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Aarron Loggins at Super Bowl LIII

February 6, 2019 - 1:06pm

Aarron Loggins takes us behind the scenes in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII!

President Updates / January 2019

February 1, 2019 - 1:05pm

Melissa shares an update about the NAD quarterly Board meeting that happened recently in North Carolina and South Carolina (enjoy the photos!) and the progress of her “President-President” meetings so far.

Region I January 2019 Report
Region II January 2019 Report
Region III January 2019 Report
Region IV January 2019 Report

2018-2020 Priority Report on Sign Language Interpreting Profession

January 31, 2019 - 12:05pm
[NAD President Melissa Draganac-Hawk is standing in front of a dark teal wall. The NAD logo appears on bottom right corner as a watermark.]

As requested by the delegation from the 2018 Council of Representatives on the motion regarding American Association of Sign Language Interpreters (AASLI) and issues on Interpreting Credentialing, the NAD Board shares its 6-month report. We will continue to keep you informed on updates regarding Interpreting credentialing with the timeline as presented in the current Priority on Interpreting. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your Region Board Representatives or President Melissa Draganac-Hawk. 

Ask Howard Anything / January 2019

January 30, 2019 - 11:54am

Can the NAD lobby? #AskHoward

Aarron Loggins to Perform at Super Bowl LIII

January 17, 2019 - 11:23am

Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and “Empress of Soul” GLADYS KNIGHT will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIII pregame festivities at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, February 3, the NFL and CBS announced today. The performance will be televised live on CBS prior to kickoff.

“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” said GLADYS KNIGHT. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”

Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Knight has recorded two number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles (“Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For”), eleven number-one R&B singles, and six number-one R&B albums. She has won seven Grammy Awards and is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Pips. Fall of 2015 marked the release of Knight’s first mainstream dance record, “Just A Little” in nearly twenty years. The song serves as lead single from her twelfth studio album that she is currently on. The year of 2011 was a year of much recognition as Knight was both honoring and being honored, first at a Michael Jackson tribute concert, and then at the 2011 Soul Train Awards.

Gladys Knight joins the ranks of many great performers who have sung the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Mariah Carey, Cher, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Idina Menzel, Aaron Neville, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, and many more. (A complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls is listed below.) 

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), performer and deaf activist AARRON LOGGINS will sign in American Sign Language both the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful”.

The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.


Super BowlPerformerSuper Bowl     PerformerSuper Bowl IUniversities of Arizona & Michigan BandsSuper Bowl XXVIIGarth Brooks (Signed by Marlee Matlin)Super Bowl IIGrambling University BandSuper Bowl XXVIIINatalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus (Signed by Courtney Keel Foley)Super Bowl IIIAnita Bryant (Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo Astronauts)Super Bowl XXIXKathie Lee Gifford (Signed by Heather Whitestone)Super Bowl IVAl Hirt (Pledge of Allegiance by Astronauts)Super Bowl XXXVanessa Williams (Signed by Mary Kim Titla)Super Bowl VTommy Loy (trumpeter)Super Bowl XXXILuther Vandross (Signed by Erika Schwarz)Super Bowl VIU.S. Air Force Academy ChoraleSuper Bowl XXXIIJewel (Signed by Phyllis Frelich)Super Bowl VIIAndy Williams & Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo 17 crewSuper Bowl XXXIIICher (Signed by Speaking Hands)Super Bowl VIIICharlie PrideSuper Bowl XXXIVFaith Hill (Signed by Briarlake Elementary School Signing Choir)Super Bowl IXGrambling University Band with Mardi Gras ChorusSuper Bowl XXXVBackstreet Boys (Signed by Tom Cooney); “America The Beautiful” performed by Ray CharlesSuper Bowl XTom SullivanSuper Bowl XXXVIMariah Carey (Signed by Joe Narcisse); “America The Beautiful” performed by Mary J. Blige & Marc AnthonySuper Bowl XIVicki Carr (America the Beautiful)Super Bowl XXXVIIDixie Chicks (Signed by Janet Maxwell);
“God Bless America” performed by Celine DionSuper Bowl XIIPhyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State UniversitySuper Bowl XXXVIIIBeyoncé Knowles (Signed by Suzanna Christy)Super Bowl XIIIColgate University ThirteenSuper Bowl XXXIXMore than 100 representatives from the four branches of the military (Signed by Wesley Tallent)Super Bowl XIVCheryl LaddSuper Bowl XLAaron Neville and Dr. John with Aretha Franklin & Detroit based 150-member choir (Signed by Angela LaGuardia of Michigan School for Deaf).Super Bowl XVHelen O’ConnellSuper Bowl XLIBilly Joel (Signed by Marlee Matlin and Jason Hay-Southwell)Super Bowl XVIDiana RossSuper Bowl XLIIJordin Sparks (Signed by A Dreamer)Super Bowl XVIILeslie EasterbrookSuper Bowl XLIIIJennifer Hudson (Signed by Kristen Santos)Super Bowl XVIIIBarry ManilowSuper Bowl XLIVCarrie Underwood (Signed by Kinesha Battles)Super Bowl XIXChildren’s Choir of San FranciscoSuper Bowl XLVChristina Aguilera (Signed by Candice Villesca)Super Bowl XXWynton MarsalisSuper Bowl XLVIKelly Clarkson (Signed by Rachel Mazique)Super Bowl XXINeil DiamondSuper Bowl XLVIIAlicia Keys (Signed by John Maucere)Super Bowl XXIIHerb AlpertSuper Bowl XLVIIIRenée Fleming (Signed by Amber Zion)Super Bowl XXIIIBilly JoelSuper Bowl XLIXIdina Menzel (Signed by Treshelle Edmond)Super Bowl XXIVAaron NevilleSuper Bowl 50Lady Gaga (Signed by Marlee Matlin)Super Bowl XXVWhitney HoustonSuper Bowl LILuke Bryan (Signed by Kriston Pumphrey)Super Bowl XXVIHarry Connick, Jr. (Signed by Lori Hilary)Super Bowl LIIP!NK (Signed by Alexandria Wailes)Super Bowl LIIIGladys Knight  

