National Association of the Deaf

Workshops and Commissions

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ally Service Model: Interpreter Role in Steering the Future Course of VRS Provision
Roberto Sandoval, Gina Gonzalez
Wednesday, July 7, 1:30-2:30 pm,  Franklin 1
Workshop/Language & Interpreting
Come and learn about the role of the interpreter within the Video Relay Service (VRS) industry. When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requested feedback from the public for its VRS reform forum, many asked, “Where is the interpreter voice?” Better understand the philosophical frame of the Ally philosophy and evaluate scenarios within the VRS industry for thoughtful and effective use of the materials presented.

Senior Citizens: Never Too Old to Blog
Ed Bosson
Wednesday, July 7, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 2
A revolutionary communication platform for community dialogue, mobilization and advocacy, blogging holds enormous potential for Deaf seniors who possess both disposable time and a wealth of technical and social knowledge. Learn about the unexpected rewards of blogging, get examples of effective advocacy and other blogs run by Deaf seniors, and find out about tips for Deaf seniors considering blogging as a way of contributing their expertise to the Deaf community.

Internet Video Captioning
Naomi Bilodeau, Ken Harrenstein
Wednesday, July 7, 1:30-2:30 pm,  Franklin 3
Come and see a demonstration of a variety of features and applications including basic and advanced functions, searching and deep linking, embedding with captions on and setting personal defaults for viewing. The presenters will review support for video captioning provided by various platforms at Google, including both YouTube and Google Video for Business. Learn about several ways to make use of captions for online video.

We Will Not Be Ignored! Working With the Deaf Community in Public Health Research
Matthew Starr
Wednesday, July 7, 1:30-2:30 pm,  Franklin 4
For decades, health promotion and disease prevention for Deaf Americans who communicate primarily in ASL has been largely elusive. Health-related surveys, usually conducted by telephone, are inaccessible. The mission of the National Center for Deaf Health Research (CBPR) is to promote health and prevent disease in the Deaf population through community-based participatory research. Both researchers and community members developed the Deaf Health Survey, one of the largest and most comprehensive health surveys for Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users, and its findings are being shared with the Deaf community. Gain an understanding of the process of CBPR and experience an interactive session in CBPR by interpreting and commenting on the findings of the Deaf Health Survey.

Interactions Within the Legal System: What Every Deaf Person Should Know
Dale H. Boam, Aileen "Aily" Panzer, Tara Potterveld
Wednesday, July 7, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 13
Workshop/Equal Access

Included in this presentation is an overview of what Deaf people need to know about civil and criminal legal matters, including: why Deaf people may or may not have rights to interpreters; what a Deaf person should expect when arrested; what should qualify interpreters (CDI and SC:L) to work with police; and how NAD affiliates can educate the Deaf community about legal rights. Learn how to distinguish when police officers' actions are discriminatory and how to prepare for civil lawsuits.

How Much Do You Really Know About Intimate Relations?
Christine Gannon, M.S.ED
Wednesday, July 7,  3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 1

Do you think think you know a lot about sex and sexuality? This interactive, fun and upbeat hour will let you to see how right you are! Learn some basic categories of information about sexuality with the detailed facts presented as trivia questions for you to answer. You will provide some of the information and then also get to ask questions.

Interacting with Law Enforcement For Positive Outcomes
Neil McDevitt
Wednesday, July 7,  3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 2

Workshop/Equal Access
While many people know the legal requirements for accessibility during interactions between police officers and deaf and hard of hearing people, there is often a lack of training and understanding among police officers. Gain a greater understanding of the various tools and challenges that law enforcement officers face on a daily basis directly from a police officer from the local Philadelphia area and learn how to become a more effective advocate with law enforcement agencies.  Ask the officer general questions about situations that you have had and participate in several hands-on role-play situations.

Working With Deaf Latino & Their Families in a Mental Health Setting
Susan Williams, Ph.D.
Wednesday, July 7, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 3

Workshop/Equal Access
In 2008, the NAD approved a Position Statement on "Culturally Affirmative and Linguistically Accessible Mental Health Services. As service providers in the field of mental health, we are well aware of these issues, and our mission and vision focus on developing a program that addresses these needs.  An additional area within this speciality is the need for multicultural cultural competency for deaf individuals.  Not only are there aspects of deaf culture, but there is also a need to incorporate cultural aspects of the particular ethnic group to which the individual belongs.  This presentation will focus on some of the challenges and issues when working with Deaf Latinos and their families in a mental health setting.

