Thank You Tawny

Earlier this year, Tawny Holmes Hlibok, NAD Education Policy Counsel, wrapped up her duties at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) to focus on teaching full-time at Gallaudet University. Tawny’s tenure at the NAD first started in 2006, in several volunteer capacities. In 2012, while in law school, Tawny was appointed to the NAD Board with a focus on deaf education. In 2013, as she finished law school, Tawny became an Equal Justice Works Fellow and through its program, was able to join the NAD Law and Advocacy Center as a staff attorney. Even after the fellowship was completed, she remained with the NAD as the Education Policy Counsel. While we will miss Tawny’s radiant energy in the NAD Headquarters, we know we will continue to collaborate with her as her passion clearly lies in the future of deaf children.

”Tawny Holmes Hlibok has contributed greatly to the advancement of deaf education through her work at the NAD including the creation of the Education Advocates in all 50 states. We know that Tawny will continue to promote deaf education throughout her career, and express gratitude for her contributions to date,” said Howard A. Rosenblum, NAD CEO.

Our work remains — the NAD is looking forward to welcoming a new Education Policy Expert to take on the reins and continue the important work for deaf children. We welcome interested and qualified applicants to consider applying for the Education Policy position. 

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), as the nation’s premier organization safeguarding the civil, human, and linguistic of deaf and hard of hearing Americans, invites applications for a part-time or full-time Education Policy position within the NAD Policy Institute. This position will involve developing and advancing the best education policies on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing youth in the U.S. Attorneys, as well as non-attorney policy experts, are invited to apply for this position.

The mission of the NAD Policy Institute is to represent the NAD in advancing improvements in legislation, regulations, and policies across a broad range of civil rights and discrimination issues including education, early intervention, employment, healthcare, rehabilitation, technology, telecommunications as well as access to public entities and accommodations. 

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please email [email protected]


The NAD was established in 1880 by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. As a nonprofit federation, the mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more.