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ABOUT THE Š2019, is published by the NAD (USA), and is sent as a national membership benefit. For membership information, contact Member/Donor Relations at or complete the contact form at: Subscriptions: Libraries, schools, and similar institutions may subscribe to NADmag. For more information, complete the contact form at www.nad. org/contactus. Requests for Permission: Materials in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without written permission. Complete the contact form at www.nad. org/contactus or email Advertise in NADmag: For more information, go to advertise or email Publication of an advertisement in the NADmag does not imply NAD endorsement of a product or service. The NADmag is not responsible for advertisement contents. The National Association of the Deaf and the NADmag do not endorse or recommend any article, product, service, opinion, advice, statement, or other information or content expressed by third party authors. The views and opinions of such third party authors who have submitted articles to the NADmag belong to them and do not reflect the views of the National Association of the Deaf. ABOUT THE NAD The National Association of the Deaf (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. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value. 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 individuals in the United States of America. 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. For more information, visit ABOUT DESCRIBED & CAPTIONED MEDIA PROGRAM Described and Captioned Media Program 1447 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307 800.237.6213 / 800.237.6819 TTY 800.538.5636 F / The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the NAD.



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From the President // Melissa Draganac-Hawk From the CEO // Howard A. Rosenblum School Spotlight

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Deaf Culture Today Donor List In Memoriam

FEATURES Deaf People’s Experience with the Presidential Alert Zainab Alkebsi

The Story Behind “A Home for Henry” Katie Garcia

Open-Captioned Movies Erik Nordlof

The NERC Website Kyle Adams, Jacob Leffler, and Vicki Lowen

5 Priorities Update Jenny Buechner

The Benefits of Deaf Youth Mentoring: How a Mentorship Program Can Make a Difference Domonic Gordine

Celebrating Intersecting Identities at California School for the Deaf, Fremont

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A new season brings new changes BY MELISSA DRAGANAC-HAWK Many people love when Spring comes each year because the days are longer and the weather gets nicer. Spring is also when many states debate new bills and consider which ones to pass to become laws. This is important for our deaf and hard of hearing community because we are still advocating for equality and equal access. While there are many federal laws and rules that protect our civil rights, sometimes it is necessary to add more laws and rules at the state level. The NAD has resources for state associations and others who seek to advocate for new state laws or changes in state laws, and I encourage all of you to use those resources to improve life for deaf and hard of hearing people in your state! I am inspired to see positive change in many states over recent months. For example, recently, the Arkansas state legislature passed and the Governor signed into law new standards for mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing people. Arkansas is the first state to establish improved mental health services for deaf people through the legislative process. Other states have improved their mental health services for deaf people only after they were sued in court. We should remind ourselves of the steps involved in the process. Each state government has a different procedure, but all basically have legislatures that consider bills to change state laws, the legislators then vote on those bills. If passed, then the Governor of the state needs to sign the bill for it to become law. Everyone who lives in the state can talk to their legislators to convince them to support or oppose a bill. It is important for deaf and hard of hearing people to be more involved in this process so that we can get better state laws that protect our rights. Follow the same steps as illustrated in the chart by

American Academy of Pediatrics shown on the next page. Before any of us approaches a legislator to draft a bill, we should reach out to deaf community members and other stakeholders. This is not just to be polite, but to build a strong coalition to understand a bill and support it. It is best to be united and support each other before starting to talk to your legislators. Most legislators will not want to support a bill if the deaf community is divided with many different opinions. Before you ask your legislator to support a bill, consider those who may oppose the bill and why. Contact them to see how they respond to the idea behind the bill and what concerns they present. Then figure out how the bill can be changed to take care of their concerns and gain their support prior to proposing a bill. Be mindful that this portion of the process could take multiple years for the bill to move through the legislature and become law. The success of many deaf communities in various states in passing new state laws is proof that all of us can do it. It is not easy, but we must find ways to work together and find ways to write bills that we can agree to support. The key to passing those laws is unity in our deaf community, and developing strategies to overcome opposition from other groups. Spring brings hope and excitement. Let us use that energy to move forward together. NADly yours, Melissa Draganac-Hawk

Melissa Draganac-Hawk has been on the NAD Board of Directors since 2008 and now serves as President for 2016-2018. NADmag | Spring 2019



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NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum answers a question during an assembly at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in January 2019.

Fighting for equality BY HOWARD A. ROSENBLUM All of us want equality. None of us want discrimination. Everyone wants justice. No one wants oppression. Yet, there is so much inequality, unfairness, discrimination, and oppression. It can feel like that we can’t do anything to remove these barriers. The legal and judicial system often seems unfair and tainted by bias and politics. What can each of us do, with such big obstacles in the way? When the NAD was founded in 1880, there were no laws that gave equal access to deaf and hard of hearing people. Many states had schools for the deaf, but not laws giving deaf and hard of hearing people the right to jobs, interpreters, or access to government. Deaf and hard of hearing people did not have any right to communication access in courts, hospitals, workplaces, theaters, or any other area of society. The only college deaf and hard of hearing people could attend was Gallaudet University (under its previous names). Deaf and hard of hearing people

of color, as well as women, had even less rights and opportunities – which is still true today. In the 139 years since then, there have been new federal and state laws that have slowly advanced civil, human and linguistic rights. We are not anywhere near true equality for all, and much work remains. However, with the hard work of civil rights leaders, we now have the tools to advocate against the system to reach a more equal society. Federal laws are often effective in ensuring that all 50 states and the District of Columbia provide a minimum level of civil rights. Yet often times, that minimum level does not go far enough. There are always efforts to improve federal laws so that the cause of civil rights advances; however, changing federal laws or adding new federal laws are very difficult, even in times when our legislators in Congress work together NADmag | Spring 2019



Howard leads a training workshop discussing system change.

despite their differing politics. Unfortunately, especially in these politically charged times, improving federal law seems to be very hard to do. There is another way. We can change state laws. Recently, several state associations of the deaf, state commissions for the deaf, and deaf and hard of hearing leaders have pushed for new state laws or change state laws. Several states have passed LEAD-K to ensure that every newborn deaf child acquires language at age appropriate levels prior to enrolling in Kindergarten. Other states have implemented interpreter licensure laws so that only those who are qualified can work as interpreters. Some states have passed bills improving mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing people. A few states have passed laws to not allow the use of “hearing impaired” in any of those states’ laws. A few states are now leading the way to requiring movie theaters to show Open Captioning in addition to the federally mandated Closed Captioning. Those are just a few examples of how much we can do to create a more accessible society and 8

government. If each of us worked together in our states, in collaboration with your state association of the deaf and your commission of the deaf, state laws can be changed for the better. This means that all of us must get to know our state legislators. Find out who your state senator and state representatives are, and get to know them. Learn their names, schedule a meeting, find out what they are passionate about, and share your goals with them. It is on us to educate them on what is important for deaf and hard of hearing children, youth, adults, and senior citizens. Passing state laws is not easy, but it is a way we can create change. All of us have a role in changing the system for the better – for everyone from all walks of life.

