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My name is Jordan Castilla and I am a graduate student in the Department of Interpretation at Gallaudet University. I am currently conducting a research study about video remote interpreting (VRI) in medical settings. The Gallaudet University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved this study (PJID #2337).

I am looking for more participants for my study. Participants must be deaf or hard of hearing and must have experience using VRI services in a medical setting (such as a hospital or doctor's office). If you agree to participate in this study, we will need to set up a time to meet using FaceTime, Skype, or VP. The interview will take less than an hour to complete. Your interview will be recorded for analysis purposes. This video will remain confidential. Before the interview begins, you will be asked to complete three brief forms (it should take less than 10 minutes to fill out all three forms). No monetary compensation will be given for your participation in this study. Instead, you will be given a small token of appreciation after completing your interview. Participation in this study is fully voluntary and you can choose to withdraw at any time without penalty.

Please email Jordan Castilla at for more information.

I look forward to your response.

Thank you,
Jordan Castilla

Jordan Castilla
Graduate Student
Gallaudet University
Department of Interpretation
Phone: (832) 423-8337 (voice and text)

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  • NAD Responds to Interpreter at Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service

The NAD responds to the urgent concern regarding the interpreter on stage during Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 with three points:

  • The NAD is always pleased when interpreters are provided at noteworthy events such as the inspiring memorial services for the beloved Nelson Mandela.

  • Each country has its own national sign language and sometimes even regional sign languages.

  • The NAD urges all who plan for events such as the Mandela memorial services need to include deaf and hard of hearing people.

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Share: ¡The NAD en Español!

The NAD is thrilled to announce that its website has information in Spanish! Go to click here and you will see an orange tab "En Español" at the top right. The NAD recognizes the importance of need to provide our information in Spanish to better promote and protect the civil, human and linguistic rights of all deaf people in the U.S.

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Share: Jenny Buechner Appointed to the NAD Board

The NAD Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Jenny Buechner as the Region II Representative to fill the remainder of the 2012-2016 term for the late Michael Berger.

President Christopher Wagner is pleased to report that "the NAD enthusiastically welcomes Jenny Buechner, an outstanding young leader who exemplifies the same passion and dedication for State Associations that our dear friend Michael Berger demonstrated in his time on the NAD Board. The NAD Board appointed her after we had considered the recommendations of State Associations in Region II, and Ms. Buechner came highly recommended from many of these State Associations. Her work with our State Association and Affiliates Committee provides us with the skills and knowledge needed at this time to ensure the NAD meets the need of all our organizational members and affiliates."

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Apply: Youth Ambassador Program Extended Deadline!

A program of the NAD, Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) is excited to extend the deadline of YOUR application to January 6, 2014! Email nadyap (at) nad (dot) org if you have questions!

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Share: Congressional Deaf Awareness Briefing

On December 12th, the NAD joined Gallaudet University at a Congressional Deaf Awareness Briefing hosted by four Congressmen - Congressmen Mike Rodgers
(R-AL), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Mark Takano (D-CA), and Kevin Yoder (R-KS). This briefing focused on challenges facing deaf and hard of hearing people in the workplace, creating opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people on the Hill, and other policy issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum discussed access to employment, education, housing, transportation, telecommunications, among other important issues. The NAD is excited about working with Gallaudet University and these members of Congress to improve access and opportunities for all deaf and hard of hearing people.

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Check out the "Parents" tab on the NAD website to get information about raising deaf and hard of hearing children! This tab leads to our Parents Section that will have information about education, legal rights, and other topics relevant to deaf and hard of hearing children. The section is a work in progress; we will keep you posted about the full section being up in early 2014.

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Read: NAD ranked #9 on the list of top nonprofits promoting the rights of people with disabilities

Among the Arc - March of Dimes - AAPD and other great organizations - the NAD is ranked number nine on Philanthropedia. There were 74 national people with disabilities experts who recommended the following 16 outstanding nonprofit organizations.

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Bakar is currently finishing up his last year at the Rochester Institute of Technology/ National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID), studying Urban and Community Studies and International Studies double major in RIT's College of Liberal Arts. He was born in Somalia and helped establish the Somali Deaf Union, the first Somali organization for deaf individuals in his country. It later developed into the Somali National Association of the Deaf (SNAD), and he served as its president.

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Deaf Truck Drivers

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 3, 2013

  - good news for deaf individuals that want to be truck drivers

Earlier this year the federal government allowed only 40 interested deaf truckers to drive trucks. Now, the federal government may allow more and more deaf truckers to drive trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said they are willing to accept applications from future deaf truckers. This is great news.

