Terms and Conditions

To continue to use this site please read the Terms & Conditions below, and complete the form to confirm your acceptance. The Oregon Association of the Deaf (OAD), through the Blogs section of its website, seeks to encourage discussion regarding civil, human, and linguistic rights and related issues impacting the deaf and hard of hearing community. Our focus will be on rights and related issues that have national interest. We will do this, in part, by inviting individuals to post their blogs on the OAD website to share their points of view. We also encourage discussion by enabling people to post comments in response to these blogs. Submitting BlogsWe welcome blog submissions by individuals who wish to express their viewpoints and encourage discussion regarding civil, human, and linguistic rights and related issues impacting the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community. Screening and selection of blog submissions will be based, in part, on the following criteria: a) support for the OAD and its mission; b) content clarity and readability to engage readers; c) accuracy of information and facts; d) professionalism and the exercise of good judgment; and e) respect for diverse views and perspectives. Blogs may be submitted either in American Sign Language (in video format, as vlogs) with a complete English transcript, or as a text (English) document. For example, a blogger may wish to translate a posting on the OAD website (e.g., Latest News item) from English to ASL, provide an opinion, and seek comments from readers. Vlogs should be no more than three minutes long, and uploaded to the blogger's Vimeo account (bloggers would send us their video link and password for review, with text transcript). We will assign blog categories based on the topic you choose, so that readers can click on a category and see the various blogs contained within. For example, you might write about internet video captioning, which may be placed in the Technology category. There are many resources on the Internet for effective blog writing; visit this link to learn how users read on the web: (www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html). We reserve the right to edit written blog submissions for formatting, spelling, grammar, or as needed. Blog authors will be notified via e-mail when such is needed before a blog is accepted for posting. Any and all blog content is published at the sole discretion of the OAD. All opinions expressed in postings to the Blogs section of OAD are those of the individual authors (except where such blog postings are by authored by OAD board members) and do not necessarily represent the views of the OAD. Blog authors are solely responsible for the material they submit for posting on the OAD website. Bloggers are expected to stay on topic and avoid content that is obscene, offensive, sexually explicit, improper, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable. We ask that bloggers refrain from posting content that could cause the blogger or the OAD to incur legal liability, such as violations of copyright or defamation laws. The OAD is a non-profit organization which cannot endorse or oppose candidates for elective office or political parties. We encourage bloggers to engage in that activity elsewhere, not on the OAD website. We also ask that bloggers do not post content for the purpose of commerce or commercial advertising. The OAD cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information in the content in the Blogs section of www.oad1921.org and expressly disclaims any liability for any information or content in blog postings. Bloggers agree that the OAD maintains the sole right to remove blog postings for these reasons or for any reason at any time. Submissions by individual bloggers are desirable. The OAD provides no compensation for blog submissions published on its website. The OAD will moderate comments before they are posted to individual blogs. Generally, comments submitted should appear within 24 hours of their submission. If the OAD requires further information about a comment prior to approval, the commenter will be contacted by email - provided a valid email address was submitted. The OAD reserves the right to ban future posts from bloggers who repeatedly violate the OAD Blog Policy. Submitting CommentsWe encourage discussion by enabling interested persons to post comments in response to the blogs posted on the OAD website. Comments may be submitted in English text or American Sign Language video format. We request that commenters stay on topic, and avoid submitting comments that are off topic, obscene, offensive, sexually explicit, inappropriate, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable. We reserve the right to edit written comments for formatting, spelling, grammar, length, or as needed. Commenters may be notified via email - provided a valid email address was submitted - when such is needed before a comment is accepted for posting. Any and all comments are published at the sole discretion of the OAD. We ask that commenters refrain from posting content that could cause the commenter or the OAD to incur legal liability, such as violations of copyright or defamation laws. The OAD is a non-profit organization which cannot endorse or oppose candidates for elective office or political parties. We encourage commenters to engage in that activity elsewhere, not on the OAD website. We also ask that commenters do not post content for the purpose of commerce or commercial advertising. The OAD cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information in the comments in the Blogs section of www.oad1921.org and expressly disclaims any liability for any information or content in blog comments. Commenters agree that the OAD maintains the sole right to remove blog comments for these reasons or for any reason at any time. All opinions expressed in comments posted to the Blogs section of www.cad1921.org are those of the individual authors (except where such comments are by authored by OAD board or staff members) and do not necessarily represent the views of the OAD. Commenters are solely responsible for the material they submit for posting on the OAD website. The OAD will moderate comments before they are posted to individual blogs. Generally, comments submitted should appear within 24 hours of their submission. If the OAD requires further information about a comment prior to approval, the commenter will be contacted by email - provided a valid email address was submitted. The OAD reserves the right to ban future posts from bloggers who repeatedly violate the OAD Blog Policy. The name you submit with your comment will be in the public domain. Do not submit any information you do not want to be publicly available. DisclaimerThe views expressed by outside contributors, whether in blogs, comments or in material linked from the OAD website, do not necessarily represent the views of the OAD, its board or agents. The OAD website, including its Blogs section, may include hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals. The OAD provides these links and pointers solely for your convenience. When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving the OAD website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website. All external content made available through the OAD website is made available on an "as-is" basis. The OAD assumes no responsibility for external content and the OAD shall not be liable for any direct or indirect damages arising out of your use of such content. We do not control, nor are we responsible for, nor do we guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website. We do not endorse the organizations or individuals sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer. Finally, we do not authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request appropriate copyright authorization from the author of the linked website. If you believe that any content posted to the OAD website violates your intellectual property rights, please provide notice to us through our Contact form. PrivacyPlease be sure to read our privacy policy. ModificationsWe reserve the right to amend this Blog Policy as may be necessary, and we encourage you to review it periodically. How to Contact UsIf you have questions or concerns about this Blog Policy, please contact us through this form.