Howard A. Rosenblum, Esq. has served as the NAD Chief Executive Officer since 2011.

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How can a person learn sign language? ARKANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF – JR. NAD CHAPTER

A person could learn from ASL natives at events. CARLEY President, 15-year-old freshman

Learning from other Deaf students which I did at Hawaii School for the Deaf. IZUMI Member, 15-year-old freshman

Educating by a Deaf teacher which Gina Wooten from ASD taught me. GAVIN Vice-President, 15-year-old freshman

Exposure by interacting with Deaf children and others like I did while I was 3 years old learning every day. KAMYA Member, 15-year-old freshman

You could learn from a Deaf mentor (Jessica McMahon) like I did when I moved from Iraq to ASD.

Learn from a Deaf parent which I did from a large Deaf family. N’AYLINA Secretary, 16-year-old sophmore

ZAINAB Member, 15-year-old freshman

Writing notes and showing signs with a Deaf person like I did with a hearing peer.

Learn from an American Sign Language book like I did when I was a child in Tennessee. SHELBY Treasurer, 15-year-old freshman

LEYLA Member, 16-year-old sophmore

DAVID Member, 16-year-old freshman

Browsing and exploring a sign language through technology resources like YouTube, Facebook, etc.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH KIM BIANCO MAJERI, NAD STATE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COORDINATOR Why should we bother with advocacy in our states, when we can focus on federal level bills to be passed?

State laws can help cover areas not covered by federal laws. In addition, state laws can provide stronger protections than federal laws on some issues. Advocating on the state level can help make sure there is more focus on state systems and needs. What should be the first thing we should do when we want to propose a new bill?

Discuss your idea with stakeholders in your state, especially those who will be affected by your idea, and start collecting information that is relevant to the bill. What is “opposition” and why should we care?

There may be people who do not agree with your idea/bill and may be working to convince lawmakers to not support your bill. They would be your opposition and efforts should be made to either come to an agreement with your opposition or come up with strategies to counter any opposition. What are ways for deaf youth to be involved in the bill making process?

We should include deaf youth in the political process by bringing deaf youth to advocate or lobby for bills, inviting lawmakers to state conferences with Jr. NAD chapters involved, encouraging deaf youth to become a state legislative page and/or Jr. NAD Page and to participate in the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. ( 12

Kim is available to provide legislative training in your state, contact the NAD to make arrangements.

Deaf youth are our future, and training them in the bill making process early on gives us future leaders who are savvy in the legislative system. What does NAD legislative training include and who is it for?

Legislative training is for anyone who wants to understand how an idea becomes a bill and how a bill becomes law, how to develop plans to pass bills, how to identify stakeholders and begin conversations towards creating bills. Each training is customized to what a state/organization needs. If you are interested in scheduling training, contact the NAD State Legislative Affairs Coordinator at Where can I go for support in understanding bills if there’s no ASL access?

You can make an appointment with the legislator who wrote the bill to ask for clarification, and ask for an interpreter for this appointment. You can also contact the NAD State Legislative Affairs Coordinator to review any bill by email to:

Legislative Affairs training with Deaf Grassroots Movement in Washington, D.C., March 2018.

Why bother with bills, they don’t get passed anyway.

Why bother with amending the law, can’t we just remove that law and propose a new bill?

States pass hundreds of bills each year. You can work with legislators every year. If a bill does not pass one year, you have educated the legislators who may be willing to pass your bill next time.

If a law already exists, but there are problems with it then it is often easier to change that law than it is to remove a law and create a new one. If a law is removed, there is a risk that no new law will be passed to replace the old one. It is less risky to amend than to remove and start over. However, if there was never a law in your state on an issue, then it is possible to propose a new law.

I’m not a political person, but how can I help?

You can help by sharing your story about barriers for deaf and hard of hearing people with lawmakers, attending rallies, making phone calls, and sharing information with your community. What if I don’t agree with someone else about this bill we’re working together on, who is “right”?

As stakeholders, it is important to keep communication lines open, discuss different perspectives and come to an agreement on how to proceed. A divided community often means it is harder to pass bills.

Kim Bianco Majeri is the State Legislative Affairs Coordinator at the NAD.

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Deaf People’s Experience with the Presidential Alert BY ZAINAB ALKEBSI The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) wants productive dialogue on ways to improve all emergency alert systems to be more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people across the country. The NAD shared a summary report of deaf and hard of hearing people’s experiences with the test Presidential Alert with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that was issued through the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on October 3, 2018. This alert was to be sent to wireless devices and via the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on broadcast television channels. On October 9, 2018, the NAD released a public online survey among the deaf and hard of hearing community to learn what their experiences were when they received the alert. This survey included an American Sign Language (ASL) video explaining the purpose of the survey along with a link to a list of written questions. It was emailed to our members and also posted on the NAD’s website and social media accounts. A total of 199 people took the survey and upon examining the raw data, we learned several things.

Out of 199 responses, there were 59 who did not receive the WEA alert – which is about 30% of respondents. 14

Out of 199 responses, there were 59 who did not receive the WEA alert – which is about 30% of respondents. Out of those 59 respondents, they had an AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, or a different phone service plan. The 140 respondents who reported receiving the WEA alert did not report any accessibility issues. As for the EAS alert that was shown on TV, respondents reported several issues that occurred across various channels: • The poor color contrast – or lack thereof – which meant the text of the alert crawl was unreadable for viewers. • At times, the captions of the regularly scheduled programming blocked the text of the alert crawl. • The alert itself was delayed. For instance, I was at the FCC attending a meeting of the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) when the Presidential Alert was issued. I was able to observe the EAS alerts across different television channels due to the set up that the FCC had specifically for the purpose of comparing EAS alerts. The alert appeared on one channel significantly later than the two other channels that were on at the time. • One respondent reported a synchronization issue with the Apple Watch; the alert appeared on the consumer’s iPhone, but not on the Watch. This


An example of an emergency alert on a mobile device.

On another channel, DAC members and I noticed that the audio information was conveying more information than what was visible on the text crawl. poses a potential issue when users are away from their phones and are relying on their wearable devices for information. • The text of the alert crawl did not match the audio information being conveyed. For instance, I observed this same issue in the setup described earlier at the FCC. Since FCC staff had assembled DAC members in a room to observe the EAS alerts, ASL interpreters were present to convey additional aural information, as needed. On another channel, DAC members and I noticed that the audio information was conveying more information than what was visible on the text crawl. This was troubling since deaf and hard of hearing viewers should have access to the same information being conveyed to others. Furthermore, without the benefit of ASL interpreters, deaf and hard of hearing people would not know that there was additional vital

information that was omitted from the captioning, and such information could mean life or death during a real alert. They might be missing critical instructions as to what the safest course of action might be and might do the wrong thing based on what little information they did have. The NAD seeks a dialogue with the FCC, FEMA, and any other government agencies that are examining these issues with the goal of developing optimal solutions to ensure full and equal communication access during emergencies and disasters.

