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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.

New Mental Health Position Statement Released

Mon, 19 Aug 2013

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) publishes a new Mental Health Position Statement to address the need for state governments to create state level mental health coordinators to ensure the availability of appropriate mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing people.  The Mental Health Expert Group, chaired by John Gournaris, developed the Statement in response to a 2012 conference priority.

Veditz Day, August 13th, 2013

Mon, 12 Aug 2013

Tomorrow, on August 13th, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) celebrates the 100th anniversary of the NAD film “The Preservation of the Sign Language,” and also wish George W. Veditz a happy 152nd birthday!  Veditz contributed greatly to the world, particularly the preservation and promotion of sign language. 

Bow Tie Cinemas Sued For Lacking Access

Tue, 30 Jul 2013


Bow Tie Cinemas sued for lacking access for deaf and hard of hearing movie patrons

Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities,
the National Association of the Deaf,
and McCarter & English LLP
file suit on behalf of The Connecticut Association of the Deaf and individual members

White House Recognizes NAD Policy Counsel Andrew Phillips As Champion of Change

Mon, 29 Jul 2013

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, the White House celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by honoring eight young disability leaders, including NAD Policy Counsel Andrew Phillips, as Champions of Change.

NAD Applauds Appointment of Claudia Gordon as Public Engagement Advisor at the White House

Wed, 17 Jul 2013

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is thrilled to learn of Claudia Gordon’s recent appointment as the Public Engagement Advisor for the Disability Community in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House. 

The NAD President, Chris Wagner shares his excitement, “The NAD sees this as a great window of opportunity to have one of our own in the White House. With her amazing background and steadfast dedication to changing policies for the better, we will definitely achieve significant progress.”

Contact Congress on June 27, 2013!

Wed, 19 Jun 2013

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[Note: Video description and transcript can be found below]
As part of the Child First campaign, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is asking Congress to pass the Alice Cogswell Act. This bill will amend federal special education law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) to improve services for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Youth Ambassador Program: Preliminary Round Begins this Summer!

Thu, 30 May 2013

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Are you a young adult who is passionate about a social issue? Got innovative solutions? Then an exciting opportunity awaits you!  The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that the preliminary round of the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) competition will begin this summer!  

NAD Writes Letter to Housing and Urban Development

Thu, 25 Apr 2013


Secretary Shaun Donovan
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20410

Dear Secretary Donovan: