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News from NAD.org - January 24, 2020 - 8:58am


News from NAD.org - January 24, 2020 - 8:57am


News from NAD.org - January 24, 2020 - 7:23am

Scams are serious, they affect everyone. It is important to remember if the NAD or any another non-profit contacts you for a donation, you should donate online through a secure system or mail a check to an official billing address — do not share any personal information such as your social security number or bank account with anyone. Please protect yourself. #AskHoward // January 2020

Christine Sun Kim at Super Bowl LIV!

News from NAD.org - January 16, 2020 - 9:30am
Christine Sun Kim / photo by Robert Rieger

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) proudly announces that Christine Sun Kim, internationally renowned performer and artist, will sign the National Anthem and America the Beautiful as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Born in California and now based in Berlin, Christine Sun Kim has built an acclaimed practice around sound, its visual representation, and it is valued by society. Kim uses performance, video, drawing, writing and technology to reflect on her experiences as part of the Deaf community and to comment on the social and political operations of sound. A keen observer of language, Kim employs American Sign Language, music notation, televisual captioning, and other systems of visual communication in a wide ranging practice that address the complexity of social exchange and the power of representation with humor and honesty.

“If sign language was considered equal, we’d already be friends”
As part of “We Mean Business” project
For Art Night London, Kings Cross, Coal Drops Yard, London
22 June – Sept 2019
Enlarged to 3.6×73.12 meter
Photo by Matt Rowe

Kim has had solo exhibitions and performances at: Ghebaly, Los Angeles; White Space, Beijing; Carroll/Fletcher, London; De Appel, Amsterdam. She has also had her work shown at: Serralves Museum, Porto; Sound Live Tokyo; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Berlin and Shanghai Biennials; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York. 

“Degrees of Deaf Rage Within Educational Settings”
charcoal and oil pastel on paper, 125×125 cm, framed size 126×126 cm
photo credit: 2018 White Space Beijing and Yang Hao 杨灏 (capital d)

Previous ASL Talents have included Aarron Loggins, Alexandria Wailes, Kriston Pumphrey, Marlee Matlin, Treshelle Edmond, Amber Zion, John Maucere, Rachel Mazique, Candice Villesca, and Kinesha Battles.

New Year, New Look

News from NAD.org - January 14, 2020 - 2:14pm

The NAD is excited to reveal a revamped Youth Programs website, focusing on the NAD’s five youth programs: College Bowl, Youth Leadership Camp, Youth Ambassador Program, Jr. NAD, and National Deaf Youth Day. 

Since 1961 and the establishment of our first youth program, Jr. NAD, our programs have expanded! We are proud to have 5,000+ Jr. NAD alumni; 4,000+ YLC alumni; 57 college bowl teams; and 20 YAP contestants. With more members, alumni, teams, contestants, and memories — we are very excited to put our revamped website to use!

Happy navigating! 

In Memoriam: Charles C. Estes, 1990-1992 NAD Executive Director

News from NAD.org - January 13, 2020 - 8:48am

The National Association of the Deaf sadly reports the passing on January 1, 2020 of Charles C. Estes who served as Executive Director from 1990-1992. He was 83 years old.

Born October 21, 1936, Estes attended Alabama School for the Deaf and graduated in 1954. He is believed to have received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and his Master of Education degree from Western Maryland College (now known as McDaniel College) in 1976.

Estes spent his entire life dedicated to improving the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people through service on various organizations. He served the Alabama Association of the Deaf in many capacities: as President (1967-69), Vice-President (1969-71), and Secretary (2007-09). In 1969, he co-founded and served on  the first board of the Alabama Registry of Interpreters Serving the Deaf (ALRID).

Estes had great dedication to the NAD, serving not only as its Executive Director but prior to that on the Board of Directors as a Board Member (1972-74), as Secretary/Treasurer during Jess Smith’s term as President (1974-76), and as Secretary/Treasurer during Merv Garretson’s term as President (1976-78).

During his time of service on the NAD Board, Estes was a founding board member (1975-76) of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD), and subsequently served as its Vice President (1976-78). 