Zainab Alkebsi is the policy counsel for the NAD.

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Henry and his family have a difficult choice to make. Henry needs a specific kind of care, one that he cannot receive in his own home; Henry and his family need to find place where he can get the care he needs in a safe and supportive community. Henry is not a real person, but his situation is one that hundreds of families actually face every year. It is hard to find the right place to call home, especially when the home you require is a nursing home or assisted living facility. But finding that right community for you or your loved one, should not be hindered by the fact that you are deaf or hard of hearing. Discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is pervasive across the country. Under the federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for housing providers to discriminate based on someone’s disability in the rental, sale, financing or insuring of housing. Discrimination includes failing or refusing to provide a service or make a change that a person with a disability needs in order to fully use and enjoy their housing. A person with a disability has the right to reasonable accommodations – or changes in rule, policy, practice or service – and to reasonable modifications – or physical alterations of a dwelling unit or common areas. And yet, despite this legal mandate, discrimination continues to push hundreds of people out of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 16

On the set for the production of “A Home for Henry.”

The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) decided to investigate this type of discrimination across the New York City region. In 2015, the FHJC launched an eight-month long testing investigation, deploying professional actors and performers to pose as relatives of deaf people needing assisted living or nursing home care. Based on the evidence collected from these tests, the FHJC filed two federal lawsuits alleging that 11 operators of assisted living and nursing homes refused to make American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters available to deaf people at more than 24 nursing home and assisted living facilities.


The NAD and Deaf Professional Artists Network (DPAN) review playback before moving on to the next scene.

By December 2018, settlements were reached with all of the defendants in both lawsuits. As a result of these settlements, deaf and hard of hearing people will have access to ASL services and other auxiliary aids and services as a reasonable accommodation in 61 nursing homes and 35 assisted living facilities in the New York City region. The settlement agreements, which included a variety of court-ordered mandates to change the practices of the defendant nursing homes and assisted living facilities, also yielded nearly $1.2 million in damages and attorney’s fees. As a result of these settlements, we were also able to tell the story of Henry, an elderly deaf man who recently started residing in a nursing home, in our 12-minute long educational video, “A Home for Henry.”

recognized that they did not fully understand all of the nuances of deaf culture and the experiences of deaf people around housing. We needed help to fully understand all of the issues if we had any hope of effectively addressing them. When it came to “A Home for Henry,” a team from the FHJC and the NAD collaborated for more than six months to develop the concept for the video and draft a script. One of the priorities within that process was to make sure that a variety of types of auxiliary aids and services were shown in the video in ways that were realistic to the experience of people living in this type of housing. We also wanted to highlight the development of a communication plan as a best practice for administrators in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The eighteen-month long process to create “A Home for Henry” began by forging a partnership with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The FHJC

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and understood how to film deaf and hard of hearing people using ASL. We also wanted to showcase people, both in front of and behind the camera, who reflected the target audience of the video. Our search led us to the Deaf Professional Artists Network (DPAN), led by Sean Forbes. In early June 2018, a team from DPAN, the NAD, and the FHJC traveled to The Holley Institute in Brooklyn, Michigan for a three-day film shoot where nearly an all deaf cast and crew came together to actualize more than a year’s work. While filming, the team from the FHJC also had the opportunity to speak with several cast and crew members about why we were creating this video. We heard again and again about how pervasive deaf discrimination in nursing homes and assisted living facilities was and how it had affected their own lives, specifically when searching for a care facility for their parent, sibling, or even for themselves. Those conversations highlighted once again why creating “A Home for Henry” was so important, because often times the people we were speaking with did not realize that they had rights around some of these issues and that there were people out there who could help them advocate for those rights. Finally, after a year-and-a-half of work and collaboration, “A Home for Henry” was released on October 10, 2018. Since then, “A Home for Henry” has been released with both English subtitles and closed captioning, as well as with a visual description and transcript. You can find this video on the Senior Resources page on the NAD website.

If you or someone you know feels that they are being discriminated against or are receiving unequal treatment, please contact your local fair housing organization. The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) is a nonprofit, civil rights organization dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination; promoting policies and programs that foster more open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and strengthening enforcement of fair housing laws in the New York City region. The FHJC serves all five boroughs of New York City and the seven surrounding New York counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Putnam and Westchester.

We hope that this video will help to chip away at the discriminatory practices that, for too long, have shut out deaf and hard-of-hearing people from finding and fully enjoying nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We want this video to empower those affected by this discrimination to exercise their fair housing rights, and to move us closer to creating more open, accessible, and inclusive communities for all.

Katie Garcia recently served as the Communications Coordinator at the Fair Housing Justice (FHJC) and is the founder and President of Athene Strategies.

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OPEN-CAPTIONED MOVIES BY ERIK NORDLOF As an older millennial, I grew up loving movies and have always needed captions to fully enjoy them. I currently advocate for captioning accessibility by fighting for a reliable offering of open captioned screenings at movie theaters in Washington, DC. There are two kinds of captioning used at the movies: closed and open. When CC is used on television, it must be turned on by the viewer. If a channel puts open captions (OC) on its content before broadcasting it, then it is “open” to everyone who watches that channel. The same concept applies to movie theaters. Captioning devices show captions that are visible only to the person using the device, and thus are “closed” to others in the audience. OC means captions are displayed on the movie screen and are “open” to everyone. As a young child, I benefited from a closed caption decoder to watch movies on broadcast TV and on VHS tapes, however, I did not have access to movies at movie theaters. I remember watching and being scared by Jurassic Park (1993) even though I didn’t understand it. My first truly accessible experience at the movies was Twister (1996) with open captions 20

because Tripod Captioned Films took the initiative to get the film reels and get OC laser-printed onto the reels. In my teens, I used rear-window captioning (RWC) devices at the movie theaters to understand movies. In a nutshell, RWC devices are translucent panels that catch the reflection of captions displayed in the back of the theater. These were frustrating because RWC times were rare, the devices frequently fell apart, and the RWC system often did not work at all. I unfortunately accepted this as the inevitable reality of my movie theater-going experience. In the early 2010s, movie theaters converted from film to digital, and a Department of Justice ruling required them to have and maintain CC devices. Many of us have used (or tried to use) these CC devices and have experienced ongoing frustration with the devices falling apart, captions constantly dropping, or the CC system simply not working. Even though the law requires movie theaters to have CC devices, there is no maintenance oversight. Theaters often get away with neglecting the devices that should be providing deaf moviegoers an experience equal to that of hearing moviegoers.


