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.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Deaf Youth USA (DYUSA) announce the selection of four delegates to represent the United States of America at the fifth World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFDYS) Youth Camp in Durban, South Africa from July 6–14, 2011.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is thrilled that Wells Fargo Bank has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over its refusal to accept relay calls, among other violations. Wells Fargo had been blatantly refusing to accept relay calls from deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The NAD led the way in filing over 15 complaints with the DOJ for deaf and hard of hearing individuals against this illegal practice.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has been monitoring the recent natural disasters in different states to ensure that the response by federal, state, and local governments; emergency management agencies and disaster relief organizations; and media outlets reporting on the disaster are accessible. We are paying close attention to the tornadoes such as the one in Joplin, Missouri and the overflowing of the Mississippi river in populated areas. The NAD is concerned about the welfare of deaf and hard of hearing people who may be affected.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) in the United States stands in solidarity with the Italian deaf and hard of hearing community and the Ente Nazionale per la protezione e l’assistenza dei Sordi (ENS, the Italian National Association of the Deaf) to support full recognition of the native sign language of Italy, Lingua dei Segni Italiana (LIS). The Italian Parliament originally planned to recognize LIS as an official and full-fledged language but now is planning to characterize it as a sub-language of mimes and gestures.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) commends the extraordinary accomplishments of Academy-Award winning actress Marlee Matlin during her recent remarkable feats on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice". In every challenge of her life, she has shown the world that a deaf person can be successful in any environment when full access to communication is provided. As Marlee explained during the final episode that aired on May 22, 2011, "When I was a little girl, people said to me that I could not be an actress.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is saddened by the loss of Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Forestal, who was its 25th President from 1984-1986. Dr. Forestal was a respected leader on many levels in the deaf and hard of hearing community and was nationally recognized as a leader in promoting American Sign Language. Forestal's proudest achievement during his Presidency was the NAD position entitled "American Sign Language and English, and Communication and Language Rights of Deaf People," for its recognition of American Sign Language as a language.
Don't miss a compelling lunch event with the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Howard A. Rosenblum. Rosenblum is a long time civil rights attorney with extensive legal, political, and regulatory experience. Come and join an engaging discussion about how corporations can benefit from inclusive practices that expand workforce options through untapped resources of employees and customers. The discussion will include recent changes to federal laws, such as the ADA Amendment Act and the 21st Century Video and Communications Accessibility Act.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will host a community picnic at Camp Lakodia along with South Dakota Association of the Deaf (SDAD) and Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD). This event is a true old fashioned picnic with grilled food, cold drinks, outdoor games, and more! Come grab a chance to ride a Harley Davidson. The picnic will be held at Camp Lakodia on Saturday, May 21, 2011 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet NAD and SDAD board members and hang out together.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is disturbed by a growing trend among state legislatures of taking funds from state telecommunications relay services (TRS) funds and using them for non-TRS purposes. These are intrastate funds that are used for TTY relay services, CapTel, Hearing Carry-Over, and Voice Carry-Over services and not IP-Relay or Video Relay Services. Most recently, the states of Alabama and Montana have passed bills to transfer state TRS funds to other non-TRS funds.
On April 6, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an order establishing the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution program. This program will help provide low-income deaf-blind individuals access to the internet and advanced communications such as interexchange services and advanced telecommunications and information services. $10 million dollars will be made available from the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) fund each year for this nation wide equipment distribution.