New CAD President Sandra Inzinga's Message

As the newly elected President of the Connecticut Association of the Deaf, I thank you for your confidence in me, and invite you to join me in unifying the Deaf community.

CAD's mission has been to promote, protect and preserve the rights and quality of life of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens. As we approach our 75th year anniversary, I am proud to lead CAD in continuing our work to obtain access to all movie theaters in Connecticut, as well as to continue to promote access to services, agencies, education, and technology. CAD continues to grow and evolve and we need to keep our focus in synch with the needs of informed and responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.

CAD's founding principles to protect the Civil Rights of Deaf citizens has remained steadfast throughout the years. I am proud to have wonderful team of officers and board who are dedicated to the mission of CAD. Together, I believe we can make a difference.

I look forward to working with each of you, and hope you join me in my mission to increase CAD membership to represent the majority of Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens in Connecticut.

Join Paid/New Member Online or attached the PDF is the Membership Application Form to fill outand join the CAD.

Thank you for your support!

CAD Conferences was Great Success

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CAD Raised $______ at the 2013 Walk4 Hearing

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President's Special Announcement

To Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals:

This is to announce that it is official that the CAD has filed a complaint/lawsuit today. I am enclosing two attachments - the first one is the Press Release which went out about 2 pm on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 and the second one is the Legal Complaint (Lawsuit) that was filed at the Federal court and served to Bow-Tie within the next day. Click on the hyperlinks below to read the press release and the lawsuit.

I also want to compliment the members of the CAD Committee on Captioned Films for their good work on this matter. This committee was established in 2005 during the administration of Mark Myers, CAD President and the Committee has been continued under the subsequent administrations of the CAD Presidents - Patti Wilson, Michael Finneran, and myself. The current committee members are:

Michael Fiorino, Co-Chair
Richard Soboleski, Co-Chair
Joan Hanna
Mary Silvestri
Cristi Albernio

We appreciate the continued interest and support of the Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Also, appreciation goes to McCarter and English, LLP law firm in Hartford for pro bono legal services in this matter.

This is a big step forward for the Connecticut Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. As we know, many members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community have been patient for a long, long time, hoping that the advances in technology will finally arrive in terms of equal access in enjoying the movies with family members and friends -- deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals all watching the movies together at the same time with full understanding.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Dr. Harvey J. Corson, President
Connecticut Association of the Deaf

Final Bow-Tie Lawsuit Press Release 07/30/2013

Lawsuit / Complaint against Bow-Tie

Connecticut Fox News - Bow Tie Cinemas sued for lacking access for deaf and hard of hearing movie patrons

Connecticut NBC News - Deaf Duo Sues Cinema Company

Connecticut News 8 - Group of deaf people suing movie theater chain

New hearing aid tax credit bill would benefit people of any age By David Kirkwood On April 9, 2013

From Hearing Health & Technology Matters

WASHINGTON, DC-Lead sponsors Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) were joined by eight co-sponsors in reintroducing Hearing Aid Tax Credit legislation into the Congress on March 21. These and other sponsors will work to ensure that the measure is considered during the 113th Congress, one in which major federal tax reform is likely. This year's bill, HR 1317, differs somewhat from similar measures introduced in previous sessions of congress in that the tax credit would be available to hearing aid purchasers of any age. Previous bills would have applied only to children and people 55 and older. If the proposed bi-partisan legislation is enacted, it will provide a $500 tax credit per hearing aid purchased. The credit would be available every five years.

Hearing Care Community Lobbies

A few weeks before the measure was re-introduced, the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) rallied support for it at HIA's biennial Hearing on the Hill. HIA and HLAA members formed teams to meet with over 80 members of the House and Senate and staffers to lobby for passage of HR 1317 and a companion bill in the Senate. Joining them were members of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Society and the International Hearing Society. Andrew Bopp, HIA's director of government relations, said, "Public support and House/Senate co-sponsorship are crucial to the tax credit's passage. We urge all consumers and hearing professionals to contact their Congressional Representatives in support of the Hearing Aid Tax Credit." Voters can send a message to their representatives by going to a web site created for this purpose by the Better Hearing Institute.

Do you want Insurance cover the cost of your Hearing Aids? Read on! by: Richard Morris, with inputs from Randy Kirsch

Thanks to Randy Kirsch from CT HLAA, it was brought to our attention that there was a Bill pending before the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Proposed House Bill No. 5433, which seeks to increase the insurance coverage for hearing aids for people have a hearing loss of more than 90% whateverthat may mean. Hearing loss is usually measured by a range of decibels.

Unfortunately the public hearing on the Bill was on February 19. We only became aware of the bill recently, and don't know if anybody was aware of the Bill earlier.

