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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.

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.

NAD Adopts New Position Statements and Model Bills

Thu, 19 Jun 2014

On June 18, 2014, the Board of Directors for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) reviewed, approved, and adopted position statements designed to satisfy a mandate and a priority set by our Council of Representatives at the 2012 NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The mandate was for the NAD to develop a strategy to ensure no deaf or hard of hearing child is deprived of language acquisition from birth, and the priority sought to develop a toolkit to promote the development of state-level coordinators of mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Survey: NAD & RID Asking For Your Experiences With Interpreter Referral Agencies

Thu, 19 Jun 2014

The NAD-RID Reputable Agency Task Force (RATF) would like you to share your experiences working with interpreting agencies! Have you been receiving emails from agencies outside your local area asking you to provide interpreting services? Have you been contacted by spoken language agencies who are unfamiliar with sign language interpretation? Have you had any issues with agencies who have hired you for assignments? Have you had difficulties in getting paid for services provided? Do you work with fabulous interpreting referral agencies? What are they doing right?

#NAD2014 Candidates Announced

Thu, 12 Jun 2014

The NAD Elections Committee is thrilled to announce the candidates for the upcoming election that will take place during #NAD2014.  Available positions are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Region I Representative, Region II Representative, Region III Representative, and Region IV Representative. 

Learn who the candidates are:

Bylaws Amendments and Priority Proposals Ready!

Sat, 31 May 2014

Bylaws amendment proposals and priority motions ready for your viewing!  We asked for bylaws amendment proposals and proposed priority motions for #NAD2014 by May 1, 2014 and May 15, 2014, respectively and now, they're ready for your viewing!  Read the bylaws amendment proposals at and the priority motions at

Maryland Deaf Related Bills Passed

Thu, 29 May 2014

Earlier this month, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed two historical bills into law.  One is the Deaf Cultural Digital Library (DCDL) bill in which the Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) of the Maryland State Department of Education is required to establish as the primary information center on deaf resources for library customers and staff in the state.

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