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The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announced on December 9, 2002 that it would begin the first-ever Internet video streaming of open-captioned educational videos. No other streamed material of this kind is captioned. Therefore, 28,000,000 Americans with a hearing loss are the potential beneficiaries of this historic media event.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) applauds the decision of Judge Kathleen Feeney of the Family Division of the 17th Circuit Court of Kent County in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday, October 4, 2002 to uphold the rights of parents in their opposition to court-ordered elective surgery for their children. Judge Feeney ruled that the court does not have the authority to order cochlear implants for two deaf children who are temporary wards of the state, when their parents oppose such procedures.
July 26, 2002 is a special day. It is the 12th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was one of the many organizations that worked with the late Justin Dart, known as the "Father of the ADA", toward the passage of this law which was signed by President George Bush, Sr. in 1990.
The Coalition for Movie Captioning (CMC) brings you the first of what we hope will be a "short-lived" THEATER WATCH showing how many theaters in the US are showing some form of captioned movies. Our goal here is not to say which system is better, but to increase the number of theaters showing first-run movies that are accessible to moviegoers with sensory disabilities.
Time elapsed since The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in July 1990, requiring access in movie theaters:
11 years, 10 months
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that Kelby Nathan Brick has been selected as the new Associate Executive Director of Law and Advocacy, effective October 1, 2002. The new division will build upon the strengths of the Law Center, Education Center, and Government Affairs departments.
Kent Kennedy of Austin, Texas was elected to a two-year term as President of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) on July 7, 2002 during the 46th Biennial NAD Conference, held in Washington, DC.
From Thursday through Saturday of the big July 4, 2002 holiday weekend for moviegoers, captioned movies were shown on only 24 of the more than 34,000 movie theater screens in the U.S., and many states did not have a single movie with captions showing in a theater. This was one of the findings in a status report for year 2002 released today by the national Coalition for Movie Captioning.
Mr. Ronald Chisolm was detained at the Mercer County Detention Center in Trenton, New Jersey beginning on September 10, 1994, as a result of an open bench warrant that had been issued without his knowledge years earlier in another state. (The warrant was subsequently quashed when it was learned that it had been issued erroneously.) Although Chisolm is Deaf and communicates in American Sign Language, he was allegedly denied interpreter services throughout his detention and in his interactions with the Mercer County Court.
Justin Dart, Jr., a renowned human rights activist died at his home on June 22, 2002. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the disability community, and the nation lost a true friend, advocate, and patriot.
The Coalition for Movie Captioning (CMC) has formalized as a bona-fide coalition with officers and bylaws. Representatives from national organizations serving frustrated moviegoers who are deaf, hard of hearing or late-deafened, who have long been underserved and neglected by the entertainment industry, have approved CMC's bylaws and elected new officers to serve for calendar year 2002.
The new CMC officers are:
* Cheryl Heppner, Association of Late-Deafened Adults (CAN) -Chair