It was simply a matter of movie theaters being willing to turn on the open captions when showing a movie. There is no fiscal incentive on the theaters’ part to take care of, update, or improve the devices, often distributing devices even though they are known to be problematic. So that means every time a CC device does not work properly, the movie theaters should be held accountable for breaking the law in failing to provide equal access. Assuming there was no alternative to CC devices, I put up with problems with CC devices in the Washington, DC area for several years. After an especially frustrating experience and no longer willing to accept being stuck with problematic CC devices, I posted on Facebook asking friends if open captions were possible. I found out that open captions were already available for all the movies released by the big studios. It was simply a matter of movie theaters being willing to turn on the open captions when showing a movie. Some theaters were willing to do this if there was a committed group of deaf moviegoers that exceeded the number of CC devices available. As a trial run, I worked with a local deaf organization and a local movie theater to have an open captioned screening of Inside Out (2015), and the ease and success of this made me realize the widespread potential. I started the Facebook group DC Deaf Moviegoers to organize open caption movies for deaf and hard of hearing people in the Washington, DC area. I chose The Martian (2015) since it had wide appeal, and I ran a survey to find out what dates and times worked for deaf moviegoers. I worked with the manager of another local movie theater to set up two open captioned screenings of The Martian and I advertised these screenings to the Facebook group. Dozens of deaf

moviegoers showed up for these screenings. Since The Martian in fall 2015, the small group of volunteers who run DC Deaf Moviegoers has organized OC screenings every weekend. Today, we have a Facebook group of 2,300 members and a mailing list of nearly 1,100 members. We work with several movie theaters in the Washington, DC area, including commercial theaters in Northern Virginia and nonprofit theaters in Maryland. We distribute a monthly survey to gather deaf moviegoers’ preferences for OC showings, compile all the details in weekly emails, and set up Facebook events for the OC screenings. If you want to organize OC movie screenings where you live, here are some suggestions: • Bring together everyone who likes or benefits from captions. This can and should extend beyond the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Beneficiaries can include people with auditory processing disorders or with developmental disabilities, like autism, or people who are English as second language learners. People who like captions can include family members, friends, and people who generally enjoy having captions/subtitles on when watching a streaming service like Netflix. • Develop good working relationships with movie theater managers. Request OC screenings based on the size of your group. As the group grows, request more OC screenings. Work with the manager and encourage them to have OC on reasonable days and times. NADmag | Spring 2019


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• Advertise the OC screenings, invite everyone to them, and encourage people to share OC screening details with friends, relatives, and colleagues. Find out the best way for people to learn about the latest OC screenings, whether through Facebook events, mailing lists, or flyers. Requiring Open Captions Hawaii passed a law that became effective in 2016, that required that state’s movie theaters to provide two open captioned screenings for each movie per week. I was inspired by this legislation and started considering it for Washington, D.C. A law like this would save a lot organizing time and energy to ensure true accessibility through OC movie screenings. Movie theaters could simply provide OC for a portion of their screenings on a routine basis. Furthermore, movie theaters’ willingness to provide OC was inherently unsustainable, based on unpredictable changes in management or company policy. Legislation was necessary to ensure that OC accessibility could be established and not taken away on a whim. I worked with two deaf friends to gather endorsements for OC movie legislation in Washington, DC from local and national deaf organizations. We approached DC Council members with a fact sheet listing these endorsements, the

problems with CC devices, the success of OC screenings, how OC could benefit more than the deaf and hard of hearing, and the unnecessary burden on private citizens to organize OC. DC Council member Charles Allen introduced an OC movie bill in September 2018 and we had a public hearing the following December. Since it was the end of the legislative session, the bill was introduced again in February 2019 and will be considered this spring. Achieving True Accessibility Deaf moviegoers know that CC devices are problematic. We do not have to accept this as the only reality. We know from using captions at home that a truly accessible experience is possible at the movie theater with use of open captions. We deserve equal access at the movies, and we can collectively advocate for more OC through organizing and through legislation. I encourage you to share the fact that we do not have to be stuck with problematic CC devices, that OC is possible, and we can all be part of driving change for true accessibility at the movies.

Erik Nordlof is the founder and lead organizer of DC Deaf Moviegoers.

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The NERC web page is one tool that the NAD has created in response to the needs of many deaf and hard of hearing people who want to work. Employers are beginning to understand the importance of a diverse workforce including deaf and hard of hearing employees. The NERC web page is intended to be a bridge between deaf and hard of hearing employees and possible employers to create improved employment opportunities for all.



The employment gap between deaf and hearing people in the U.S. is a significant area of concern. According to the National Deaf Center, 42.9%1 of deaf people are not in the labor force. The term “unemployed” indicates that a person is not working and looking for a job. The term “underemployed” indicates that a person is overqualified for the current position that is held or the person’s full skills or abilities are not being utilized. An example would be someone that possesses a college degree in an area they are extensively trained for, but they are employed as a store clerk. Because of this, many deaf people are overlooked for a promotion or a job that matches their skills and abilities. Deaf people continue to face multiple barriers to programs, resources and employment opportunities in spite of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) being signed into law in 1990. Misconceptions or myths about deaf and hard of hearing people still exist, even though many studies show that workers with disabilities are often viewed as dependable, loyal, responsible, and have overall positive job performance ratings. In addition, there are insufficient programs, services or career resources centers that are accessible for deaf job seekers.

NERC Committee Board Liaison Holly is sitting with a VR client during a meeting.

NERC Committee Member Jason is briefing with the staff on a project.

The dire unemployment and underemployment rates of deaf and hard of hearing workers led to action from delegates of the State Associations and Affiliates at the 2012 and 2016 NAD Biennial Conferences to propose priorities to address these concerns. One proposal was to have the NAD establish and maintain an online nationwide employment resource center. This idea was popular among the community and the NAD members. The delegates then made the National Employment Resources Center (NERC) proposal one of top of five priorities during the 2012 NAD Conference, and again in 2016. From these proposals, a NERC taskforce was formed and began its work collecting data, information and resources from the community, which led to the development and creation of the NERC web page on the NAD website. The purpose of the NERC web page is to provide employees and employers with a one-stop center filled with employment-related information, statistics and publications. NERC provides the resources, tools, and tips to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals to better understand how to reduce underemployment and unemployment for deaf and hard of hearing workers. These tools are

1 Garberoglio, C.L., Cawthon, S., & Bond, M. (2019). Deaf People and Employment in the United States: 2019. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes.

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designated to help the affected people learn more about organizations, industries, a range of career topics, and provide insight that can give interested persons the competitive edge in employment that they may be seeking. The NERC web page was built by, of, and for the deaf community as a resource that will empower and enable deaf job seekers to find

and retain jobs. The site focuses on areas where the most support is needed: Career Opportunities, Tips and Information for Finding Jobs, What Employers Should Know, Start Your Own Business, and Employment and Regulations.

