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Thanks to everyone who made the 51st Biennial NAD Conference in Louisville, KY a success! We saw thousands of folks throughout the week, and we were everywhere- the NAD Media team captured over 20,000 photos and dozens of videos during the conference.
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Tonight, Friday July 7th, we witnessed the last-ever Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program Finals! The event started at seven o'clock but the line was already long at six with very eager fans of family, friends and attendees. The stage was beautifully lit up with colorful lights and had two large screens on both ends of the stage creating a very professional and exciting feel to the event.
Today was the final Council of Representatives meeting and the concluding election for the next group of officers to take up the leadership of the NAD! The delegates, representatives, affiliates and general public bystanders quickly filled the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, and a suspenseful feel filled the room but was quickly broken when former NAD President Bobbie Beth Scoggins took the stage and began the meeting. She was gleaming with pride when she announced several award winners as they took the stage.
The Muhammad Ali Center was an eye-opening experience for people who learned about Louisville's history of segregation and how Ali fought through that to become the best in boxing. It was also a reminder to embrace diversity and recognize valuable skills and contributions of every NAD member. We had a chance to chat with a few people about their experience at the NAD Conference.
The Hyatt Regency Ballroom slowly filled early in the morning at 7:00am and featured a slideshow showing very recent photos of the NTID portion of RIT and recent graduates (one being former RIT SBG president, Greg Pollock) with their parents. The breakfast featured a buffet to which the attendees helped themselves to. Gerald Buckley then stepped on stage to express his thanks to the guests and NAD for their support.
We asked two people two questions:
Remember the "US" in Usher Syndrome
A National Dialogue about Emergency Preparedness in the Deaf Community: A Paradigm Shift in Policy and Regulations
Jim Brune and Donna Dahrouge