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Watch several National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Board members share exciting updates!

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Region 1 Board Member, Steve Lovi: Region 1 has held most of its state conferences so far since this past Summer. More to come this Fall. Also, most of us from Region 1 met here at NLTC in beautiful Omaha, Nebraska! During the regional caucuses, we identified several issues including: communication access for interpreters, improve better licensure approaches for interpreters, and legislative training. So that wraps up the important issues for Region 1!

Region 2 Board Member, Richard McCowin: Region 2 has held most of its State Association conferences which focused on Community Action Plan (CAP). CAP has four areas of focus: Early Hearing Detection Intervention (EHDI), Deaf Schools, Interpreters, and Jr. NAD.

Region 3 Board Member, Chris Patterson: Wow! NLTC just finished and most of us from Region 3 were able to get together and discuss important topics. EHDI was an important topic. We discussed how to encourage the deaf community to advocate this issue — on top of many other issues. Coming up soon are two major events happening in our region! The NAD Conference happens in Atlanta, Georgia in 2014 — I hope to see you there! Also, the next NAD Leadership Training Conference (NLTC) will be held in Birmingham, Alabama in 2015 — I hope to see you there too!

Region 4 Board Member, Julie Rems Smario: Region 4 representatives David Reynolds and myself attended several State Association conferences including Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. We both noticed a consistent theme of concern: the future of Deaf Education. Deaf children have a right to bilingualism, which is using ASL and English together. The NAD gives their full support!

NAD Vice President, Melissa Draganac-Hawk: NLTC Happened October 3-5 this year in Omaha, Nebraska. We had over 100 attendees and had a successful program of workshops and evening events! I know all the NLTC attendees went back home with their sleeves rolled up and talked about what they learned.

Board Appointed Member on Youth, Joshua Beckman: November 5-10, 2013 is when the Jr. NAD National Conference takes place at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) in Washington, DC. We're all very excited for all the youth in America!

NAD Secretary, Kirsten Poston: The NAD has some exciting things planned in Atlanta, Georgia during July 1-5 in 2014! We'll have programs, workshops, and evening activities including the new Youth Ambassador Program (YAP)! You don't want to miss this — join us!

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