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School Leader Search Process Recommendations

News from NAD.org - June 12, 2018 - 6:11pm

There are more than 80 schools for deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States, and many NAD members are alumni of these schools. Each school is valued and viewed as an invaluable resource for the residents of the respective states.  

The search for and selection of a leader is one of the most challenging tasks for any school. The NAD seeks to support all states and their schools for the deaf in securing the best possible leaders of their programs to provide quality education to deaf and hard of hearing students.

With that aim, the NAD has created recommendations to help guide schools for the deaf and/or state departments of education that are seeking to search for and select new superintendents or school leaders. The goal of these recommendations is to support schools for the deaf in their search and selection process to find and hire the best possible candidates to take on leadership roles in their programs.


Every search process begins with the formation of a committee whether it is to actively search or to interview potential candidates or both. Given that schools for the deaf are viewed by the deaf community as part of their lives as well as the place where their future leaders currently are educated, members of the deaf community should be included in this search process. The NAD recommends that search committees be formed that include at least two representatives of the deaf community, particularly those that are alumni of the school or representatives of the state association of the deaf. It is also encouraged that the search committee membership reflects the diversity of the student population, including  at least two individuals who are parents of deaf or hard of hearing students attending the school. One of these parents should also be deaf or hard of hearing. The majority of the search committee should be deaf or hard of hearing.

In addition, throughout the search process, the school should engage with the deaf and hard of hearing community in the state and provide them with updates on the progress with the search. It is  encouraged that these updates be provided in all forms such as but not limited to mass emails, website postings, videos, and social media.

These two inclusive steps are essential to ensuring that the deaf and hard of hearing community feels invested and included in the search for the school’s next leader. To do otherwise is to exclude this community and may result in unnecessary tension.


The needs of every school vary greatly based on numerous factors such as budgeting, infrastructure, state law, educational requirements, and the student population. The school leader should be trained in all aspects of administration and governance of a school and be able to oversee all employees and functions of the school. However, in addition to these required skills, the NAD believes that the search for a new school leader should include the following criteria: fluency in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English; knowledge about bilingual education; and the ability to engage effectively and directly with faculty, students, parents and the deaf community.

Fluency in both ASL and English will promote open and direct communication within the school community, as well as with the community at large. A bilingual leader will inspire all students and give them a role model for the acquisition of two languages for the furtherance of their education.

A working knowledge of bilingual education will better ensure strong implementation of the latest research and studies promoting best practices for education of deaf and hard of hearing students. The leader should also be able to accommodate students and parents from homes that speak other languages as well as students who benefit from and use spoken English.

In addition, we strongly urge schools to look within the deaf and hard of hearing community to locate their next school leader. Deaf and hard of hearing students deserve a strong role model in their school leader, and this is best accomplished if the leader is like them, deaf or hard of hearing. By including the deaf community in the search process, schools will better be able to identify any qualified candidates who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The NAD acknowledges that the task of selecting a school leader does not come easily. For this reason, the NAD stands ready to provide support to schools to find the best individual for the position.

Ask Howard Anything / May 2018

News from NAD.org - May 31, 2018 - 10:47am

What does the NAD Law and Advocacy center do other than sue? #AskHoward

Looking for Parents of Children of Color

News from NAD.org - May 24, 2018 - 12:02pm

Join me in my project on increasing interpreters of color by filling out the survey!

Ask Howard Anything / April 2018

News from NAD.org - April 27, 2018 - 11:37am

Who should provide interpreters? #AskHoward

Do You Have Questions About Hearing Assistive Technology?

HLAA Updates - April 26, 2018 - 12:19pm
Thu, 04/26/2018

The HLAA national office receives many inquiries about HAT, yet has no staff hearing assistive technology expert available to field those calls. In response to this need, HLAA has created a new service called HAT HELP. Supervised doctoral level audiology students from the University of Washington and Gallaudet University are now available to answer your technical assistance questions. Simply write to hat_help@hearingloss.org and they will provide an email response.

Use of hearing assistive technology (HAT) is one important way for consumers to address their hearing loss.  However, there is a substantial lack of understanding about available technological solutions. HAT includes assistive listening systems (such as FM, hearing loop systems, and infrared), telecommunications products and services (such as captioned telephones and relay services) and alerting devices (such as alarm clocks, smoke-detectors, etc. that use loud audio alerts, vibrating receivers and/or flashing lights). There are also equipment distribution programs, state assistive technology programs and other helpful resources that are beneficial.

