This lists all blog postings by the NAD and individuals who have submitted blog entries for posting by the NAD. Some of these will also be in video format (vlogs), which we expect will increase over time.
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You can find the video description and transcript on the YouTube page.
In any gathering you attend, you will either see a wave of hands in the air from the audience or hear applause when time comes to recognize someone. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is excited to announce a new initiative to recognize people in the deaf and hard of hearing community by awarding them a #NADHandwave.
The NAD believes advocacy lies in the heart of the deaf and hard of hearing community and their efforts should not go unnoticed. The #NADHandwave will go to any person who embodies the true spirit of the NAD, and has contributed valuable efforts to today’s society.
Whether the person is a young teenager who started a petition at the local school to have captioned movies, a computer engineer that discovered a way to have an text alert system in the elevators, an interpreter who has spent countless hours mentoring other interpreters, or even a teacher who developed a handbook for Hearing Parents with Deaf Kids – the NAD wishes to recognize these exemplary people but does not know who is doing what. That's where YOU come in. The NAD invites your submissions and will grant a #NADHandwave every month – this new idea will not be possible without the deaf and hard of hearing community.
There will be one person each month with the hope that everyone can share gratitude and support for the work that this person does in the deaf and hard of hearing community. The monthly #NADHandwave will consist of a brief blog that will be shared via social media and the person will receive a one year complimentary membership with the NAD.
1. Person nominated cannot be a current NAD Staff or Board member.
2. Person nominated must not have been awarded a #NADHandwave previously.
3. Person nominated embodies the true spirit of the NAD.
4. Person who is nominating someone must submit two other references' contact information and a 200 word explanation why this nominee deserves a #NADHandwave.
Please submit your submissions online at www.nad.org/contactus or via email at nad (dot) info (at) nad (dot) org.
#NADHandwave - May 2013: Christine Sun Kim
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is thrilled to recognize Christine Sun Kim and present the NAD’s first ever #NADHandwave! Some of you may know her as Miss National Asian Deaf Congress of 2000. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Applied Science and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002. She received her first Master Degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from the School of Visual Arts in 2006 where she dabbled with paper and painted and drew but felt her work wasn’t a true representation of who she was, until she discovered the opportunity to re-define sound – in her own way. She then went on to receive her second MFA in Sound/Music from Bard College in 2012.
Christine uses the medium of sound through technology to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages. She saw sound as something that was not hers when growing up in California. While in Berlin for a one-month residency program, she started to play with the concept of sound and wondered what it meant to take ownership of it, as a deaf person.
Christine creatively uses technology to highlight what sound is, and leaves it up for anyone to define what it is. Her very first experiment with sound (out of many she has done), Christine “bought pigment powder in all kinds of different colours and had a friend say something loud enough to blow powder onto paper to produce a loose imprint of her voice.” Christine now works beyond vibrations because she believes sound is much more than that.
Her current work uses various sound equipment such as microphones, speakers, piano wires and iPads. She has exhibited and performed in worldwide venues and has been a recipient of numerous awards, including a recent TED fellowship, (http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/29/playing-with-sound-in-silence-fellows-friday-with-christine-sun-kim/). As a TED fellow, she is known for her “Sound Etiquette” presentation where she shares the unlearning of social cues and in turn the creation of her own sound etiquette.
#NADHandwave to Christine! The NAD looks forward to her many contributions to society with her work.
[Note: Video description and Transcript is below.]
Ms. Chanel Gleicher, the National Association of the Deaf's (NAD), very own Miss Deaf America, talks about her activities she's done since November 2012 till March 2013.
Watch her share her experiences as Miss Deaf America which includes a performance at the Mid-Atlantic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Festival in Maryland, an appearance at a Signing Santa event in Illinois, and a surprise she had during the National Academic Bowl competition that took place at Gallaudet University.
If you're interested in having Miss Deaf America visit your event, contact nad (dot) info (at) nad (dot) org.
Video description and Transcript:
Video fades to soft blue and white background with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program logo appears next to the NAD logo. Black text below both logos appear, "National Association of the Deaf, Miss Deaf America Ambassador"
Video fades to white then fades to NAD Headquarters, front lobby area. Miss Deaf America steps into frame.
MISS DEAF AMERICA: Hey there!
Video freezes, Miss Deaf America's freeze frame slowly grows bigger as her title ID appears, "Chanel Gleicher, Miss Deaf America 2012-2014."
MISS DEAF AMERICA: It’s April already! This means the winter season is soon becoming into spring! I am certainly looking forward for spring especially because I’ll get to wear flip-flops outside!
Video transitions with a push-slide Right-Left.
MISS DEAF AMERICA: I hope you all have been keeping track of my whereabouts and what I’ve been doing as Miss Deaf America. If you haven’t, fear not! I’ll recap my experiences from November to now.
Video fades to grey background with Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program logo on left side with cyan text to the right, "November." Video fades back to Miss Deaf America.
