NAD eNews – Emergency Test on Nov. 9, Interpreting Survey, Deaf Truck Drivers

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NAD Issues Notice About November 9th Television Emergency Alert System Test

On November 9, at 2:00 pm EST, all televisions in the United States will
show an Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. Two federal government agencies,
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), are testing this system for the first time
nationwide to find out how well it works.

It is only a test. There is no emergency. The FCC and FEMA are asking many
organizations including the NAD to let everyone know that this is only a
test. Please tell all your family and friends about this test warning and
that there is no reason to worry.

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Please Take the NAD-RID Survey on Interpreter Specialization

As part of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) credential
enhancement process, the NAD and RID need your help in identifying the areas
that should have interpreter specialization. The outcome of this survey will
enhance interpreting services by ensuring consumers are matched with
interpreters who possess the skills and knowledge needed for particular,
specialized settings and assignments.

Please take the NAD-RID survey on interpreter specialization at:

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Deaf Truck Drivers Urged To Apply For CDL A And B Exemptions

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that as a
result of its ongoing advocacy with the United States Department of
Transportation (DOT) more than twenty deaf and hard of hearing truck drivers
who submitted applications for an exemption from the DOT hearing
requirements through the NAD in July 2011 are now being considered for full
Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) including CDL A and B to drive vehicles
with and without airbrakes.

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NAD and RID Embark on NIC Enhancement Process

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association
of the Deaf (NAD) announced that they are enhancing the National Interpreter
Certification (NIC) credential to strengthen the effectiveness and increase
the value of the NIC credential for all stakeholders.

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Relay Consumer Alert: New FCC Rules On Toll Free Numbers

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that on
August 4, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its
final rules on the use of toll free (800 or 866 numbers). The order stops
the assignment of new toll-free numbers to Video Relay Service (VRS) users
and requires the transition to local ten-digit numbers. If a VRS user wishes
to obtain a toll free number or continue using his/her toll free number,
he/she must pay separately for the toll free number.

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NAD Submits Comments In Response To Senate HELP Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions met at
Gallaudet University on October 11, 2011 to discuss “Leveraging Higher
Education to Improve Employment Outcomes for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of
Hearing.” It was a historic event. Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member
Michael Enzi heard testimony from deaf and hard of hearing panelists. For
information on the panelists, see the October 7th Press Release about the
hearing from the NAD.

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NAD Sues Chase Bank for Refusing Relay Calls

The National Association of the Deaf (“NAD”) filed a lawsuit against
JPMorgan Chase & Company (“Chase”) on behalf of the Ohio Association of the
Deaf (“OAD”) and Lisa Toppin, a deaf Ohio resident. The NAD alleges that
Chase’s policy of refusing relay calls is a violation of Title III of the
Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973. The NAD, with co-counsel Stein & Vargas, LLP and The Knoll Law Firm
LLC, filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio.

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NAD Announces New Ambassador Format in 2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that the
NAD Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program (MDAAP) will unveil a new program
at the 2012 NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2012 NAD Miss Deaf
America Competition, also the 40th anniversary of the event, will mark our
farewell to the competition as a pageant for young women.

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NAD Announces Expansion of College Bowl Competition

The National Association of the Deaf is pleased to announce that the popular
NAD College Bowl competition will expand to include any new colleges and
universities interested in joining the biennial competition. Held at every
NAD Conference since 1988, College Bowl is a spirited academic bowl-style
event that brings together contestants from top universities serving deaf
and hard of hearing students. Teams of four students from each college or
university vie for the coveted trophy and scholarships.

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NAD Commends FCC for Reversing Angler’s Order

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) commends the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) for its October 20, 2011 order which
overturns its decision in 2006 to grant nearly 300 captioning waivers to
provide captioning on TV. This FCC decision is called the “Angler’s Order”.

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Consumer Groups Comment on Proposed Internet Captioning Rules

On October 18, 2011, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) filed
comments as part of Consumer Groups, a coalition of other deaf and hard of
hearing consumer-based organizations to a Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Internet Protocol (IP)
Captioning as part of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video
Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).

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New NAD Publication – World Federation Of The Deaf: A History

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce
publication of World Federation of the Deaf: A History by noted author, Jack
R. Gannon. It debuted at the XVI World Congress of the World Federation of
the Deaf in Durban, South Africa, in July 2011.

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