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.
Representative Markey and Senator Pryor, authors of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on January 10, 2012 urging all three Commissioners to adopt language in the Report & Order for Internet Protocol Captioning that includes video programming shown on television, even if it is shown in segments or where some, but not all segments are posted online.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) met on November 17th to discuss “The Americans with Disabilities Act and Accessible Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities.” This event largely focused on people with mobility barriers to transportation; however, at least two witnesses mentioned that deaf and hard of hearing people need visual access to aural information.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) sent a letter to the House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). SOPA is currently under consideration in Congress which may impede efforts to increase captioning and access to online videos.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), along with two law firms, Stein & Vargas and Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, LLC, brought a lawsuit against Silver Cinemas Acquisition Company for failure to provide captioned movies in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
On November 9, at 2:00 pm EST, all televisions in the United States will show an Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. Two federal government agencies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are testing this system for the first time nationwide to find out how well it works.
It is only a test. There is no emergency. The FCC and FEMA are asking many organizations including the NAD to let everyone know that this is only a test. Please tell all your family and friends about this test warning and that there is no reason to worry.
On October 7, 2011, the FCC released new rules requiring interconnected and non-interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service providers to participate in and contribute to the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund (TRS Fund).
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions met at Gallaudet University on October 11, 2011 to discuss “Leveraging Higher Education to Improve Employment Outcomes for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.” It was a historic event. Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Michael Enzi heard testimony from deaf and hard of hearing panelists. For information on the panelists, see the October 7th Press Release about the hearing from the NAD.
As part of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) credential enhancement process, the NAD and RID need your help in identifying the areas that should have interpreter specialization. The outcome of this survey will enhance interpreting services by ensuring consumers are matched with interpreters who possess the skills and knowledge needed for particular, specialized settings and assignments.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announced that they are enhancing the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) credential to strengthen the effectiveness and increase the value of the NIC credential for all stakeholders.
On October 18, 2011, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) filed comments as part of Consumer Groups, a coalition of other deaf and hard of hearing consumer-based organizations to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Internet Protocol (IP) Captioning as part of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).