Smartphones: Providing Mobile Communication Solutions
Dave Dougall
Wednesday, July 7,  3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 4

Learn how smartphones enable deaf and hard of hearing users to stay connected with their friends, family, customers and clients. Learn about BlackBerry messaging options including IP Relay and IM capabilities, hearing aid compatibility (HAC) and HAC rated models, new closed captioning capabilities, and the latest product features that are beneficial to deaf and hard of hearing people.

Deaf Women in Action: Support and Networking for Success
Roz Rosen, Sheri Farinha, Julie Rems-Smario
Wednesday, July 7,  3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 13

Learn about the processes and experiences in community, political and social networking and the basic tenants of success, including planning, providing support, sharing expertise, developing trust, drawing strength from diversity and unity in collaborative approaches. Techniques in effective communications, networking and perseverance will be shared and real-life situations will be analyzed with audience participation invited. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Early Intervention NEEDS Your Involvement
Beth S. Benedict
Thursday, July 8, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 1
Commission/Linguistic Rights
Since the implementation of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) legislation in 2000, early intervention initiatives focusing on babies and families have increased. The purpose of the Early Hearing, Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system (within UNHS) is to identify deaf/hard of hearing babies and to provide families with information and support. But too often, the expertise of people who know the best, deaf and hard of hearing people themselves, is not included or valued. How can the Deaf community get involved? Learn about the history and get an update on EHDI, find out about initiatives and programs across the country and how you can make a difference in your hometown.

Leading a Successful Advocacy Campaign
Alicia Epstein
Thursday, July 8, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 2


The ability to craft meaningful grassroots advocacy campaigns that mobilize the support of the public, including elected officials, is critical. Learn about the steps in leading a grassroots advocacy campaign, including knowing your audience, finding out what people know (or think they know) about an issue, identifying and addressing barriers to the passage of legislation, ways to reframe issues and how to build support from the public and the media. Advocacy is rooted in civil rights movement. Advocacy does not appear out of the blue. It takes people to bring about change.

Traits of Deaf Leadership
Larry H. Forestal
Thursday, July 8, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 3
How can American deaf leaders be analyzed? Learn how traits can be used as one basis for analyzing deaf leaders and if those traits enhance their ability to lead and overcome unforeseen challenges. Traits of historical deaf leaders and current deaf leaders will be covered and you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, knowledge and perspectives.

Revolutionizing Mental Health and Human Services
Sara Collins, Rebecca Tregerman
Thursday, July 8, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 4

Workshop/Equal Access
In comparison to their hearing peers, Deaf individuals experience a significantly higher incidence of trauma.  More than half (54%) of Deaf men and half (50%) of Deaf women reported having been sexually abused compared to only 10% of hearing men and 25% of hearing women. Learn about the biopsychological effects of trauma and present evidence-based practices that have been adapted for the Deaf community and see a discussion on the trauma-informed care approach to treatment with a case study of a Deaf consumer seeking mental health services.

Creating Opportunities in Your Workplace
Daniel J. Schreiner, Carl Doeler
Thursday, July 8, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 13
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Council (DHHC), one of the nine official Special Emphasis Program (SEP) councils at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), came together last year to propose that the Agency support an outside leadership training course specifically for deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) employees. Learn about each of the steps the DHHC took to make this career-enhancing opportunity available for D/HH employees. Topics will include: community mobilization, proposal development, senior-level engagement (including garnering financial support) and the importance of reporting results/outcomes.

Educational Policy and Deaf Children: What's Up?
Barbara Raimondo
Thursday, July 8, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 1
Commission/Equal Access
Learn the latest with an overview of opportunities and challenges in education for deaf and hard of hearing students. Included in this informative hour will be a description of the state of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) systems, the implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the upcoming reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with an outline of the priorities of the Obama Administration and how they translate into policy.  Details about national efforts to improve outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing students will also be covered.

Disability Disclosure - When, Why, and How?
Adrienne Thal
Thursday, July 8, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 2

It’s already a tough job market these days for those who are unemployed, underemployed or simply looking for a new career. However, when submitting a job application, we are faced with the dilemma of whether or not to let the employer know about our deafness/hearing loss. Come for a  discussion of the pros and cons of disclosing a disability to an employer as well as strategies for the best way to do so. You will also learn about the rights and responsibilities of the jobseeker.

Advocating for Drive-Through Access
Patrick H. Hughes, Jr., Liz Tannebaum
Thursday, July 8, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 3
Commission/Civil Rights
The deaf community has been advocating for more than 100 years to level the playing field in our society. Due to the nature of the disability, mainstream society (including Congress and the Senate) is not aware of the accommodations needed for equal access for the deaf community. One way to shine a light on these important issues is to make restaurant drive thrus accessible.

