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NAD News

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.

#NAD2014 Conference Theme in ASL!

Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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Why is the NAD's Conference theme in ASL?  What do the three signs mean?

Seeking Baltimore County Residents

Mon, 14 Apr 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is concerned about information not being readily accessible for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in case of an emergency; the NAD is interested in learning about Baltimore County residents who have experience with emergencies. 

Examples of good emergency planning include qualified interpreters during appropriate times, effective methods of communicating with residents who need shelter, and captioning on emergency announcements and warnings.  

In Memoriam: Phyllis Frelich

Fri, 11 Apr 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) mourns the April 10, 2014 passing of Phyllis Frelich, a dear friend and supporter who has contributed tremendously to our community on many levels and helped elevate visibility of our culture to unprecedented levels during her life. Ms. Frelich was a phenomenal actress who was the first deaf person to win a Tony Award, and did so as Best Actress in the theater production of Children of a Lesser God.

Submit Your Proposed Bylaws Amendments via ASL or English!

Fri, 11 Apr 2014

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Individuals of the NAD may submit proposed amendments to the NAD Bylaws, using the Proposed NAD Bylaws Amendment Form provided online.  The NAD Board appointed member for Youth, Joshua Beckman, shares how any individual may submit their revisions via American Sign Language (ASL) or English.

Miss Deaf America's Vlog -- April 2014

Wed, 09 Apr 2014

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Ms. Chanel Gleicher, the National Association of the Deaf's (NAD), very own Miss Deaf America, talks about her activities she's done since the Winter of 2013. If you're interested in having Miss Deaf America visit your event, contact (at) 
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Video fades to soft blue and white background with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered.

Town Hall Meeting in Rochester, NY!

Tue, 01 Apr 2014

If you live in Rochester, New York, please join us at the NAD Town Hall Meeting this Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7pm at the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), 1545 St. Paul St, Rochester, NY 14621. The Town Hall Meeting will cover captioning rights, technology access, saving Deaf schools, and more! Learn more about what the NAD is doing for YOU! This event is hosted by the Empire State Association of the Deaf (ESAD) and RSD.

First NAD Breakthrough Awards Gala

Wed, 19 Mar 2014

On March 13, 2014, more than 200 people gathered at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California to celebrate breakthroughs in the media on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing actors and artists and to recognize those who have paved the way for these actors and artists in Hollywood and the media.

SHARE: Atlanta Tidbits during #NAD2014!

Tue, 11 Mar 2014

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Learn about many exciting tidbits to enjoy in Atlanta during the #NAD2014 Conference!  You'll get to meet locals who are excited to share various cool things for you to do in Atlanta.  This video isn't able to cover all of the great things Atlanta has to offer but it gives you a good start!

FCC Issues New Rules to Improve Captioning Quality

Tue, 04 Mar 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and especially Chairman Wheeler for moving to upgrade the quality of closed captioning on television. The NAD and other deaf and hard of hearing organizations filed a petition in 2004 asking the FCC to create quality standards for closed captioning. Our community has long been frustrated with poor quality captioning on television. We need accurate, synchronous, complete, and properly placed captions so that we can fully understand programs.

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