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HR 620, Now What?

News from NAD.org - February 21, 2018 - 12:33pm

 

The awful HR 620 passed in the House. That bill is bad for our rights. The fight is not over. Now, HR 620 goes to the Senate. The Senate may decide to vote or not vote on it.

  • Find out which way your Representatives voted — “aye” means they supported the awful HR 620 while “nay” means they were against the bill.

Join us at #NAD2018

News from NAD.org - February 14, 2018 - 9:37am

Explore: hartford.nad.org.

As we continue to plan and organize events for the next Biennial NAD Conference during July 3-7, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut — we’d like to share our theme! The ASL talent is Laurent Clerc himself signing EDUCATE / PASS-IT-ON / SHARE; iIllustration done by Yiqiao Wang with story concept decided by the NAD Board.

 

A Mushy Love Note for You…

News from NAD.org - February 14, 2018 - 3:59am

((blushes)) we love you too. #NADlove

An Attack on OUR ADA!

News from NAD.org - February 12, 2018 - 10:18am

Last week we sent out a call for help to contact Representatives to vote NO on H.R. 620.

Today – we still need your help. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) this week. You need to tell your Representatives that this bill would seriously weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); any attack on the ADA is a threat to our civil rights! As a refresher, watch Howard’s AHA from April 2017 sharing how this bill attacks our rights.

Would you want to go to a bank, a restaurant, or a hospital, and be told that you could not get in until you send a letter first, explaining why they are not accessible and give them time to find a way to let you into their facility? We should not wait to be able to access a bank, a restaurant, or especially a hospital! If this bill passes, those businesses and other places that are not yet accessible will not comply with the ADA until someone sends a letter explaining why they are not accessible. These businesses and other places should already be accessible.

YOU MUST DO SOMETHING: a letter template is available in Word to download (check your download folder for the file) or you can copy/paste from here. Find your Representative here. We cannot allow Congress to attack this bill – tell your Representative to vote NO on HR 620.

#StopHR620 #HandsOffMyADA #protectADA

The Gift of Language Campaign

News from NAD.org - February 2, 2018 - 8:55am

Your deaf child can have it all! The NAD along with many national organizations and universities are here to support deaf children in receiving this gift. We are excited to launch the….

THE GIFT OF LANGUAGE CAMPAIGN!

That’s right! We’ve got videos, a toolkit, infographics, and more resources for parents and families with a deaf child as well as community members. #giftoflanguage

Ask Howard Anything / January 2018

News from NAD.org - January 22, 2018 - 11:17am

Howard explains the difference between the Board and the staff at the NAD. #AskHoward

President Updates — January 2018

News from NAD.org - January 19, 2018 - 12:52pm

President Melissa shares a brief re-cap from the NAD’s visit in Hawaii!

Also, enjoy looking through the photos of the visit.

Join us at #YLC2018!

News from NAD.org - January 17, 2018 - 6:07am

Join us at #YLC2018 at Stayton, Oregon!

Important dates this year:

  • February 2nd — Leaders (campers) application deadline
  • March 31st — Builders (staff) application deadline
  • July 12 – 18 — Staff Training
  • July 19 – August 16 — YLC Camp!
  • August 17- 19 — Staff Wrap-Up

Don’t wait, apply today!

 

NAD Announces Super Bowl LII ASL Performer

News from NAD.org - January 8, 2018 - 11:18am

Alexandria Wailes is an accomplished actor, director, choreographer and American Sign Language (ASL) consultant. She recently performed as Stage Manager & Mrs. Gibbs in the Pasadena Playhouse/Deaf West Theatre production of Our Town. Her other Broadway credits include: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Big River (Tony Honoree for Ensemble). Additional theater, television and film highlights of Wailes’ career include the NY/Regional productions of: Mother Courage, A Kind Of Alaska, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Love Person, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation nominated) and Big River; television: ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘Nurse Jackie’, ‘Conviction’; film: ‘The Hyperglot’ and ‘Always Chasing Love’; and webseries: ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Don’t Shoot The Messenger’. Wailes has ASL directed and consulted interpreting teams in New York City for School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Sister Act, A Long Day’s Journey In Night & Therese Raquin. She has also ASL interpreted Broadway’s On Your Feet, ALADDIN, as well as Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for Theatre Development Fund and the Public’s King Lear & Taming of the Shrew for Hands On.

