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Seeking #NAD2022 Workshops!

News from - November 29, 2021 - 9:51am

The National Association of the Deaf invites YOU to submit a proposal for a workshop or panel to be presented in person at our biennial conference in Orlando, Florida  in July 2022! The NAD is thrilled to work closely with two amazing workshop partners, Deaf in Government (DIG) and the National Deaf Education Conference (NDEC).

The NAD Conference includes fascinating workshops that share presenters’ knowledge and expertise with the deaf and hard of hearing community.  Presenters are listed on the website and in our event materials. Workshop topics, take-aways, and important discussion points are shared via social media during the conference. We have plenaries, workshops, and important panels that take place throughout the week. Past NAD Conference attendees have raved about how valuable and beneficial these workshops and panels are. We want you to submit your ideas to be one of our amazing presenters this summer!

We’ve put together things to consider as you get ready to submit your workshop proposal.

The deadline to submit your proposal is January 10, 2022. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email

President Updates — October 2021

News from - October 29, 2021 - 4:08pm

President Melissa shares updates of the activities of the Board and the NAD since June.

English Transcript

MELISSA: Hi! I’m Melissa. This video shares updates of the activities of the Board and the NAD since June. The Board had its formal meetings virtually in July and October. Our meetings focused on planning the NAD Leadership Training Conference (NLTC) and our next Biennial Conference this summer, in 2022. We’ve had anti-racism training as part of our priority, Dismantle Racism in the Deaf Community. Our learning continues. I was excited to share our virtual meeting with the public through livestreaming on Facebook. This livestreaming allows the public to watch how the Board conducts its meetings, how we reach certain decisions, and how we share different perspectives with each other. I hope you had the opportunity to observe and learn how we do our meetings. We will continue to provide public viewing of our virtual Board meetings. Next, NLTC during the third week of September was a huge success, thanks to everyone who attended! We thank our ten sponsors for making this possible. We had ten workshops and we thank the presenters and panelists for participating in these workshops. We had three plenaries and share gratitude towards our plenary presenters and panelists as well. We learned from each other during the virtual NLTC event through chat, audience participation, and Q and A’s. For future workshops, we will have to see whether we’ll offer them virtually or in-person. And my final topic, as some of you know, the NAD has five priorities as voted on by the Council of Representatives (COR) delegates — hard to believe it’s been a year since then! I’ll share our priority updates next month, watch out for that. Thank you for watching! 

Spanish Transcript

MELISSA: ¡Hola! Soy Melissa. En este video comparto actualizaciones de las actividades de la Junta y la NAD desde junio. La Junta celebró sus reuniones formales virtualmente en julio y octubre. Nuestras reuniones se centraron en la planificación de la Conferencia de Capacitación de Liderazgo de la NAD (NLTC) y nuestra próxima Conferencia Bienal este verano, en 2022. Hemos tenido capacitación contra el racismo como parte de nuestra prioridad, Desmantelar el racismo en la comunidad sorda. Nuestro aprendizaje continúa. Estaba emocionada de compartir nuestra reunión virtual con el público a través de la transmisión en vivo en Facebook. Esta transmisión en vivo permite al público ver cómo la Junta conduce sus reuniones, cómo llegamos a ciertas decisiones y cómo compartimos diferentes perspectivas entre nosotros. Espero que hayan tenido la oportunidad de observar y aprender cómo hacemos nuestras reuniones. Continuaremos brindando acceso público a nuestras reuniones virtuales de la Junta. A continuación, NLTC durante la tercera semana de septiembre fue un gran éxito, ¡gracias a todos los que asistieron! Agradecemos a nuestros diez patrocinadores por hacer esto posible. Tuvimos diez talleres y agradecemos a los presentadores y panelistas por participar en estos talleres. Tuvimos tres plenarias y también compartimos nuestra gratitud hacia nuestros presentadores plenarios y panelistas. Aprendimos unos de otros durante el evento virtual de NLTC a través del chat, la participación de la audiencia y preguntas y respuestas. Para futuros talleres, tendremos que ver si los ofreceremos de forma virtual o presencial. Y mi tema final, como algunos de ustedes saben, la NAD tiene cinco prioridades según lo votaron los delegados del Consejo de Representantes (COR), ¡es difícil de creer que haya pasado un año desde entonces! Compartiré nuestras actualizaciones prioritarias el próximo mes, esté atento a eso. ¡Gracias por ver!

Seeking Front Desk Assistant

News from - August 24, 2021 - 7:14am

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated Front Desk Assistant to work at its Silver Spring office to support the Office Manager with Front Desk communications. The ideal candidate should have a friendly and easy going personality while also being very perceptive and disciplined. The Front Desk averages about 10-15 calls and emails per day, we’re looking for someone who has a fantastic customer-oriented approach. 

Position open until filled, candidate will start as soon as possible.

  • Will work with and report directly to the Office Manager; 
  • Greet and welcome guests;
  • Answer questions and address complaints;
  • Answer all incoming calls and redirect them; 
  • Review, sort, and forward emails;
  • Cover Front Desk shifts;  
  • Complete urgent requests; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Have at least a high school diploma or Equivalency Certificate (GED), with a college degree preferred.
  • Show a strong commitment to the NAD mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people;
  • Capable of comprehensive strategic thinking and have rapid problem-solving skills to effectively handle crisis communications;
  • Handle frequent 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; and
  • Familiar with the deaf and hard of hearing community, its culture and heritage.
  • Have access to high speed internet and video conferencing at home.

If interested, please send your cover letter, resume, list of references, communication samples, and any other relevant materials to with the subject “FRONT DESK ASSISTANT INTEREST – [insert your last name]”.

November 30, 2021 - 4:56am

November 30, 2021 - 4:56am