Announcing NAD Youth Section

News from NAD.org - April 24, 2018 - 9:24am

The NAD Youth Strategy Team excited to announce a huge milestone — the NAD Youth Section (NADYS) has become an official section under the NAD!

HLAA Kicks Off the 2018 Walk4Hearing

HLAA Updates - April 23, 2018 - 4:38am
Mon, 04/23/2018

April 23, 2018

Barbara Kelley
Executive Director

HLAA Kicks Off the 2018 Walk4Hearing

BETHESDA, MD: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2018 Walk4Hearing program. With events scheduled in 18 cities across the country, the Walk4Hearing raises awareness of hearing loss and provides strategies and information on topics such as hearing loss prevention, the importance of getting your hearing screened, treatment of hearing loss, and maintaining good hearing health.

Since 2006, the HLAA Walk4Hearing has raised in excess of $13 million and welcomed more than 90,000 walkers, making it the nation’s largest and fastest growing program of its kind in the country for people with hearing loss. Funds raised support both local and national programs and services for people with hearing loss, including installation of hearing assistive technology in public places, local financial assistance programs for hearing aids and other assistive devices for those who can’t afford them, providing captioning at HLAA Chapter meetings to make them more accessible, and advocacy efforts on federal and state levels.

The theme for the 2018 Walk4Hearing is the importance of getting your hearing screened. Untreated hearing loss affects overall health in negative ways. People with hearing loss face an increased risk of falls, isolation, anxiety, depression and more recently a link has been found between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. Let us know you are taking charge of your hearing health by using #screenURhearing on Twitter and other social media posts.

“Whether you have a hearing loss, are a friend or family member of someone with hearing loss, or you just want some help hearing in a noisy world, the Walk4Hearing offers something for you,” said HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley. “By participating in the Walk4Hearing you will meet others who are just like you, share stories about life with a hearing loss, make new friends and reunite with old ones.”

The Walks are also an opportunity to get information from the many companies and organizations that support people with hearing loss. Representatives from both local and national Walk4Hearing sponsors are always on hand to discuss how they can help you live a better life with hearing loss.

Walk4Hearing sponsors are integral to the success of the program. Their involvement typically consists of much more than financial support. Many companies form their own teams who take part in the Walk and also have volunteers show up to assist with many Walk logistics. Along with local sponsors, several organizations support the Walk4Hearing on a national level. HLAA would like to recognize and thank the following companies that have stepped up as the 2018 national Walk4Hearing sponsors:

Premier Sponsor
CapTel Captioned Telephone

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors
Advanced Bionics
Cochlear Americas
Hamilton CapTel
hi HealthInnovations

When you leave at the end of a Walk4Hearing event you will feel empowered and inspired, and you will have learned that you are not alone; that you can live better with hearing loss!

For more information and to find and register for a Walk4Hearing near you (it’s free and easy!) visit walk4hearing.org.

About the Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. In addition to the Walk4Hearing, HLAA holds annual conventions (HLAA2018 Convention takes place in Minneapolis, June 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis), publishes the bimonthly magazine, Hearing Life, advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and has an extensive network of Chapters and State Organizations throughout the country. The HLAA national office is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Call 301.657.2248 or visit hearingloss.org for more information.

What’s Your Experience in Sports Venues?

News from NAD.org - April 20, 2018 - 7:20am

The NAD’s new Policy Institute will be studying deaf and hard of hearing people’s accessibility experiences across a variety of categories. First up, live professional sporting events!

Do you watch live professional sporting events (such as football, basketball, hockey, and soccer) at sports venues? We need your input!

Please fill out the survey below by Friday, April 27, 2018!

President Updates — April 2018

News from NAD.org - April 17, 2018 - 12:35pm

After a brief video montage of the visit, President Melissa shares a summary of the NAD Board meeting in Wisconsin. Enjoy the photo album and learn what other regions are up to:


HLAA Position Opening: Walk4Hearing Program Assistant

HLAA Updates - April 10, 2018 - 10:49am
Wed, 04/11/2018

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) a nonprofit organization and the producer of the Walk4Hearing, the single biggest hearing loss-awareness event in the country, is seeking a top-notch, ultra-organized, high energy professional to assist two national Walk4Hearing managers to support and grow walks nationally.      