International superstar P!NK will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LII pregame festivities at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, the NFL and NBC announced today. The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff. The Super Bowl is annually the most-watched television program. P!NK’s performance of the National Anthem in Minneapolis will be her first time appearing on the Super Bowl stage. The American singer, songwriter and actress has released seven studio albums, one greatest hits album, sold over 50 million albums equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (18 nominations), one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013. Her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s 200 chart and marked a career high for first week sales. The first single, “What About US” received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and reached #1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart earning her ninth leader on the chart, the most number-ones at the format for a female (second overall).  Her 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.

P!NK joins the ranks of many great performers who have sang the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more.  (A complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls is listed below.) 

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), actor and director ALEXANDRIA WAILES will perform in American Sign Language both the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful”.

The NFL previously announced that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the Pepsi Sugar Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.

SUPER BOWL NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMERS

Super Bowl Performer Super Bowl Performer Super Bowl I Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands Super Bowl XXVII Garth Brooks (Signed by Marlee Matlin) Super Bowl II Grambling University Band Super Bowl XXVIII Natalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus (Signed by Courtney Keel Foley) Super Bowl III Anita Bryant (Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo Astronauts) Super Bowl XXIX Kathie Lee Gifford (Signed by Heather Whitestone) Super Bowl IV Al Hirt (Pledge of Allegiance by Astronauts) Super Bowl XXX Vanessa Williams (Signed by Mary Kim Titla) Super Bowl V Tommy Loy (trumpeter) Super Bowl XXXI Luther Vandross (Signed by Erika Schwarz) Super Bowl VI U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Super Bowl XXXII Jewel (Signed by Phyllis Frelich) Super Bowl VII Andy Williams & Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo 17 crew Super Bowl XXXIII Cher (Signed by Speaking Hands) Super Bowl VIII Charlie Pride Super Bowl XXXIV Faith Hill (Signed by Briarlake Elementary School Signing Choir) Super Bowl IX Grambling University Band with Mardi Gras Chorus Super Bowl XXXV Backstreet Boys (Signed by Tom Cooney); “America The Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles Super Bowl X Tom Sullivan Super Bowl XXXVI Mariah Carey (Signed by Joe Narcisse); “America The Beautiful” performed by Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony Super Bowl XI Vicki Carr (America the Beautiful) Super Bowl XXXVII Dixie Chicks (Signed by Janet Maxwell);
“God Bless America” performed by Celine Dion Super Bowl XII Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University Super Bowl XXXVIII Beyoncé Knowles (Signed by Suzanna Christy) Super Bowl XIII Colgate University Thirteen Super Bowl XXXIX More than 100 representatives from the four branches of the military (Signed by Wesley Tallent ) Super Bowl XIV Cheryl Ladd Super Bowl XL Aaron Neville and Dr. John with Aretha Franklin & Detroit based 150-member choir (Signed by Angela LaGuardia of Michigan School for Deaf). Super Bowl XV Helen O’Connell Super Bowl XLI Billy Joel (Signed by Marlee Matlin and Jason Hay-Southwell) Super Bowl XVI Diana Ross Super Bowl XLII Jordin Sparks (Signed by A Dreamer) Super Bowl XVII Leslie Easterbrook Super Bowl XLIII Jennifer Hudson (Signed by Kristen Santos) Super Bowl XVIII Barry Manilow Super Bowl XLIV Carrie Underwood (Signed by Kinesha Battles) Super Bowl XIX Children’s Choir of San Francisco Super Bowl XLV Christina Aguilera (Signed by Candice Villesca) Super Bowl XX Wynton Marsalis Super Bowl XLVI Kelly Clarkson (Signed by Rachel Mazique) Super Bowl XXI Neil Diamond Super Bowl XLVII Alicia Keys (Signed by John Maucere) Super Bowl XXII Herb Alpert Super Bowl XLVIII Renée Fleming (Signed by Amber Zion) Super Bowl XXIII Billy Joel Super Bowl XLIX Idina Menzel (Signed by Treshelle Edmond) Super Bowl XXIV Aaron Neville Super Bowl 50 Lady Gaga (Signed by Marlee Matlin) Super Bowl XXV Whitney Houston Super Bowl LI Luke Bryan (Signed by Kriston Pumphrey) Super Bowl XXVI Harry Connick, Jr. (Signed by Lori Hilary) Super Bowl LII P!NK (Signed by Alexandria Wailes)