MISS DEAF AMERICA: In the month of November, I went to Gallaudet University's Dance-A-Thon and danced all day! Proceeds went to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts. I also gave a performance at Mid-Atlantic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Festival at Howard County, MD. I also made an appearance at Delta Zeta Sorority’s Mr. Killarney Rose Pageant by crowning the winner.
Video fades to grey background with Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program logo on left side with cyan text to the right, "December." Video fades back to Miss Deaf America.
MISS DEAF AMERICA: For the month of December, I volunteered as a scorekeeper for nationwide middle school competition: Battle of the Books at Gallaudet University. I also helped out Kendall Demonstration Elementary Parent Teacher Association Holiday Party. I also traveled to Chicago, IL for the first time and made an appearance at a Signing Santa event at Woodfield Mall.
Video fades to grey background with Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program logo on left side with cyan text to the right, "January." Video fades back to Miss Deaf America.
MISS DEAF AMERICA: In January, I came to National Association of the Deaf (NAD) headquarters at Silver Spring, MD to assist Allie Rice, NAD Youth Programs Coordinator for the day. I also volunteered at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, DC where I chopped a lot of vegetables prep food for the homeless. I also went to the PetMac adoption center in DC to assist the shop by cleaning and taking care of adorable cats who need a home. Finally, I did a photo shoot with Raj Singh, a fantastic photographer! You’ll see photos soon for the Miss Deaf America Ambassador program.
Video fades to grey background with Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program logo on left side with cyan text to the right, "February." Video fades back to Miss Deaf America.
MISS DEAF AMERICA: For February, I helped the LGBTQA community at Gallaudet University for their event by setting up for their Community NEEDS Assessment (CNA).
Video fades to grey background with Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program logo on left side with cyan text to the right, "March." Video fades back to Miss Deaf America.
And finally, in March, I volunteered for the Academic Bowl at Gallaudet University as a moderator. Something really neat happened! The day before I volunteered on Monday, one of the questions used during the matches was, “Who is the current NAD Ambassador?” So, the next day when I volunteered, the teams who I moderated for asked me if I was the answer, Miss Deaf America! I thought that was pretty cool.
Video transitions with a push-slide Right-Left.
MISS DEAF AMERICA: Be sure to follow me at all MDAAP accounts on social media! My facebook account is...
Facebook icon appears with cyan text, "Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program."
MISS DEAF AMERICA: My Instagram account is...
Instagram icon appears with cyan text, "@missdeafamerica."
MISS DEAF AMERICA: My Twitter account is...
Twitter icon appears with cyan text, "@mdaap."
MISS DEAF AMERICA: Now, (puts on sunglasses) I am so ready for spring and warmer weather! (Miss Deaf America leaves frame).
Video fades to the same soft blue and white background with the NAD logo centered. Black text below the logo appears, "A production of The National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2013 All rights reserved"
Video description and transcript:
Video fades from black to a headshot of Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the NAD. Text appears, "The NAD Congratulates Howard Rosenblum: Happy Two Year Anniversary!" White flash dissolve to Margie English, Region 1 Board Member who holds a quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead."
MARGIE: Thank you.
Video dissolve to two people in frame, David Reynolds and Julie Rems Smario, both are Region 4 Board members.
BOTH: Congratulations Howard!
JULIE: You've done a lot in two years.
DAVID: And there's more to do in the next coming years.
JULIE: If we do this together...
DAVID: then the NAD will succeed!
Video dissolve to Kirsten Poston, NAD Secretary.
KIRSTEN: Howard, you rock! Keep up the good work! I am so proud of you.
Video dissolve to Claudia Sussman, receptionist at the NAD Headquarters.
CLAUDIA: Okay, it's been two years? Wow, time flies! I've been thinking... It's a good time right now to let you know that you're off probation. But keep up the good work you've done so far! It's nice to have your laughter around here. Have a good day! ...and two more years right? Three? Four? Five! Forever at the NAD!
Video dissolve to Allie Rice, Youth Programs Coordinator.
ALLIE: Hi! Happy anniversary!
Video dissolve to Donna Morris, Member and Donor Relations Specialist.
DONNA: Thank you for a wonderful two years. May your next two years be as successful as your last! Congratulations.
Video dissolve to Tawny Holmes, Appointed Board Member focusing on Education.
TAWNY: Hi Howard! Everywhere I go, people always talk positively about you leading the NAD. Including even... Austin, Texas! That's right, I'm here in Texas! I'm here for a conference and people are glad you're there. Recently, I learned why -- the heart of the NAD needs a lawyer, I'm thrilled that you're there!
Video dissolve to Steve Lovi, Region 1 Board member.
STEVE: I'm ((heart-touched)) and support you!
Video dissolve to Joshua Beckman, Appointed Board Member focusing on Youth.
JOSHUA: Hi Howard. You've done great. Not just for the NAD or the deaf community but for the future too! Thank you.
Video dissolve to Tom Wells, Director of Finance.
