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This lists all Latest News items from the NAD and its affiliates. It also includes news items from outside groups on topics that are in line with the mission of the NAD. Media queries: please use our Contact form.

The NAD Welcomes Two New Attorneys

Thu, 18 Jun 2015

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce the addition of two deaf attorneys to the Law and Advocacy Center (LAC) at our headquarters office in Silver Spring, Maryland! We welcome Zainab Alkebsi and Anna Bitencourt to the NAD legal staff. Beginning in July 2015, these two additional attorneys will enhance the NAD’s efforts in achieving equality for all deaf and hard of hearing people.

New Bilingual Position Statement Released

Tue, 16 Jun 2015

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) released a position statement supporting the use of bilingual language development -- the use of both American Sign Language (ASL) and English -- in educational settings with deaf and hard of hearing infants, children and youth.

Landmark Settlements Reached In Maryland and Kentucky for Deaf Prisoners

Mon, 08 Jun 2015

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announced today that comprehensive settlement agreements have been reached with both Maryland and Kentucky in the last several weeks concerning the proper treatment of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing prisoners by the states’ departments of corrections. The agreements settle federal litigation brought by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee in both states, along with NAD in Maryland and additional counsel listed below in each state.

Girl Scouts is Covered by Federal Disability Discrimination Law

Thu, 14 May 2015

CHICAGO – May 14, 2015 – The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday, May 8, 2015, that the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is subject to federal disability discrimination law under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The federal lawsuit was filed on August 2, 2012, by Megan Runnion, who is deaf and was 12 years old at the time. Megan was seeking to secure an American Sign Language interpreter for meetings of her Girl Scout troop.

Position Announcement -- Policy Counsel/Advisor

Fri, 08 May 2015

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), as the nation’s premier organization safeguarding the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans, invites applications for a Policy Counsel/Advisor position within the NAD Law and Advocacy Center. This position will focus primarily on policy issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing people.

AHA: April 2015

Wed, 29 Apr 2015

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In April's AHA segment, NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum discusses why the NAD focuses on lawsuits as part of its mission. Transcript is available here.

Thank You Larry!

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) depends on the work of the Board Members who volunteer their time for the deaf and hard of hearing community.  The Board plays an integral role in reaching out to the four corners of America and serve as important advocates as the NAD fights for equality.  Their responsibilities include ensuring that every decision of the NAD is aligned with the mission and vision of the NAD. However, it is with sadness that the NAD announces Larry Evans’ resignation as the Region III Board member for personal reasons.

Indiana Judges Discriminated Against Deaf Citizen

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

Indianapolis, Indiana – A federal court has ruled that three Indiana judges discriminated against a deaf citizen, Steve Prakel, who sought to attend court proceedings involving his mother. Prakel wanted to attend his mother’s court hearings.  He requested that the courts provide interpreters.  However, despite his multiple requests, the judges refused to provide interpreters for Prakel. 

Deaf Medical Student Sues American Heart Association

Thu, 26 Mar 2015

Rochester, New York -- In a lawsuit filed today in federal district court in New York, a medical student who is deaf alleges that the American Heart Association violated federal and state disability law by refusing to caption its online educational and training materials for health care providers who wish to obtain certification in basic life support and first aid. 

NAD on local ABC News

Tue, 24 Mar 2015