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ABOUT P!NK

Since her debut in 2000, P!NK has released 7 studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 50 million albums equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (18 nominations), one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013 and has sold out arenas all over the world.  Her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s 200 chart and marked a career high for first week sales.  Additionally, the album debuted at #1 in 10 other countries, on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart and Digital Albums Chart. The first single, “What About US” received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and reached #1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart earning her ninth leader on the chart, the most number-ones at the format for a female (second overall).  Her 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix. P!NK is a huge supporter of various charities, including: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry.  She remains on the UNICEF team as an Ambassador.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA WAILES

Alexandria Wailes is an accomplished actor, director, choreographer and American Sign Language (ASL) consultant. She recently performed as Stage Manager & Mrs. Gibbs in the Pasadena Playhouse/Deaf West Theatre production of Our Town. Her other Broadway credits include: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Big River (Tony Honoree for Ensemble). Additional theater, television and film highlights of Wailes’ career include the NY/Regional productions of: Mother Courage, A Kind Of Alaska, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Love Person, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation nominated) and Big River; television: ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘Nurse Jackie’, ‘Conviction’; film: ‘The Hyperglot’ and ‘Always Chasing Love’; and webseries: ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Don’t Shoot The Messenger’. Wailes has ASL directed and consulted interpreting teams in New York City for School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Sister Act, A Long Day’s Journey In Night & Therese Raquin. She has also ASL interpreted Broadway’s On Your Feet, ALADDIN, as well as Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for Theatre Development Fund and the Public’s King Lear & Taming of the Shrew for Hands On.

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President Update — December 2017

News from NAD.org - December 22, 2017 - 7:52am

President Melissa has a fun little twist for this month’s video update, enjoy! #NADlove

Ask Howard Anything / December 2017

News from NAD.org - December 20, 2017 - 9:31am

The NAD asks for a process in determining qualified, certified, and licensed interpreters for emergency related assignments. #AskHoward

2016-2017 Annual Report Released

News from NAD.org - December 19, 2017 - 7:53am

How many attended the Youth Leadership Camp in 2016? Where were the board meetings? How many legislative hours were done? What were the top 5 legislative issues? How many intakes did the NAD handle? What kind of financial activity did the NAD have last year? To the point, so much happened between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 — this poster covers it, in a nutshell! View and download our annual report poster.

#NADlove

District Attorney Demonstrates Unacceptable Disregard for Rights of Deaf People

News from NAD.org - December 12, 2017 - 11:14am

The Oklahoma Association of the Deaf (OAD) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) express grave concerns and serious disappointment with Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater’s December 8, 2017 press conference report on the shooting of Magdiel Sanchez by the Oklahoma City Police Department. District Attorney Prater has demonstrated utter disregard for the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and has completely dismissed the importance of ensuring effective communication during all interactions between law enforcement officers and the community.

On the night of September 20, 2017, two officers of the Oklahoma City Police Department showed up at the home of Magdiel Sanchez, a deaf man who has a developmental disability. Although Magdiel had not committed any crime, one of the two officers fired his gun five times at him and killed him. David Prater, as the District Attorney for Oklahoma County, had been reviewing the shooting incident to determine whether the police officers’ conduct were lawful or justified.

