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Today, the announcements were made for the elected positions as follows:

New Board members elected: Margie English (Region 1), Richard McCowin (Region 2), Chris Patterson (Region 3) and Julie Rems Smario (Region 4)

The 2010-2012 Executive Board is as follows: Sheri Farinha (Secretary) and Michael Michner (Treasurer). Bobbie Beth Scoggins and Christopher Wagner were re-elected as President and Vice President.

The presenter, Melanie Nakaji, asks the question: how do we make doctors more deaf-friendly?

UCSD program enrolls medical students who are expected of the following:
- 8 quarters of ASL courses
- gave health talks in ASL
- attended gallaudet for four weeks
- met deaf friends at health talks
- attended deaf culture events
- practiced ASL using hte internet, videos, DVDs
- practiced ASL with Deaf staff

Led by Rosaline Crawford (NAD), Cheryl Heppner (CAN) and Claude Stout (TDI), the open forum was designed to be receptive; to ask what the working group’s priorities should be.

The first audience member discussed about how High Definition captioning is different on Standard Definition television programming.

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Tayler Mayer interviews random people attending the 50th Biennial Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Attendees from all over the nation came for different reasons, but all share a common ground: National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Start planning now for the next NAD conference in Louisville, KY. It will be in the year 2012. Captions will come soon.

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Captions are coming soon. Read the blog post about the Opening Ceremony


Deaf Bilingual Coalition (DBC) feels that the term “intervention” is negative and implies that a “problem” is identified which needs to be fixed. Various minority organizations are led by the people themselves; for example, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are led by black people only. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), which NAD supported the passage into law, does not have any Deaf stakeholders, or members representing Deaf people in the group.


The NAD 50th Biennial Conference Opening Ceremony began with Betsy Ross sewing the American flag while thinking about what was happening in the country -- to name one, the tax paid to England. Our founding forefathers decided it was time to gather round to discuss issues confronting the colonies. Together, they debated and drafted the Declaration of Independence, and on the Fourth of July, 1776, the Continental Congress announced its adoption and that the thirteen American colonies were now independent states.

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