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YAP 101 — Let’s Get Started for 2020!

June 28, 2019 - 9:14am

As some State Associations and organizations have their conferences, the NAD Youth Programs encourages them to include a Youth Ambassador Program in the program. Go ahead and select a youth representative (18 – 30 years old) to compete at the next NAD Conference in Chicago 2020! Psst… the winner gets $8,000!  If you’re not sure how to get started, check out our FAQ page. If you already had your conference or do not have the time to add YAP to your program, FEAR NOT! Your organization can still select a representative, check out the guidelines.

Email NADYAP@nad.org to get started.

NEW Parent Advocacy App

June 14, 2019 - 2:08pm

Do you have a deaf or hard of hearing child in your family? Do you participate in the child’s meetings at school? Then this new Parent Advocacy App is for you! The Parent Advocacy app helps you to understand your child’s rights and to prepare you to work with the school in the best interest of your child.

DOWNLOAD TODAY

The Parent Advocacy app is a collaboration between: the NAD, Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, American Society for Deaf Children, and Hands and Voices.

Muse Paintbar Sued for Discrimination

June 12, 2019 - 1:16pm

Gaithersburg, Maryland – Caitlin Cunningham, a deaf arts enthusiast, filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Muse Paintbar, LLC, which offers painting classes open to the public. Muse Paintbar’s repeated refusal to provide Cunningham with qualified sign language interpreters during the painting classes violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Cunningham, who communicates in American Sign Language, wanted to take Muse Paintbar’s painting classes with her family. Because Muse Paintbar did not provide interpreting services upon request, Cunningham was not able to join its programs – this is discrimination. 

“I just want to be able to take Muse Paintbar classes and understand everything like everyone else does. I don’t know why Muse would want to turn away and exclude anyone.” said Caitlin Cunningham. 

Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), agreed: “Muse Paintbar has federal and state obligations to ensure that its programs and services are accessible to all, including deaf and hard of hearing people. It is unfortunate that a lawsuit is necessary to make sure Muse Paintbar follows these laws.” Prior to filing suit, the NAD wrote to Muse Paintbar to make clear their legal obligations and to again request interpreters on Cunningham’s behalf, but Muse did not respond. 

Cunningham is represented by the National Association of the Deaf and Stein & Vargas, LLP.

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The 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.

CONTACTS:

  • The National Association of the Deaf
    Lizzie Sorkin
    301-587-1788
    lizzie.sorkin@nad.org
  • Stein & Vargas, LLP
    Mary Vargas
    240-793-3185
    mary.vargas@steinvargas.com

Upcoming Conferences 2019-2020

May 30, 2019 - 8:40am

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Maryland Association of the Deaf Conference
March 23, 2019
Ellicott City, Maryland

National American Sign Language & Early Childhood Education English Bilingual Consortium
April 4 – 6, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana

Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools & Programs for the Deaf
April 26 – 29, 2019
Denver, Colorado

Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens Deaf Awareness Day
April 27, 2019
White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Maine Association of the Deaf Conference
May 10-12, 2019
Wells, Maine

YLC Alumni Foundation Reunion (50th Anniversary of YLC)
May 24-27, 2019
Beach Lake, Pennsylvania

Alabama Association of the Deaf Conference
May 30-June 1, 2019
Talladega, Alabama

New Jersey Association of the Deaf Conference
June 1, 2019
Toms River, New Jersey

ADARA Conference
June 1-4, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland

Louisiana Association of the Deaf Conference
June 6-8, 2019
Bossier City, Louisiana

Georgia Association of the Deaf Conference
June 7-9, 2019
Clarkson, Georgia

Mississippi Association of the Deaf Conference
June 8, 2019
Pearl, Mississippi

Montana Association of the Deaf Conference
June 13 – 15, 2019
Great Falls, Montana

Wisconsin Association of the Deaf Conference
June 21-22, 2019
Brookfield, Wisconsin

Nebraska Association of the Deaf Conference
June 21-22, 2019
Omaha, Nebraska

North Carolina Association of the Deaf Conference
June 21-22, 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina

National Deaf Education Conference
June 24-28, 2019
Austin, Texas

Deaf Interpreter Conference
June 25-30, 2019
Eugene, Oregon

Deaf Women of Color Conference
June 27-29, 2019
Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Association of the Deaf Conference
June 27-29, 2019
Normal, Illinois