Despite the fact that the shooting involved a deaf man and has caused great fear within the Oklahoma Deaf Community about encounters with law enforcement, District Attorney David Prater held a press conference on December 8, 2017 without a professional sign language interpreter and/or any form of captioning to ensure that his report was accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people. Consequently, members of the Deaf Community were unable to immediately understand and access District Attorney Prater’s report, in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 — federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.

During his report, District Attorney David Prater stated that he reviewed the evidence and determined that the shootings were justified. However, his findings are tainted by his comments regarding deaf people. District Attorney Prater indicated that the fact that Magdiel was “hearing impaired” was “irrelevant in my mind as to why the shooting occurred.” He also stated that “you do not need to hear to know what these officers are saying to you” and claimed that the police officers’ uniforms and actions are enough for anyone to understand what they want. He also reported that the officers learned from the neighbors that Magdiel could not hear them, and instead of realizing that he is deaf, they tried to communicate by speaking in Spanish as well as English. These comments reflect a failure of the District Attorney to recognize that communication is critical and essential under such life-threatening conditions, yet he was dismissive of how a deaf person would understand the instructions of police officers.

The OAD and the NAD express tremendous misgivings that Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater is disregarding the high level of risks to deaf and hard of hearing individuals who encounter law enforcement, and has failed to account for these factors in his findings and report on the death of Magdiel Sanchez. We reiterate the request of the Sanchez family that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice open an investigation in the needless shooting of Magdiel Sanchez, and to ensure that the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office revamp its policies to ensure all deaf and hard of hearing individuals are treated with respect and effective communication is provided with them at all times including in law enforcement actions. Until then, Oklahoma law enforcement is putting deaf and hard of hearing residents in grave danger.

 

#SupportNetNeutrality

News from NAD.org - November 30, 2017 - 9:25pm

Net neutrality has become a hot topic across the country this past week.  What does it mean for the deaf and hard of hearing community?

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set up rules to require net neutrality. These rules require all internet service providers (ISPs) to treat equally everything you do on the Internet, including videophone (VP) relay programs, captioned telephone services (IP-CTS), video calling services like FaceTime and Skype, or videos with closed captions.  Right now, you can use your internet connection for anything you want to do.

But this might change!

The FCC meets on December 14, 2017 to vote on dropping the net neutrality rules that the FCC set up in 2015.  This means, for example, ISPs could block you from using FaceTime.  This really did happen before 2015, and could happen again.  The ISPs could also block, intentionally slow down, or charge more to use search engines, download or upload videos (including calling people via video), or checking emails.

However, relay services and other protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal accessibility laws will not go away just because net neutrality goes away.  Also, even if net neutrality is removed, the FCC will continue to require ISPs to tell you what services they will limit so you can choose to buy services from the ISP that will give you what you need.  The FCC plans to keep this requirement.

The repeal of net neutrality is too risky and may block Internet applications and programs that deaf and hard of hearing people need.  That’s why we have supported and continue to support net neutrality. We are asking the FCC to keep the net neutrality rules.

Share your questions and concerns with the FCC by December 7, 2017:

  • File your comments online in the Wireline Competition Docket #17-108
  • Call the ASL Consumer Support Number: 844-4-FCC-ASL (844-432-2275)

Organizations behind this Joint Statement:

  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Association for Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA)
  • Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO)
  • California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCASDHH)
  • Clayton H. Lewis (an advocate for individuals with cognitive disabilities)
  • Deaf Seniors of America (DSA)
  • Gallaudet Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (Gallaudet RERC)
  • Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
  • National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NASADHH)
  • Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)
  • The Trace Center, University of Maryland – College Park (Trace Center)

TD Ameritrade Collaborates with the NAD to Make its Websites More Accessible

News from NAD.org - November 27, 2017 - 3:24am

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (“TD Ameritrade”) (Nasdaq: AMTD), in collaboration with the National Association of the Deaf (“NAD”), has agreed to make its content more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing by providing closed captioning for its online video and audio programming.

