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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 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. 

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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.

NAD Looks for Communications Specialist, Part-Time

Mon, 12 May 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated Communications Specialist to work at its Silver Spring office to provide a variety of communications and outreach support for the NAD.

Our Silver Spring, MD headquarters is seeking a part time Communications Specialist to join our team!  The Specialist will be responsible for maintaining and updating various social media platforms, gathering/maintaining web content, answering inquiries at the Front Desk, and supporting the Director of Communications as needed. 

NAD Responds to Livelens' Commercial

Wed, 07 May 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) expresses outrage and disappointment that any company would think it appropriate to hire and portray any individual who has become synonymous with mockery of sign language interpreting based on his extremely offensive actions at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Livelens has obviously chosen to use Thamsanqa Jantjie, a proven imposter, in an effort to draw attention to its product. If there ever was an occasion to shun and boycott a company and its products on the basis of its offensive conduct, this is it.

Call for Interpreters for #NAD2014!

Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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