WFD President to Keynote the 2012 NAD Conference
The NAD is pleased to announce that Colin Allen, president of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) will be the keynote speaker during the Opening Ceremonies of the 51st Biennial NAD Conference, on Tuesday evening, July 3, 2012 in Louisville, KY.
WFD President Allen was elected by delegates to the WFD General Assembly just prior to the World Congress of the WFD held July 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Mr. Allen, who is from Australia, has worked extensively over the years with the WFD both as a board member and a project coordinator.
Call for Candidates / Election Policies & Procedures
Want to serve on the NAD Board of Directors? The 2012 NAD Elections Committee is now seeking qualified candidates for Board service. Elections will be held on July 6, 2012, during the 51st Biennial Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Interested candidates can review the policies and procedures, and submit their application at
Hyatt and Marriott Hotels SOLD OUT – New Hotel Blocks Available
Due to unprecedented demand, the NAD Conference sold out all of its space at the Louisville Regency Hyatt hotel and then its overflow rooms at the Louisville Marriott next door. This represents double the number of rooms that were occupied at the 2010 NAD Conference in Philadelphia, PA!
The NAD along with DeaFestival-Kentucky have secured additional discounted room at nearby hotels. However, space is limited at all of these hotels, so please make your room reservation today!
Early Bird II Deadline – Thursday, May 31
The 51st Biennial NAD Conference Early Bird II combo deadline is May 15, at the low price of $160 at the regular rate and $150 for people between the ages of 18 and 30. The Conference combo discount registration will NOT be offered after May 31st or on-site at the NAD Conference.
This affordable registration includes the Opening Ceremonies, College Bowl Finals, Miss Deaf America Finals, and NAD Benefit BBQ Dinner.
Don’t delay, register today! Register online for the 2012 NAD Conference Early Bird II Combo at
NAD to Offer Certified Deaf Interpreter Training
The NAD is pleased to offer a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) training workshop during the 2012 NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, July 5 & Friday, July 6 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The workshop, led by Jimmy Beldon, will explore the Roles, Functions and Ethics of Deaf Interpreting at the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC).
Limited seats – click here to register today!
2012 Conference Children’s Camp for ages 3-17!
Great news! For the first time, NAD is providing activities, entertainment and field trips for children aged 5 to 17 (and also 3- to 4-year-olds, given they are accompanied by at least one parent/guardian) during the Conference week. The program will be held from July 4-6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The program will take place on site at the Hyatt Regency Louisville Hotel. Activities will include icebreakers, crafts and games. Scheduled entertainers are cartoonist Matt Daigle, dance professional Wawa Snipes, puppeteer Tammy Ellis, juggler Pinky Aiello, ASL storyteller Peter Cook, comedians Anderson Twins and magician Matt “Magic” Morgan. Trips to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and The Louisville Science Center will take place on Thursday and Friday afternoon, respectively.
Workshop & Presenter Information Now Online
The NAD Conference offers exciting, informative and forward-looking education, training and public policy workshops from Wednesday, July 4 through Friday, July 6th in the following tracks: ASL: Arts and Academics, Deaf Education, Economic Empowerment & Employment, Equal Access Through Technology, Grassroots & Legislative Advocacy, and Additional Areas of Interest.
Check out the description of each workshop and its date, time, and room at:
Workshop presenter bios can be found at:
Call for Priority Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The NAD Board of Directors welcomes submissions from individual members and organizational affiliates for proposed priorities for the next two years (2012-2014). These tend to be issues-oriented in nature, with focus on advocacy issues of importance that can be accomplished within a two-year timeframe. Proposed priorities will be presented to and voted upon by individual and affiliate members (General Forum); the top 30 proposals will then be narrowed down to the top 20 priorities for 2012-2014 by vote of official delegates (Council of Representatives) at the 51st Biennial NAD Conference. These then go to the NAD Board of Directors for follow up action during 2012-2014.
Submit your priority proposal today at:
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FCC Announces Internet Captioning Deadlines
After many years of hard work by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and other organizations and advocates, the IP closed captioning rules were published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012 and establishes April 30, 2012 as the effective date for the rules. According to the rules, video programming shown on the Internet after being shown on television must have captions based on the following schedule established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
NAD Files VRS Reform Comments
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) appreciates all of the comments submitted by the community. By our count, over 50 independent members of the community submitted comments to the FCC on VRS Reform for the initial comment period. The NAD worked closely with TDI and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN) to file comments through the Consumer Groups.
NAD Comments on the Importance of IP Relay
On March 20, 2012, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) took the lead, and was joined by other consumer groups, in submitting a comment in response to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Public Notice asking about the importance of IP Relay and possible measures to reduce fraud.
The FCC Public Notice asked about the extent to which IP Relay is currently being used by consumers with or without disabilities, and whether it is meeting a need that is not fulfilled by other forms of relay, or other text-based services. The FCC’s Public Notice questioned whether IP Relay continues to be legitimately used by many deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Resort Agrees to Provide Accessible Technology
The Great Wolf Lodge has entered into an historic agreement to make all of its eleven resorts fully accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. Over the next year, Great Wolf Lodge, the nation’s largest family of indoor water park resorts, will develop and roll-out a new interactive system that uses new technology to provide deaf and hard of hearing people full, equal and contemporaneous access to its MagiQuest game, and all of its other entertainments.
The Settlement Agreement announced provides:
NAD Files Comments on Access Board Accessibility Guidelines
On March 6, 2012, the National Association of the Deaf took the lead, and was joined by several other consumer groups, in submitting comments on the U.S. Access Board rulemaking on its standards for electronic and information technology as well as its guidelines for telecommunications accessibility.
These guidelines help federal agencies comply with Section 508 requirements for making electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 covers websites, software technology, telecommunications products, multimedia, and computers.
Federal Employees, please choose the NAD, CFC number #10356
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