How the WFD Works for ASL and International Human Rights
Joseph J. Murray
Thursday, July 8, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 4

Commission/Human Rights

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was instrumental in lobbying for the recognition of the linguistic and cultural minority status of Deaf people in the recently passed United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The WFD’s success offers new opportunities for Deaf communities worldwide, including in the United States. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been instrumental in securing Deaf Americans access, it has not been the appropriate vehicle for linguistic rights. Learn how American Deaf people can use the UN Convention to lobby for the recognition of ASL in governmental legislation and public life.

Video Remote Interpreting: What / When / Where / How?
Josh Mendelsohn, Robert Mather
Thursday, July 8, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 13
Come for a discussion on the increasing use of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and learn when and where it is appropriate to use it instead of an in-person interpreter. Attorneys from the Department of Justice (DoJ) will lead the discussion and provide guidance on the use of VRI.

Advocating for the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
Jamie Berke, Robert Goodwin
Thursday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 1
The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act gives deaf and hard of hearing people a chance to get legally guaranteed access to the Internet. Learn about the Act, and what you can do to help get it passed in Congress. Learn about the hurdles that must be overcome to get the bill passed. Bring cell phones because participants will be sending emails to Congress staff on the spot.

Accommodation Opportunities - Real Solutions for You!
Jeffrey Dallos
Thursday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 2
Learn about the Department of Defense (DoD) Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program's (CAP) proactive approach to helping deaf and hard of hearing federal employees receive the appropriate reasonable accommodations quickly and at no cost. Accommodating deaf and hard of hearing employees can be a cost-effective and easy way to ensure that they are active contributors of the federal workforce. Receive information about the needs assessment process, assistive technology and communication strategies solution recommendations, and employment opportunities for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The Future of VRS:  How Can We Achieve Functional Equivalency?
Ed Bosson
Thursday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 3

Commission/Civil Rights
Video Relay Services enable Deaf Americans to enjoy communication access like never before. However, if the past ten years are any indication, technological advances will continue to vastly revolutionize telecommunications options for the Deaf community. Gain an understanding of the historical trends impacting Telephone Relay Services (TRS) and be empowered to advocate for matters concerning the design, deployment and distribution of VRS products and services. Enjoy a discussion of "hot-button" issues impacting VRS and get insight into upcoming trends and possible regulation.

Say What?: Grassroots Advocacy Strategies
Jenny Buechner
Thursday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 4
"Ack! That’s not what we meant!" Do you ever feel like the message wasn’t conveyed properly? This workshop will provide you with tools on how to deliver an appropriate message with the appropriate channels. Shaping the content and presentation are the two valuable ingredients to a successful message – before you can deliver, understand the audience and your targeted outcome. Tools provided at this workshop will enable you to create a stellar delivery that will give you the attention you and your organization deserves!

Deaf Babies' and Children's Human Rights to ASL and English
John Egbert, Tami Hossler, Erica Hossler, David Reynolds
Thursday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 13
Workshop/Language & Interpreting
Increase your awareness and advocacy efforts in the area of Deaf babies’ and children’s human rights to cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional development of language through bilingualism: ASL and English. Learn how to get involved in early intervention and educational programs locally, statewide, and nationally that impact Deaf children directly. The Deaf Bilingual Coalition’s priority is to reach out to parents of Deaf children so that they are provided with full, balanced and accurate information on ASL and English. Through bilingualism, ASL and English, Deaf babies can naturally acquire solid linguistic foundations in order to master a second language: English.

Deaf Lens: What Makes a Film "Deaf?"
Wayne Betts, Jr.
Thursday, July 8, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 1

Do you enjoy movies that portray the Deaf experience?  What makes a film “Deaf"? Is it when it has an all-deaf cast or an all-deaf crew? Must the storyline as well revolve around Deaf Culture themes? Learn about filmmaking elements including off-screen narration, film editing, camera angles and motion where sign language is involved, script development for ASL speakers, and traditional constraints placed upon captioning.

Deaf Self-Advocacy: A New Curriculum Hot Off the Press
Lillian Garcia Peterkin
Thursday, July 8, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin  2
A long-time, yet relevant topic among Deaf Community leaders is how to effectively advocate for communication access, in particular for interpreter services. Gain a better understanding of the perceptions of deaf consumers, deaf leaders and vocational rehabilitation counselors regarding self-advocacy; the Deaf Self-Advocacy Curriculum; how to obtain the curriculum, and  locate or provide consumer training in your local community.

