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NAD Seeks Applicants for Youth Leadership Camp Director

Hat Tip: NAD

National Association of the Deaf, the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America, is seeking a Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) Camp Director for the 2011 YLC session.

Job Synopsis:

The Camp Director will be an experienced and creative planning professional. He/she will be capable of developing, implementing, and leading comprehensive camp projects and programs with a high degree of professionalism, sensitivity, and integrity. This person will also be responsible for enhancing the mission of NAD YLC through the development and management of program operations.

The Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) Director plans and oversees the overall program from November 2010 - July 2011 under the instruction and supervision of the NAD Youth Programs Coordinator. Specific job responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Organize and supervise implementation of day-to-day program activities;
  • Design, deliver, and evaluate a camp program that meets the needs of the NAD and campers;
  • Recruit campers and generate outreach efforts;
  • Maintain high standards for leadership program activities, health, and camp safety;
  • Coordinate schedules and procedures for camp operations;
  • Develop a four-week schedule that promotes social, educational, and leadership development;
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor camp counselors;
  • Promote high staff and camper morale.

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred) in education, business management, or related human/social service field and two years of experience in a supervisory role, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Individual must possess excellent decision-making and customer service skills, be energetic, creative, and highly motivated.

For in-depth job description and qualifications, please contact us at www.nad.org/contactus.

The NAD Youth Programs Coordinator will accept applications until the position is filled. An application should include a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position, resume, and at least three references.

Michael K. Berger &
Richard McCowin
Region II Representatives
National Association of the Deaf
Invest in Our Future!
www.nad.org
twitter: @NADRegionII

51st Biennial NAD Conference
"Nothing About Us, Without Us!"
July 3-7, 2012
Louisville, Kentucky

NAD Applauds Congress for Increasing Access to Technology and the Internet

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http://www.nad.org/news/2010/10/nad-applauds-congress-increasing-access-technology-and-internet

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) applauds Congress for passing the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. This landmark legislation will improve access to communication, television, and the Internet for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The bill is now headed to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign the Act into law.

"The Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is one of the most significant victories for our community since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 20 years ago. It will enable 36 million deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in the Internet age by ensuring captioning of television programs on the Internet, a closed caption button on television remote controls, hearing aid compatibility for Internet telephones, and communications equipment for individuals who are deaf-blind, and more", said Bobbie Beth Scoggins, NAD President. "While we fell short in some areas, such as requiring web TV episodes distributed only on the Internet to be captioned, this is a step in the right direction to make the web accessible. For many of us, the quality of our lives depend on an accessible Internet and we appreciate Congress' recognition of this essential civil right."

The passage of this Act culminates a legislative process that has involved congressional hearings, intensive discussions with various companies and trade associations, and extensive advocacy by the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) of which the NAD is a co-founder, leader, and steering committee member. COAT, a coalition of more than 300 organizational affiliates, promotes full access by people with disabilities to evolving high speed broadband, wireless and other Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. Other COAT co-founding organizations include the American Association of People with Disabilities, American Council of the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, and Communication Service for the Deaf.

The Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (S. 3304) will significantly increases accessibility for Americans with disabilities to the indispensable telecommunications technology tools of the 21st century by:

  • Making access to the Web possible through improved user interfaces for smart phones
  • Enabling Americans who are blind to enjoy TV more fully through audible descriptions of the on-screen action
  • Making TV program guides and selection menus accessible to people with vision loss
  • Providing Americans who are deaf the ability to watch new TV programs online with the captions included
  • Mandating that remote controls have a button or similar mechanism to easily access the closed captioning on broadcast and pay TV
  • Requiring that telephone equipment used to make calls over the Internet is compatible with hearing aids
  • For low-income Americans who are both deaf and blind, providing up to $10 million per year to purchase communications equipment to access the telephone system and the Internet so these individuals can more fully participate in society.

"This Act was achieved through bipartisan support", said NAD President Scoggins. "The NAD looks forward to working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the rulemakings expected over the next several years to fulfill the requirements of the Act. With the continued support of our members we will ensure that the final regulations provide the access that deaf and hard of hearing people need."

The NAD would like to recognize and thank a number of members who played a key role in moving the legislation forward. In the U.S. Senate, the bill was championed by Senator Pryor (D-AR), with the support of Senator Kerry (D-MA), Senator Rockefeller (D-WV), Senator Hutchison (R-TX), and Senator Ensign (R-NV). In the U.S. House, it was authored and championed by Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), with the support of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA). In addition, the NAD would like to recognize AT&T, Verizon, USTelecom, and Windstream who provided early and staunch support for the legislation. Furthermore, the NAD would like to thank the COAT steering committee representatives who provided amazing dedication and commitment in shepherding this legislation through Congress.

About NAD
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, 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.

The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more - improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The NAD also carries out its federal advocacy work through coalition efforts with specialized national deaf and hard of hearing organizations, as well as coalitions representing national cross-disability organizations.

Contact: Shane H. Feldman, Email or 301-587-1788.

Michael K. Berger
& Richard McCowin
Region II Representatives
National Association of the Deaf
Invest in Our Future!
www.nad.org
twitter: @NADRegionII

51st Biennial NAD Conference
"Nothing About Us, Without Us!"
July 3-7, 2012
Louisville, Kentucky

Update on the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act

Hat Tip: NAD

This week, the Senate introduced and passed, by unanimous consent, a technical amendment to S. 3304, primarily to fix typos found in the final version that was passed on August 5th. The House is expected to take up and pass S. 3304 soon. Once the House passes the bill, it goes to the President to be signed into law.

On July 26, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act, H.R. 3101, by a vote of 348-23. Eleven days later, the Senate unanimously passed its version, S. 3304, by unanimous consent.

The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) of which the NAD is a lead steering committee member, will let you know soon if any advocacy action is needed.

Michael K. Berger &
Richard McCowin
Region II Representatives
National Association of the Deaf
Invest in Our Future!
www.nad.org
twitter: @NADRegionII

51st Biennial NAD Conference
"Nothing About Us, Without Us!"
July 3-7, 2012
Louisville, Kentucky