National Association of the Deaf

Holmes, Beckman Appointed to the NAD Board

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Tawny Holmes and Joshua Beckman as appointed Board members for the 2012-2014 term. Holmes has been appointed to serve as an advisor on education and early intervention issues while Beckman will represent deaf and hard of hearing youth on the NAD Board.

“The NAD is pleased to welcome these two outstanding individuals whose contributions to the NAD Board will be invaluable over the next two years. The elected NAD Board members are excited about working with them on the well-being of our deaf and hard of hearing youth through our youth programs, partnerships with youth organizations like DYUSA, ensuring sign language is a birthright of deaf and hard of hearing babies, and our advocacy efforts to protect schools for the deaf” said NAD President Christopher Wagner.

Joshua Beckman

Joshua Beckman is a 25-year old who hails from New Jersey and works for a group home as well as an adjunct professor at a community college.  He was raised by deaf parents and has a deaf brother. Beckman experienced various educational programs, including a deaf program, mainstreaming and the New Jersey School for the Deaf, from where he graduated. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University. Beckman was a delegate for the New Jersey Association of the Deaf at the 2012 NAD Conference in Louis