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.
Indianapolis, Indiana – The State of Indiana has agreed to a settlement payment of $124,500.00, inclusive of attorneys’ fees and costs, to resolve a lawsuit brought under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in which plaintiffs alleged that defendants did not provide sign language interpreter services to ensure effective communication when a deaf individual was a spectator in criminal court. Steven [Matt] Prakel wanted to attend a criminal court hearing in which his mother was a party.
The National Association of the Deaf is proud to announce that it has intervened in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against FedEx Ground. The NAD is working with its co-counsel, Matthew Dietz of the Disability Independence Group and Christine Elzer of Samuel J. Cordes & Associates, to intervene on behalf of Terry Morhoff and Lourdes Deeb, two deaf women who worked for FedEx Ground without access to qualified sign language interpreters or other reasonable accommodations.
July 26, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed on July 26, 1990. The ADA is a civil rights act that prohibits discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing individuals and individuals with disabilities. The ADA protects the right of deaf and hard of hearing people to have equal access to many parts of life including but not through: captioning on TV and the Internet, the right to an interpreter, the right to have jobs, and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.