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Get outside and find a street corner on October 20th! Fight for our rights for access, education, and employment. If you're reading this from your mobile, view the video here.

 

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In this first installment of NAD President Melissa Draganac-Hawk's monthly series, Melissa shares updates about: the upcoming board meeting in October in the DC/Maryland area, committees, law enforcement, transparency, the five priorities, and signvote.org!
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NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum wants you to write to Congress and ask them not to pass H.R. 3765 which will affect the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The letter template is available online and you can find your Representative here. 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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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.

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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 

Benton Harbor, MI  – Loeks Theaters, Inc., the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and deaf Michigan resident Graham Forsey, today announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed last month by deaf movie fans.  The suit, filed in the Western District of Michigan, sought captioning in movie theaters owned and operated by Loeks Theaters, Inc.

In settlement of the suit, Loeks Theaters, Inc., which operates Celebration! Cinemas, Studio C!, Cinema Carousel, and the Plaza 1 and 2., agreed to ensure that its theaters are accessible to deaf and hard of hearing movie goers through closed captioning. Loeks Theaters, Inc. will also be reaching out to the local deaf and hard of hearing community to welcome them as movie patrons.

Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf commended this agreement and said, “We are pleased that Loeks is committed to ensuring equal access to their theaters with movies that are fully accessible for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.”

“We are moving ahead with captioning technology at the rest of our locations,” said Steve VanWagoner, VP of Marketing for Celebration! Cinema. “We remain committed to continuing to improve services for all our guests.”

Within a few months, all of the following movie theaters will provide captioning:

Benton Harbor: Celebration! Cinema
Grand Rapids: Celebration! Cinema North, South, RiverTown Mall, Woodland Mall.
Lansing: Celebration! Cinema, Studio C!
Mt. Pleasant: Celebration! Cinema
Muskegon: Cinema Carousel, Plaza 1&2
Portage: Celebration! Cinema

Please check with the Box Office at your local Celebration! Cinema for details on theater-specific captioning information, including anticipated dates captioning will become available in each theater.

The NAD and Mr. Forsey were represented by the National Association of the Deaf, Stein & Vargas, LLP and Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC.

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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.

Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC is a firm committed to protecting the rights of people by practicing law from the heart, making a difference one day at a time for those who are denied the very protections, liberties, and equality that we all deserve.

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Linsay Darnall, Jr. introduces Melville Ballard and shares some interesting facts about him. If you're reading this from your mobile, view the video here.

Go ahead and explore the #NAD2016 Photo Album on Flickr or Facebook. Enjoy.

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Learn how the New England Gallaudet Association of the Deaf help prompted the establishment of the NAD. #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories  If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.
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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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