TD Ameritrade strives to deliver a meaningful investing experience to its diverse client base and is committed to ensuring that its programming is easily accessible to self-directed investors and independent registered investment advisors, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. With the guidance of the NAD, TD Ameritrade has agreed to make significant modifications to its websites, desktop trading platforms, and mobile applications over the course of the next 20 months. These modifications include the addition of closed captioning and/or transcripts to video and audio content, including the extensive educational resources that are available both on the retail and institutional sides of the business. As part of this effort, TD Ameritrade has adopted the closed captioning standards provided in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA.

Source: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation

About TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
Millions of investors and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) have turned to TD Ameritrade’s (Nasdaq: AMTD) technology, people and education to help make investing and trading easier to understand and do. Online or over the phone. In a branch or with an independent RIA. First-timer or sophisticated trader. Our clients want to take control, and we help them decide how – bringing Wall Street to Main Street for more than 40 years. TD Ameritrade has time and again been recognized as a leader in investment services. Please visit TD Ameritrade’s newsroom or www.amtd.com for more information, or read our stories at Fresh Accounts.

Brokerage services provided by TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FINRA (www.FINRA.org)/SIPC (www.SIPC.org).

Bryan Cave LLP assisted TD Ameritrade in collaborating with the NAD to make its websites accessible.

About the NAD
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), founded in 1880, is the oldest national civil rights organization in the United States and is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The NAD was shaped 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 interest represented at the national level. The NAD’s mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of 48 million deaf and hard of hearing individuals in this country. The NAD seeks to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people have full and equal access to every aspect of life including banking, technology, employment, education, health care, mental health, law enforcement, judicial and legal systems, and many other areas.

Stein & Vargas, LLP and the Austin Law Group assisted the parties in collaborating to make the TD Ameritrade websites accessible.

2018 Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship

News from NAD.org - November 22, 2017 - 9:03am

A first-hand experience with government advocacy and legal activism at one of the most innovative law and advocacy centers in the country wants you to join the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center as an intern this summer — made possible with the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship stipend awards.

Interested applicants are asked to submit their application online by Friday, January 19, 2018.

Qualified applicants will spend the summer at the NAD Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland where they will participate actively in advocacy efforts to protect the civil, human and linguistic rights of the American deaf community. Preference will be given to students pursuing careers in law, public policy, nonprofit management or related fields. This scholarship provides a nominal financial stipend to qualified applicants. Chosen applicants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and related needs during the internship.

Past Scholarship recipient, Lisa Bothwell shares her encouragement for other interested applicants, “I was fortunate to be able to work with the lawyers at the NAD.  I did legal research on transportation, employment, and effective communication. I graduated from the College of Law at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and became a licensed attorney in Texas!”

Another recipient, Hayley McLemore shares gratitude for the experience, “I realized this was a great opportunity for me to be able to experience legal advocacy within the deaf and hard of hearing community.  During my internship, I was able to discover different issues related to accessibility and deaf and hard of hearing rights.  The internship was very helpful for me to narrow down my career goals — I’d like to get into legal advocacy after I graduate!”

Also a past recipient, Alexander Van Hook states, “The internship gave me a look at how the NAD works as an organization, and I became more informed on current issues key to deaf people. It was also a step for me to explore what I want to do for my future.” Today, Alexander Van Hook is a graduate student at American University.

In the Summer of 2016, Lily Esquer-Horta worked closely with Tawny Holmes, NAD Education Policy Counsel, on various projects to study the needs of diverse students and their families. Some of her responsibilities included social media posts and policy projects related to the language and communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing mainstreamed students.

The recipient for the Summer of 2017, Nida Din just started her second-year attending the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas. After finishing law school in the next two years, Nida plans to advocate to promote a fully accessible world for deaf people.

Stipend Disbursement & Internship Duration

Duration of summer internships shall be on a full-time basis for no less than 10 weeks and no more than 15 weeks per year.

Determination of the stipend amount for each qualified applicant is based on the length of the internship and the Application Criteria below. For example, a qualified applicant studying in law school (Juris Doctor degree) who commits to the entire length of the summer internship may be eligible for the full $6,000 stipend. Up to two qualified applicants studying for their Bachelor’s degree may receive stipends of up to $3,000 each.