VITA: Building Equal Access for Deaf Taxpayers
Cecilia Y. James and Gail Bober
Thursday, July 8, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 3

Workshop/Equal Access
Learn how to have your Federal income taxes prepared for free as well as how to become a free tax preparation provider through this nationwide pilot that utilized real-time American Sign Language on state of the art video phones and certified off-site Deaf tax preparers to bring free tax preparation to Deaf and hard of hearing people who earn less than $50,000 a year. The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) participated in the pilot this year and they will have a representative available to explain how this program can be replicated in other parts of the country. In addition, participate in a discussion on how to use your tax refund for savings and other asset building strategies.

The National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Review: We Want Your Input!
Michael A. Canale
Thursday, July 8, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 4
Workshop/Language & Interpreting
Learn about the current RID testing system, statistics and current feedback as well as explore some ideas for alternatives to the current testing results. There will also be time to discuss your thoughts, ideas and concerns.

Language Begins with Early Detection and Intervention: A Need for Systematic Changes
John Egbert, Tami Hossler, Erica Hossler, David Reynolds
Thursday, July 8, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 13
Commission/Linguistic Rights
Early intervention programs impact every aspect of a Deaf child’s life. Gain a better understanding of the issues, concerns, and recommendations for change related to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) and how NAD can work in collaboration with other entities to improve the quality of services and programs at the national and state level. In the current system, Deaf professionals at all levels of EHDI, from mentors, to service providers, to state directors and national directors are critically needed in order to provide parents full and accurate information on Bilingualism: ASL and English.  Currently the system is flawed causing children to continue to be language delayed thus impacting a child’s cognitive, academic, social and emotional development.

Friday, July 9, 2010 

Investing in the Future of Interpreter Education and Educational Rights
Elisa Maroney
Friday, July 9,  9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 1
Workshop/Language & Interpreting
Gain an understanding of the benefits of accreditation and the accreditation process, the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) committee structure, the various stages of the accreditation process, rater training, and membership in the national Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). You will be guided through the various stages of the CCIE accreditation process, including preparation of the Self-Study Report (SSR) and the on-site visit and you will be introduced to rubrics and evaluation procedures that are designed to guide programs through the accreditation process.  The CCIE was established in 2006.  In addition to Elisa Moroney and her Co-Presenter, Myra Taff-Watson, other Commissioners include Lindsey Antle, Anthony Aramburo, Ben Hall, Jeff Harmon, Jan Nishimura, Karen Petronio, and Phyllis Wilcox.

Utilizing Federal Resources to Establish Economic Independence
Adrienne Thal
Friday, July 9, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin  2

Gain an understanding about the various resources that are available from the federal government that have proven useful in helping people with disabilities build assets and put themselves on the route to not only financial independence, but financial stability as well. Leave better prepared to establish financial independence and security for your future. Learn about: Earned Income Tax Credit, Individual Development Accounts, and more!

State Agencies Partnerships with Advocates During Tough Fiscal Years
Moderator: Steven A. Florio
Panelists: Barbara "BJ" Wood, Sharon Beheen, Ronald Lanier, Heidi Reed, Peter Seiler
Friday, July 9, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 3
Commission/Civil Rights
Laws vary from state to state. Learn from six directors of state agencies serving deaf and hard of hearing persons about state government’s role in addressing deaf and hard of hearing issues. Gain an understanding of how they work through the governmental system to respond to constituents’ needs that include discrimination, prejudice, communication barriers, advocacy, education, healthcare, employment and much more.

Federal Enforcement and Deaf Advocacy in Health Care and Vital Human Services
Peggy A. Schmidt
Friday, July 9, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 4

Workshop/Equal Access
Effective communication is a cornerstone of quality health care and social services. Learn how the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal non-discrimination laws to ensure effective communication for deaf and hard of hearing persons and how you can be a part of the solution. Focus will be on a recent agreement and audience input will be invited on how deaf advoacates can play a role in OCR's "Effective Communication in Hospitals Initiative".

Civil Rights for the Deaf:  Are We There Yet?
Moderator: Greg Hlibok
Panelists: Kelby Brick, Claudia Gordon, Alexis Kashar, Josh Mendelsohn, Sheila Mentkowski, Jeff Rosen, Suzy Rosen-Singleton, Howard Rosenblum
Friday, July 9, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin  13
Commission/Civil Rights
Learn from a panel of Deaf attorneys about what areas, including employment and communication and technology access, need to be addressed in order to ensure our rights. Recent reports indicate a shift toward less technology access, especially on the Internet.  There are no statutory mandates such as captioning rules that apply to information on the Internet. Get all of the information you need to become proactive.