Job Purpose: The Walk4Hearing Program Assistant provides logistical support for a national peer-to-peer fundraising program. The Walk4Hearing is the organization’s premier national program for fundraising and awareness.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Liaison with local Walk4Hearring volunteers and sponsors
  • Handle local permits and other things essential to Walk-day activities
  • Order, copy, assemble and ship Walk4Hearing materials.
  • Handles all online and phone inquiries related to the Walk4Hearing and phone and inquiries related to general membership
  • Assist in gathering information for the Walk4Hearing website
  • Keeps program materials, both online and print, fresh and updated
  • Prepare, and process all Walk4Hearing-related mailings
  • Use social media for marketing and communication
  • Work with staff from other departments
  • Update training materials for local leaders
  • Assist Walk4Hearing managers on implementation specific initiatives
  • Work with Walk4Hearing managers in preparing analysis reports
  • Data entry

Required experience and skills include:

  • Experience with Blackbaud Luminate Online - a plus
  • Great attention to detail
  • Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Superb organization and planning
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Excellent customer service
  • Self motivated and able to work independently and with a team
  • Comfortable handling multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work well with volunteers
  • Strong computer skills – MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) - a plus
  • Ability to learn new technology

Education: Associate’s degree or related experience.

Work Environment: Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Travel to annual HLAA convention might be required.

Physical Requirements: Work is in an office and primarily sedentary in nature; however, the ability to lift and carry light boxes for shipping is necessary.

This position is full time and is located at the HLAA headquarters office in Bethesda. This position reports to two national Walk4Hearing managers.

Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to jobs@hearingloss.org with the subject line, “Walk4Hearing Program Assistant.” No phone calls please.

HLAA is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Candidates Wanted for #NAD2018 Elections

News from NAD.org - April 4, 2018 - 5:32am

Are you interested in joining the NAD Board? President Emeritus T. Alan Hurwitz encourages you to apply! #NAD2018 #NADboard


No Captioning in Florida Legislature

News from NAD.org - April 3, 2018 - 12:33pm

The Florida Legislature concluded a session last month that made national headlines.  The Florida House and Senate passed new gun control measures after the Parkland shootings and debated new sexual harassment rules spawned by allegations that resulted in the resignation of a powerful state senator in the midst of his gubernatorial campaign.  This legislative activity was covered gavel-to-gavel on television and on the legislature’s websites.

Deaf and hard of hearing people, however, were not able to understand much of the legislative activity because the state failed to caption the proceedings.  As a result, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and disabled rights advocate Eddie I. Sierra of Miami are suing the State of Florida, the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Senate, the Florida Channel and various other defendants for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The complaint was filed in Miami in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

In July 2017, Sierra sent both the House and Senate letters asking them to caption the proceedings in the 2018 legislative session. He never received a reply.

“I’ve been politically active for many years.  I pay attention to issues impacting the elderly and people with disabilities,” Sierra said. “I haven’t been able to participate in the Florida legislative process for many years because the videos on the House and Senate website aren’t captioned.  This year I said enough is enough. I’m tired of begging for my rights as an American and I decided to do something about it.”

According to Johns Hopkins, there are 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in America. That means one in five Americans has hearing loss.

The NAD is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

“When we were presented with the facts of this case, we knew that we had to be involved,” said NAD Chief Executive Officer Howard Rosenblum. “This case was especially shocking because Mr. Sierra and others in our community were being excluded from participation in the legislative process.  Not only civil rights are being violated, but their basic rights as Americans are being violated. This had to be put to a stop.”

The NAD and Mr. Sierra are represented by Miami-based civil rights law firms J. Courtney Cunningham, PLLC, and Scott R. Dinin, P.A.  They are joined by Stein & Vargas, LLP, a Washington, D.C. firm that specializes in fighting disability-based discrimination and Marc Charmatz, Esq. a senior attorney with the NAD.

Announcing #NAD2018 Workshops!

News from NAD.org - March 30, 2018 - 6:48am

We’re excited to partner with Deaf In Government, National Deaf Education Conference, and RID Region I — amazing workshops are in the works for #NAD2018!


