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NAD Conference Info! - Celebrating 20 Years of the ADA


"As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we must renew our commitment to uphold the civil rights of those living with disabilities and to fully include all people in the life of our nation"

--President Barack Obama, June 22, 2010

On the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we wanted to remind you that is an important resource for all Americans, including those with disabilities. The site provides thousands of resources from government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations on topics such as civil rights, caregiver support programs, housing assistance, transition planning and more.


NAD Elated with ICED Rejection of 1880 Milan Congress Resolutions

From NAD...

On Monday, July 19, 2010 the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) opened its 21st Congress with a historic announcement that it formally rejects the resolutions passed at its 2nd Congress (commonly known as the 1880 Milan Congress) which discouraged the use of sign language in the education of the deaf.  This move follows a recent letter by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and numerous advocacy organizations and leaders throughout the world urging the ICED to formally reject their previous resolutions and embrace signed languages and deaf cultures.  Links for the ICED press release, introduction, and statement of principle and accord for the future are listed below.

The original resolutions passed at the 1880 Milan Congress did irreparable damage to deaf individuals, educators, professionals, schools and communities around the world. Established in the same year as the 1880 Milan Congress, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value.

"We are elated to see that, for the first time in 130 years, the ICED has joined us in rejecting the actions of its predecessors and moving forward to improve educational systems for the global deaf and hard of hearing community. We are grateful and proud to see the ICED take this important and very appropriate step towards reconciliation," said NAD President Bobbie Beth Scoggins. "The formal rejection of the 1880 resolutions made in Milan by the ICED realizes a dream that we have had for 130 years. Together with the ICED we have taken the first steps towards a beautiful, bilingual future of cooperation and mutual respect."

ICED Press Release

ICED Introduction

ICED Statement of Principle and Accord for the Future

The National Association of the Deaf
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3819
United States

Belle of Louisville Cruise Info

From Timo of U of L

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Belle of Louisville Cruise
Boarding begins at 6:30pm
Cruise begins at 7:00pm
Return at 10:00pm

Tickets: $5 for all ages
(Regular Fare is $18 per adult and $9 per child)

Belle of Louisville now has air conditioned section on second floor.

Proceeds support Deaf Youth Sports Festival.

Timothy "Timo" Owens, M.Ed.
ASLTA Professional, RID CDI
Coordinator of ASL Interpreting Studies
Classical and Modern Languages Department
300 Robbins Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Deaf Rapper Inks Record Contract

Who says deaf people can't do music?

Sean Forbes, a rapper we saw at KCDHH's last DeaFestival, has signed a contract with a major record label.

KAD is proud to see another great deaf success story and we wish him the best!

Read more about this in an article at NTID's web site.

Deaf Women's Leadership

The College of Professional Studies and Outreach of Gallaudet University is offering a course on Deaf Women's Leadership in Louisville, KY.

Their course description is as follows:

The Women's Leadership Program provides Deaf women with an invigorating environment for self-awareness, exploration, actualization and leadership development. The program also strives to improve the quality of the participants' lives through community engagement, service, and development. Training modules will be offered by nationally recognized Deaf female leader who will engage the participants in learning how to effectively advocate for their causes and to develp the skills and self-confidence they need to follow through.

For more details, see their web page and their flier.

Discovering Deaf Worlds Offers an Exciting Opportunity

A letter from Maria Nikolaou of Discovering Deaf Worlds

My name is Maria Nikolaou and I am a member of Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW), an international deaf advocacy, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ( I would like to inform you about an exciting travel abroad opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing people, CODAs, interpreters and hearing people involved in the Deaf world. DDW is now leading trips to developing countries including Thailand, Cambodia and Costa Rica where participants will experience the unique culture and adventure of each country, while connecting with local deaf leaders and contributing to deaf advocacy projects along the way. All tours are fully accessible in English, American Sign Language, and led by local deaf guides using the native sign language of the country visited. Please visit our website for more information, itineraries and tour costs:

For more information or any questions, please feel free to contact me, or DDW: Journeys Director, David Justice at: Thank you for your time and I hope you will help us share the news of this program, and consider joining an upcoming tour yourself!

Maria Nikolaou DDW Intern
Discovering Deaf Worlds
PO Box 10063
Rochester, NY 14610
Voicemail: 585-234-8144
Videophone: 585-286-3215

Discovering Deaf Worlds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit international deaf advocacy organization dedicated to empowering deaf and hard of hearing communities in developing countries. DDW strives to advance the capacity of local deaf communities around the globe to meet their social, educational and employment needs.

Jacobs Hall Museum Committee,
ASL Movie, Bowling, and Tours

All taking place in Danville on August 6th and 7th. See the flier for all the details.

Save the Date for the 2011 EHDI Conference

The National 10th Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Conference will be taking place Feb. 21-22, 2011 in Atlanta, GA.

To learn more about EHDI, check out this web site.

To see the flier for the upcoming conference itself, click here.

More News About Captioning in Pikeville

James "Eddie" Runyon submitted a link to a video on the web and had this to say:
"Unfortunately, the website video itself is not captioned, but the accompanying transcript is almost word for word what was captioned in the below link. Today Pikeville...tomorrow, Kentucky! Captions are coming to the rest of Kentucky, we are getting there".

Thanks for the update Eddie and thanks for all your hard work. We think you're right, captioned movies will be coming to a theater near you...anywhere in Kentucky!