NAD eBlast: December 2013

NAD eBlast
December 18, 2013

JOIN: NAD 2014 Conference

We are excited to announce the launch of the 52nd Biennial NAD Conference website!

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READ: NAD Responds to Interpreter at Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service

The NAD responds to the urgent concern regarding the interpreter on stage during Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 with three points:

The NAD is always pleased when interpreters are provided at noteworthy events such as the inspiring memorial services for the beloved Nelson Mandela.

Each country has its own national sign language and sometimes even regional sign languages.

The NAD urges all who plan for events such as the Mandela memorial services need to include deaf and hard of hearing people.

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SHARE: ¡The NAD en Español!

The NAD is thrilled to announce that its website has information in Spanish! Go to and you will see an orange tab "En Español" at the top right. The NAD recognizes the importance of need to provide our information in Spanish to better promote and protect the civil, human and linguistic rights of all deaf people in the U.S.

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SHARE: Jenny Buechner Appointed to the NAD Board

The NAD Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Jenny Buechner as the Region II Representative to fill the remainder of the 2012-2016 term for the late Michael Berger.

President Christopher Wagner is pleased to report that "the NAD enthusiastically welcomes Jenny Buechner, an outstanding young leader who exemplifies the same passion and dedication for State Associations that our dear friend Michael Berger demonstrated in his time on the NAD Board. The NAD Board appointed her after we had considered the recommendations of State Associations in Region II, and Ms. Buechner came highly recommended from many of these State Associations. Her work with our State Association and Affiliates Committee provides us with the skills and knowledge needed at this time to ensure the NAD meets the need of all our organizational members and affiliates."

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APPLY:  Youth Ambassador Program Extended Deadline!

A program of the NAD, Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) is excited to extend the deadline of YOUR application to January 6, 2014! Email nadyap (at) nad (dot) org if you have questions!

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SHARE:  Congressional Deaf Awareness Briefing

On December 12th, the NAD joined Gallaudet University at a Congressional Deaf Awareness Briefing hosted by four Congressmen – Congressmen Mike Rodgers (R-AL), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Mark Takano (D-CA), and Kevin Yoder (R-KS). This briefing focused on challenges facing deaf and hard of hearing people in the workplace, creating opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people on the Hill, and other policy issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum discussed access to employment, education, housing, transportation, telecommunications, among other important issues. The NAD is excited about working with Gallaudet University and these members of Congress to improve access and opportunities for all deaf and hard of hearing people.

SHARE:  Parents Tab on

Check out the "Parents" tab on the NAD website to get information about raising deaf and hard of hearing children!  This tab leads to our Parents Section that will have information about education, legal rights, and other topics relevant to deaf and hard of hearing children.  The section is a work in progress; we will keep you posted about the full section being up in early 2014.

READ: NAD ranked #9 on the list of top nonprofits promoting the rights of people with disabilities

Among the Arc – March of Dimes – AAPD – and other great organizations – the NAD is ranked number nine on Philanthropedia. There were 74 national people with disabilities experts who recommended the following 16 outstanding nonprofit organizations.

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READ: November #NADHandwave

Bakar is currently finishing up his last year at the Rochester Institute of Technology/ National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID), studying Urban and Community Studies and International Studies double major in RIT's College of Liberal Arts. He was born in Somalia and helped establish the Somali Deaf Union, the first Somali organization for deaf individuals in his country. It later developed into the Somali National Association of the Deaf (SNAD), and he served as its president.

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