HLAA Job Opening: Database and Membership Coordinator

HLAA Updates - March 29, 2018 - 9:19am
Thu, 03/29/2018

Job Purpose:
The administrator oversees the daily operation of the organization’s IT network and database, which tracks contributions, constituents, members, donors, advertisers, sponsors, chapter management and prospect information.

Job Summary:
The position is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of HLAA’s Raiser’s Edge (RE) membership database, including data input and output, as well as providing responsive support to HLAA membership.

This position will provide support to the entire staff by assisting with the creation of reports, ensuring that staff is trained in the basic use of the database, developing and implementing policies to guide data entry, and making sure that the database effectively captures constituent and donor information and generates accurate reports.

This position will be the first point of contact for HLAA staff with questions about, or problems with, the use of the database, and will serve as a liaison to vendors and the IT consulting company to help troubleshoot hardware/software issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage data entry for gift records and membership dues, so that the processing, tracking, reporting and acknowledgement of gifts and memberships are performed in an accurate and timely fashion
  • Process, print, and mail thank you letters for all donations
  • Running queries/reports out of the database for membership which includes new member and renewal reports, creating new member packets and ensuring timely and accurate renewal information
  • Batch entries of donations, memberships, convention registrations and more
  • Assist in the regulations regarding gift administration and proper acknowledgement with the development staff
  • Establish and maintain a structure within the database to effectively identify specific segments of data for various analyses and targeted efforts
  • Enable membership benefits for new members
  • Develop and enforce policies and procedures to ensure the integrity and security of the database
  • Manage annual HLAA Convention registrations including working with the meeting planner on the registration website, the development of registration packets, name badges, and other inclusions
  • Run event report then merge, print, and mail convention confirmation letters to registrants
  • Answer constituent inquiries regarding membership, donations, and event registrations
  • Create and format reports, lists and queries when needed for program reporting, mailings and emails
  • Help answer phones as needed
  • Some administrative duties as needed such as matching gift research
  • Assist departments with mailings, mail merges, printing, folding, labels and stuffing
  • Internet research to find members whose mail has been returned due to address change, wrong address, and USPS mistakes
  • Updating Raiser’s Edge database; i.e., download various transactions from NetCommunity (donations, memberships, convention registrations, and record updates) and batch those transactions into Raiser’s Edge, ensuring accuracy of that information
  • Data import and export as needed to keep Raiser’s Edge database updated with data from other databases being used in parallel

Education and Experience:
Associate’s degree or related training.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Experience in managing Raiser’s Edge database and how it communicates with other systems such as NetCommunity and Luminate Online. Proficiency in database administration, prospect and constituent management, data imports and exports, developing reports.
  • Must possess excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Must have knowledge of the nonprofit processes and the concept of donor relations.
  • Must have a strong customer service orientation and be comfortable on the phone addressing inquiries from constituents.
  • This position requires comfort and effectiveness translating between end users’ needs and database output. Must be able to understand staff needs so as to accurately translate their requests into effective queries and reports.
  • Must be able to organize and prioritize work, be proactive, take initiative, resolve problems, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner.
  • Must be comfortable working in a close-knit, team environment where attitude and work ethic matters.

Technical Skills:

  • Requires broad knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge database and working knowledge of other Blackbaud products such as NetCommunity and Luminate Online.
  • Must have a strong understanding of databases and best practices as they relate to data entry and integrity.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency; Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.
  • IT experience a plus.

Work Environment:
Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Work might require occasional weekend and/or evening work. Travel to annual HLAA convention is required.

Physical Requirements:
Work is in an office and primarily sedentary in nature, no special demands are required.

How to Apply:
For serious inquires please send email with your resume, cover letter and contact information to jobs@hearingloss.org. Put “Database and Membership Coordinator" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Type: Full-Time Position, not a telework position

President Updates — March 2018

News from NAD.org - March 29, 2018 - 7:03am

President Melissa shares a summary of the Deaf Grassroots Movement Rally, encourages you to submit a priority proposal, and is excited about the next Board meeting in Wisconsin.

