#NADHandwave: April 2017

If you live in the greater DC metro area, chances are you’ve seen or met this person breaking a sweat behind the scenes at a local event. Those who know Dorian Fletcher will attest to his warm heart and loyalty. He serves as the “Jack of all trades” for many organizations and greatly serves the community with his “can do” attitude.

Dorian has been involved with numerous organizations in various roles such as: promoting the Wild Zappers, teaching American Sign Language at local churches, volunteering for so many groups,  and being involved with the District of Columbia Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. (DCABDA). More than that, he has given many hours of his time to many conferences and events including but not limited to: the National Deaf People of Color Conference, Deaf Reach Inc., NBDA’s Yes program, and Deaf Awareness Day at Six Flags in Maryland.

Dorian is a confident person who has no fear when asking for help. When he is volunteering or supporting organizations or events, he contributes his wonderful creativity in many areas  including event planning, promotional ideas, and increasing awareness. Dorian is a strong believer in the immense value of how organizations are so important to building and ensuring a vibrant deaf community. And through all of his many hours of volunteering, Dorian has never expected recognition or thanks but gains satisfaction from seeing the success of the events and organizations.

Thank you, Dorian, for being a role model for all of us!

The NAD gives monthly #NADhandwaves to people in our community. This is a great opportunity for the NAD to recognize exemplary people or the work they do.  With such great people, the world continues to progress.  If you know someone who deserves a #NADHandwave, submit your suggestions online!


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.