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2012 Biennial NAD Conference


2012 NAD Conference, Louisville, KY, July 3-7 - DeaFestival Kentucky July 7

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Call to the 51st Biennial NAD Conference
Louisville, KY - July 3-7, 2012
Bobbie Beth Scoggins, NAD President

Bobbie Beth ScogginsAs president of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), I am pleased to issue a Call to the Conference. Please join us on July 3-7, 2012 at the 51st Biennial NAD Conference at the Hyatt Regency Louisville and the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The theme of this year’s conference is "Nothing About Us, Without Us!".

This NAD Conference will be very different, with lots planned for you!

We are partnering with the famed DeaFestival Kentucky! Everyone will get to see deaf artists, poets, comedians, and more. This event will be a true feast for the eyes! 

In addition to the Kentucky DeaFestival being open to everyone without admission, the Exhibits at the NAD Conference are as well! The Conference workshops are also open without charge to everyone who is a NAD member!

We have made sure the 2012 NAD Conference is affordable to everyone and are delighted to offer an Early Bird Combo I rate at the very low price of $135! Young people between the age of 18 and 30 would get a discounted Early Bird Combo I rate of $125. 

 We are offering something for all ages! 

We know that the youth of today are our leaders of tomorrow, and invite all youth to our Conference to contribute their skills and join in the fun. In partnership with Deaf Youth USA (DYUSA), we are offering discount rates to young people aged 18-30. We urge our young advocates to join us at the 2012 NAD Conference and rock our world.

We, at the NAD, value families especially children. All families are welcome to be part of our Conference as well as the Kentucky DeaFestival! We are thrilled to announce that we are offering free admission to all events for infants 0-2 years old. For those children and teens between the ages of 3-17, we offer discounted rates for the Opening Ceremonies, Buffet, Baseball Game, & Fireworks on Tuesday evening and the NAD Benefit BBQ Dinner on Saturday evening. In addition, children and teens ages 3-17 gain free admission to the workshops, College Bowl preliminaries and Finals, and Miss Deaf America preliminaries and Finals. We hope you will bring your children.

What can you expect at the Conference besides informative workshops, exciting exhibits, stimulating networking, and socializing with old and new friends? Louisville flavors await you.

Start the Conference with us at Opening Ceremonies which will be held at the Louisville Bats baseball field and enjoy a sumptuous buffet and thrilling baseball game. Fireworks will end this evening.

More fireworks will follow as we celebrate America’s 236th birthday the following evening. Hurry and get tickets to be part of a steamboat experience on the Ohio River to truly celebrate Independence Day in style.

Come and watch college students vie against each other in the exciting College Bowl which will have its inaugural expansion to include other colleges and universities to compete amongst the traditional teams from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.; National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT) in New York; and California State University at Northridge (CSUN).

Celebrate with us the 40th Anniversary of our Miss Deaf America Pageant! Join us as we watch this last competition in its current format, and learn about the coming new program that will showcase young deaf and hard of hearing individuals who will be the leaders of tomorrow. 

We are pleased to announce that the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Board has agreed to host their Board meeting in Louisville, Kentucky just prior to the 2012 NAD Conference. The entire WFD Board will stay throughout the week to meet all of you! Help us welcome them to America and exchange ideas for a brighter future together.

We invite national organizations of and for deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in the 2012 NAD Conference. We have a limited amount of space available for your organizations to host your meetings. Please contact us to reserve your space.

You will not leave the Conference without a tantalizing BBQ dinner on the last night of the Conference!

Check out the schedule; learn about local attractions; and much more in the Learn More and Get Involved sections on the right hand side of every 2012 NAD Conference webpage.

And finally, this will be my last Conference serving as your President. It was a true honor and privilege serving on your behalf. The NAD has achieved so much during the past decade, and faced daunting challenges. I am confident that the NAD, with its leaders, especially new CEO Howard A. Rosenblum, and up-and coming young advocates, is well positioned to make new inroads in attaining our rights.

We hope you will join us for this historical event!


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