Seeking Litigation Lawyer

News from NAD.org - March 20, 2018 - 6:56am

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), as the nation’s premier organization safeguarding the civil, human, and linguistic of deaf and hard of hearing Americans, invites applications for a Staff Attorney position within the NAD Law and Advocacy Center. This position will involve interviewing individuals, screening cases, and filing lawsuits and complaints on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States.

The key mission of the NAD Law and Advocacy Center is to represent the NAD across a broad range of civil rights and discrimination issues including education, early intervention, employment, healthcare, rehabilitation, technology, telecommunications as well as access to public entities and accommodations.

Key Responsibilities

The responsibilities of this Staff Attorney position include, but are not limited to:

  • Contact and communicate with consumers seeking legal or advocacy assistance as part of the client intake process;
  • Provide appropriate information and referrals to consumers who are not accepted as clients for further legal representation or advocacy purposes;
  • Conduct outreach in the deaf and hard of hearing community about legal issues;
  • Conduct research and analysis of specific legal and policy questions;
  • Prepare memoranda, opinions, and position statements as necessary;
  • Stay up to date with the latest trends affecting the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people;
  • Work with the NAD Law and Advocacy team on intakes, advocacy work, and litigation cases to ensure timely completion of all required tasks;
  • Represent clients zealously in all approved cases that the NAD undertakes in furtherance of its mission;
  • Engage competently in all aspects of litigation and administrative advocacy in the course of representation;
  • Continuously advance skills through CLE-authorized courses and trainings;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other organizations and individuals to advance the NAD interests in support of its mission, vision, values, and strategic goals;
  • Collaborate with partnering law firms on litigation cases;
  • Represent the NAD at conferences, on advisory committees and panels, and through workshops and presentations;
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for growth through grants and other funding; and
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the CEO.

Experience and Qualifications

Applicants must possess the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of issues related to the advancement of the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals;
  • Litigation experience including but not limited to handling client intake, conducting discovery, writing and filing complaints/motions/briefs, and handling administrative hearings and/or trial court proceedings;
  • Excellent writing and research skills, strong analytic capabilities, and demonstrate ability to analyze statutes and case law;
  • Strong working knowledge of constitutional issues, including litigation, legislation, and other issues involving civil liberties and civil rights;
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree required;
  • Bar licensure in Maryland required within one year of accepting position;
  • Work well with the NAD Law and Advocacy team at NAD headquarters as well as independently;
  • Significant litigation experience preferred;
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) required;
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills; and
  • Proactive in identifying areas of need and diligent in completing tasks pursuant to deadlines.

The NAD, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and flexible work environment. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Applicant cover letter, resume, three references, and three writing samples must be emailed to submit@nad.org by 12:00 PM EST on March 30, 2018.

The NAD is an EEO/AA employer. For more information about the NAD, visit www.nad.org.

CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro to Deliver Keynote Address at HLAA2018 Convention

HLAA Updates - March 9, 2018 - 3:35am
Fri, 03/09/2018

March 9, 2018

Nancy Macklin
Director of External Affairs and Events

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA),
to Deliver Keynote Address at the
Hearing Loss Association of America Annual Convention
HLAA2018 Convention: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, June 21-June 24, 2018

BETHESDA, MD – The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is honored to announce that Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ President and CEO Gary Shapiro will deliver the keynote address at the HLAA2018 Convention in Minneapolis this June. Known for being a powerhouse in the consumer technology industry, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy, and ensures that technology is accessible to people with disabilities. CTA is also the owner and producer of CES® – the world’s largest technology event. Shapiro commented, “I am excited to join HLAA at its annual convention to celebrate great successes such as OTC [Over-the-Counter] hearing devices and life-changing innovations for all people.”

HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley said, “We are pleased to welcome Gary Shapiro, whose motto is, 'Innovation moves us forward as a nation.' HLAA2018 attendees are people who want to stay in the hearing world with technology and will find Gary’s outlook on the future both exciting and hopeful.”