While there may not be much we can do at this point to move the Bill forward and get it passed this year. The one thing in our favor is that the Bill was not vetoed, it is just sitting with the Insurance and Real Estate Committee where it will most likely die unless we DO SOMETHING about it. We may want to look into it and see how we can improve it to benefit more deaf and hard of hearing people who wear or need hearing aids, and work TOGETHER to get this bill passed next year!

The proposed Bill follows:
General Assembly Proposed Bill No. 5433
January Session, 2013 LCO No. 1270
Referred to Committee on INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
Introduced by: REP. YACCARINO, 87th Dist.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That title 38a of the general statutes be amended to require health insurance coverage for hearing aids for individuals with a hearing loss of ninety per cent or greater and establish a graduated deductible for such individual.

Statement of Purpose:
To require health insurance coverage for hearing aids for individuals with a hearing loss of ninety per cent or greater and establish a graduated deductible for such individual.

When the time is right we would need your support. We will tell you when to write your state legislators and ask them to sign on as supporters or co-sponsors of this bill, and to encourage them to vote for this bill at every opportunity. One of our first steps is to write to the members of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee and encourage them to vote this Bill out of Committee favorably.

Randy Kirsch of CT HLAA pointed out that "We also need to educate these folk on the proper measure of hearing loss, the bill should specify a threshold level in term of hearing at only "X" decibels or louder rather than talking in terms of hearing loss as a percentage - a percentage of what?" For a start, we would want to lower the hearing loss criteria down from 90% to 60% or 70% so more hearing aid users can benefit from the new bill. If you are interested in getting this bill passed, please let us know. More to come!

New YouTube Video for Taxpayers with Disabilities

Look at the video here.

The IRS released a new YouTube video for taxpayers with disabilities. Although the video uses American Sign Language, it was made for anyone with a disability. The video provides information about tax products and other IRS services offered to people with disabilities.

CT becomes the 12th State to have the Deaf Child Bill of Rights Law by Richard Morris, CAD Editor

“A great beginning for Connecticut children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing!” -- Dr. Harvey Corson, President, Connecticut Association of the Deaf

It is now official! On, June 15, 2012, Governor Dannel Malloy signed the Deaf Child Bill of Rights bill (HB 5353) into a law, thus making Connecticut, the birthplace of deaf education, the 12th state to have the Deaf Child Bill of Rights. The new law will take, effective on July 1, 2012. It is truly a historic day in the making for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Connecticut as well across the country, because the DCBR law creates an environment that will allow our deaf and hard of hearing children to become who they really are, develop, learn, expand and shine in all education settings. CAD thanks you for taking action through letters and calls to your legislators as well for showing up and speaking at the public hearing for our bill. With our strong advocacy we have achieved our goal! Congratulations!

CT General Assembly Passed the Deaf Child Bill of Rights
(HB 5353) by Richard Morris, CAD Editor

“A great beginning for Connecticut children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing!” -- Dr. Harvey Corson, President, Connecticut Association of the Deaf

On Wednesday, May 9, the CT Senators have unanimously passed the Deaf Bill of Rights (HB 5353, Section 11); only a few days after the CT House of Representatives passed the bill also unanimously. Once Governor Malloy signs the Deaf Child Bill of Rights into law, the State of Connecticut will become the 12th State in the United States that has the Deaf Child Bill of Rights (DCBR) law. It is truly a historic day in the making for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Connecticut as well across the country, because the DCBR law requires that a Language & Communication Plan be attached to EVERY deaf/hard of hearing child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Under the leadership of Dr. Harvey Corson, the President of the Connecticut Association of the Deaf (CAD), and Ms. Terry Bedard, a mother of a deaf son, who is the President of the Hear Hear Hartford, a Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA); many deaf and hard of hearing individuals as well organizations serving them have worked together and put all their effort into getting this bill passed. Many of them have wrote letters, made phone calls to and even met with their legislators. As a result, the DCBR bill passed through both houses in spite of the fact that this year's legislative session was only 60 days long, which is remarkable, because according to Ms. Bedard, the average amount of time to get a legislation passed is about 5 years!

To celebrate this historic legislation, many leaders, supporters and their organizations are planning to come together at the Saturday, June 2nd Walk4Hearing event in the Great River Park in East Hartford where many CT legislators will be invited to join in the celebration! It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to thank the legislators for their unwavering support of our DCBR bill. What's more is that CAD will have a participating walk team at this event. For more information how to join the CAD walk team or make a donation to the CAD team, scroll down to the next article on this page or go to the Walk4Hearing website at Walk4Hearing.

To read the Deaf Bill of Rights click here to see the Section 11 of HB5353.  For more information about the CAD Walk Team at the June 2nd Walk4Hearing event, please contact Richard Morris at

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