This lists all Latest News items from the NAD and its affiliates. It also includes news items from outside groups on topics that are in line with the mission of the NAD. Media queries: please use our Contact form.
Secretary Shaun Donovan
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20410
Dear Secretary Donovan:
The Board of Directors and staff of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) express our deep sadness with the passing of Dr. Nathie Marbury on April 15, 2013. Dr. Marbury, or “Nathie” as she was affectionately known was a long time supporter of the NAD and served as an appointed board member under two presidents, Dr. Roz Rosen (1990-1992) and Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins (2006-2008).
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is thrilled to share that a new online closed captioning deadline is upon us -- March 30, 2013. The NAD was a key leader along with other consumer organizations in the push to pass the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) which requires access to online programming that has previously been shown on television with captions. Following the passage of the CVAA, the NAD participated heavily in the FCC rulemaking process where the FCC established specific rules for the enforcement of the CVAA.
Mervin D. Garretson was one of the most remarkable individuals in the history of deaf people, and was so instrumental to the success of the National Association of the Deaf, (NAD). When he passed away in early 2013 weeks after his wife, Carol, did in late 2012, the NAD decided to partner with Gallaudet University to host a celebration of Merv and Carol Garretson. Merv and Carol were very connected to and strong supporters of both the NAD and Gallaudet University.
Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa continues to champion our civil rights with new legislative bills that seek to expand our captioning access! On March 13, 2013, Sen. Harkin introduced two important bills for the United States Senate to pass. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) praises and applauds Sen. Harkin, whose late brother was deaf, for constantly leading the way to advancing equality for our community.
This month, a hit television show put a spotlight on a topic rarely discussed in the media: threats to schools for the deaf across the nation. This critically important issue was the main story in Switched at Birth, a popular show on ABC Family. The March 4th episode was aired entirely in American Sign Language and the story was so popular it even had its own hashtag: #takebackcarlton.
Applications are now being accepted for Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship stipend awards for the summer of 2013 (Application deadline: March 22, 2013). Qualified applicants will spend the summer at the NAD Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD where they will participate actively in NAD advocacy efforts to protect the civil, human and linguistic rights of the American deaf community. Preference will be given to students pursuing careers in law, public policy, nonprofit management or related fields.
On March 6th, 1988, Gallaudet University students made history when they refused to accept the decision the Gallaudet Board of Trustees made. This decision reflected a general sense that deaf people were not ready to lead. The students’ acts of defiance became an icon for deaf rights today. They banded together and stood up for what they believed in – Deaf President Now.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is excited to share the remarkable news of an all American Sign Language episode to happen on Monday, March 4th on mainstream television! On a fictional TV series, ABC Family's Switched At Birth, deaf students fear their deaf school will be shut down. Students, inspired by the real-life "Deaf President Now" protest held 25 years ago at Gallaudet University, decide to lead their own protest. Will Daphne and other deaf students succeed to save the Carlton School for the Deaf?