Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program (MDAAP) showcases young deaf women ambassadors from our great nation. NAD Miss Deaf America is more than just a title -- she reflects a tradition of empowerment, advocacy, and dedication.
Young women are transformed into tomorrow's leaders when they are crowned as winners of their state competitions. These women bring their talents to the national stage during the Biennial NAD Conference where they display their vision and passion for advocacy on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The work of NAD Miss Deaf America, and state contestant winners have inspired thousands of starry-eyed young deaf girls.
Upon being crowned, NAD Miss Deaf America travels throughout the country during her two-year reign, reaching out to diverse members of the deaf and hard of hearing community to support her ideals, committed to helping others.
NAD Miss Deaf America 2012-2014
Chanel Gleicher, the Miss Deaf America Ambassador of 2012 - 2014, recognizes the importance of being an advocate for our deaf and hard of hearing community, including promoting the early development of literacy skills among deaf and hard of hearing children. She is passionate about literacy and she believes that deaf and hard of hearing leaders, like herself, are role models to deaf and hard of hearing youth.
Chanel graduated from Gallaudet University in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Writing and Graphic Design. Her future plans include focusing on a variety of community service projects, providing educational workshops, and making an impact on deaf and hard of hearing youth. After she concludes her two-year service with the NAD, she hopes to attend graduate school and delve into the field of management.
In her free time, Chanel likes to read, write, and preserve her memories through scrapbooking. While she has the time, she likes to travel and explore different cultures.