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Do you like to rev your engines? Have a serious need for speed? Join the Bluegrass Deaf Bikers Tour! The NAD is proud to announce that, along with DeaFestival Kentucky, we are co-sponsoring a motorcycle tour of several world-famous distilleries along the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail, set to take place from Friday, July 6th through Tuesday, July 10th. Folks here at Louisville are already talking about the excitement surrounding the Bluegrass Deaf Bikers Tour

The event includes tours of world-famous distillers and liquor producers, including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey and many more! While you're zooming through the countryside, you'll also get the chance to explore the backroads of Kentucky and take scenic detours to Lexington Horse Farms and Bernhelm Forest
For tour information, visit the KAD Information Booth at the NAD Exhibit Hall during the Conference- and if you want more information before you stop by the conference, contact Dick Moore via email. We're thrilled to help make this Bluegrass Deaf Biker Tour happen! 

We'll see you in Louisville in just a day or two! 

We’re dreaming about Louisville - and the many faces we’re going to see at the NAD Conference in just a few days! Our limited number of Opening Ceremony tickets are selling like crazy! We only have a few tickets left for the Opening Ceremony- and after that, no more tickets will be available. Hurry now and grab your ticket for the Opening Ceremony, complete with entertainers, a baseball game and fireworks, on July 3! Contact us now to reserve your ticket for pickup in Louisville. RSVP to us through our contact form on the NAD website.

Tickets are still available for the College Bowl Preliminaries and Final, the Miss Deaf America Preliminaries, Finals, and Live Auction. The Miss Deaf America Preliminaries and Finals will be the last times you’ll see lovely ladies parade across the stage in this format, and during the intermission there will be a Live Auction! And don’t forget - there are three all-new teams joining Gallaudet, RIT/NTID and CSUN in the College Bowl competition this year!

We still have a limited number of tickets available for the closing NAD Benefit BBQ Dinner on Saturday night as well. What a great way to wrap up the NAD Conference and kick back with your new friends!

You can reserve tickets for the Opening Ceremony ($45) by going to our contact form on the NAD website. Your NAD membership must be current in order to attend the Opening Ceremony, and you need to pick up your reserved ticket between 8 am and 10 am on July 3rd. Our many other events have sold out, and tickets are no longer available for these events. Tickets are going fast, so don’t miss your opportunity! 

Registration for the NAD Conference is closed but you are able to purchase tickets for specific events on-site until they are sold out:

  • College Bowl Preliminary I $10


  • College Bowl Preliminary II $10


  • College Bowl Finals $55


  • Miss Deaf America Preliminary I $10


  • Miss Deaf America Preliminary II $10 


  • Miss Deaf America Preliminary III $10


  • Miss Deaf America Finals & Live Auction $55


  • NAD Benefit BBQ Dinner $30


Remember, workshops are free for members! Please make sure your membership is current before you arrive in Louisville, or you will need to take the time to renew on-site - which means standing in line! Skip the lines and renew your membership today.

Don’t wait, contact us TODAY to get in on all the fun in Louisville!


As a passionate and groundbreaking deaf artist, Chuck Baird was a trailblazer, leader and role model with an incredible presence in the arts.

The NAD is proud to announce that you will have a chance to purchase a limited-edition Chuck Baird print, Double Arch, at the NAD Conference and DeaFestival Kentucky from July 3rd - July 7th, 2012 in Louisville! The prints in this series were made specifically for the Deaflympics at Salt Lake City, Utah, and only 250 prints of this rare special-edition work of art by Chuck Baird exist in the world. These prints are numbered, framed and matted with gold medals from the Deaflympics, and signed by Chuck Baird himself. Support the NAD and the Knowledge Center on Deafness, a Leadership Sponsor of the 51st Biennial NAD Conference in Louisville this summer, and bring home Double Arch. Celebrate a cherished deaf artist, and secure a piece of history! Each special-edition print is priced at $300 - but they'll be gone soon!

You can beat the crowd by contacting the Knowledge Center on DeafnessDouble Arch can be yours today and shipped directly to your home, or stop by the KCDHH booth at the NAD Conference to see the print in person, and buy it on-site.