HLAA hosts the nation’s most extensive educational program and trade show for people with hearing loss. All plenary and breakout sessions are communication accessible with the use of CART/real-time captioning and hearing loops. Highlights of HLAA2018 will include:

  • Opening Session, sponsored by CTA Foundation, will feature keynote address, Tech Innovations for All, by Gary Shapiro
  • The National Access Award will be presented to the Shubert Organization for bringing captioning to Broadway theaters for people with hearing loss
  • Research Symposium, Listening in Noise presented by top researchers and professionals in the field and moderated by Andrew J. Oxenham, Ph.D., professor in the departments of Psychology and Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota
  • Educational Workshops on a variety of relevant topics as well as technology demonstrations, all in a communication-accessible environment
  • Exhibit Hall full of the latest technology and services for people with hearing loss, is open free to the public
  • State and Chapter Awards Ceremony and Evening Reception
  • National Awards Breakfast and Ceremony sponsored by CapTel Captioned Telephone
  • Opening night Get Acquainted Party sponsored by CaptionCall
  • America’s Got Talent ‘Golden Buzzer’ winner Mandy Harvey will perform along with her band
  • HLAA2018 Convention Walk4Hearing
  • West Side Story at the Guthrie Theater, communication accessible with real-time captions, hearing loop and sign interpretation, sponsored by Contacta
  • Complimentary registration for veterans with hearing loss attending for the first time

Early-bird registration for HLAA2018 is open through March 31, 2018. Visit the HLAA Convention page for schedule, list of sponsors and available sponsorship, marketing and exhibiting opportunities.

About Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. In addition to annual conventions, HLAA produces Walk4Hearing events across the country, publishes the bimonthly magazine, Hearing Life, advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country. HLAA is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone 301.657.2248 or visit hearingloss.org.

BOCES Sued for Discrimination

News from NAD.org - March 8, 2018 - 11:41am

Huntington Station, NY – Ryan Griske of Lindenhurst, New York, filed suit today in federal court against Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) for discrimination based on disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the New York State Human Rights Law. BOCES, a state operated educational program that provides adult education, refused to provide interpreters so that Griske, who is deaf and uses sign language, could access a plumbing class.

Griske wanted to learn plumbing skills so he could do repairs around his home. He repeatedly attempted to enroll in the Plumber I adult education class offered by BOCES. Instead of providing sign language interpreters, BOCES required Griske to provide proof that he would arrange for his own sign language interpreters for the class. Both federal and state law require BOCES to provide and pay for sign language interpreters.

Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf said, “Law schools, medical schools, and universities are following the law and providing interpreters for deaf students. It is unacceptable that in 2018 any program would refuse equal access and then ask a deaf person to pay to bring his own interpreters.”

Griske said, “Everyone can go into BOCES and take any kind of class. Why am I being treated differently just because I am deaf? I just want to learn plumbing but BOCES will not allow me unless I bring my own interpreter even though this is against the law.”


National Association of the Deaf is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for, deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States.

Stein & Vargas, LLP is a civil rights firm based in Washington, D.C. and committed to the principle that all people have full and equal access to all parts of society.



  • National Association of the Deaf
    Lizzie Sorkin
  • Stein & Vargas, LLP
    Mary Vargas

CDC Grand Rounds: Promoting Hearing Health Across the Lifespan

HLAA Current News - March 6, 2018 - 9:55am
Tue, 03/06/2018

Globally, one in three adults has some level of measurable hearing loss, and 1.1 billion young persons are at risk for hearing loss attributable to noise exposure. Although noisy occupations such as construction, mining, and manufacturing are primary causes of hearing loss in adults, nonoccupational noise also can damage hearing. Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss through metabolic exhaustion or mechanical destruction of the sensory cells within the cochlea. Some of the sounds of daily life, including those made by lawn mowers, recreational vehicles, power tools, and music, might play a role in the decline in hearing health. Hearing loss as a disability largely depends on a person’s communication needs and how hearing loss affects the ability to function in a job. The loss of critical middle and high frequencies can significantly impair communication in hearing-critical jobs (e.g., law enforcement and air traffic control).

Read the whole article.

National Deaf Youth Day 2018

News from NAD.org - March 6, 2018 - 5:53am
Today is March 6th, National Deaf Youth Day! To celebrate, we invite you to join our fundraising campaign for the Youth Leadership Camp program. Through out today, we will release six videos, one by one, every hour via the NAD Youth Programs’ Facebook page. Join us and help us raise money for YLC scholarships and YLC guest presenters’ honorary fees. Select “Youth Leadership” under areas of need, or select the Frank R. Turk Leadership Scholarship, or put “Other: YLC Honorary Fees.” MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY