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The Senior Citizens Luncheon will be held on Friday, July 6, 12:15 PM TO 1:30 PM, in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
A tasty and joyous affair, the NAD Senior Citizen Luncheon is guaranteed to add tons of laughter to your life! This biennial favorite includes a luncheon and lively program for everyone! Food is great and definitely, and the company is terrific!
Deborah Meranski Blumenson Presenter Deborah M Blumenson (formerly Sonnenstrahl) was born in Baltimore, MD to culturally oriented parents who despite her protests did not consider congenital deafness as a deterrent to introducing their young daughter to art museums and theaters without interpreters or any other visual aids. Debbie earned her BA degree in Art (Gallaudet University, 1958), MA degree in Art History (Catholic University of America, 1976) and Ph.D. in combined fields of Deaf Education and Museum Studies (New York University, 1987).
Debbie taught Art History and Museum Studies at Gallaudet University for 32 years and retired as Professor Emerita in 1996. She was selected as “Professor of the Year” by the District of Columbia Council of Advancement and Support of Education in 1992. She received numerous awards related to her academic, theatrical, consulting, and volunteering services, including the coveted 2003 Benjamin Franklin Book award for her book, Deaf Artists in America: Colonial to Contemporary. Today she is grateful that her parents ignored her protests! Debbie resides in Boynton Beach, FL with her husband, Dr. Les Blumenson, a retired biostatistician. She has two Deaf children, Sam Sonnenstrahl and Beth Benedict and four Deaf grandchildren.
Glenn Anderson Emcee Dr. Anderson, a native of Chicago, IL, earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 1982. An alumnus of Gallaudet University, he also earned his master’s degree from the University of Arizona. He is a faculty member in the Interpreter Education Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Prior to joining the UALR faculty, he served as Director of Training at the University of Arkansas Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. He was also Professor and coordinator of the University of Arkansas M.S. degree program in Rehabilitation Counseling with Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. He has previously served as chair of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees and second vice-chair of the National Council on Disability (NCD). Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of National Black Deaf Advocates.