Connecticut was the site of the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) conference last week, and DAS was there to participate and support. Hartford is famous for Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the American School for the Deaf, one of most famous landmarks in Hartford is the Alice Cogswell Statue located nearby the Conference Center pictured here. The festivities united at least 2,100 people from all over the United States and abroad as they debated the 2018 status of interpreter access, civil rights, education, and employment for the Deaf community. Jill Owens Brick, Director of Consumer Relations and Quality Assurance as well as Grace Rupani, Director of Professional Development greeted all at the exhibit booth, even awarding a prize on the final day – congratulations to Steven Frank of Maryland!
This 54th biennial conference continues the history of NAD, established in 1880, as the oldest national civil rights organization in the country. DAS is proud to participate in the conference which, in addition to this organization’s daily work, ensures NAD stays committed to the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the USA.