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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.

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

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Local NBC News covered a story about Abreham Zemedagegehu and his experience in jail without an interpreter.

NAD Sues Harvard and MIT for Discrimination in Public Online Content

Thu, 12 Feb 2015

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Watch NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum share an update about public online videos with no captions. If you have any complaints regarding MIT or Harvard online videos with no captions, please contact the NAD – / 301-587-1788 or 301-328-1443.  

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For Immediate Release – February 12, 2015


NAD and VUDU Reach Agreement to Caption 100%

Mon, 09 Feb 2015

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and VUDU, Inc., a wholly owned streaming entertainment subsidiary of Walmart, have reached an agreement for VUDU to caption 100% of programming content streamed through VUDU’s Video on Demand Service.

PARS Position Statement Available Online

Fri, 06 Feb 2015

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Watch NAD CEO Howard A.