National Association of the Deaf

NAD Education Advocates



NAD has an Education Advocate program which was established in May 2012 to address current concerns regarding quality education and appropriate language acqusition for deaf and hard of hearing children. The Education Advocate program is a network of representatives that the NAD has developed with its affiliates including dedicated advocates from state associations and national organizations as well as parents from the American Society for Deaf Children. This program involves comprehensive training on federal and state education laws and regulations, as well as various advocacy strategies and techniques. The NAD provides these trainings at its national conferences and at other events as well on request. For more information or questions, contact Tawny Holmes, Education Advocate program coordinator.

Education Advocates Program Description
The NAD created a network of Education Advocates who are representatives from various national organizations and state associations. These representatives have agreed to take on the role of education advocacy for their respective state associations or national organizations. Each such Education Advocate reports to both the NAD and their state association/national organization on any emerging issues, news,  or concerns that appear in their state or focus area. Such a network of knowledgeable Education Advocates results in a continuous collaboration of information and support between the NAD and all national organizations and state associations. The NAD provides these Education Advocates with trainings to enhance their skills and knowledge, usually at national/regional conferences, as well as through webinars and local opportunities where feasible. 

Goals for Education Advocates
The NAD has created a program that will train individuals to become Education Advocates for their state association or national organization with the following goals:

  • To become familiar with legislative advocacy techniques and tips;
  • To increase working knowledge of education and early intervention systems;
  • To share and disseminate alerts and updates on legislative activity and government actions on local, state, and national levels;
  • To  serve as a resource for education advocacy and legislative activity for State Associations and/or organizational affiliates of the NAD;
  • To train local and state-wide deaf and hard of hearing communities about what they can do to improve deaf education and how to do it;
  • To meet with legislators regularly regarding deaf education on the behalf of the association or organization represented;
  • To work with NAD and other education advocates on long-term planning efforts to address and prepare for early intervention and education challenges; and
  • To provide direct support to parents of deaf or hard of hearing children in their state.

Recommended criteria for Education Advocates
The NAD recommends the following background, skills, and commitment from individuals planning to serve as Education Advocates for their state association or national organization:

  1. The advocate preferably has a background or degree in education;
  2. The advocate agrees to represent their State Association of the Deaf or the organizational affiliate as an education advocate for a period of no less than two years;
  3. The advocate agrees to attend trainings including in-person training at the NAD conference and/or at the National Leadership Training Conference;
  4. The advocate agrees to train other members of the State Association of the Deaf or organizational affiliate upon returning back to the state after each training;
  5. The advocate demonstrates an ability to acquire legislative and policy skills; and
  6. The advocate demonstrates excellent diplomacy and interpersonal skills.

List of current Education Advocates
If you are interested in being an education advocate, please contact your state association or national organization (for parents, contact American Society for the Deaf Children) to discuss whether you can become one of their Education Advocates. If you are experiencing an immediate need for education advocacy services, you can contact the Education Advocate for your state association or national organization. If the matter is a legal dispute, you can contact the NAD Law & Advocacy Center

State

Education Advocate

Website

Alabama

Susan Lambert

http://www.al-deaf.org/

Alaska

Jennifer Gates

http://www.alaskadeafcouncil.org/

Arizona

Daisy Cartwright

http://www.azadinc.org/home/

Arkansas

Sheri Medlock

http://www.arkad.org/

California

Shelley Stout and Erika Thompson

http://www.cad1906.org/

Colorado

Paul Simmons

http://www.cadeaf.org/

Connecticut

Sandy Inzinga

http://www.deafcad.org/

Delaware

Kathy O'Donnell

http://www.dadeaf.org/

District of Columbia

Stacy Nowak

http://dcdeaf.org/wp/

Florida

June Ann LeFors and

Felice Marcus

http://www.fadcentral.org/

Georgia

Jimmy Peterson

http://www.gadeaf.org/

Hawaii

Darlene Ewan

 

Idaho

Alan Wilding

https://sites.google.com/site/idahodeaf/

Illinois

Jason Altmann

http://www.iadeaf.org/

Indiana

Bert Pickell

http://www.iadhoosiers.org/

Iowa

David Legg and Carol Manning

http://www.iowadeaf.com/

Kansas

Chriz Dally and Scott Plummer

http://www.deafkansas.org/

Kentucky

C.J. Prater

http://www.kydeaf.org/

Louisiana

Houston Moss

http://www.lad1908.org/

Maine

Pamela Doig

http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dod/resource_guide/orgs_deaf.shtml

Maryland

R.J. Jeffries

http://www.mdad.tv/

Massachusetts

Ashley Thompson

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Massachusetts-State-Association-of-the-Deaf-Inc/128848487190548

Michigan

Kid Black

http://www.mideaf.org/

Minnesota

Mike Cashman and

David Nathanson

http://www.minndeaf.org/

Mississippi

Robert Chain

http://www.msadeaf.org/

Missouri

Thomas Horejes

www.moadeaf.org

Montana

Cam Tulloch

 

Nebraska

Peter Seiler

http://www.nead1902.org/

Nevada

Gary Olsen

http://www.nvad.org/

New Hampshire

Dee Clanton

http://nhad1973.org/

New Jersey

Jennifer Labriola-McGee

http://www.njadeaf.org/

New Mexico

Nathan Gomme 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/434778170012515/

New York

 

http://esad.org/

North Carolina

Jamie Staley

http://www.ncad1908.org/

North Dakota

Michele Rolowitz

http://www.nddeaf.org/NDAD/Home.html

Ohio

Irene Tunanadis

http://www.oad-deaf.org/

Oklahoma

Manda Chebultz

http://www.ok-oad.org/

Oregon

Patrick Graham

 

Pennsylvania

Liz Hill

http://www.psadweb.org/

Rhode Island

Michelle Florio

http://riadeaf.blogspot.com/

South Carolina

Earl Wright

http://www.scadservices.org/

South Dakota

Nikki Soukup

http://www.sdad.org/

Tennessee

Bobby Jackson

http://www.deaftenn1897.org/

Texas

Bobbie Beth Scoggins and Donna Valverde-Hummel

http://www.deaftexas.org/

Utah

Jodi Kinner

http://www.uad.org/

Vermont

Nick LaLanne

http://www.vad.org/

Virginia

Alice Frick and Bennie Lacks

http://www.vad.org/

Washington

Karen Philo

http://wsad.org/

West Virginia

April Hottle

www.wvad.net

Wisconsin

Karla Gunn

http://www.wisdeaf.org/

Wyoming

Jared W. Dixon

 

National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA)

Tim Albert/Lindsay Dunn

http://www.nbda.org/

American Society of Deaf Children

Beth Benedict/Rachel Benedict

http://www.deafchildren.org/

Deaf Youth USA (DYUSA)

Leala Holcomb

http://www.nad.org/youth

Council de Manos

Milly Morales

www.councildemanos.org

 

 

 

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