TOM: Hello Howard, happy anniversary!
Video dissolve to Debra Patkin, Staff Attorney.
DEBRA: Hi Howard! Happy two years anniversary. Even though two years seems like a short time, you've done so much in those two years! I look forward to you doing more in the next two years. I love my job, I always look forward to coming to work. I thank you for that.
Video dissolve to Marc Charmatz, Staff Attorney.
MARC: Hi Howard! Here's to two years and many more! Thank you!
Video dissolve to Michael Berger, Region 2 Board member.
MICHAEL: Hey Howard! You've worked so hard, with great passion. Your friends and family from Illinois, our state, think you're champ! Thank you Howard!
Video dissolve to Richard McCowin, Region 2 Board member.
RICHARD: Happy anniversary! There's more to come.
Video dissolve to Larry Evans, Region 3 Board member.
LARRY: Congratulations Howard!
Video dissolve to Christopher Patterson, Region 3 Board member.
CHRISTOPHER: Happy birthday Howard!
Video dissolve to Caroline Jackson, Skadden Fellow with the NAD Law and Advocacy Center.
CAROLINE: Hi Howard, happy anniversary! Thank you so much for all the work you've done.
Video dissolve to Mike Pearlman, volunteer receptionist at the NAD Headquarters.
MIKE: Hey Howard. Happy two years anniversary. I've known you since 2002 and its always a pleasure working with you.
Video dissolve to Andrew Phillips, Staff Attorney.
ANDREW: Congratulations! Two years, what a milestone. Your leadership, your work, and everything is just amazing! I look forward to more in the next coming years.
Video dissolve to Lizzie Sorkin, Director of Communications.
LIZZIE: Two years went by in the blink of an eye huh? I hope the same for me. Congratulations!
Video dissolve to Andy Foster, webmaster.
ANDY: Congratulations on your two year anniversary at the NAD! Time flies! I remember McDonald's, Chicago, the Cubs, and of course, sushi. And all the different fun memories we had together in Chicago. And now you're steamrolling in DC, I hope for more great things to come from you. Congratulations again!
Video dissolve to Philippe Montalette, NAD Treasurer.
PHILIPPE: You are champ! Thank you for all your hard work.
Video dissolve to Melissa Draganac-Hawk, NAD Vice-President.
MELISSA: Wow! As soon as you arrived at the NAD, you've been working hard for 730 days!
Video dissolve to Chris Wagner, NAD President.
CHRIS: Hi! On behalf of the NAD Board and all the deaf and hard of hearing people in America, we want to say happy anniversary to Howard Rosenblum for achieving his two year milestone as the CEO of the NAD. We're proud of your work and achievements in the last two years. We want to thank you for everything you've done for us. Congratulations! Happy anniversary Howard.
Video dissolve to same headshot of Howard. Text appears, "The NAD thanks you Howard: Keep up the great work!"
Video dissolve to black.
[NOTE: SEE VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT BELOW]
During the 2012 NAD Conference last summer, the NAD unveiled a new program which has been tentatively named the NAD Youth Ambassador Program (NYAP). At the 40th anniversary of the Miss Deaf America Competition, we bid our farewells to the pageant for young women. As the last Miss Deaf America Ambassador, Chanel Gleicher is still performing her duties until the next NAD Conference. We are all very excited to get started with the new program! In this video, Alim Chandani and Renca Dunn invite YOU to join their committee as they plan the new competition.
The new program format will showcase young deaf and hard of hearing female and male Americans who vie to become the NAD ambassadors. The new program will be a competition for all deaf and hard of hearing youth, between the ages of 18 to 30, currently residing in the United States. Contestants will compete against each other through five rounds, prior to and during the NAD Conference. Two selected youth ambassadors will work with the NAD to implement a strategic plan that addresses a social issue identified by the contestants during the competition. Moreover, the ambassadors will represent the NAD at various presentations, workshops, the Youth Leadership Camp (YLC), and other events within the deaf community. The new competition will debut at the 2014 NAD Conference in Atlanta, Georgia!
Submit your interests to email@example.com.
VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT:
On a royal blue background, the NAD logo in brighter blue appears, with the words "NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF" in white and "www.nad.org" in yellow, over the logo. After three seconds, video fades to a space-like background, with bright camera-lens transitions, words appear, "Got creativity?" "Got ideas?" "Want to get INVOLVED?" "Then, this is the right place!" Video quickly fades out and zooms to two people laughing as they walk in frame.
Alim Chandani, wears a funny wintery hat and Renca Dunn, wears sunglasses.
ALIM CHANDANI: That was so funny.
RENCA DUNN: Yes!
Alim looks to the camera and is taken aback. Renca does the same.
RENCA: Hey, is the camera on?
ALIM: Yes, I think so!
Alim removes his hat and Renca takes off her sunglasses. Both straighten up to look more professional on camera.
ALIM: Hello, my name is Alim. I am the director of the Youth Ambassador Program Competition that will be hosted at the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2014. The competition will happen there!
