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March 2010 Archives

NAD: An Evening in Paris - 2010 Spring Gala

From NAD E-news:

The NAD Board of Directors is coming to town! They will visit Capitol Hill to educate legislators on the importance of H.R. 3101 on Thursday, April 15, hold their quarterly meeting at the NAD headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, and take part in “An Evening in Paris” - 2010 Spring Gala in North Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, April 17. Members, supporters and the public are invited to join the board in these three activities.

Yesterday, Leah Katz-Hernandez announced a national virtual NAD Legislative Day on Thursday, April 15, in support of H.R. 3101 - the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009. Members of the NAD Board will be visiting key Congressional members and staff to explain why this bill is so important to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Your calls, letters, faxes, and emails on the same day will help our efforts to push for the passage of this important bill. View Leah’s vlog (transcript also available) to learn how you can get involved.

On Friday, April 16 from 9 am until 5 pm and Saturday, April 17 from 9 am until 4 pm, the NAD Board of Directors will meet at the organization's headquarters to discuss the CEO search process, policy issues of importance, progress on priorities, and preparations for the 50th Biennial NAD Conference which takes place July 6-10, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members and the public, as always, are welcome to observe the board in action and interact with individual members during breaks.

It’s that time of the year when we welcome spring cherry blossoms in the Washington, DC area – come and mingle with the NAD Board of Directors, friends and colleagues for “An Evening in Paris” - 2010 Spring Gala on Saturday, April 17 from 6 pm to 11 pm at the beautiful Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Your participation will benefit and sustain the NAD and its work on behalf of the American deaf community. Sheena McFeely, as event coordinator, has wonderful plans for a memorable celebration that includes cocktail hour and an elegant three-course dinner, with spectacular entertainment, remarks by President Bobbie Beth Scoggins, a special tribute to Anita B. Farb, brief live auction, opportunity to be photographed and take prints home with you, and much more. Table reservations are available for sponsors and supporters alike. Monday, April 12 is the deadline for gala tickets and reservations. Visit and make plans to join us for a festive evening!

KAD joins Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT)

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share with you some good news. I have received an email that confirmed that KAD has now joined Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT). They will be adding our organization to their web site soon. For more information about COAT please go to their website at

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to all of you who approved and supported this.

Sharon White, KAD President

NexTalk Event & Drew Weldon

Hi Everyone,

Wanted to share this video with you. Our VERY OWN "DREW WELDON" is in the video. Check it out. Think this is something Kentucky can look into for our area? We could work with KCDHH, let me know what you think.

Sharon White, KAD President

AmeriCorps Opportunity Through
New Mexico School for the Deaf

New Mexico School for the Deaf is seeking signed language models to live and work in rural New Mexico for one year as AmeriCorps Members. These individuals will support deaf children by teaching their families and communities signed language while experiencing the beautiful, diverse and culturally rich communities in New Mexico. Members will receive a monthly stipend to support their living expenses.

See the flyer describing the program.

Deaf People of Color Conference

The biggest gathering of Deaf people of color ever! Don’t miss it!

When? June 24-27, 2010

Where? Portland, Oregon

Good news, due to the current economic times, they have reduced the conference fees to make it more affordable to attend!

Deaf people of color conference fee reduction

Go to Deaf People of Color web site for more information.

FCC Focuses on Disabilities and H.R. 3101 in National Broadband Plan

On March 9 and 10, the NAD participated in two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) events related to the National Broadband Plan. At each of these events, the availability, affordability, and accessibility of broadband and the Internet were highlighted and promoted. With these factors in place, the ultimate goal of broadband adoption and use across America can be achieved. Each of these events also highlighted and promoted H.R. 3101.

Read more about this at the NAD web site.

A Gentle Reminder

The deadline to apply for the vacant seat on the KCDHH Board is fast approaching. The deadline for applications is April 2, 2010. Please contact the KAD President for more information if you are interested.

You may also see the original announcement for this vacancy here.

The downloadable application is available here.

KAD Meeting Cancelled

Kentucky Association of the Deaf (KAD) Board meeting has been cancelled for Saturday, March 20, 2010. Sorry for the short notice, please watch our website for the next update board meeting details.

NAD Responds to the FCC Declaratory Ruling

Declaratory Ruling, the FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) addressed payment for certain types of Video Relay Service (VRS) by the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Service Fund (TRS Fund). The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) commends the FCC for taking action, but we also have concerns about the Declaratory Ruling.

See the ASL signed video the NAD web site...

NAD Educates EHDI Professionals on Value of Teaching Deaf Babies ASL

Representatives from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) attended the 9th annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Conference on March 1-2, 2010 in Chicago, IL. Conference attendees learned about the NAD position on EHDI programs, American Sign Language (ASL), our organization, and other relevant issues at the NAD exhibit booth.

Read more at the NAD web site...

BBB Alerts Consumers about U.S. Census Workers: Be Cooperative, But Cautious!

It's that time again, the time for the US government to get a current snapshot of the US population. Though the US government has been taking census for over two centuries now, today, more than ever, the census could be ripe for scams and identity theft. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't participate in the census, you definitely should, but with more caution. The BBB (Better Business Bureau) has released some helpful hints for you to ensure that you're not taken by a scam artist or identity thief.

Read this PDF file or go directly to the BBB web site to learn more.

NAD Commends Google Roll-Out of Automatic Captions

"The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) applauds Google’s decision to roll out auto-captioning for YouTube. All YouTube videos in English that have a clear audio track can be automatically captioned. In addition, Google has made turning on captions much easier by allowing YouTube account holders to set up closed captions to be “on” for all videos they view. Google also plans to provide the universal “CC” icon on the video player whenever possible."

Read more at the NAD web site!

Movie Theater Access Bill (Caption Bill)

Hello Friends, Family, Community,

GREAT NEWS! The movie theater access bill (HB 439) is on the Judiciary subcommittee agenda for Wednesday March 10th at 12 noon. We had previously thought it would only be "discussed" but we have been advised today that it will actually be an agenda item, meaning it will be voted on and moved to the next level if it passes. KCDHH does know that the movie theater owners have sent the Chair some of their concerns and they may have representatives at the meeting as well.

Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) has arranged for CART and interpreters and seating will be reserved near the front for consumers that want to attend and show their support for the need for access to movies. We do anticipate questions from the industry and the study group is preparing to answer as the theater owners are indicating that the conversion to digital will take care of captioning and this legislation is not required. This is a great leap forward for this legislation and we will at least have the opportunity to educate the subcommittee members and those in attendance to our needs and the use of CART.

You are invited to attend the meeting and we encourage you to pass this information on to the organizations you support such as HLAA, KAD, AG Bell, AARP, and KYRID and encourage others to attend.

The Judiciary subcommittee meeting will be held at the Capital Annex, Room 171 at Noon on Wednesday, March 10th.

If you know that you will be attending please let me know.


Virginia L. Moore, Executive Director