Applicants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals. The NAD is located near the Silver Spring Metro station, which allows for convenient transportation throughout the DC Metro area (MD/DC/VA). Applicants are also responsible for their own automobile parking fees, if applicable.

Application Criteria

Applicants seeking Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship consideration must be currently enrolled in academic studies toward graduate or undergraduate degrees within the following or related fields:

  • Law (Juris Doctor degree)
  • Public Policy (Master’s or Bachelor’s degree)
  • Nonprofit Management (Master’s or Bachelor’s degree)

Applicants will be screened on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and advocacy for public service – specifically civil, human and linguistic rights of the American deaf community;
  • Evidence of leadership abilities and potential for continued growth in leadership skills;
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills; and
  • Strong academic and extracurricular credentials.

Screening and Selection Process

The respective points of contact for the NAD Headquarters and the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship Committee shall coordinate screening of applicants and selection of recipients.

The screening and selection process is delineated as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – Applications are screened for completeness and satisfaction of criteria by the NAD, and eligible applicants’ documentation are shared electronically with the Scholarship Committee;
  • Friday, February 9, 2018 – Top applicants are selected by the Scholarship Committee, and interviews are scheduled within the next few days. Local applicants will be interviewed in person at the NAD Headquarters. Remote interviews will be conducted via video or phone for those who reside outside the greater MD/DC/VA area;
  • Friday, February 23, 2018 – Conclusion of interviews; the NAD conveys final recommendations to Scholarship Committee;
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 – Committee selects scholarship recipient/s;
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – the NAD informs scholarship recipient/s

About the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship

Established by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) at its 50th Biennial Conference in Philadelphia, PA, the scholarship encourages and enhances the NAD and its distinguished history of advancing professional opportunities for young deaf and hard of hearing individuals pursuing careers in law, public policy, nonprofit management and related fields. Many NAD interns, inspired by their passion and experiences at the NAD Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, have gone on to become successful leaders and advocates in their respective communities. Nancy J. Bloch served the American deaf and hard of hearing community diligently for nearly 19 years as Chief Executive Officer of the NAD. In 2011, when her tenure ended, the scholarship in her name was created to honor Nancy’s life-long commitment to invest in the future of young deaf and hard of hearing advocates so that they, too, can pave the way for others to follow in the future.

About the Scholarship Committee 

The committee has a simple, straightforward objective – to raise a specified amount each year to ensure funds are continually available to support annual disbursement of internship stipends and re-investment for fund growth purposes.

Currently supported through generous individual contributions made during and since the 50th Biennial NAD Conference, the scholarship fund relies on individual, organizational, corporate and foundation support to further its goals.  Donate online or via mail/fax, and select the “Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship Fund” in the Donor Designation section to ensure that your contribution is directed appropriately.

Scholarship Committee members welcome inquiries from individuals and groups interested in donating to the scholarship fund.  Members include Nancy Bloch, Chair; Barbara Jean “BJ” Wood, Vice Chair; LeWana Clark, Shane Feldman, Jerry Nelson, Annette Posell, Julie Rems-Smario, Jackie Roth, Bobbie Beth Scoggins, and Chris Wagner, with President Melissa Draganac-Hawk and Chief Executive Officer Howard A. Rosenblum as ex officio members on behalf of the NAD.

President Update — November 2017

News from NAD.org - November 22, 2017 - 8:20am

NAD President Melissa gives an update about her visit to WFD in Budapest, the NAD and RID relationship, and the next NAD Board meeting in Hawaii.

NAD Youth Ambassador Update

News from NAD.org - November 22, 2017 - 6:01am

Tanea shares what conferences and community services she’s done since March. #NADYAP

Are You Our Next Youth Ambassador?

News from NAD.org - November 21, 2017 - 1:14pm

Are you Passionate? Ambitious? Driven? You just might be our next Youth Ambassador! Apply by February 1st (or by January 15th to earn bonus points).

Explore and apply!

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