Estes devoted part of his career to schools for the deaf, including as Dean of Boys at the Alabama School for the Deaf (1975-76) and as the Assistant Vocational Principal at the American School for the Deaf (1976-78). He also served on the Board for the Texas School for the Deaf (1999-2003). 

Estes was also was a pioneer in the telecommunications relay industry, having served as a Center Manager for MCI Relay at its Miami, Florida call center. Subsequently he was part of, Bama Relay LLC and then set up Nationwide Relay, which he sold to Convo in 2011.

The NAD Board of Directors and staff extend their condolences to the family of Charles C. Estes.

#NAD2020: Call for Workshops

News from NAD.org - December 23, 2019 - 11:53am

We invite you to share your idea with us and join us at the NAD Conference as a presenter!

Submit by February 15, 2020: www.nad.org/nad2020-workshop-interest/

Cheers to 2019!

News from NAD.org - December 23, 2019 - 7:12am

President Melissa Draganac-Hawk and CEO Howard A. Rosenblum share warm season greetings as we wrap up 2019… we appreciate your support and look forward to doing more advocacy work as we head into 2020 together! 

Impact of the Harvard Settlement

News from NAD.org - December 6, 2019 - 6:22am

The NAD sued and recently settled with Harvard University but what does this settlement mean for all deaf and hard of hearing people? #AskHoward // December 2019


News from NAD.org - December 5, 2019 - 9:49am


News from NAD.org - December 5, 2019 - 9:49am

Today Is #GivingTuesday!

News from NAD.org - December 3, 2019 - 8:37am
It’s TODAY! We love #GivingTuesday. It’s an international day of charitable giving for anyone and everyone to participate. We’re focusing our #GivingTuesday efforts today to the NAD Youth Programs.
The NAD Youth Programs includes five different programs: Jr. NAD and Youth Leadership Camp that are geared towards high school youth; College Bowl and Youth Ambassador Program, which is for deaf youth ages between 18 – 30; and the National Deaf Youth Day that is celebrated across the U.S. every year. 
Take a minute and make an impact for someone who
– is looking to fundraise to attend the Youth Leadership Camp this summer
– wants to set up a new Jr. NAD chapter
– is training to win the College Bowl trophy this summer 
– will be our next Youth Ambassador
…and for all deaf youth across the U.S.  We actually made it easier for you this year, just fill out your information with your credit card, and it’ll go straight to the NAD Youth Programs — you won’t have to do any other clicks or scrolling!
After your donation, share on social media with #GivingTuesday #DeafYouth and tag us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. — be a part of the ripple effect!  DONATE

National Association of the Deaf Announces Landmark Settlement With Harvard To Improve Online Accessibility

News from NAD.org - November 27, 2019 - 6:30am

Settlement Includes Requirements Beyond Harvard’s New Accessibility Policies, Including Captions for Live Events, Third-Party Platforms and Department-Sponsored Student Groups

Harvard Agrees to Enter Consent Decree, Ensuring Court Enforcement of Settlement

BOSTON — The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announced today a landmark settlement with Harvard University that institutes a series of new guidelines to make the university’s website and online resources accessible for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The settlement represents the most comprehensive set of online accessibility requirements in higher education and ensures for the first time that Harvard will provide high-quality captioning services for online content. The settlement expands upon Harvard’s new digital accessibility policy, which was announced in May. Harvard must provide captions for all online resources, including school-wide events that are live-streamed, content from department sponsored student organizations and any new university created audio or video hosted by third-party platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. The terms of the settlement are included within a consent decree, which can be enforced by the court. The court must approve the consent decree before it may become effective.

This settlement was reached four years after this litigation began in 2015, when it was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Massachusetts as a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was prompted by the recognition that, notwithstanding the description of Harvard’s online resources as available to “learners throughout the world,” many of its videos and audio recordings lacked captions or used inaccurate captions. Harvard had no published policies in place to ensure these learning tools were accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. In the United States alone, approximately 50 million people are considered deaf or hard of hearing. 