The NAD thanks Chuck Baird's niece, Juniper Sussman, for providing this heartfelt biography of this celebrated deaf artist:

Chuck Baird (1947-2012)

Chuck Baird was born deaf to a family of artists in 1947. His parents could hear, but three of his four siblings were also deaf. Chuck attended the Kansas School for the Deaf where he got his early instruction in the Arts. He attended Gallaudet College and went on to get his BFA degree in Fine Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology / National Technical Institute for the Deaf in 1974. Chuck Baird lived most of his life as a nomadic artist, committed to the upliftment of deaf people and ASL through art. Some highlights of his career include his long tenure with the National Theatre of the Deaf as an actor and a set designer; his residency with more than 35 schools, colleges, and universities; his well known animal and blossom series; and a much celebrated and sought after publication entitled Chuck Baird, 35 Plates. His vibrant murals and installation pieces can be found all over the world. Chuck Baird was also one of the founding members of Spectrum in Austin, Texas, which is a crucial part of the history of De’VIA, a genre of art expressing the Deaf experience. Chuck Baird’s legacy continues with the work of the Chuck Baird Foundation, which is committed to supporting young deaf artists.


There are only a limited number of prints available so be sure to secure your copy today by emailing the Knowledge Center on Deafness here. Check out the Knowledge Center on Deafness page for more photographs of this limited-edition artwork.

Celebrate Chuck Baird's legacy by purchasing "Double Arch" today, and support the Knowledge Center on Deafness!


Do you want to be a part of history in the making? Attend the last-ever Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program in the current format! The current Miss Deaf America Ambassador, Rachel Mazique, will crown the 40th and last-ever Miss Deaf America Ambassador.

This is not something you want to miss! By the time we all meet at the next Conference in 2014, the Ambassador program will have undergone major changes, and this will be your last chance to watch the historical NAD program. Previous Miss Deaf Americas will also be in attendance to celebrate the last competition in the current format.

The 2010 Miss Deaf America Ambassador program in Philadelphia, PA was abuzz with activity and excitement, not to mention interaction with the community. Conference attendees really loved mingling with contestants and we’re really looking forward to having that happen again this year. We have an awesome pool of 14 fabulous ladies who are ready to surprise you! Remember, this is your last chance- at the 2014 NAD Conference, the NAD will complete its search for the first-ever gender-inclusive Ambassador. Both men and women will have the chance to compete for the opportunity to serve both the NAD and the deaf and hard of hearing community at large.

With the preliminaries building up anticipation for the final Miss Deaf America Ambassador competition, tickets are going quickly -- and we wanted to remind you of your chance to be a part of history. Contact us TODAY to reserve your tickets!

You will also get a chance to participate in the Live Auction during intermission, where you can purchase items created by deaf artists, travel packages, and more.

Contact us here and tell us how many tickets you need- and remember, this is your last chance!

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has selected Atlanta, Georgia as the site of the 52nd Biennial NAD Conference from July 1-5, 2014.
Plans are being made for an exciting 2014 NAD Conference with an Opening Ceremony, College Bowl Finals, the all-new youth competition, fireworks celebration, and the Georgia Association of the Deaf Festival!
The Georgia Association of the Deaf will have an exhibit booth at the 2012 NAD Conference from July 3-7, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. Please visit their booth to learn more about our exciting plans for 2014!
As more information becomes available, we will keep you posted at the official 2014 NAD Conference website:

We are thrilled to have three new teams join the College Bowl Competion at the 51st Biennial NAD Conference in Louisville, KY this July! The College Bowl competition has been a crowd favorite since its inception in 1988 and this year the CSUN, NTID/RIT (not pictured) and Gallaudet University teams will be joined by three all-new teams: Howard College at SWCID, the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas at Austin.

Reserve your ticket TODAY- contact us here and tell us how many tickets you will buy. Space is running out, but we want everybody to have a chance to cheer on their favorite teams during the College Bowl preliminaries and finals, and support quality education for our deaf and hard of hearing young adults!

The College Bowl competition was founded in 1988 because the NAD wanted to showcase the potential and advancement of deaf and hard of hearing students in academic institutions. The College Bowl is one of the stages where future leaders of the deaf community meet -- and engage in a fun, friendly competition!

Previous competitions have asked questions ranging from deaf history to current events, from literature to world history, and the 2010 competition ended with only a two-point margin between the winning team and the second place team. Gallaudet won with 93 points over NTID/RIT's 91, and CSUN scored 44 points. Who knows what will happen this year?

With the new, expanded group of teams, the format has been adjusted to reflect the changes. For the first time ever, the College Bowl competition will consist of two preliminary matches as well as the final match. The first preliminary will be on Wednesday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m., and the second one later that day at 2:00 p.m, where two rooms will have three teams each. The final will consist of the three teams with the highest combined scores.

Contact us here and let us know how many tickets you want- and we'll see you there!


Our conference theme “Nothing About Us, Without Us!” remains true in every fiber of our being! Check out our Q&A with the candidates for the 2012 NAD Board Elections and learn about who you can vote for to represent you in the NAD!

