Call for Workshops at National Association Deaf USA conference

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December 30, 2009

From: NAD
Date: December 29, 2009
To: "Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting" <dac at>
Subject: Call for Workshop and Commission Presentations

Contact: Questions may be sent to phillyworkshops at
Call for Workshop and Commission Presentations
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is seeking proposals for  
exciting, informative and forward-looking education, training and  
public policy presentations at the 50th Biennial NAD Conference to be  
held at the Philadelphia Marriott-Downtown hotel, July 6-10, 2010 in  
Philadelphia, PA. The conference theme is “Celebrate Our Heritage.  
Invest in Our Future.”

Conference Attendees
Biennial national conference attendees consist of deaf, hard of  
hearing, late deafened, deaf blind and hearing participants who are  
diverse and from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, from  
across the nation. These will include federal, state and local  
government employees and employers, private sector and community  
leaders and service providers, educators, parents, professionals,  
college students, senior citizens as well as youth who are already  
exercising their leadership potential or want to expand on such.

Workshop and Commission Tracks
Traditionally, biennial national conferences have welcomed education  
and training workshops on a variety of topics, with tracks that are  
relevant and appeal to all ages – ranging from youth to those who are  
young at heart. This general focus will continue, with the inclusion  
of skills development and advancement strategies appropriate for the  

For the first time, we will have issues-oriented commission tracks  
that are geared to national trends, challenges, opportunities and  
recommendations that can advance the public policy efforts of the NAD.  
Focus on issues-oriented tracks are tied to the mission of the NAD  
which is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and  
linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the USA.

Workshop and commission presentations should also be tied to the  
principles of self-determination, self-representation and self- 
expression which resulted in the establishment of the NAD in 1880 and  
guides its work to this day.

Workshop Tracks

	• Grassroots Advocacy
	• Economic Empowerment
	• Technologies for Everyday Life
	• Youth Leadership
	• Additional Areas of Interest
Commission Tracks

	• Civil & Employment Rights
	• Educational Rights
	• Health & Human Rights
	• Linguistic Rights
	• Technological Rights
Screening and Selection Process
Workshop and commission proposals are selected on the basis of overall  
quality and relevance in addition to the three C’s (clarity,  
conciseness and completeness) by conference screening committees  
knowledgeable in content areas for all tracks. Proposals should offer  
content that is interesting to a variety of attendees and promotes  
audience participation (workshops) or elevates awareness on advocacy  
issues of national importance (commissions). Past evaluations show  
that attendees prefer presentations that are relevant, interactive and  

Proposals that are accepted for one-hour (60 minute) presentation  
slots will be scheduled with careful attention to conference program  
balance, starting at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 and ending at  
4:00 pm on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Prospective presenters should be  
prepared to present during this timeframe, as assigned by the  
conference scheduling committee.

Please understand that we cannot accept all proposals that are  
submitted. Proposals that are not clear, specific, or complete will  
not be considered. Presentations that market specific products or  
services are not permitted; the Exhibit Hall is available for this  

All presentation proposals must by submitted online, using the  
required form. Prospective presenters are encouraged to prepare their  
own MS Word files and then copy/paste content to the online form to  
prevent accidental loss of information.

Presenter Requirements
Approved presenters are required to bring their own PC-compatible USB  
flash drive containing MS Office content for visual presentation and  
they must be prepared to describe presentation content fully to ensure  
accessibility. Videos that are displayed during presentations must be  
open-captioned. CART and interpreting services in addition to LCDs, PC  
laptops loaded with MS Office and projection screens will be provided  
for all workshops and commissions. Presentation handouts must be  
provided in hard copy as well as accessible format; the NAD will  
provide guidance in this regard. Approved primary and co-presenters  
are required to pre-register (active NAD membership is encouraged) for  
the conference by May 15, 2010, and are responsible for their own  
travel and accommodations. For conference registration specifics,  
click here.

Important Deadlines
Presentation submissions - February 15, 2010
Notification of approval - March 31, 2010
Pre-registration deadline - May 15, 2010

Questions may be sent to phillyworkshops at

Submit Your Proposal Now!
Click here to submit your online workshop or commission proposal.

Or copy and paste the following link:

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


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