Arkansas Association of the Deaf Conference
June 28-29, 2019
Little Rock, Arkansas

Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf Biennial Conference
July 16-21, 2019
Austin, Texas

Deaf Women United Conference
July 17-21, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

WFD International Conference
July 23-27, 2019
Paris, France

National Black Deaf Advocates Conference
July 31-August 4, 2019
Oakland, California

Idaho Association of the Deaf Conference
August 1-4, 2019
Gooding, Idaho

Kansas Association of the Deaf Conference
August 2-3, 2019
Overland Park, Kansas

NAD YLC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
August 8, 2019 Stayton, Oregon

Pennsylvania Society of the Advancement Deaf Conference
August 8-10, 2019
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

West Virginia Association of the Deaf Conference
August 8 – 10, 2019
Morgantown, West Virginia

South Carolina Association of the Deaf Conference
August 9-10, 2019
Greenville, South Carolina

Seabeck DeafBlind Retreat
August 26 – 31, 2019
Seabeck, Washington

DSA Conference
September 2-8, 2019
Seattle, Washington

Utah Association of the Deaf Conference
September 7, 2019
Ogden, Utah

Texas Association of the Deaf Conference
September 12-15, 2019
Grapevine, Texas

Oklahoma Association of the Deaf Conference
September 20-21, 2019
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tennessee Association of the Deaf Conference
September 26-28, 2019
Knoxville, Tennessee

Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf Conference
September 27-29, 2019
Framingham, Massachusetts

Washington Association of the Deaf Conference
October 3 – 6, 2019
SeaTac, WA

NAD Leadership Training Conference
October 17-19, 2019
Little Rock, Arkansas

Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens Conference
October 18-19, 2019
Faribault, Minnesota

Florida Association of the Deaf Conference
October 24-27, 2019
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 150th Anniversary Auction & Gala
October 26, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jr. NAD National Conference
November 6-10, 2019
Rochester, New York

Conference of Interpreter Training 2020
August 12-15, 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota

No date has been announced yet for the following conferences:
Alaska Association of the Deaf Conference
Aloha State Association of the Deaf Conference
Arizona Association of the Deaf Conference
California Association of the Deaf Conference
Colorado Association of the Deaf Conference
Connecticut Association of the Deaf Conference
Deaf Association of Wyoming Conference
Deaf LGBTQI and Allies Awards Ceremony
Delaware Association of the Deaf Conference
Empire State Association of the Deaf Conference
Indiana Association of the Deaf Conference
Iowa Association of the Deaf Conference
Kentucky Association of the Deaf Conference
Michigan Association of the Deaf Conference
Missouri Association of the Deaf Conference
Nevada Association of the Deaf Conference
New Hampshire Association of the Deaf Conference
New Mexico Association of the Deaf Conference
North Dakota Association of the Deaf Conference
Ohio Association of the Deaf Conference
Oregon Association of the Deaf Biennial Conference
Rhode Island Association of the Deaf Conference
South Dakota Association of the Deaf Conference
Vermont Association of the Deaf Conference 
Virginia Association of the Deaf Conference 
Council de Manos 2020 Conference
Deaf Blind Expo 2020

President Updates — April/May 2019

May 30, 2019 - 6:29am

NAD President Melissa gives an update on the National Family Campaign, a new deaf track within a Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program, the NAD’s state registration, and a recap summary of the Board’s visit in Indianapolis (enjoy the photos). Also, learn what’s new with the region representatives.

YLC’s 50th Anniversary

May 29, 2019 - 1:23pm

This year is Youth Leadership Camp’s 50th anniversary, what a milestone! #AskHoward // May 2019

Test

May 19, 2019 - 11:41am

We Want To Know Your Experience with Metro and Airlines

May 9, 2019 - 5:08am

The NAD Policy Institute is studying deaf and hard of hearing people’s accessibility experiences across a variety of categories. Do you use the metro? Do you fly? Are you annoyed with problems when traveling due to barriers? We need your input! Please fill out the survey by May 30, 2019.

TELL US: www.nad.org/metro-airlines-survey/

Thank You Teachers!

May 8, 2019 - 5:20am

Thank you teachers! You give your time to teach us incredible things. Here’s a video of our Board Members remembering their favorite teachers. Who was your favorite teacher and what lesson did you learn from them? #ThankATeacherToday

[Video transcript and description available here]