RENCA: My name is Renca and I am the assistant director. Do you remember at the 2012 NAD Conference in Kentucky, the NAD explained that the Miss Deaf America Ambassador program will no longer continue, but a new program, the Youth Ambassador Program, will begin. This new program will welcome both males and females to compete for the ambassador titles. More information will be coming soon!
ALIM: I would like to notify you that the name "Youth Ambassador Program" will be changed. The new name will be announced soon. Now since there is a new competition, we need a new team! We are looking for people who are energetic, have a positive attitude, and have creativity to be part of the team!
Video fades to black and words fly in and appear, one after the other. "Judge/Evaluation Coordinator," "Stage Tech Coordinator," "Logistics/Hospitality Coordinator," "Public Relations Coordinator," and "Budget/Sponsorship Coordinator." Video dissolves back to Alim and Renca.
ALIM: When all the positions are filled, we will work together towards the competition at the NAD conference.
RENCA: Yes, now, if you are interested in one of these positions, email us. Please email us with the following two requirements. The first one is to email us which position you want and why. The second one is to send us a vlog, up to one minute telling us an interesting fact about yourself! The email address is YP2013@nad.org. The deadline is Wednesday, March 6th. We welcome anyone who wants to be on our team!
ALIM: If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do email us. We look forward to having a great team!
RENCA: Alim, ready to search for our champ team?
ALIM: YES! LET'S GO!
Alim and Renca step away in opposite directions until both realize they're not walking in the same direction. Alim gestures Renca to join him, Renca does.
Video fades to space-like background then to black as a camera-lens transition of the words appear, "This is your chance to apply!" "DEADLINE: March 6th." "YP2013@nad.org."
On the royal blue background, the NAD logo in brighter blue appears, with the words "NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF" in white and "www.nad.org" in yellow, over the logo. After three seconds, the video ends.
[VIDEO] The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that the January 2013 NAD Board Video Update is here! Watch this video to learn all about what is going on with the NAD, and what our Board members were discussing, or had to report, during their recent meeting in Atlanta!
The NAD logo appears on a royal blue background, with the words "National Association of the Deaf" and "www.nad.org" on-screen. The logo fades into a black background, with "January 2013 NAD Board Update" in the center of the screen. The black background fades away, and Chris Wagner appears in an oxford shirt and tie, and begins.
Chris Wagner appears in an oxford shirt and tie, and begins.
CHRIS WAGNER, PRESIDENT, NAD: Hello! The NAD has been abuzz with activity. We've worked on the RID - NAD NIC tests, MOU, and agency accreditation. The NAD Board and HQ worked closely with the RID President, Board and Executive Director. We also have a partnership with CEASD to promote the Child First program, through which we've been advocating education for deaf children, and the recognition of ASL as a human right. Mervin Garretson, he was well respected as a past President and Executive Director of NAD. He recently passed away. This is a huge loss for NAD and the deaf community, both in America and worldwide. With Merv's passing, the President Emeritus position became vacant. The new President Emeritus is Gertie Galloway. Gertie was the first female NAD President in history. Now, we are honored to have Gertie as our current President Emeritus. In other news, just this weekend, the NAD Board voted on the location of the 2016 National Conference- it will be hosted in Phoenix, Arizona. We're excited to host the conference in Phoenix, Arizona! The Board has worked hard with many different committees and made a lot of progress meeting the priorities set by the delegates. We've decided that we will meet in Phoenix, Arizona from April 11 to 13, 2013, and we hope you can join us to watch us in action. Thank you very much. We appreciate your support for the NAD.
Kirsten Poston appears, with a black fleece sweater with the NAD logo emblazoned on it.
KIRSTEN POSTON, SECRETARY, NAD: The employment taskforce has met and included 12 people from diverse backgrounds. Some are federal employees, some are from the private sector, and even an interpreter. We discussed our different perspectives and studied the issues. We will continue our work.
Steve Lovi, decked out in a suit and tie and a CEASD Child First button on his right lapel, appears.
STEVE LOVI, REGION I: Welcome to the NAD. We're thrilled to announce that we've developed new Section guidelines. We wanted to let you know that we will send out more details soon on how to join a new Section. We also want to thank the current Section members who have been involved for many years. Thank you!
Richard McCowin appears in a light blue oxford shirt and a yellow tie.
RICHARD MCCOWIN, REGION II: Hi! I want to introduce someone. Who are you?
A short-haired woman with a black jacket and a red shirt appears to the left of Richard McCowin.
KIM BIANCO MAJERI: I'm Kim Bianco Majeri.
RICHARD MCCOWIN: Why are you joining us today?
KIM BIANCO MAJERI: I'm here to train the NAD Board on legislative issues and strategies to address them.
RICHARD MCCOWIN: Thank you, Kim. Let me add, Kim worked with us to do a legislative training with the Iowa Association of the Deaf, due to school issues in Iowa. We decided to ask Kim to come train the Board. It was a great training. If your state association wants to have this kind of legislative training, please contact your NAD regional representative. Thank you.
