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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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!
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.
Mental Health Expert Group Chair Steve Hamerdinger explains the Position Statement on Preservation of Mental Health Services for Deaf People in an Integrated Health Care available online. If you're reading this from your mobile, view the video here.
Why are conversations across communities important? Watch this summary video of #NAD2016 Community Forum that happened in Phoenix, sponsored by Convo Relay and hosted by Lauren Ridloff and Lynnette Taylor. If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the recap here.
Joe Murray from the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) encourages you all to celebrate the International Week of the Deaf! This year's theme is "With Sign Language, I am Equal" and will be during September 19 to 25, 2016. If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.
Are you registered to vote on November 8th? Not sure if you're registered? Want to learn more about the #SignVote campaign? Explore signvote.org today! Your vote counts! #GOTV #CripTheVote #Elections2016