National Association of the Deaf

NAD Board Update: January 2013

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[VIDEO] The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that the January 2013 NAD Board Video Update is here! Watch this video to learn all about what is going on with the NAD, and what our Board members were discussing, or had to report, during their recent meeting in Atlanta!


The NAD logo appears on a royal blue background, with the words "National Association of the Deaf" and "" on-screen. The logo fades into a black background, with "January 2013 NAD Board Update" in the center of the screen. The black background fades away, and Chris Wagner appears in an oxford shirt and tie, and begins.

Chris Wagner appears in an oxford shirt and tie, and begins.

CHRIS WAGNER, PRESIDENT, NAD: Hello! The NAD has been abuzz with activity. We've worked on the RID - NAD NIC tests, MOU, and agency accreditation. The NAD Board and HQ worked closely with the RID President, Board and Executive Director. We also have a partnership with CEASD to promote the Child First program, through which we've been advocating education for deaf children, and the recognition of ASL as a human right. Mervin Garretson, he was well respected as a past President and Executive Director of NAD. He recently passed away. This is a huge loss for NAD and the deaf community, both in America and worldwide. With Merv's passing, the President Emeritus position became vacant. The new President Emeritus is Gertie Galloway. Gertie was the first female NAD President in history. Now, we are honored to have Gertie as our current President Emeritus. In other news, just this weekend, the NAD Board voted on the location of the 2016 National Conference- it will be hosted in Phoenix, Arizona. We're excited to host the conference in Phoenix, Arizona! The Board has worked hard with many different committees and made a lot of progress meeting the priorities set by the delegates. We've decided that we will meet in Phoenix, Arizona from April 11 to 13, 2013, and we hope you can join us to watch us in action. Thank you very much. We appreciate your support for the NAD.

Kirsten Poston appears, with a black fleece sweater with the NAD logo emblazoned on it.

KIRSTEN POSTON, SECRETARY, NAD: The employment taskforce has met and included 12 people from diverse backgrounds. Some are federal employees, some are from the private sector, and even an interpreter. We discussed our different perspectives and studied the issues. We will continue our work.

Steve Lovi, decked out in a suit and tie and a CEASD Child First button on his right lapel, appears.

STEVE LOVI, REGION I: Welcome to the NAD. We're thrilled to announce that we've developed new Section guidelines. We wanted to let you know that we will send out more details soon on how to join a new Section. We also want to thank the current Section members who have been involved for many years. Thank you!

Richard McCowin appears in a light blue oxford shirt and a yellow tie.

RICHARD MCCOWIN, REGION II: Hi! I want to introduce someone. Who are you?

A short-haired woman with a black jacket and a red shirt appears to the left of Richard McCowin.

KIM BIANCO MAJERI: I'm Kim Bianco Majeri.

RICHARD MCCOWIN: Why are you joining us today?

KIM BIANCO MAJERI: I'm here to train the NAD Board on legislative issues and strategies to address them.

RICHARD MCCOWIN: Thank you, Kim. Let me add, Kim worked with us to do a legislative training with the Iowa Association of the Deaf, due to school issues in Iowa. We decided to ask Kim to come train the Board. It was a great training. If your state association wants to have this kind of legislative training, please contact your NAD regional representative. Thank you.

Christopher Patterson appears in a cobalt blue short-sleeved oxford shirt.

CHRISTOPHER PATTERSON, REGION III: Hello! We were thrilled to have the Board meeting in Atlanta. On Friday, we went to visit AASD, the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf. We went to observe classrooms, meet with administration, teachers, and students. It was a great experience! We also had a Board meeting at AASD that afternoon. After the Board meeting, we went to the town hall meeting, also hosted at AASD. It was really nice to have 5 different group discussions for people to discuss their concerns and issues. It was great. I really want to thank Amy Peterson, who really facilitated our town hall meeting. It was an excellent partnership with the Georgia Association of the Deaf. Also, we want to share that the Board had training with respect to privilege. This is part of the Board's 40 hours of training requirement. We had 3 hours this morning with Dr. Bettina Love. She gave an good, inspiring presentation. We look forward to working with her. Amy Cohen Efron came to continue this training by facilitating a discussion. We explored our concerns, and how we can improve ourselves. I want to thank the Board for coming to Atlanta. Thank you.

David O. Reynolds appears in a camel-toned suit, with a small NAD pin on his left lapel.

DAVID O. REYNOLDS, REGION IV: Hi! I am speaking as a representative of Region 4 about the HUD housing law and the developing situation with housing for deaf people. There are deaf housing areas in Arizona, Massachusetts, and California. The NAD has been trying to clarify the issues with HUD and advocate for the proper application of the law. We are fighting to make sure that deaf people can live together, and will take action.

Joshua Beckman appears in a black suit featuring a salmon-colored oxford shirt and a small NAD pin on his left lapel.

JOSHUA BECKMAN, APPOINTED MEMBER: Hi, everyone! I'm here to share updates from the YST, Youth Strategic Team/Youth Committee. We have identified interested persons, and met with them. This is an ongoing process. We will meet again to work together, and will share more updates shortly. Secondly, we have exciting news! YLC applications are available! If you are interested in becoming a camper, staff member, or administrator, go ahead and apply! The link is: This will be a great experience for you.

Tawny Holmes appears in a brown business suit with a lightly patterned oxford shirt.

TAWNY HOLMES, APPOINTED MEMBER: We have an exciting announcement! We're in the process of setting up different committees focusing on education and early intervention. We're in the process of selecting people. For those who have contacted us, we will get back to you soon to make sure the community is involved in the process to make strides for education!


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