Christopher Patterson appears in a cobalt blue short-sleeved oxford shirt.
CHRISTOPHER PATTERSON, REGION III: Hello! We were thrilled to have the Board meeting in Atlanta. On Friday, we went to visit AASD, the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf. We went to observe classrooms, meet with administration, teachers, and students. It was a great experience! We also had a Board meeting at AASD that afternoon. After the Board meeting, we went to the town hall meeting, also hosted at AASD. It was really nice to have 5 different group discussions for people to discuss their concerns and issues. It was great. I really want to thank Amy Peterson, who really facilitated our town hall meeting. It was an excellent partnership with the Georgia Association of the Deaf. Also, we want to share that the Board had training with respect to privilege. This is part of the Board's 40 hours of training requirement. We had 3 hours this morning with Dr. Bettina Love. She gave an good, inspiring presentation. We look forward to working with her. Amy Cohen Efron came to continue this training by facilitating a discussion. We explored our concerns, and how we can improve ourselves. I want to thank the Board for coming to Atlanta. Thank you.
David O. Reynolds appears in a camel-toned suit, with a small NAD pin on his left lapel.
DAVID O. REYNOLDS, REGION IV: Hi! I am speaking as a representative of Region 4 about the HUD housing law and the developing situation with housing for deaf people. There are deaf housing areas in Arizona, Massachusetts, and California. The NAD has been trying to clarify the issues with HUD and advocate for the proper application of the law. We are fighting to make sure that deaf people can live together, and will take action.
Joshua Beckman appears in a black suit featuring a salmon-colored oxford shirt and a small NAD pin on his left lapel.
JOSHUA BECKMAN, APPOINTED MEMBER: Hi, everyone! I'm here to share updates from the YST, Youth Strategic Team/Youth Committee. We have identified interested persons, and met with them. This is an ongoing process. We will meet again to work together, and will share more updates shortly. Secondly, we have exciting news! YLC applications are available! If you are interested in becoming a camper, staff member, or administrator, go ahead and apply! The link is: www.nad.org/2013YLC. This will be a great experience for you.
Tawny Holmes appears in a brown business suit with a lightly patterned oxford shirt.
TAWNY HOLMES, APPOINTED MEMBER: We have an exciting announcement! We're in the process of setting up different committees focusing on education and early intervention. We're in the process of selecting people. For those who have contacted us, we will get back to you soon to make sure the community is involved in the process to make strides for education!
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[VIDEO] Watch NAD Board Appointed Member Tawny Holmes talk about the January 2013 Education Update! Ms. Holmes outlines strategies that the NAD Education Committee, Education Strategy Team and Education Advocates are exploring, and tells you about the NAD's top education priorities and motions.
NAD Board Education Update
By Tawny Holmes, Appointed Board Member Focusing on Education
Education is an issue that the community has been more interested and involved with the past few years. This parallels with what the NAD has been focusing on during the past two conferences in 2010 and 2012. Out of the various priorities and motions that are made and voted upon by members and delegates, an outstanding number was about education, 16 total. The priorities and motions focus on different areas such as language deprivation, system changes, concerns about schools for the deaf, ensuring parents have access to ASL instruction, and bilingualism. Here is the list of priorities / motions and committee assignments:
Informed Decision-making and Language Deprivation (EST* sub-committee)
Legislative Training (Legislative Training specialist and Educational Advocates)
2012 Motions for Ongoing Work:
*EST means the Education Strategy Team and EA refers to Educational Advocates- see below for more explanation.
Now the question is how the NAD Board can most effectively achieve these 16 priorities and motions? The answer: the community must be involved. How? There are three groups.
The first one is the Education Policy Committee which is under the Public Policy committee umbrella (see http://www.nad.org/blogs/admin/nad-needs-your-help-call-volunteers). This committee will be composed of researchers and policy experts to discuss and to make sure all valuable data and information are collected and ready to be used for future debates. This committee is in the process of being finalized.
The second is the newly established Education Strategy Team which NAD President Chris Wagner has mentioned in his last two vlogs. This team will draw together 10 to 12 individuals with various roles from across the nation to discuss and prepare a 5 to 10 year plan to make sure every deaf and hard of hearing child has access to quality education and language access because without both, the deaf and hard of hearing child will struggle. That’s the main focus of the EST. The roles are:
The concept of EST is to unite experts and knowledgeable people from various fields to match up with the 16 priorities.
There will also be three sub-committees under the Education Strategy Team: Early Intervention Focus, Language Deprivation and one focusing on ASL/English Bilingual Schools.
If you feel you or someone you know would be a good candidate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before February 8th and include an explanation of why that individual would be a good fit for the Education Strategy Team. From there, the Education Strategy Team will be developed and ready to serve the next two years.
