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President Updates — May 2017

May 30, 2017 - 10:12am

Melissa brings your attention to the re-authorization of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act and invites you to the next NAD Leadership and Training Conference this October in Oklahoma City. For the first time ever at NLTC, we will have a Racial Justice pre-conference training session and regional mini-conferences!

View Tawny’s video alert here.

Explore NLTC Website here.


Ask Howard Anything / May 2017

May 30, 2017 - 6:28am

Can you ask for an interpreter for a conference? What about the doctor’s office? The answer is effective communication must be provided. When you find yourself in that situation, we have different advocacy letters available for you to use and show to the person responsible. Explore our Advocacy Letters. #AskHoward


Deaf History That — “Transportation”

May 19, 2017 - 7:52am

How did deaf schools flourish? What were some ways to travel? How were news from different parts of the nation shared with other deaf people? #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories

Melissa S. Draganac-Hawk

May 18, 2017 - 6:19pm

Melissa Draganac-Hawk (Pennsylvania), a first-generation American of deaf immigrant Peruvian parents, received a master’s degree in Linguistics and two bachelor’s degrees in Theater Production & Performance and American Sign Language from Gallaudet University. Currently, she is the Principal of Early Childhood Education at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and an adjunct professor of American Sign Language at the University of Pennsylvania.

Involved in the deaf community, Melissa was the president of the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and was the Executive Director of Deaf Women United. Melissa has been involved with the NAD throughout her life in various capacities: as a youth, she participated in the Junior NAD and the Youth Leadership Camp, and as an adult she directed the Miss Deaf America Finals in 2002 and 2008. She has been an NAD member since 1988, focusing on issues affecting youth and diversity. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband, Sam, and son, Etzio.

ALERT: EHDI Is Up for Re-Authorization

April 27, 2017 - 2:09pm

We NEED you to contact your Senators and Representatives to influence these legislators to change the law and make sure deaf and hard of hearing children get the language services they need. Watch NAD Education Policy Counsel Tawny Holmes explain why. Please use the email template provided.

Deaf History That — “Education”

April 27, 2017 - 6:39am

As we celebrate 200 years of Deaf Education this month, watch Linsay share about efforts to educate deaf children before Clerc and Gallaudet came in the picture. #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories

President Update / April 2017

April 26, 2017 - 12:41pm

Enjoy a two minute summary of what the NAD Board did in Connecticut and Massachusetts during their quarterly board meeting. In this video, President Melissa shares what the NAD Board discussed during their meeting. You can also view reports from Region I, Region II, Region III, and Region IV. We also have a fabulous photo album that captured the weekend!

VRS Reform Updates

April 26, 2017 - 8:35am

Zainab Alkebsi, NAD Policy Counsel, shares latest advocacy efforts to improve VRS. The FCC has recently taken action on skills-based routing, deaf interpreters, comparison shopping, and direct calling with hearing signers, and is now seeking comments on establishing VRS quality metrics.

Ask Howard Anything / April 2017

April 18, 2017 - 12:37pm

Tell Congress not to pass H.R. 620 and H.R. 1493, which will affect the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! The letter template is available to download and you can find your Representative here. See previous AHA from September 2016 about a similar bill. #AskHoward #protectADA

Seeking NAD Office Manager

April 10, 2017 - 11:01am

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated Office Manager to work at its Silver Spring office to provide communications and logistic support for the NAD.

The Office Manager will be responsible for: answering inquiries at the front desk and through various social media; gathering and maintaining resources; coordinating all visitors and tours at the office; managing office operations and supplies, and supporting the NAD staff as needed.


  • Staff the front desk and answer inquiries;
  • Coordinate all visitors and tours at the office;
  • Manage office operations and supplies;
  • Support the Director of Communications with responding to inquiries via social media;
  • Be the “face” of the NAD Headquarters when specific video announcements are needed and for all videophone away messages during office closures;
  • Plan and coordinate office events, gatherings, and retreats;
  • Track all front desk and social media inquiries;
  • Complete urgent requests; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Show a strong commitment to the NAD mission of promoting, protecting, and preserving the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people;
  • Possess education and/or experience in a communications role (writing, video producing, social media, advertising or marketing-related), and have prior experience with digital communications;
  • Demonstrate a high level of knowledge and expertise with social media;
  • Capable of comprehensive strategic thinking and have rapid problem-solving skills to effectively handle crisis communications;
  • Handle frequent phone calls in a professional and positive manner;
  • Fluent in American Sign Language, with an ability to sign clearly and patiently, and in English, with an ability to write and edit quickly and clearly;
  • Familiar with the deaf and hard of hearing community, its culture and heritage;
  • Able to set and adhere to strict deadlines, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, ever-shifting environment;
  • Have excellent planning and organizational skills; and
  • Pay exceptional attention to detail.


  • Internet access at home.


  • Salary range: $25,000 – $40,000
  • Salary will be commensurate with candidate’s experience, with benefits.   The successful candidate will perform the required duties described above, at the Silver Spring, Maryland office of the NAD and also is expected to work from home when not required to be at the office during office hours.  Relocation expenses are the responsibility of the individual.
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, list of references, communication samples, and any other relevant materials to with the subject “OFFICE MANAGER INTEREST – [ insert your last name]”.
  • Deadline for submission is April 21, 1:00 EST.

Women’s Month

April 1, 2017 - 5:09am

For 31 days last month, in March, the NAD shared posts from Deaf Women of Color​ and Deaf Women United​. Learn why. #deafwomen #womensmonth #dwhm #dwhm2017 #deafherstory #whyher #deafwomenofcolor #NAD #DWU #DWC

Deaf History That — “Religion”

March 30, 2017 - 8:29am

In conjunction with the education for the deaf, the spiritual needs were always paramount. #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories

President Updates — March 2017

March 27, 2017 - 11:44am

NAD President Melissa shares about Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, tips for meeting with your legislators, and the next NAD Board meeting during April 13-15 in Hartford, Connecticut.

Ask Howard Anything / March 2017

March 24, 2017 - 11:56am

The U.S. Supreme Court Makes New Ruling on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act — NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum explains. #AskHoward  Transcript available here.

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day 2017

March 6, 2017 - 7:01am

Learn more about the Cogswell and Macy Act and why it is so important to get more support to pass this bill! This short video gives a glimpse of how deaf youth from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) lobbied for the bill on March 1st for Capitol Hill Advocacy Day.


March 3, 2017 - 8:05am

Communication Specialist Jazzy Jones gives a heads up about Wednesday, March 8th. #daywithoutawoman

Deaf History That — “House Call”

February 27, 2017 - 4:57pm

What would a deaf person do when visiting another deaf friend back in the day? #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories


President Updates — February 2017

February 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

Melissa shares an update of meetings that took place in the past month with several national affiliates such as Deaf Women United, Deaf Women of Color, Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids, Council de Manos, National Black Deaf Advocates, Philadelphia Chapter Black Deaf Advocates, and Deaf Grassroots Movement.