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Gladys Knight’s career started when at 7 years old she came to prominence on Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour TV show in 1952.  Still performing over six decades in an ever-changing industry, she provides inspiration to those in and out of the arts both on and off the stage.  Few have matched her unassailable artistry.  The seven-time Grammy winner has had #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R & B and Adult Contemporary while excelling in film, television and live performances.  She has won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album” and recorded over 38 albums over her career including four solo albums over the past decade.  In addition to her musical endeavors and performing accomplishments, Gladys was honored in 2015 when a portion of Atlanta’s State Route 9 from Peachtree Street to 14thStreet was named Gladys Knight Highway.  In 2017, she and her husband, William McDowell, founded the Reynolds High School Community Foundation to benefit the renovation of the former high school into a community center for the Canton, NC community.


Aarron Loggins is an accomplished dancer, performer, advocate, and actor. He is currently performing on series including The C-Word and Shock Nation, and can be seen in a short film, Warriors of the Red Ribbon. He was the Mister Deaf International of 2014 and was profiled on Fashion News Live. He has danced with performance groups as the Wild Zappers and Da Jump Back, and has performed with the National Theater of the Deaf. In addition, he has acted in several theater productions including Who’s Tommy, and Sense-Able. His talent includes creating visually compelling American Sign Language (ASL) performances of music.


NFL: Elena Bakar,

CBS: Jen Sabatalle,

Gladys Knight: Laura Herlovich,

For more from NFL Communications, visit and follow @NFL345.

2017-2018 Annual Report

January 9, 2019 - 11:50am

If you like numbers, this is for YOU! The NAD’s annual report for 2017-2018 is out and we have all the details and numbers summarized in an infographic poster. Find out what our social media stats were (in fact, one of our Ask Howard Anything video had more than 66K views!) or learn how many policy filings we made. Explore!

Deaf Referee Sues Georgia High School Association

January 8, 2019 - 6:21am

Macon, Georgia – Donald Jacobs, a deaf basketball referee, has filed suit for discrimination based on disability against the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), an organization which regulates the provision of referees for interscholastic events in Georgia. GHSA has repeatedly refused requests by Jacobs and the National Association of the Deaf to provide sign language interpreters for its referee training camps. GHSA’s refusal to provide meaningful access for Jacobs violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

For the past four years, Jacobs has worked as a high school referee in Georgia and uses sign language interpreters. Without interpreters for the referee training camps, Jacobs is unable to benefit from the program which is required for referees to polish their skills and advance in the field to higher paying positions.

Jacobs loves the spirit of high school athletics and said, “I learn so much from working with high school athletes and I like to think they learn something from me too.” Jacobs added, “I just want the same opportunities as other referees. My earning potential shouldn’t be limited because I am deaf.”

“No person should be excluded from opportunities and advancements simply because that person is deaf, much less by any entity that stands for ‘promotion of education in Georgia from a mental, physical, and moral viewpoint’ such as GSHA,” said Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf. “We expect GSHA to demonstrate good sportsmanship and legal compliance by ensuring that its training programs are accessible to all.”

Jacobs is represented by the National Association of the Deaf, Stein & Vargas, LLP, and the Georgia Advocacy Office.


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.

Georgia Advocacy Office is the Protection & Advocacy System for the State of Georgia.

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.


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

Thank You for a Great 2018

December 26, 2018 - 8:49pm

Looking back on 2018, we are grateful of our supporters. We wanted to take a moment to thank them for allowing us to do the work we do.

Explore our new NERC Site!

December 18, 2018 - 9:36am

We’re excited to finally release the NAD Employment Resource Center (NERC) website! NERC is dedicated to promoting improved employment of deaf and hard of hearing people and will provide employees and employers a single location with employment-related information, statistics and publications.

Ask Howard Anything — November 2018

November 16, 2018 - 6:27am

What do you think about automated captioning for live TV and captioned phones? Share your concerns with the FCC via VP 844-432-2275 or email #AskHoward

President Updates — October 2018

November 5, 2018 - 9:06am

President Melissa discusses employment, VRI (including the VRI wallet card), and voting in the midterm elections in this video update.

Vote in the #Midterms2018

November 1, 2018 - 11:49am

What’s the difference between the midterm elections and the Presidential elections? ASL Talent Brenda Falgier explains! This video is the first of a new series: Government Explained in ASL. #Midterms2018