We also have a third group which is important as well, because it depends on a local grassroots movement. That is the Education Advocates group. Every state association or affiliate of the NAD selects one or two individuals to focus on education issues through discussion or information gathering on what is happening in “my state” so to share information with other advocates. This will result in an invaluable information exchange and network through which we can support each other. The NAD will also provide ongoing training opportunities to this group, which has already started last summer at the 2012 NAD conference, with a total of 28 state representatives and 3 national organization representatives. The training went very well and we hope to see this number increase so that we can identify and develop educational advocates in every state. We are thrilled to have recently partnered with the American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) (www.deafchildren.org). They will work with us to identify parents who can become advocates and parent representatives for their states, so we can build connections between parents and the deaf community in each state.
In addition, the NAD is partnering with the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) to promote the Child First Campaign, which is a national effort to ensure that federal law appropriately addresses the language, communication, and educational needs of deaf and hard of hearing children. In addition, the NAD and CEASD will work together to promote the ideals of a fully accessible quality education for every deaf and hard of hearing child.
If you are interested in becoming an advocate for your state association, email email@example.com and make sure you contact your state association or organization first. Alternately, if you want to become a parent advocate, email Cheri Dowling, ASDC Director at ASDC@deafchildren.org. We, the NAD Board, are ready to welcome your involvement in this important effort, and ready to ensure every deaf child has full access to quality education and language development.
The NAD logo appears on a royal blue background, with the words "National Association of the Deaf" and "www.nad.org" on-screen, then fades away.
Tawny Holmes, Appointed Member, appears in the official NAD "Nothing About Us, Without Us!" navy blue T-shirt, available at the recent NAD conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She is reading a book. She then puts down the book, and begins signing.
TAWNY HOLMES, APPOINTED MEMBER: Hello everyone, reading is one great way to teach myself. Are you interested in discussing educational issues? I am, too. My name is Tawny Holmes and I am a NAD board member appointed to focus on education. Education is an issue that the community has been more interested and involved with the past few years. That parallels with what the NAD has been focusing on during the past two conferences in 2010 and 2012. Out of the various priorities and motions that are made and voted upon by members and delegates, an outstanding number was about education, 16 total. The priorities focus on different areas such as language deprivation, system changes, deaf school concerns, ensuring parents have access to ASL instruction, and bilingualism. Now the question is how can the NAD Board most effectively achieve these 16 priorities and motions? The answer: the community must be involved. How? We have three groups and the first one is the Education Policy Committee under Public Policy with researchers and policy experts to discuss and to make sure all valuable data and information are collected and ready to be used for future use. The second is the newly established Education Strategy Team NAD President Chris Wagner has mentioned in his last two vlogs. This team will have 10 to 12 people from all over the nation collectively develop a 5 to 10 year action plan to discuss what the community can do to make sure every deaf child has access to quality education and language access because without both, the deaf child will struggle. I don't want to see that, and I know you don't, either. That's what the EST will focus on. There will be 10-12 roles including parents, teachers (both mainstream and deaf school), a principal, superintendent, social worker, ASL specialist, legislative policy expert, and other roles- you will see a list. If you feel you or someone you know would be a good candidate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before February 8th to let me know and include why you feel that person would be a good fit for the Education Strategy Team. From there, I will start the process of getting the team together and ready to serve the next two years. Now, we also have a third group which is important as well, because it depends on a local grassroots movement. How will that work? It's called the Education Advocates group. Every state association or affiliate of the NAD selects one or two individuals to focus on education issues through discussion or information gathering on what is happening in "my state" so to share information with other advocates. This will result in an invaluable information exchange and network through which we can support each other. The NAD will also provide training to this group, which has already started last summer at the 2012 NAD conference, with a total of 28 state representatives and three national organization representatives. The training went very well and I hope to see this number increase so that we can identify a representative for each state. And I have good news- we have recently partnered with the American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC). They will work with us to identify parents who can become the advocate and parent representative for their state, so we can build connections. So if you are interested in becoming an advocate for your state association, feel free to email email@example.com and make sure you contact your state association or organization first, too. And if you want to become a parent advocate, you can contact this email address, as well- ASDC@deafchildren.org. We, the NAD Board, are ready to welcome your involvement in this important effort, and ready to ensure every deaf child has full access to quality education and language development for years to come. Thank you for watching this. Salut.
As Ms. Holmes signs goodbye, the same NAD logo that appears at the beginning of the video fades back in, and the video ends.
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The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that the 2013 NAD Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) will take place from June 20 through July 17. The Camp is a phenomenal and exciting experience for young deaf and hard of hearing students and takes place at Camp Taloali, which features 111 acres of forested land located in the foothills of Oregon’s gorgeous Cascade Mountains.
Young deaf and hard of hearing students are welcome to embark on this unforgettable journey this summer with NAD YLC. Campers and staff application forms are now online at www.nad.org/2013ylc. The camper application deadline is February 15, 2013 and the staff application deadline is March 1, 2013.