Successfully Navigating Your Employment Options with the Federal Government
Kirsten Poston, Jennifer Croft
Friday, July 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 1
Considering a career move with the Federal Government, either to get your foot in the door as a new federal employee, or as a current federal employee looking towards advancement opportunities? You will be given practical tools and advice on topics including: Schedule A hiring authorities, negotiating for reasonable accommodations, self advocacy for upward mobility opportunities, understanding the equal employment opportunity process and your legal rights, and highlights of the benefits of being a federal employee.

VRS Etiquette and Rights
Dr. Gertrude S. Galloway
Friday, July 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 2

Learn about proper etiquette and consumer responsibilities when using Video Relay Services (VRS).  Gain an understanding about the basic rights of VRS consumers pertaining to quality of services and the right to ask for a change in interpreters.  As a consumer, you have a responsibility to report your complaints or concerns to VRS providers as well as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Share your experiences and gather contact information for VRS providers as well as the FCC.

Blueprint for Launching Statewide Campaign for Deaf Heritage Preservation & Investment
Douglas Bahl, Cynthia Weitzel
Friday, July 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 3
The Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC) takes the NAD 50th Biennial Conference theme, Celebrate Our Heritage, Invest in Our Future to heart by launching a campaign entitled Renaissance of the Minnesota Deaf.  Come and gather ideas for your Deaf heritage projects and learn from MADC’s experience and outcomes resulting from this journey that includes collaboration with stakeholders to organize a campaign designed to document Deaf history while laying the ground work for strategic investments ensuring the preservation and sustainability of our most treasured assets, including our future – deaf youth.

Coordination of High Quality & Deaf-Centered Vocational Training Programs
Jim Brune, Chriz Dally
Friday, July 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 4

Commission/Civil Rights
Deaf people deserve equal access and equal opportunities to learn a trade or prepare for well-paying jobs, yet there is a scarcity of such quality-driven workforce education and vocational training programs that meet the unique needs of Deaf adults. Learn about a project conducted by the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA) which led to the creation of a blueprint aimed at educating Deaf adults in becoming "world-class workers". Come and "brain-storm" to explore possibilities of how NAD and other organizations can spearhead the development of such a coordinated effort to advance the employment opportunities of Deaf people on a wide scale.

Captioning for Access: Here, There, and Everywhere
Rosaline Crawford, Claude Stout, Cheryl Heppner
Friday, July 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 13
Commission/Civil Rights
Join the discussion about captioning – on television, the Internet, and at the movies; for telephone and conference calls; in classrooms, courtrooms, and hospital rooms; on planes, trains, and automobiles. Share and learn about advocacy actions to increase the quantity and quality of captioning – from your couch to the halls of Congress.

Our Interpreters Become Too Hearing, Not Ally with Deaf Consumers, Whose Fault?
Jimmy Beldon
Friday, July 9, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 1
Workshop/Language & Interpreting
Gain an in-depth and practical understanding of important skills to be effective interpreters for ASL and English. Major concepts, such as culture, power, and difference, are essential for interpreters to understand in order to become effective in today’s diverse interpreting settings. Participate in a discussion about the interpreting process, ethical decision-making, challenges of oppressive behaviors, linguistic conflicts and learn about consumer struggles. There will be role-playing pertaining to different settings with many examples from both ASL and English and you will leave with a better understanding of what it means to be an effective interpreter.

Video Relay Service-Its Beginnings, Today and Beyond
Philip Bravin
Friday, July 9,  1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 2

Learn about how the video relay service (VRS) evolved in the United States and the infrastructure needed to support it. VRS will be tracked from its roots to where it is today in relation to other developments such as the FCC rule making process. Gain a thorough understanding of what is needed to keep it running and what are the rights of consumers. What is the future of VRS?

Tactile the World:  The Deaf-Blind Experience
Christine Roschaert
Friday, July 9, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 3
Come and learn how a Deafblind person can overcome odds in the most challenging times and places and be inspired yourself to do the same and give back to the world! A seasoned world traveler by 30, Christine 'Coco" Roschaert defies barriers when she adventurously explores the vast world with her limited vision and deafness. Coco is nearly blind from Usher Syndrome and uses her instincts, universal communication knowledge, cane skills, networking and sponsorship to send her to parts of the world to give back to Deaf and Deafblind people through volunteering and seminars.

