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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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The NAD is excited to release the first of the new video series, Deaf History That! In this brief episode, learn what were one of our favorite pastimes. If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.
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NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum announces an exciting new web video series to be released soon! The AHA Series is also available at www.nad.org/AHA. If you're reading this from your mobile, view the video here.
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The NAD has three vacant board positions: Treasurer, Region II Representative, and Region IV Representative. Any one interested in applying can do so before July 5th online.

Some of you may know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  It has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Its purpose is to raise awareness about mental illnesses and draw attention to important issues. Mental Health Awareness Month also aims to educate communities about psychological disorders, while reducing the stigma that surrounds them. In fact, in 2013, President Obama declared May as the National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Thus, Ginny Paja Nyholm was nominated for the month of May due to her extensive experience and involvement in mental health.  As a loyal community member, she continues to serve and advocate the deaf and hard of hearing community, especially with deaf youth. 

Hailing from California, Ginny is a proud alumnus of the California School for the Deaf Riverside. She earned her B.A. in Deaf Studies at CSUN. She worked at the Tri-County GLAD for a few years and got involved with the National Asian Deaf Congress. As a result of her journey and experiences at Tri-County GLAD, she went on to earn her M.A. in the Department of Counseling at Gallaudet University. As life would have it, she got married and had a son. After a few years, she went back to work as a part-time Para-Educator at the Cabrillo Middle School. Currently, she is the Mental Health Outreach Coordinator at the Tri-County GLAD, where you probably see her informative vlogs and blogs which are shared via social media. Her posts cover a wide range of valuable topics, from mental health to community awareness.

Her hobbies include rooting for her son at his sports games, reading, watching movies, and developing the annual family newsletter with her husband's expertise in graphic design!

Ginny, the NAD appreciates your valuable knowledge in the mental health field and thanks you for your dedication to spreading awareness. 

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.

Are you going to #NAD2016 in Phoenix?  Join us at the Order of Georges and Georgettes Breakfast on July 6th! The breakfast is to honor people who have been NAD members for three years or more. Register at phoenix.nad.org by May 31, 2016! 
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NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum does a #AskHoward video about the upcoming elections for the U.S. and the NAD. Submit a NAD priority (or two) by Sunday, May 22, 2016 online! The AHA Series is also available at www.nad.org/AHA.
 
NOTE: THE PRIORITIES DEADLINE WAS EXTENDED TO MAY 22, 2016.
 
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In case you missed it, the conference theme is in ASL! Be sure to register at phoenix.nad.org by May 31, 2016! If you're reading this from your mobile, view the video here.

The NAD Board of Directors met in Philadelphia last month. During the visit, NAD Board members were able to visit the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf and the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. The NAD Board members also had the opportunity to have dinner with the New Jersey Association of the Deaf and the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf, respectively. The successful joint town hall meeting with NJAD and PSAD was held at PSD. Enjoy the photo slideshow!

NAD Board Meeting April 2016

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This video was created by Jr. NAD members during the #JRNAD2015 National Conference in Orlando, Florida. If you're reading this from your mobile, view the video here.

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NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum does a #AskHoward video while standing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court! The AHA Series is also available at www.nad.org/AHA. If you're reading this from your mobile, view the video here.

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