The NAD YLC is a one of a kind camp experience which offers intensive leadership development opportunities and focuses on advocacy, empowerment, deaf culture and heritage, current issues, group dynamics, outdoor activities, and much more. YLC encourages outstanding young deaf and hard of hearing students, grades 10 – 11, from diverse educational programs to develop advocacy and leadership skills. Those who attend the YLC will engage in ‘learning through active involvement' and acquire the skills to be productive citizens, conscientious leaders, and proactive self-starters in their respective schools and communities. The NAD is dedicated to providing opportunities for developing deaf and hard of hearing youth into future community leaders through this exciting summer program.
Join the YLC and find out why there are no limits to what you can do!
[VIDEO] Curious about the life of our current Miss Deaf America Ambassador for 2012 - 2014, Chanel Gleicher? Watch this video to learn more about where Chanel has been in 2012!
Thanks for watching,
The National Association of the Deaf
VIDEO DESCRIPTION [OPENING]:
The NAD logo appears on a blue background, with the letters "The National Association of the Deaf" on-screen.
The logo fades away, and Chanel Gleicher, Miss Deaf America Ambassador 2012 - 2014, appears wearing a green shirt, in front of a darker blue background.
CHANEL GLEICHER: Hello! My name is Chanel Gleicher. I am the 2012 -- 2014 Miss Deaf America Ambassador. I am very honored that I was crowned as Miss Deaf America (MDA) last July during the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
My role as the MDA focuses on showcasing the NAD to Deaf communities, as well as being a role model to deaf and hard of hearing youth. For the next two years, my duties will include giving workshops and performances, making appearances, and performing community service. As part of my community service duties, I will contribute 24 hours of service every three months towards various causes, organizations and activities.
My goals as the MDAA for the next two years include:
- Performing community service for deaf and hard of hearing children, with a focus on literacy skills
- Providing workshops and visiting Junior NAD chapters across America to help strengthen these chapters
- Inspiring young leaders in achieving their dreams and goals
This is why I am excited to announce that this will be my first of several vlogs for the next two years. In compliance with my community service goals, I will be doing a vlog every three months, sharing updates on what I have been doing for our community.
For the past three months from July to September, I have helped lead some workshops, made appearances, and performed community service.
o I gave a workshop at the Youth Leadership Camp in Stayton, Oregon
o In addition, I volunteered at the Center on Deafness - Inland Empire (CODIE)
Now, I will explain what I have completed for the past three months from July to September.
o I did two different performances: "Deaf Community Ain't Ragged" at the "Into the Streets" Festival in Frederick, Maryland and at the H Street Festival in Washington, D.C.
o I assisted with ASL translation services at Gallaudet University's Dance Company
o I volunteered with the Transportation Survey program at Gallaudet University
o Last but not least, I volunteered at the Green Festival in Washington, D.C.
The past three months have been amazing. I look forward to meeting people, working with different organizations, and most importantly, giving back to the community. If you would like to see photos or updates about my journey, please visit the MDAAP (Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program) Facebook page.
Also, if you would like to make an appearance request, please contact Allie Rice, NAD Youth Programs Coordinator, at www.nad.org/contactus.
VIDEO DESCRIPTION [ENDING]:
The video of Chanel Gleicher fades to black. The NAD logo, once again on a blue background, fades back in, and the video ends.
[VIDEO] Happy holidays from all of us at the National Association of the Deaf!
We know lots of holiday greetings are exchanged at this time of year, but this video from our NAD President, Board and Staff is sure to put a smile on your face as you go about your holiday celebrations.
With your generous support in 2012, we accomplished a great deal! The NAD depends on your donations and support to fulfill our mission of preserving, protecting and promoting the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people.
With your help, the NAD has been able to:
Thank you for all that you do for the NAD and for your well-wishes as we close the chapter on 2012- and wow, what a great year it was! Looking forward to another wonderful year in 2013 with you!
The National Association of the Deaf
P.S. Haven't had the time to find the perfect stocking-stuffer? A donation in someone's name to the NAD makes a great gift.
Get your gift now: http://www.nad.org/donate
Thanks to Heather Grizzle, who commented on our Facebook page requesting a video description. The video description is as follows:
The video opens with a snowy appearance of the NAD logo and the words “Holiday Greetings” below it.
The NAD logo freezes over, and dissolves in a flurry of snow. The glittery gold words of "Holiday Greetings" fade away, and Chris Wagner, the President of the NAD, appears. In the bottom right corner, a NAD logo appears, and stays for the remainder of the video. Each Board Member appears with this NAD logo in the bottom right corner, with his or her name and Region in shiny gold letters to the left of the NAD logo. Chris Wagner signs: “Hello, I’m Chris Wagner, President of the NAD. On behalf of all the Board members and our families, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. The NAD will continue to advocate for your rights, and continue to support equal access for all. Again, Happy Holidays to you all!”
Melissa Draganac-Hawk, Vice President of the NAD appears in front of the LOVE sculpture in Philadelphia and signs: “Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!”