Useful resources available on the NERC website CAREER OPPORTUNITIES This section lists different sources that can help you during your job search. In the near future, the NAD plans to implement a job posting platform on the page. Keep in mind, the NAD doesn’t take part in facilitating or arranging the interviews. This section is just to show where applicants can go to when applying for jobs. These are the most popular job searching sites where recruiters often post openings. Some of these websites allow applicants to upload their resume and apply to multiple roles at the click of a button! START YOUR OWN BUSINESS Starting your own business can be scary for many reasons from seeking investment money to start your venture or learning how best to grow and scale your business. This section shares a list of resources that current deaf business owners use. This is a great place to start if you’re interested in starting your own business. TIPS AND INFORMATION FOR FINDING JOBS Job seekers will be able to explore resources that were created by the deaf community and subject matter experts. Important tips also were contributed by experienced applicants who went through the process of seeking and retaining a job. This section includes resume examples, what a strong recommendation letter looks like, tips on preparing for your interview, and how to utilize your professional network to tap into opportunities. WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD KNOW This section is geared towards employers to encourage them to hire deaf and hard of hearing workers. For many employers, regardless of the size of the company, the prospect of hiring a deaf employee may be their first experience and might be an overwhelming one. This page serves as a tool to help them navigate what kind of support they can give and where they can go to for information such as statistics on deaf employment, regulations, and accommodations. EMPLOYMENT LAWS AND REGULATIONS In this section, you will be able to understand and define what reasonable accommodations are as well as how to go about facilitating that conversation.












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Restoring the Deaf community’s confidence in the sign language interpreting profession by strengthening our partnership with interpreters

The Board established a workgroup consisting of four members to review and track this priority, along with the referred motion in regard to interpreter credentialing. In January, the Board provided a 6-month report,1 as requested by the delegates to the 2018 Biennial NAD Conference. Immediately after this conference, NAD President Melissa DraganacHawk and RID President Melvin Walker discussed the need to revisit the Code of Professional Conduct. A task force was formed with representatives from the NAD, RID, Council de Manos, and National Black Deaf Advocates. The task force has met several times, via video conferencing, and will be meeting in person in Washington, DC in June 2019. The Board workgroup is currently in the process of reviewing interpreting standards from various entities, as well as professions, to identify possible topic areas for inclusion in the standards. We are making on-going progress on this priority.


Establish a Task Force with Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) on all age-related issues A task force has been formed with representatives from the NAD and DSA to identify important issues affecting deaf seniors. The task force has identified three top areas of focus at this time:

1. Develop resources where deaf seniors can go for services related to housing, nursing homes, assisted living, and senior communities. 2. D  evelop three sets of checklists to begin and develop additional checklists as needs are identified. Topics of the initial three are:

a. Paperwork Checklist to determine if seniors have important paperwork such as a will, power of attorney, insurance and other important documents completed.

b. Medical Facilities Checklist for seniors and their families to identify whether they are accessible, have staff who can sign, or will provide interpreters, or offer the ability to hook up a videophone, and more.

c. Caregiver Checklist to identify what is needed in order to work effectively with seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

3. Update the Senior Resources listing on housing on the NAD website.

Details of the 2018-2020 Priority Report on Sign Language Interpreting Profession is available on the NAD website.



Six-month report can be found at




The objective of this priority is to develop best practices and a model for VR agencies to utilize in determining eligibility, related to federal laws and regulations, e.g., Order of Selection (OOS) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) task force is asking state vocational rehabilitation agencies across the country to share information on how they provide VR services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind. To date, 18 states have responded and provided the committee with their regulations. The task force aims to better understand how each state determines eligibility, as well as how eligible individuals are served.

Public Safety Committee Co-Chairs Robert Harris and Kim Davis are working with NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum and Board liaison Steve Hamerdinger to identify partners and their work to date on the police interaction component of this priority. The NAD identified that the National Association of State Agencies serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NASADHH) has done significant work in this area. NASADHH and the NAD will work with other organizations to host a summit with all impacted stakeholders invited, including marginalized communities and law enforcement representatives. In addition, the NAD is partnering with other legal organizations to identify remaining challenges within the prison system across the country, and determining strategies to address such challenges. The NAD is also reviewing different options to address failures within the court system for appropriate and equitable access for deaf individuals who are dealing with the judicial system.

Focusing on Systemic Barriers in Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf/HH


National Family Campaign

This task force is making progress and has developed several ideas on how to reach out to families of deaf and hard of hearing children. The NAD has a longstanding relationship with the American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC). ASDC shared with the NAD that they have seen families participate in the Sign On Program to connect with other deaf people and learn sign language, as well. The task force recommends that the NAD partner with Sign On. With the help of Education Advocates in states across the country, the task force has been working on collecting ASL resources, including Deaf Mentors and camps for deaf and hard of hearing children, that will be beneficial for families. Videos for public service announcements (PSA) will be developed as part of this campaign. The task force is working on an ASL Immersion program to take place at the 2020 NAD Biennial Conference in Chicago.

Campaign to spotlight the oppression of Deaf people within the justice system

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How a Mentorship Program Can Make a Difference BY DOMONIC GORDINE

Think about someone in the past who left a lasting impact on you. Who would you credit your past, present, and future successes to? Maybe it was a teacher, friend, colleague, neighbor, manager, or a family member. For me, it was my teachers Carl Way and Stephanie Smith Albert at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf who made a difference for deaf students in our local community. They worked hard to make sure all of their deaf students did not get involved with illicit activities after school, and they guided us in times of difficulties. I would not be here today as a successful future college graduate and NAD Youth Ambassador if it were not for my mentors, Carl and Stephanie. That is the power of a mentor.

Carl Way is one of the two mentors whom Domonic Gordine credits his success.

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Domonic Gordine, NAD Youth Ambassador and Founder of Moisigne Mentorship Program, shares his story during a presentation at the NAD Conference last year.


The power of positive mentoring lies in its messages of encouragement and empowerment – You can do it, you are worth it, it’s okay to try, and I’ ll be here for you. The Significant Benefits of Mentoring When success stories of people within our community are shared, people often mention their influential mentors. Mentoring is an effective catalyst for personal growth and accomplishment in both our personal and professional lives. They are also true role models who have the qualities we aspire to emulate. Mentors offer encouragement, hope, guidance, and wisdom. Melissa Draganac-Hawk, NAD President, said, when asked about the secret of her “magic touch” as a mentor: “Over the years, I would pick the ones [mentors] who fit with my personality and character, blending them together. Is there only one person? No. I have many to inspire me. All of their personalities stayed with me.”–

• Higher college enrollment and educational aspirations • Improved behavior at home and school • Improved relationships with parents, teachers, and peers • A better attitude about school The power of positive mentoring lies in its messages of encouragement and empowerment – You can do it, you are worth it, it’s okay to try, and I’ ll be here for you. Such messages change a youth’s life trajectory for the better and help them achieve their potential. In other words, they learn how to “win” at life.

General research studies have consistently shown the long-term significant positive benefits of a healthy mentor-mentee relationship. Particularly for youth, it can mean achieving both personal and academic goals. Some concrete examples of the benefits of mentoring youth1: • Increased high school graduation rates

At the ABC’s Thanksgiving Parade in 2005, Dominic smiles with his mentor, Stephanie Smith Albert, and his peers.