Whose ASL is it? Is ASL Culturally and Linguistically Diverse?
Arkady Belozovsky
Friday, July 9, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 4

Commission/Linguistic Rights
In this 21st century, we have faced many challenges to our everyday life. As more Deaf residential schools, clubs, theatres, non-profit organizations have closed, we have adapted well to these conditions and to the new technology that has been created. However, there are some challenges and questions that are still unanswered. Come and discuss: Who makes decisions for our ASL community? Who determines a signer's ASL level? Is there a center of ASL linguistic authority? Whose ASL is it? Is ASL culturally and linguistically diverse?  These questions and much more will be covered.

The National Broadband Plan and You
Karen Peltz Strauss, Greg Hlibok
Friday, July 9, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 13
Find out how the National Broadband Plan will affect you and your community. Learn what the FCC will be doing in the coming months to make sure you have access to the Internet, including the development of rules on real time text and access to televised programs shown on the Internet. Learn how you can participate in the new FCC Accessibility and Innovation Forum, through blogs, an accessibility clearinghouse, and dialogues with industry. Take this opportunity to tell the FCC about your vision for broadband access in your home and community.

Social Security: Applying Online for Disability/Retirement Benefits
William J. Bowman
Friday, July 9, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 1
More and more people today are doing business online. Social Security now joins the ranks of online services. Learn how you can apply for benefits online without going to your local Social Security office, even in your pajamas! Social Security Administration’s award-winning website provides a wealth and array of information on its website including new and improved online applications for disability benefits, Medicare, SSI, survivors' benefits, retirement planning and much more.

A New Theory of Sign Language
Jeffrey Mansfield
Friday, July 9, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin  2
Workshop/Language & Interpreting
Revisit ASL linguistics and cultural identity in a broader cultural framework and learn about the rich complexity of American Sign Language and the Deaf experience. Starting with the work of post-structuralists Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida, this presentation navigates through Huxley’s Brave New World, Derrida’s performative and McLuhan’s media ecology before examining responses from Baudrillard and deaf artists Aaron Williamson, Louise Stern, and Christine Sun Kim. Joseph Grigely’s Textualterity will be explored in parallel with the field of cymatics, as well as Borges’ “Tlön, Uqbar, and Orbis Tertius,” the Stokoe Notation, and quantum theory to present a staggering and previously unacknowledged complexity vis-à-vis ASL and the Deaf experience.

21st Century Communications in a Broadband World
Rosaline Crawford, Jenifer Simpson
Friday, July 9, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 3
Commission/Civil Rights
Learn more about the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (H.R. 3101), and its “sister” bill, the Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act (S. 3304). How are these bills the same and different? What needs to happen for these bills to become law? Learn how these bills fit into the National Broadband Plan. Bonus discussion: How can we make sure every member of our community has broadband?

Backstory of Biographies: Rediscovering the People who made the World Federation of the Deaf
Jack R.Gannon, Jean Lindquist Bergey
Friday, July 9,  3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 4

Meet the author of World Federation of the Deaf: A History, Jack R. Gannon, and learn about the process of creating a history of transnational deaf exchange that spans more than 50 years. This workshop analyses the story-behind-the-story for biographies in the upcoming history of the World Federation of the Deaf. Associations, organizations, and federations give awards to individuals for a variety of reasons. These honors are offered within their place and time.  The distance of decades makes it is possible to reinterpret actions deemed worthy of commendation. Motivations once thought laudable are sometimes seen differently in a contemporary light. At the same time, actions considered common in the day can become heroic with knowledge of the process and barriers encountered.

Collaborative State/National Advocacy on Behalf of America's Schools for the Deaf
Gerry Buckley, Phil Bravin, Harold Mowl, Claudia Gordon, Greg Hlibok, Joe Finnegan, Chris Wagner, Albert Hlibok
Friday, July 9, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 13
Commission/Education Rights
American Deaf schools are in critical need of political support from members of the NAD and the Deaf community. This panel presentation by Deaf school board members and recognized leaders in Deaf education will include a discussion of how state assocation leaders can work collaboratively with Deaf Education leaders on the state level to insure that Deaf and hard of hearing children have access to effective educational services in the future.

Saturday, July 10, 2010 

Navigating Social Media and Ethics: Code of Professional Conduct
SB Morgaine
Saturday, July 10, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 1
Workshop/Language & Interpreting
The Deaf community has been in the forefront of using social media to stay connected and interpreters are a part of that community. Learn how social media such as Facebook, MySpace, Second Life, Twitter, Blogs, Vlogs, Yelp, DeafRead, YouTube, and others, has become a part of everyday life for millions of people around the world, both Deaf and hearing.  Interpreters are confronted daily with new, unexplored issues concerning their activities on social media outlets and how those activities relate to Deaf consumers and the RID Code of Professional Conduct (CPC).

