Call for Workshops 2012
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is seeking proposals for exciting, informative and forward-looking education, training and public policy presentations at the 51st Biennial NAD Conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Louisville hotel and the Kentucky International Convention Center, July 3-7, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference theme is “Nothing About Us, Without Us."
Biennial national conference attendees consist of deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, deaf blind and hearing participants who are diverse and from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, from across the nation. These will include federal, state and local government employees and employers, private sector and community leaders and service providers, educators, parents, professionals, college students, senior citizens as well as youth who are already exercising their leadership potential or want to expand on such.
Traditionally, biennial national conferences have welcomed education and training workshops on a variety of topics, with tracks that are relevant and appeal to all ages – ranging from youth to those who are young at heart. This general focus will continue, with the inclusion of skills development and advancement strategies appropriate for the workplace. Workshop presentations should also be tied to the principles of self-determination, self-representation and self-expression that resulted in the establishment of the NAD in 1880 and guides its work to this day.
- ASL: Arts and Academics
- Deaf Education
- Economic Empowerment & Employment
- Equal Access Through Technology
- Grassroots & Legislative Advocacy
- Additional Areas of Interest
Screening and Selection Process
Workshop proposals are selected on the basis of overall quality and relevance in addition to the three C’s (clarity, conciseness and completeness) by conference screening committees knowledgeable in content areas for all tracks. Proposals should offer content that is interesting to a variety of attendees and promotes audience participation (workshops). Past evaluations show that attendees prefer presentations that are relevant, interactive and forward-looking.
Proposals that are accepted for one-hour and a half (90 minute) presentation slots will be scheduled with careful attention to conference program balance, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 and ending at 5:15 pm on Friday, July 6, 2012. Prospective presenters should be prepared to present during this timeframe, as assigned by the conference scheduling committee.
Please understand that we cannot accept all proposals that are submitted. Proposals that are not clear, specific, or complete will not be considered. Presentations that market specific products or services are not permitted; the Exhibit Hall is available for this purpose.
All presentation proposals must by submitted online, using the required form. Prospective presenters are encouraged to prepare their own MS Word files and then copy/paste content to the online form to prevent accidental loss of information.
- Presenters must be prepared to describe presentation content fully to ensure accessibility.
- Videos that are displayed during presentations must be open-captioned.
- Presentation handouts must be provided in hard copy as well as accessible format; the NAD will provide guidance in this regard.
- Approved primary and co-presenters are required to pre-register (active NAD membership is required) for the conference by May 15, 2012, and are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Click here for conference registration specifics.
CART and interpreting services in addition to LCDs, PC laptops loaded with MS Office and projection screens will be provided for all workshops.
- Presentation submissions - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - DEADLINE PASSED
- Notification of approval - Thursday, March 15, 2012
- Pre-registration deadline - Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Click here to send your questions through the NAD web form.
Submit Your Proposal Now! Click here to submit your online workshop proposal.