 See a list of all the candidates and more information about the expectations and responsibilities of board members and the election process.   In our Q&A session, each candidate was asked five questions: 

  1. Tell us why you are a candidate for the NAD Board position that you have chosen.
  2. Outline your background and the qualifications you bring to this position and the NAD Board as a whole.
  3. Describe your vision for the NAD and its future.
  4. Explain the specific ways you would promote diversity and youth within the NAD.
  5. Social networking is a popular way of sharing news.  Explain how you will draw new supporters to the NAD through social media and related technologies.

 Take the time to learn about each candidate now, so we can all be prepared to share our thoughts and ideas for the future of the NAD when we meet in Louisville! 


We have our spectacular Opening Ceremonies at a baseball field, a jam-packed week of workshops, events and exhibits and a barbecue as the closing banquet... Lots of indoor activities, then outdoor fun under the hot Louisville sun! What should you pack for your trip to Louisville?

Here’s a few tips on what to wear to events during the conference week. Let’s get all our ducks in a row! 

First, the weather. During the month of July in Louisville, the average high is 89 degrees, with a low of 70 degrees during the evenings. July is also the average hottest month in Louisville! Looks like it’ll be a great week. This gives you an idea of what to bring - loose, cool clothing is a great idea. 

Now, the attire. Kicking off with the Opening Ceremonies on July 3 from 3:30 to 10 p.m. at the Louisville Slugger field, wear casual attire you are comfortable in, so you can greet old and new friends -- and cheer for the Louisville Bats on their home field! 

The Steamboat Cruise to benefit KAD on July 4 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. includes performances, fireworks, desserts, and a cash bar, and an amazing sunset, so be sure to dress up for the evening in the spirit of the Fourth of July, if you’ve already bought your tickets for the Steamboat Cruise!  

For the workshops, exhibit hall, and plenary sessions, the attire is business casual. The same goes for the College Bowl  finals on July 5 from 8 to 10 p.m., and the Miss Deaf America Finals/Live Auction on July 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. 

All day on July 7 is the DeaFestival, and then we wrap up the conference with a fun barbecue. This will be a casual gathering to benefit NAD from 5 to 7 p.m. Dress casually so you can enjoy the last evening in Louisville, and make a few more memories before we all go home! 

It’s getting more and more exciting each day. We can’t wait to see you in Louisville!


A very limited number of tickets are now available for the Opening Ceremony! Don’t wait until they’re gone- order your tickets now!

Start the 51st Biennial NAD Conference with a bang by attending the fun-filled Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, July 3rd. Make the most of your trip by experiencing a Kentucky welcome at the family-friendly Opening Ceremony, to be held at the Louisville Bats stadium. This event is a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate with your friends, family and meet new friends at a fun outdoor venue!
The night will include great all-you-can-eat buffet, an exciting baseball game between the Kentucky Bats and the Indianapolis Indians, and a spectacular fireworks display. But that’s not all- watch Warren “WaWa” Snipes, Sean Forbes and Jeremy Quiroga entertain you at the Opening Ceremony! Don't miss out on an unforgettable experience- reserve your ticket now!
We only have a limited quantity of tickets available. RSVP TODAY through our “Contact Us” form on the NAD website- and be sure to let us know how many people are in your party. 
Make sure you RSVP today to reserve your tickets. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets on Tuesday, July 3rd from 8 am to 10 am. If you haven’t picked up your tickets by 10 am, the NAD Conference Staff will start to release the tickets to the public on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to come early!
Adults can enjoy the Opening Ceremony for $45.00, and children under 17 years of age can enjoy the Opening Ceremony for $25.00. Children who are two or younger get in free! There is a playground at the stadium for children to play while you mingle with old friends. RSVP for your Opening Ceremony experience today by contacting us right now!
Remember, we only have a limited number of tickets, and you have limited time to RSVP! Hurry and order your tickets now before they run out!

See you at the Opening Ceremony!


A limited number of spots are available for the 2012 NAD Conference Children’s Camp! Instead of leaving your kids all day in your hotel room or to scorch outside under the hot Louisville sun, register them for three fun-filled days of NAD Children’s Camp! Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, too- but only if you register now!

The NAD will host an exciting Children’s Camp packed with a wide range of activities for children ages 3 through 17. While you’re busy attending Conference workshops and browsing exhibit halls on July 4th, 5th and 6th, between 8 am and 5 pm each day, your kids will make beautiful objects during craft time, be entertained by a stellar cast of deaf and hard of hearing performers, and explore Louisville through awesome field trips!

Get the best of two worlds by registering your kids today! Remember, parents- you can enjoy learning and socializing with like-minded advocates at the NAD Conference, while your kids are having a blast!

Registration for our Children’s Camp ends on June 15th – there will be no on-site registration at the NAD Conference.

Available spots are filling up fast so sign up today, before they’re gone!

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