelby Brick
  • Maximize Social Media for Business, Corey Axelrod
  • NAD Law and Advocacy Center: Behind the Scenes, Caroline Jackson and Debra Patkin
  • National Employment Resources Center, Sam Sepah
  • Past & Future Educational Human Rights, Dr. Roz Rosen
  • Social Justice and the Deaf/Signing Community, Mark Ramirez
  • Special Education Law and Deaf Students, Jeffrey Archer Miller
  • Strategies for working with Interpreters, Janis Cole and Sherrette Estes
  • Text to 9-1-1: Ready Now?, Donna Platt and Richard Ray
  • Video Confessions from our Superheroes, Dr. Alim Chandani and Darian Burwell
  • Wall Street, Main Street: the US Economy, Dr. Khadijat K. Rashid
  • We Need More ASL-Centric Teaching!, Austin Andrews
  • Where We're Going with Captioning, Moderator Andrew Phillips and a Panel
  • You cannot control what happens to you, MeLisa D. Dennis

Register today!

Nominate deserving people and organizations for the 2014 NAD Awards! Do you know someone who has done a lot for the deaf and hard of hearing community? Here's your chance to make sure those who have done so much get the recognition merited by their work. Each award has a different purpose, and you can recommend someone specific for each type of award that best fits their contribution. Nominate someone by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

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