Tactics for Grassroots Advocacy Campaigns
Amber Smock
Saturday, July 10, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 2

Looking for some tactic ideas for your grassroots advocacy campaign?  Tired of sending in letters and e-mails?  Bored with the vlogs?  Wondering how you can get more people excited about your issue?  Let’s talk about what can work on the local, state and national levels.  Come learn some new ideas and brainstorm what you can do to win that grassroots victory you’ve been fighting for.

Corporate Best Practices – Accommodations and Accessibility
Seth Bravin, Li Ye Chen, Sacha Klein
Saturday, July 10, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 3
Learn how large corporations accommodate deaf and hard of hearing employees and discuss how more can participate in the corporate world. Featuring panelists from IBM, General Electric, and Booz Allen Hamilton, this discussion will take a holistic approach on the best practices to integrate deaf and hard of hearing people in a corporate workforce and discuss strategies to make workplaces more accessible and deaf-friendly.

NAD Law and Advocacy Center in the Spotlight
Rosaline Crawford, Debra Patkin
Saturday, July 10, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 4
Meet the NAD Law and Advocacy Center staff – your civil rights champions. Learn about their advocacy efforts and accomplishments since the 2008 Biennial NAD Conference. Get highlights of NAD court cases, policy development, law making, coalition building, and networking. Discover new resources. Find out how you can be a more effective advocate in your community.

Museum Accessibility: Opening Doors
Tabitha Jacques, Drew Robarge
Saturday, July 10, 9:00-10:00 am, Franklin 13

Workshop/Equal Access
Museums, encouraged to be more visitor-friendly, have increased their efforts in diversifying the types of accommodations provided for deaf people during their visits. Advancements in technology, along with a stronger push for accessibility and the empowerment of a community, has allowed room for creativity of accommodations. A panel of museum professionals from the Smithsonian Institution, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other museums will explain the importance of museums and how you can receive accommodations for a more fulfilling experience at the museum. You will also have an opportunity to share experiences, make suggestions, and ask questions.

What Your Interpreter Wished You Knew
SB Morgaine
Saturday, July 10, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 1
Workshop/Language & Interpreting
Come and enjoy this humorous and informative opportunity for members of the Deaf community to learn about the process of interpreting, the roles of the interpreter, about the Code of Professional Conduct interpreters are bound by, and what all of those things mean for the Deaf consumer. Come and find out the answer to, “If you could tell your consumers one thing that would make an interaction more successful, what would it be?”.

ASL Poetry:  The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox
Miriam Nathan Lerner
Saturday, July 10, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 2

Workshop/Language & Interpreting
Although the roots of poetry lie in the "oral" storytelling tradition, it later became a written or academic exercise from which the greater Deaf community has felt excluded.  American Sign Language was long considered merely bastardized or substandard English, and other than translated English poems, there were few poems generated in ASL. Until the late '70s and early '80s there were few models for creating poems in sign. The documentary, The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox utilizes archival footage of performances and interviews by the fledgling deaf poets of that time to chronicle the coming of age of a new art from - ASL poetry.


Pink Deafies: A Support Group for Deaf Breast Cancer Survivors
Anita Buel, Barbara Allen
Saturday, July 10, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 3

Learn about raising breast cancer awareness in the Deaf community and watch segments of a documentary film, Signing On: Stories of the Pink Deafies. The film follows the story of the founding of a breast cancer support group and the importance that signing your name on a quilt square holds for each woman. Deepen your understanding of the role of friends and community in the healing process, learn how to set up support groups and talk about the importance of documentary films for discussing health issues.

Reaching Out on a Global Scale
Lizzie Sorkin
Saturday, July 10, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin 4
Learn about the Global Reach Out Initiative (GRO) to create a sustainable community of deaf advocates through the establishment of peer-to-peer cross-cultural programs in developing countries. Individuals have a responsibility to enact changes they wish to see, to participate in rallies, attend workshops and take leadership positions. Gain a better understanding of grassroots advocacy and benefit from the skills and ideas of others.

Advancing International Leadership, Employment and Disability Exchange in the 21st Century
Toronja Williams
Saturday, July 10, 10:30-11:30 am, Franklin  13
Learn how deaf and hard of hearing individuals working for the federal government and international organizations can advance their career opportunities. Get information about working with policy makers and senior officials to implement policy, planning and administrative priorities that will aid in expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Find out how organizations such as Mobility International (MIUSA), the NAD, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (BECA) can build the capacity of governments and businesses to increase employment opportunities through international leadership and exchange.