Through the litigation, Harvard filed two motions to dismiss the case. In response to each, the court ruled that federal laws prohibiting disability discrimination covered Harvard’s online content. After these rulings were issued, Harvard announced its new digital accessibility policy and several months later the parties reached a settlement.

The individual plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit, C. Wayne Dore, Christy Smith and Lee Nettles, were also represented by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, the Disability Law Center, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center.  

“As Harvard learned through this lawsuit, universities and colleges are on notice that all aspects of their campus including their websites must be accessible to everyone. Captioning video content is a basic form of access that opens up academic learning to not only deaf and hard of hearing people but the world. The National Association of the Deaf asks all who develop video content for the Internet to ensure access through quality captioning,” said Howard A. Rosenblum, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of the Deaf.

“Open and equal access to evolving technology is essential if the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act is to be realized. By committing to caption content on a vast array of research and learning, today that dream came a step closer as one of the top universities in the world opens their digital doors to millions of deaf and hard of hearing people,” said Arlene B. Mayerson, Directing Attorney at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund.

“This settlement is a milestone for civil rights enforcement in the new millennium, as it ensures the wealth of knowledge and academic research residing on the Harvard University websites will be accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing everywhere,” said Joseph M. Sellers who heads the civil rights practice at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.

“This settlement means greater access for current and future deaf and hard of hearing learners to the vast universe of Harvard’s online content. Ensuring accessibility is not something that can be considered a bonus—it is a fundamental right that everyone deserves. We’re pleased that Harvard will finally be treating all learners with the same standard of respect,” said Amy F. Robertson, Co-Executive Director of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center.   

“The significant expansion of opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in Harvard’s community of lifelong learners realized by this settlement is an important step toward inclusion for all individuals with disabilities and invaluable to the intellectual community of our Commonwealth and nation as a whole,” said Marlene Sallo, Executive Director of the Disability Law Center.

The Scale and Scope of the Agreement

Harvard previously announced it will begin captioning new content created on or after December 1 on its website. Yet the settlement requires Harvard to take several new and additional steps, including captioning existing content posted on or after January 2019 within two years. For any content not already captioned, upon receiving a request, Harvard must caption the content within five business days. Furthermore, the university now must provide industry-standard live captioning for school-wide events that are live-streamed, while captioning new content of Department Sponsored Student Organizations, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and university created content on the official channel hosted by third-party platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. Harvard must also implement a public process to manage these requests. Harvard is also required to submit reports every six months beginning in June 2020 to the NAD and the Disability Law Center with information about the number of requests received and any changes made to these policies, among other details.


News from NAD.org - November 21, 2019 - 7:10am

#NAD2020: Call for Interpreters & Co-Navigators

News from NAD.org - November 19, 2019 - 6:39am

Looking for interested interpreters and co-navigators to join the #NAD2020 Interpreting Team! This is a paid job opportunity in which lodging and travel expenses may be covered, more details will be shared once interpreters and co-navigators (also known as SSP) are selected.

  • Deaf Interpreter — minimum qualifications: CDI or BEI certificate strongly preferred but will consider those who have years of interpreting experience
  • Hearing Interpreter — minimum qualifications: RID or BEI certificate required
  • Co-Navigator (SSP) — minimum qualifications: Deaf Interpreting students welcome, will consider other Deaf applicants

Apply by sending three items:

  1. resume
  2. letter of interest
  3. an unlisted YouTube link of you interpreting this video

Apply at conf.interp@nad.org no later than January 30, 2020.


News from NAD.org - November 14, 2019 - 3:01pm

Are You A Deaf Senior?

News from NAD.org - November 14, 2019 - 2:34pm

Looking for deaf seniors who are 50 years old and older! We want to know your experience, share yours today!

Be the NEXT Youth Ambassador!

News from NAD.org - November 12, 2019 - 5:52am

Are you between the ages of 18-30? Are you deaf or hard of hearing? Are you from the United States?

…you could be our next Youth Ambassador! YES!

APPLY: NAD Youth Ambassador Program Application


News from NAD.org - November 6, 2019 - 1:32pm