#NADHandwave: October 2015

With the World Series underway, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is excited to recognize Peter John Rozynski as our #NADhandwave recipient for October 2015! If you play softball or baseball, you may recognize him as someone who made the calls behind the home plate at your game. Peter has had a successful career as an umpire on youth, teen, adult, and collegiate levels, and is inducted in the National Softball Hall of Fame!

Peter is one of few deaf and hard of hearing umpires in the nation, and he umpires about 175 games a year. He has been working as an umpire since 1998, beginning with junior-varsity and fast-pitch softball leagues, and continues to enjoy being an umpire.  He’s respected and well liked by players, coaches, fans, and other umpires. He has a well-earned reputation for fairness. He umpires to show people that deaf and hard of hearing people can have “untraditional” jobs, and do them well! Talk about #DeafTalent career goals!

Not only is Peter involved on the field but also off the field – you will find him commenting on important vlogs and sharing input and being proactive about issues important to our community. The NAD thanks Peter for his unwavering loyalty to the game! Your service does not go unnoticed!

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) gives monthly #NADhandwavesto people in our community. This is great opportunity for the NAD to recognize exemplary people for the work they do. With such great people, the world continues to progress. If you know someone who deserves a #NADHandwave, submit your suggestion 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.