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About the NADhandwave

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In any gathering you attend, you will either see a wave of hands in the air from the audience or hear applause when time comes to recognize someone.  The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is excited to announce a new initiative to recognize people in the deaf and hard of hearing community by awarding them a #NADHandwave.  

The NAD believes advocacy lies in the heart of the deaf and hard of hearing community and their efforts should not go unnoticed.  The #NADHandwave will go to any person who embodies the true spirit of the NAD, and has contributed valuable efforts to today’s society. 

Whether the person is a young teenager who started a petition at the local school to have captioned movies, a computer engineer that discovered a way to have an text alert system in the elevators, an interpreter who has spent countless hours mentoring other interpreters, or even a teacher who developed a handbook for Hearing Parents with Deaf Kids – the NAD wishes to recognize these exemplary people but does not know who is doing what.  That's where YOU come in.  The NAD invites your submissions and will grant a #NADHandwave every month – this new idea will not be possible without the deaf and hard of hearing community.  

There will be one person each month with the hope that everyone can share gratitude and support for the work that this person does in the deaf and hard of hearing community.  The monthly #NADHandwave will consist of a brief blog that will be shared via social media and the person will receive a one year complimentary membership with the NAD.


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