• Lower high school dropout rates • Positive self-esteem and increased self-confidence • Increased advocacy skills



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The Dismal State of Deaf Youth Mentoring According to a 2016 report from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, mentors contribute to the development of identity, language, social, and emotional skills of deaf youth.2 It is a well-known fact that deaf youth tend to lag behind their hearing counterparts in education and employment attainment in adulthood.2 The statistics collected are pretty dismal: • A record low 25% of parents of deaf youth reported a positive view of their children’s future.3 • W hile speaking with deaf youth in the greater Philadelphia area who never had a mentor, I found that many were less likely to graduate from high school, go to college, and/or lead productive lives as adults, compared with their hearing counterparts. • From a Gallaudet research report: “Of the U.S. population, 18.7% [of hearing students] did not graduate from high school in contrast to 44.4% of individuals with a severe to profound hearing loss.” Unfortunately, there is also a significant mentoring gap between deaf and hearing youth in terms of available mentoring programs. Hearing youth are able to access extensive, robust mentoring programs around the country, such as YMCA, Big Brother, Big Sister, and other similar programs. However, these programs are not created with deaf youth in mind. Hundreds of thousands of deaf youth are unable to take advantage of the benefits of mentoring outlined earlier in the article in these programs. There are very few schools and programs for the deaf around the country administering their own mentoring program for their students. While there may be existing mentorship programs for deaf youth in mainstreamed programs, they may be limited to their schools.

Domonic pitched his mentorship program idea during the YAP competition in 2018.

A Pilot Study: A Mentorship Program for Deaf Youth To address the issue of the lack of mentoring programs for deaf youth around the country, the MoiSigne Mentorship Program for deaf youth is currently under development and testing in the greater Philadelphia area since 2018. The pilot program works with local schools, community, deaf organizations, deaf youth, and family members to match mentor-volunteers with deaf youth. The program uses a mentor/mentee survey to collect responses to offer different styles of mentoring appropriate to each individual mentor-mentee relationship. The survey results are also collected for research purposes since there is not enough research on deaf youth mentorship. The name “MoiSigne” is a French word for “My signs.” It is a contribution to our ASL’s French roots when French Sign Language (LSF) morphed into ASL in the past. Deaf individuals of our community are empowered when they have their own language, culture, and signs to make a difference in their lives. “My signs” then became “MoiSigne” to represent the ownership of our language. One of MoiSigne Mentorship Program’s ambitious goals is to expand nationwide to reach out to hundreds of thousands of deaf youth mentees.

C awthon, S., Johnson, P., Garberoglio, C. L., & Schoffstall, S. (2016). Role Models as Facilitators of Social Capital for Deaf Individuals: A Research Synthesis. American Annals of the Deaf, 161(3), 115–127 2019 NADmag | Spring 2018 3 2



We owe that much to our deaf youth, who will be our next generation of deaf leaders, scholars, and educators— fighting and advocating for our precious deaf rights.

• A re you a researcher or educator? We have opportunities available for data collection and survey responses to research the impacts of deaf youth mentoring.

How Can YOU Get Involved? When we support the deaf youth in our community, we are also supporting our deaf community as a whole. Success leads to more success — having successful deaf youth and adults means raising the visibility and prestige of our deaf community in this mainstream world. But we need YOU to get involved:

• L ook for other potential partnerships or support for the MoiSigne mentorship program.

• Be the first to follow us on Facebook @MoiSigneASL • Interested in mentoring a deaf youth? Contact us!


Domonic Gordine is the NAD Youth Ambassador and Founder of MoiSigne Mentorship Program.

Contact Domonic at domonic. for the nitty-gritty details. Comments and questions are also welcome!


Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí teaches CSD students to dance during National Latinx Heritage Month supported by Vanessa Sanchez and Raza De Sordx Club.


Hello, my name is Liliana Ortiz Tapia

and I am a junior at California School for the Deaf, Fremont (CSD) in Fremont, California. I proudly represent CSD and Junior NAD as the Jr. NAD Ambassador for 2017-2019. My platform focuses on recognizing Deaf Latinx youth at CSD. My goal is to expose Deaf Latinx students about our Latinx history and to find our identities. I am currently the President of the Raza De Sordx Club (a Latinx Deaf Club at CSD) and I am beyond thrilled to inform you that CSD is hosting a Raza De Sordx Leadership Retreat on October 25-27, 2019. This will be a special event where a large number of deaf and hard of hearing Latinx students from the western region will gather at CSD with the purpose of growing our leadership skills, increasing our

knowledge about Latinx history, and encouraging us to find our own identities. I strongly believe this event will influence students’ performance in school and school-related activities. Before I transferred to CSD, I attended a mainstream school with an interpreter. For as long as I can remember, I was often confused with what was going on in the classroom because my interpreter was on her phone while on the job. Outside of the classroom, I was bullied by my hearing classmates. That made an immense impact on my grades and my self-identity. After I transferred, I experienced a lot of support from CSD and discovered my self-identity. It was a huge change – a positive one – I understood who I am and that helped me to achieve things I want to do in the future. NADmag | Spring 2019



During the beginning of my freshman year in high school, I was overwhelmed with excitement and nervous that I was finally in high school. I had been wanting to join a club ever since I was in middle school. There were so many clubs to choose from: Ebony Club, Gender & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Club, Asian Pacific Club, and Islanders Club. But, there was one club that immediately grabbed my attention, the Raza De Sordx Club. I was very motivated to join this club because I hoped it would give me some guidance in comprehending what it really means to be a young Deaf Latinx person. After

Raza De Sordx Club pose with Deafies in Drag for a photo at their booth during Deafopia.

Youth Lideres Training taught me a lot about our Latinx history, improved my leadership skills, and taught me how to deal with specific situations. joining the club, I found that it was not what I really expected. I could see that the Raza De Sordx Club was struggling throughout the year to achieve its goals, but it wasn’t receiving enough recognition for what they did for Latinx students and CSD. During my sophomore year, I contributed my ideas for fundraising so we could reach our goals and get the recognition we deserved. After a while, we were recognized by Convo, through the Council De Manos Conference and this was a remarkable accomplishment.

Raza De Sordx Club members selling Mexican food during Dias De Los Muertos Celebration.