Kirsten Poston, Secretary of the NAD, appears and signs: “Hello, I’m Kirsten Poston, NAD Secretary. I’m wishing you happy holidays, and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!” and then waves the ILY sign in both hands.
Philippe Montalette, Treasurer of the NAD, appears in front of a Christmas Tree and signs: “Hello! My name is Philippe. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I want you to join the NAD – thank you!”
Margie English from Region I appears on an outdoor bench in D.C. wearing a silver coat and a NAD emblazoned scarf, and signs an ASL poem as follows: “Hands signing, hands flying through the air; Our hands are key to our culture and language; We must band together, one for all, all for one; To keep the hands moving, flying through the air; Our hands are key to our culture and language; We must band together, to preserve our language!”
Steve Lovi from Region I appears and signs: “Hi! I’m Steve Lovi, from Region I, wishing you a very Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all of you from us at the NAD.”
Richard McCowin from Region II appears with a santa cap and a NAD sweater, and signs: “Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!”
Michael Berger from Region II appears wearing a Santa cap and a NAD sweater, drinking from a white mug that has a black-and-white NAD logo on it with a black handle, then puts the mug down, and signs: “Hi! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!” Then he picks up the mug again, as if making a toast to the audience.
Christopher Patterson from Region III appears in front of a colorful Christmas tree and signs: “Hello! I want to wish all of you Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!”
Larry Evans from Region III then appears on the left side of the screen in a Texas-style cowboy hat and a red and green plaid shirt, signs: “Hello! My name is Larry Evans. We at the NAD wish you a Texas-sized holiday with your family and friends!” Then he tips his cowboy hat to the audience.
Julie Rems-Smario from Region IV is sitting in front of a Christmas tree and signs: “Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!” Then she waves the ILY sign in both hands and blows a kiss.
David O. Reynolds from Region IV stands in front of a Christmas tree in a black dress shirt and signs: “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!”
Tawny Holmes, Appointed Member, appears wearing a black NAD fleece sweater, slightly to the right of a Christmas tree and signs: “Happy Holidays!”
Joshua Beckman, Appointed Member, sporting a black NAD fleece sweater to the left of a Christmas tree, signs: “Hello! I’m Joshua Beckman. Happy Holidays!”
The screen fades to black, then the gold letters "THE NAD STAFF" appear to the left of the NAD logo in the bottom right corner.
Soon after, the screen shows NAD staff members gathered in front of a stone fireplace, including from left to right: Jerry Sears, Howard Rosenblum, Claudia Sussman, Andrew Phillips, Debra Patkin, Marc Charmatz, Donna Morris, Michael Pearlman, Shane Feldman, Tom Wells, Caroline Jackson, and Allie Rice, and they sign together: “Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the NAD!”
Video ends with the NAD logo on a blue background, with the words "National Association of the Deaf" and the URL "www.nad.org" on the blue background.
Greetings! My name is Chris Wagner, President of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). I am pleased to share some updates on the NAD Board's activities.
It has been nearly five months since the successful 51st Biennial NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, we have been focused on a number of activities including a Town Hall meeting at our first NAD Board meeting at the Bay Area in California. We would like to thank California School for the Deaf at Fremont, California Association of the Deaf, Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency, and San Francisco Deaf Club for the warm welcome and hosting a great event.
California residents had the opportunity to share their concerns within the deaf and hard of hearing community with the NAD Board. From there, we began developing relationships with different national organizations so we can determine how we can best collaborate and share resources.
Our next action item is to work with committed volunteers for over 20 committees within the NAD. Committees are comprised of different people from all walks of life who work together to discuss various issues and developing strategies to address them.
I want to highlight three important committees. First, the Education Strategy Team (EST) is led by NAD Board member Tawny Holmes. They have already begun its work. and Tawny will share the EST updates with very soon.
Second, the Employment Task Force, which consists of different experts in the field of employment including colleges and universities and employers. They will address issues on unemployment and under employment of deaf and hard of hearing people across America.
Third, we are focusing on youth strategies, including increasing youth participation. Joshua Beckman, who represents our youth as a appointed NAD Board Member will focus on different ideas on how we can improve the Junior NAD and Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) and collaborate with our colleagues at DYUSA (Deaf Youth USA).
As you can see, the NAD is busy! We have also addressed other recent issues, including Hurricane Sandy and disaster preparedness. We want to look at how we can improve disaster preparedness for deaf and hard of hearing people. We also want to express our thanks to the government entities – local, state, and federal – to ensure that full access is possible for all of us. But our work is not finished. We need to continue this effort.
We are now preparing for our next NAD Board meeting set to take place from January 17-20, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Keep an eye out for more information on our Atlanta meeting.
In closing, on behalf of the Board of Directors and their families as well as the staff and their families at NAD, we would like to wish you, your family and friends a happy and great Thanksgiving! Let's be thankful for what the NAD, its staff, volunteers, members, and supporters have done for deaf and hard of hearing Americans. Thank you!