#NADHandwave: February 2017

The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) recently wrapped up their national conference and in the spirit of intervention, the NAD would like to recognize Jodee Crace as a recipient for February’s #NADhandwave. She is well known for her signature line: Adapt. Resilience. Acceptance. Celebrate!

Jodee works as an early intervention coordinator for the Outreach Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Indiana. A staunch advocate of Deaf children’s rights to language, Jodee has served as president of the American Society for Deaf Children, and is a strong supporter of families with deaf and hard of hearing children. Jodee has taught many courses at Gallaudet University in the field of Early Childhood Education. Besides being an instructor, she is also involved with the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing and the Council on Education of the Deaf as an advisory member.  She is a regular presenter at EHDI conferences, using the opportunity to educate the public about language acquisition in deaf babies.

Additionally, Jodee wrote a chapter for Resource Guide of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, called “Deaf Adults Connecting with Birth to Three Families” to include views of Deaf Adults and the Deaf community are shared with families during the early years of a Deaf child’s life. The NAD thanks you, Jodee, for ensuring that families have a community of supporters when raising their deaf babies and young children.

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.