My club sponsors, Jeffrey Bibb, Lorraine Flores, Susana Acosta, and Martha Koetz gave me an amazing opportunity to attend Youth Lideres Training at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside and at the Council De Manos Conference. Youth Lideres Training taught me a lot about our Latinx history, improved my leadership skills, and taught me how to deal with specific situations. In addition, we were able to express each of our


experiences as a youth Latinx person and to share some tears and laughs. In the end, we created an incredible, unforgettable bond and treated each other like a loving family. After Youth Lideres Training, I went to the Council De Manos Conference. At the Council De Manos Conference, my role was to introduce Latinx presenters to make them feel at home and welcomed. Some of the presenters signed in Lengua de Señas Mexicana (LSM) and that was a fascinating experience to communicate with them. I also had to meet the presenters before their presentations - I felt it benefitted me because I could learn to put myself in their shoes. After both wondrous events, I finally felt right at home and shared my experiences with my family, friends, and CSD. Then a short while later, I attended the Jr. NAD Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, November 2017, as an observer. All students had to sign up for a special project, upon arrival. Some of the projects were: George W. Veditz Video Project, ASL Entertainment, Frederick C. Schrieber Roundtable/ Action Plan, and the Jr. NAD Ambassador Program. I signed up for Jr. NAD Ambassador Program and I don’t regret it at all! For the competition platform, I had to come up with a social issue and to find a solution. I chose the topic of Deaf Latinx youth because I had gone to Youth Lideres Training and the Council De Manos Conference and the experience helped me build a stronger platform. During my presentation, I forgot my lines in the middle. I remember pausing for a while and then excused myself before I continued. As I walked off the stage, I felt completely crushed that I couldn’t give the presentation without messing up one line. However, I was wrong because as soon as I saw my name on the large PowerPoint screen as the Jr. NAD Ambassador 2017 – 2019, I realized that it didn’t matter and what was important was that I showed how passionate I am about my platform.

Upcoming Events There is a special leadership, RAZA DE SORDX LEADERSHIP RETREAT event this coming October 2019, if you’re interested to participate, please do contact Lorraine Flores at 27TH BIENNIAL JR. NAD NATIONAL CONFERENCE November 6 - 10, 2019 Rochester, NY jrnad2019/ CONVO DEAF ECOSYSTEM SPOTLIGHT: How important is it really to be involved with student organizations?

Liliana Ortiz Tapia giving out her platform about Deaf Latinx youth as she signs “limited” at the Jr. NAD Ambassador Competition.

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Deaf Latinx students gather together in front of California School for the Deaf, Riverside to pose for a photo at Youth Lideres Retreat.

Being a Jr. NAD Ambassador has helped me to improve my self-confidence and inspired me to contribute much more to Raza De Sordx Club. As the current President of Raza De Sordx Club, I have noticed things have changed positively over the past two years. 2018 -2019 was one of the busiest years for our club – we hosted Dias De Los Muertos Celebration and had many booths at different events like Deafopia, homecoming game and so much more! Our club is growing and is encouraging passionate young Deaf Latinx leaders to push themselves further than what they think they can do. Our club meetings are often filled with discussions about plans for 38

the Raza De Sordx Leadership Retreat coming up in October. Samantha Medina-Vazquez, Raza De Sordx Club Vice President, and I have worked closely online, in text group conversations, constant emails, and FaceTimes with our club sponsors to make this event successful and we are more than beyond thrilled for it to happen.

Liliana Ortiz Tapia is the Jr. NAD Ambassador for 2017-2019.


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Maryland Association of the Deaf Conference

ADARA Conference

National American Sign Language & Early Childhood Education English Bilingual Consortium

Louisiana Association of the Deaf Conference

March 23, 2019 Ellicott City, Maryland

April 4 - 6, 2019 Indianapolis, Indiana

Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools & Programs for the Deaf April 26 - 29, 2019 Denver, Colorado

Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens Deaf Awareness Day April 27, 2019 White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Maine Association of the Deaf Conference

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YLC Alumni Foundation Reunion (50th Anniversary of YLC) May 24-27, 2019 Beach Lake, Pennsylvania

Alabama Association of the Deaf Conference May 30-June 1, 2019 Talladega, Alabama

New Jersey Association of the Deaf Conference June 1, 2019 Toms River, New Jersey

June 1-4, 2019 Baltimore, Maryland

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Georgia Association of the Deaf Conference June 7-9, 2019 Clarkson, Georgia

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Wisconsin Association of the Deaf Conference June 21-22, 2019 Brookfield, Wisconsin

Nebraska Association of the Deaf Conference June 21-22, 2019 Omaha, Nebraska

North Carolina Association of the Deaf Conference

June 21-22, 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES 2019-2020 National Deaf Education Conference (NDEC)

Kansas Association of the Deaf Conference

Deaf Interpreter Conference (DIC)

NAD YLC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Deaf Women of Color Conference

Pennsylvania Society of the Advancement Deaf Conference

Illinois Association of the Deaf Conference

West Virginia Association of the Deaf Conference

June 24-28, 2019 Austin, TX

June 25-30, 2019 Eugene, Oregon

June 27-29, 2019 Chicago, Illinois html

August 8, 2019 Stayton, Oregon

August 8-10, 2019 Williamsport, Pennsylvania

June 27-29, 2019 Normal, Illinois

August 8 - 10, 2019 Morgantown, West Virginia

Arkansas Association of the Deaf Conference

South Carolina Association of the Deaf Conference

June 28-29, 2019 Little Rock, Arkansas

Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf Biennial conference July 16-21, 2019 Austin, Texas

Deaf Women United Conference July 17-21, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona

WFD International Conference

July 23-27, 2019 Paris, France

National Black Deaf Advocates Conference July 31-August 4, 2019 Oakland, California

Idaho Association of the Deaf Conference

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August 2-3, 2019 Overland Park, Kansas

August 9-10, 2019 Greenville, South Carolina

Seabeck DeafBlind Retreat

August 26 - 31, 2019 Seabeck, Washington

DSA Conference

September 2-8, 2019 Seattle, Washington

Utah Association of the Deaf Conference September 7, 2019 Ogden, Utah

Texas Association of the Deaf Conference September 12-15, 2019 Grapevine, Texas

Oklahoma Association of the Deaf Conference

September 20-21, 2019 Tulsa, Oklahoma photos/a.412725314107/10157164178384108/?typ e=3&theater

UPCOMING CONFERENCES 2019-2020 Tennessee Association of the Deaf Conference

September 26-28, 2019 Knoxville, Tennessee

Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf Conference September 27-29, 2019 Framingham, Massachusetts

Washington Association of the Deaf Conference October 3 - 6, 2019 SeaTac, WA


No date has been announced yet for the following conferences: Alaska Association of the Deaf Conference Aloha State Association of the Deaf Conference Arizona Association of the Deaf Conference California Association of the Deaf Conference Colorado Association of the Deaf Conference Connecticut Association of the Deaf Conference Deaf Association of Wyoming Conference Deaf LGBTQI and Allies Awards Ceremony Delaware Association of the Deaf Conference

October 17-19, 2019 Little Rock, Arkansas

Empire State Association of the Deaf Conference

Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens Conference

Iowa Association of the Deaf Conference

October 18-19, 2019 Faribault, Minnesota

Florida Association of the Deaf Conference October 24-27, 2019 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida events/385304235599140/

Western Penn School for the Deaf 150th Anniversary Auction & Gala October 26, 2019 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania events/575011302955402/

