National Association of the Deaf

December 2016 #NADhandwave

For December, the NAD would like to recognize two wonderful people, Kim Anderson and Chriz Dally, for their hard work in passing LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for the Deaf Kids) Legislation, SB 323, in the state of Kansas. Both Chriz and Kim were instrumental in making sure steps were taken for the bill to go through both chambers and get signed into law.  Thanks to their efforts, the bill passed and was signed into law on June 1, 2016.  Chriz was the spokesperson for the bill while Kim was the team leader.

Kim Anderson has been a Kansan all her life, mostly in the Leavenworth area.  She has worked for Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Johnson County Mental Health Deaf Services Team for many years. Ever since Kim joined the deaf community, her first involvement was the Kansas Community Action Plan (K-CAP) where she eventually became a chairperson in 2014.  In 2015, Kim joined and continues to serves on the Kansas Association of the Deaf (KAD) Board.  Kim is also an active member of the Board of Deaf Cultural Center (DCC) in Olathe and volunteers as the Museum’s Cultural Enrichment Program Director. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Master’s in Adult Occupational and Continuing Education, both from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Kim is an amateur artist and designer and has utilized her talents designing business logos and websites. Kim is a Certified Zentagle Teacher and is constantly exploring new artistic styles and media as she passionate about lifelong learning and creativity.  Her volunteer work and contributions to community affairs stems from her desire to remove the barriers she has faced in her own life for the next generation of deaf children. Kim lives in Lansing with her husband Tim, their two youngest children, and a menagerie of pets!

Chriz Dally moved to Kansas from the Bay Area in California in 2011.  Prior to moving to Kansas, Chriz had been involved in various community services and engagements such as serving as a Board member with the Alliance for Deaf Bilingual Children (DBC), California Relay Services Advisory Committee, California Association of the Deaf (CAD), and many others. After moving to Kansas, Chriz joined the Board of the Kansas Association of the Deaf (KAD) in 2013. In 2014, Chriz was selected to two positions representing the KAD as a commission member of the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH). In 2015, Chriz joined the Deaf Cultural Center (DCC) Board. Chriz is currently a coordinator for the DeafHood Foundation, she coordinates many classes across several states in the Midwest area. Chriz has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and Guidance from Gallaudet University. She is a strong team-player with exceptional receptive and expressive communication skills.  Chriz also is known for her strength in integrity, cultural sensitivity, and is very involved in community affairs. Her passion is working towards the success of our future generations -- for better language for our children. In her spare time, Chriz enjoys traveling, camping, bicycling, and to be with her family and pets.

The NAD gives monthly #NADhandwaves to people in our community. This is a great opportunity for the NAD to recognize exemplary people or the work they do.  With such great people, the world continues to progress.  If you know someone who deserves a #NADHandwave, submit your suggestions online!


The NAD was established in 1880 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. As a nonprofit federation, the mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more.

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