Dept. Of Justice Activities to Protect Deaf and Hard of Hearing Civil Rights
Mazen Basrawi
Saturday, July 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 1

Workshop/Equal Access
Mazen Basrawi will cover the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division efforts to advance and protect the rights of people with disabilities including deaf and hard of hearing people. He will cover some of the recent activities by the Department of Justice to ensure that places of public accommodations comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including recent settlements. For example, the Justice Department recently announced a comprehensive settlement agreement under the ADA with H&R Block to ensure effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the provision of tax preparation services and courses. He will discuss Justice's complaint process for people who experience discrimination. He will also take questions from the audience about ADA issues.

Deafhood: The Cure for Deafness
Butch Zein
Saturday, July 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 2
Learn about the five dimensions-Medical, Social Welfare, Human Rights, Linguistic Minority and Deafhood-from real life examples and discuss your viewpoint about how or why a particular dimension should apply. This will be a good and engaging way to think differently and to hone your skills into critical assessment of programs, services, and/or politics affecting Deaf Americans. Applying the five dimensions will help pave the way to a different, healthier, wholesome way of thinking and perception of what it means to be Deaf, beginning our journey to provide financial, educational and social opportunities to end the economic exploitation of Deaf people.

After the Crash: The Road to Financial Recovery
Stephen Hlibok
Saturday, July 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 3

Learn four steps you can take to re-examine their portfolios and position their portfolios to take advantage of current market opportunities to meet their financial objectives in the long term.

Advocating For Your Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Special Education Matters
Robert A. Robinson
Saturday, July 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 4
Pick up tips and strategies on advocating for your deaf and hard of hearing children's rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Gain a basic understanding of the least restrictive environment mandate, case law pertaining to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, importance of transition planning, and strategies for IEP meetings and how to avoid common mistakes that parents make.


GLBTQI 101: Advocacy, Identity and Language Choices
Tamar Jackson Nelson, Alex Jackson Nelson
Saturday, July 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Franklin 13
Learn about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex (GLBTQI) identities, language choices and strategies for enhancing culturally competent advocacy and interpreting services. Participate in a discussion about relevant language, definitions, signs, and cultural norms addressing potential barriers facing GLBTQI individuals. While exploring homophobia and heterosexism, strategies for creating and maintaining a positive climate for GLBTQI individuals through advocacy, language choices and within the interpreting process will be discussed.

New Developments on Telecommunications Relay Service from the FCC
Karen Peltz Strauss, Greg Hlibok
Saturday, July 10, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 1

The presentation consists of recent developments from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Disability Rights Office concerning telecommunications relay services, mainly Video Relay Service. The presentation will also provide guidance for consumers on how they can take advantage of available resources in communicating with the FCC.

Deaf Youth and NAD: What Is Happening?
Tawny Holmes, Jonathan McMillan
Saturday, July 10, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 2

Toward a Virtual World:  Is This for Real?
Darlene Goncz Zangara, Robert Cooper
Saturday, July 10, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 3

Gain a better understanding of how virtual access will impact the lives of deaf and hard of hearing consumers and the work of service providers. You will have an opportunity to explore emerging technological advances with virtual services via Internet and video; the elements in creating ethical and accessible services through technology and addressing the unknown and uncharted territories. Successful virtual services through technology requires a great deal of strategic planning, appropriate tools and trained people.

Self Advocacy: Encouraging Doctors to be Deaf-friendly
Melanie Nakaji
Saturday, July 10, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 4
Workshop/Equal Access
The first step in developing an effective educational program to train doctors or health care professionals is to identify the essential ASL vocabulary and Deaf cultural curriculum that will be needed to convey Deaf culture sensitivity to Deaf patients. Learn how to identify and work with Deaf agencies, learn about the most effective strategies used to entice and continually involve the Deaf community in the educational program, and how to implement an accelerated training program that can be used to train doctors to become champions of the Deaf community.

Struggling on Advocacy Approaches? Let's Try the Pitchfork Theory!
Dean DeRusso
Saturday, July 10, 3:00-4:00 pm, Franklin 13

The pitchfork theory, used in the Rochester community for the past ten years, has helped people advocate for disability rights. This presentation will focus on how the theory will help people better advocate in three areas: self, system and legislative advocacy.  Learn about this different approachon how to better prepare to become a successful advocate and to make great system changes.

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