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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.

NAD Announces New Board Members

Mon, 11 Aug 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) today announces that its Board of Directors for 2014-2016 is now fully complete with the appointment of three new members. Joining existing and recently elected Board Members, we are delighted to welcome Sherri Collins as the new Region IV Board Member, and Alicia Lane-Outlaw and Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke as Appointed Board Members.

Another Birthday For George Veditz!

Mon, 11 Aug 2014

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The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) each year celebrates August 13th as George Veditz’ birthday.  He is well known for his preservation and promotion of sign language.  One of his famous quotes reminds us of our mission, “As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs.”

NAD Welcomes New Staff

Thu, 07 Aug 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is thrilled to bring in two extraordinary people to the NAD, Kim Bianco Majeri and Jazzy Jones.  The two fill positions that address specific areas of need for the NAD Headquarters and both have already hit the ground running at full speed! 

FCC to Consider Text-to-911 Rules

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

The NAD is pleased to share that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expects to consider new rules for text-to-911 at its August 2014 Open Meeting. In January, the FCC adopted a policy statement that outlined goals for text-to-911. The FCC also worked with the four largest wireless carriers to voluntarily commit to supporting text-to-911 on their networks by May 15, 2014.

Time to Ratify the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

In a single vote at this time, the United States Senate can advance equality for all its citizens throughout the world by ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). On July 22, 2014, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted today to send the treaty to the full Senate for a vote on ratification of the CRPD.

Court Orders Medical School To Admit Deaf Student

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Yakima,  Washington -- The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington this afternoon issued a preliminary injunction ordering Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (“PNWU”) to ensure Zachary Featherstone begins his medical education on August 4, 2014. Featherstone, a deaf individual seeking to become a doctor, filed suit last month, alleging that PNWU discriminated on the basis of his disability in violation of 

FCC Requires Closed Captioning of Online Video Clips

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

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The NAD applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and especially Chairman Wheeler for extending the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010’s (CVAA) IP Closed Captioning rules to video clips. The CVAA requires that programs shown on television with captions must be captioned when later shown online. However, the FCC, under the previous Chairman, exempted video clips and concluded that the IP Closed Captioning rules only applied to full-length programs shown online.

Dr. Gertrude Scott Galloway: Activist, Educator & Torchbearer

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) bids farewell to one of its iconic leaders, Dr. Gertrude “Gertie” Scott Galloway, who passed away at the age of 83 on July 17, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Dr. Galloway is a genuine trailblazer – she accomplished many firsts throughout her civic and professional endeavors.