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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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We're looking for interested people to run for available board positions for the NAD!  Apply at phoenix.nad.org by June 3, 2016.  If you're reading this from your mobile, watch the video here.

To inspire, encourage, and advocate for deaf and hard of hearing children -- these were the motivations that sparked Stacy Abrams’ #whyIsign campaign, and inspire she has!  The NAD recognizes Stacy Abrams for April’s #NADhandwave for this creative and unique campaign.  From her website www.whyisign.com to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the #whyIsign campaign has gone viral and inspired many members within our community.

The campaign’s initiative was to encourage families to post videos sharing why they use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with their deaf and hard of hearing children. Originally the campaign was set to commence for just two days, March 13-15, 2016.  However, with the power of social media, the campaign received and continues to receive strong support from our community.  

Stacy has a contagious passion for advocacy and works with hearing families to ensure all deaf and hard of hearing children have equal access to language.  She is the Family Mentor Program Coordinator in the state of Arizona, and she oversees and guides deaf mentors.  Not only is she nationally certified to train deaf mentors in programs for the Deaf Mentor Curriculum nationwide, she is also a national trainer in SKI-HI Curriculum.

Stacy’s main goal is to provide opportunities for a solid foundation empowering families with deaf and hard of hearing children to maximize their potential.  She strives to provide a support system for parents in having whatever it is they may need in believing with confidence that their children will have a successful future.  Deaf and hard of hearing children who have early exposure and access to their natural language, ASL, are proven to have greater academic success.  Stacy knows communication is key to establishing a strong bond between parents and their deaf and hard of hearing children. If given the appropriate support, parents and families are able to see the full potential of their children and are more likely to choose what they feel are the best options for their children. 

On her website, Stacy shares her passionate reason for the #whyIsign campaign by stating she believes that “to sign is human” and emphasizes that ASL exposure is fundamental for deaf and hard of hearing children’s successes. Help spread awareness of her campaign and join the fun -- Stacy encourages anyone to share their stories, write letters and articles for the media, and post blogs/videos online.  Thank you, Stacy, for opening the doors for hearing families to find a home in our community. Stacy’s campaign has led to delighted parents and teachers sharing their gratitude, as follows:

“I can't imagine how it would be if we didn't have this full, unfiltered access to ASL, and subsequently, the world. We *never* have frustrations in communication with each other -- not even for the most complex of topics.” – hearing mom with deaf daughters

“I want my students to have access to everything: stories, poems, science, social studies.  Information, everything without limits.” -- Washington School for the Deaf, 6th Grade Teacher

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.

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Join the celebration!  April 2016 marks NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum's 5th year working with the NAD and he turns 50 years old! If you are reading this from your mobile, view the video here.

Hailing from Chicago, Carol Nemecek-Kowalski embodies the passion for leadership and advocacy, and we are thrilled to recognize her for this month’s #NADhandwave! Carol invests a great deal of her time and efforts in the deaf community and holds a special place in her heart for the Chicago Club for the Deaf (CCD). In case you didn’t know, CCD is one of the oldest deaf clubs in Illinois, as it was established in 1942! 

As Vice President of CCD, Carol continues to ensure that CCD stays open, despite many challenges and the changes in the deaf community. She also has worked for the past 12 years as a Deaf Service Coordinator for the Progress Center for Independent Living in Forest Park. In her job, she advocates on behalf of deaf consumers.  She believes in and encourages self-advocacy. Additionally, Carol teaches American Sign Language (ASL) classes at the Moraine Valley Community College. She enjoys teaching ASL and seeing our language bloom throughout society.

Carol also believes in deaf youth! Prior to the Youth Ambassador Program, (YAP), Carol was the Director of the Miss Deaf Illinois Pageant program through the Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) between 2008 and 2011.  In 2010, the Miss Deaf Illinois representative won the title of Miss Deaf America at the NAD Conference in Philadelphia.

Thank you Carol, for your advocacy!

The NAD gives monthly #NADhandwaves to people in our community. This is great opportunity for the NAD to recognize exemplary people for the work they do. With such great people, the world continues to progress. If you know someone who deserves a #NADHandwave, submit your suggestion 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.

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To recognize deaf and hard of hearing youth across America, the NAD proclaims March 6th as National Deaf Youth Day, starting 2017! This proclamation is a result of one of the priorities established at the last NAD Conference in Atlanta in 2014. The NAD thanks and recognizes Pennsylvania Society for Advancement of the Deaf (PSAD) for being the state model and originator of the National Deaf Youth Day priority. If you are reading this from your mobile, view the video here.

Victorica Monroe, a Mississippi native, is this month’s #NADhandwave recipient! She has been nominated in recognition of her strong leadership and activism regarding #GallyCampusRacism.

If you know Victorica, you know that she is humble and very strong willed. Her colorful and energized personality makes her approachable and trustworthy. Victorica is devoted to working with deaf children, especially deaf children of color, and ensuring their rights to equal education.  Communication access is an issue she advocates for tirelessly. Victorica believes that access to sign language at an early age will produce positive results. 

Her leadership background includes being the Director of Diversity and the Fellowship program with the Student Body Government at Gallaudet University. She has worked at Camp Mark 7 as the Director of Team Building.  She helped found Gallaudet Students of Color. She participated in the NAD Leadership Training Conference (NLTC) in Birmingham, Alabama in September 2015.

Victorica is recently known for bringing attention to #GallyCampusRacism at Gallaudet University last December and worked closely with administration to promote the needed change. Through grassroot efforts, she was able to collaborate with other students of color, faculty, and staff on campus. She helped Black Student Union with producing several videos, which has hundreds of shares and likes.

Victorica was raised in Arcola, Mississippi and attended the Mississippi School for the Deaf starting at the early age of 3 years old.  She spent her childhood there and graduated. She studied at Hinds Community College and received an Associate of Arts in 2013. Eventually, she graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Recreation in 2015, while getting the President’s Scholar award, Cum Laude.  Currently, Victorica is a teacher at her old stomping grounds at the Mississippi School for the Deaf. She plans to get a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education and is open to studying for a doctorate.

The NAD thanks you Victorica, for your passion and commitment towards equality. Your unconditional love for deaf education is admirable and we believe in you.

The NAD gives monthly #NADhandwaves to people in our community. This is great opportunity for the NAD to recognize exemplary people for the work they do. With such great people, the world continues to progress. If you know someone who deserves a #NADHandwave, submit your suggestion 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.

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Howard A. Rosenblum, NAD CEO, discusses about text-to-911 and what the NAD hopes to achieve. 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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