Jr. NAD Conference

November 6-10, 2019 Rochester, New York jrnad2019/

Conference of Interpreter Training 2020 August 12-15, 2020 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Indiana Association of the Deaf Conference Kentucky Association of the Deaf Conference Michigan Association of the Deaf Conference Missouri Association of the Deaf Conference Nevada Association of the Deaf Conference New Hampshire Association of the Deaf Conference New Mexico Association of the Deaf Conference North Dakota Association of the Deaf Conference Ohio Association of the Deaf Conference Oregon Association of the Deaf Biennial Conference Rhode Island Association of the Deaf Conference South Dakota Association of the Deaf Conference Vermont Association of the Deaf Conference Virginia Association of the Deaf Conference Council de Manos 2020 Conference Deaf Blind Expo 2020

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DONOR LIST The list below recognizes donations made by individuals and organizations to the NAD from June 2018 - December 2018. Donors are listed under the designated fund. If a fund is not designated, donors are listed under the general fund. Individual donors are recognized by their level of giving. Organizational donors are recognized by their member type. Individuals and organizations who are not members are listed as friends of the NAD. There is a Donor Key on the right for individual giving levels and organization member status. Roman numerals following Benefactors (B) identify cumulative donation amounts in $1,000 increments.

Bequest The NAD expresses great appreciation for the generous bequest from: The Estate of Norman L. Tully Annual Fund Campaign – General Isabelle Albi, FON Patti Alford, A Anonymous, FON Thomas and Dianne Armato, BI Peggy Bagley, Bl Roxanne Baker, S Dallas and Margaret Barker, Bl Hayley Bartlett, A Christine Bates, C Frank Bechter, P Julie Becker, P Joshua Beckman, BX Natalie Beckman, P Suzann Bedrosian, Bl Azizunnisa Begum, FON Brian Besterman, FON Snehal Bhatt, FON Sara Bianco, P Peter Blacksberg, FON Amy Blades, A Sarah Blattberg, C Jarlath Bloom, FON Jay Blumenfeld, P Kaylee Bodtke-Stout, C Zachery Bonheyo, A Vernon Bonse, A Alyson Boote, C 42

Chuck Borchers, A Michael Bourcier, Bl Jeffrey Bravin, Bl Philip and Judith Bravin, BXVII Seth Bravin, Bl Stephen and Dorothy Brenner, BX Gregg Brooks, Bll Lucinda Brooks, P Daniel Brown, FON Meredith Brown, BII Frank Burckardt, P David Call, P Shelton Cartwright Jr.,FON Howard and Michelle Chabner, P Hobert and Connie Clanton, BII William and Michelle Cline, Bl Megan Coffelt, A Ed Cohen, Bll Pamela Sue Conine, A Juan Carlos Cornejo, A Juanita Couch, A Linda Cundy, C Rodney and Vicki Danco Jr., Bll Joe Dannis and Tina Jo Breindel, Bll Randi Decker, C Robert Diaz, A Nida Din, S Alok Doshi, P Michael Dowds, A Melissa Draganac-Hawk, BXVII Donna Drake, Bll Marion Dramin, BI Eric and Linda Drattell, BIl

DONOR KEY B = Benefactor ($1,000 and up) P = Patron ($500-$999) S = Sustaining Member ($250-$499) C = Contributing Member ($100-$249) A = Advancing Member (up to $99) SA = State Association Affiliate FON = Friends of the NAD OA = Organizational Affiliate

Kathy Dunaway, Bll Lindsay Dunn, P Cris Eggers, P Sammie Elser, Bl Roger Essi, FON Jared Evans, S Gloria Farr, C Megan Floyd, FON Kathryn Foster, FON Lewis and Alma Fowler, P Geraldine Francini, Bl Dave and Audrey Frank, Bl Steven Frank, Bl Charles Galindo, FON Donald Galloway, Bl Charles and Melanie George, FON Sean Gerlis, BlV Jean Gershman, Bl Stephen Gershman, FON Edward Gonzalez, FON Mary Rose Gonzalez, A Merilee Grage, C Beth Graham Gregorich, A Patrick Graybill, Bll Leslie Greer, Bl Krisi Grigg, C Jeremy Grillo, FON Jennifer Guilds, FON Marie Rose Guillermo, A Michelle Halvorsen, A Stephen Hamerdinger, Bll Vicky Hamrick, FON Denise Hanlon, BV Tom and Kathryn Harbison, BII Jessica Harnly, A Cassandra Harris, A Etienne Harvey, C Jimmy Hawkins, S

Elizabeth Henry, FON Marcus Henry, FON Paul Hines, C Alan Hoa, FON Thomas Holcomb, Bll Kyle Houston, BV Susan Howell, C Charles Hubbs, FON Lorna Irwin, Blll Margaret James, Bl Katherine Jankowski and Karen Goss, BIV Andrew Jaqua, FON Marqaux Joffe, FON Rae Johnson, BIV Vilas Johnson, BIX Samuel Jones, Bl Priscilla Jones, S Evelyn Kamuchey, BX Alexis Kashar, BVIII Dorothy Kelsay, Bl Holly Ketchum, BV John Kirsh, P Donald Kovacic, P Lee and Bonnie Kramer, BIV Eddy Laird, Blll Alan Lam, FON Milton and Joy Lee, BXIX Adora Lehmann, Bl Brenda LeMieux, BI Cheryl Levin, FON Brenda Lewis, FON Michael Liberman, FON Jackie Lobland, BI Glenn and Stephanie Lockhart, Bl Steve Lovi, BI William Ludwig, Bll Betty Lynch, Blll Daniel and Joyce Lynch, BV

Linda Lytle, Bl Rose Madera de Farruya, A James Manning, FON Ellen Mansfield, Bl Nancy Mar, FON Cathleen Markland, P Kristina Martinez, A Sara Masterson, FON Pamela Maynard, A Justin Mayo, FON Sasha McArthur Black, FON Marge McHenry, S Michael McKee, S Jennifer McLean, S Edward Meisarosh, FON Richard Melia, Bl Phil Meredith, C Lewis Merkin, Bl James Messineo, A Tom and Becky Mickelson, P Robin Mills, FON Deana Mills, P Winchell and Ruth Moore, Bl Janeva Mosher, A Judy Mounty, Bl Harold and Mary Mowl, BVll Geri Mu, Bl Dawn Munroe, C Zachary Nachsin, FON Holly Nelson, A Ingrid Nevar, A Sylvia Nystrom, Bll Michael O’Donnell, S Benro Ogunyipe, P Kay Oldfather-Daigle, S Nancy O’Rourke, Bl Casandra Paasche, C Gloria Pagan, C Teika Pakains, Bl James and Susan Pedersen, BXXXIII Klaudia Persson, FON Jennifer Pfau, S Heidi Physioc, FON Louann Pironti, C Ellie Purvis, A Larry Puthoff, BII Chirag Rana, A Tim Rarus, Bll Khadijat Rashid, Bl Mr. and Mrs. Saraj Rashmi, FON Scott Ratafia, P Laura Restrepo, A James and Joan Revell, BIII

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Angela Stewart’s Birthday Amanda Lewey, FON

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