Conference Circuit: Gather, Engage, Inspire

The National Association of the Deaf’s 53rd Biennial Conference starts in Phoenix next week.

The National Association of the Deaf’s 53rd Biennial Conference starts in Phoenix next week.

More than 2,000 deaf, deaf-blind, late-deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing consumers, educators, professionals, business owners, and managers will make their way to Arizona in the next few days to increase their knowledge of multicultural issues in the workplace, learn about the newest gadgets and services, and improve their leadership skills.

Association: National Association of the Deaf

Conference: 53rd Biennial NAD Conference

Venue: Phoenix Convention Center

On Tuesday evening, NAD 2016 will officially kick off with an opening ceremony. Emcee Mark Morales will lead attendees through a memorable evening with various deaf leaders recognizing how far the community has come. More meeting items worth noting:

Page me. You may have heard of the Senate Page program or be familiar with the NBC Page program thanks to Kenneth Parcell on 30 Rock, but I bet you didn’t know NAD has a page program of its own. The Jr. NAD Pages program is geared toward deaf and children-of-deaf-adult teens between 12 and 17 who are interested in the inner workings and strategies of the NAD Conference. Responsibilities include assisting with people during their arrival and being be a runner at various meetings and events.

Better together. NAD is partnering with three other organizations on various topics and workshop tracks during the conference to make sure attendees get the best experience. The National Deaf Education Conference will handle the education track, Deaf in Government will take charge of government employment training area, and the Registry of Interpreters Region V will lead the interpreting track.

It’s Bowl Time. A conference tradition since 1988, the College Bowl brings together young, quick-thinking students for an evening of academic competition. The goals of the NAD College Bowl are to promote camaraderie among competing colleges and within teams and to enhance the visibility of schools serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing. The teams will vie for the coveted silver trophy and scholarships.

Want more meeting details? Facebook and Twitter (#NAD2016) are your best bets.

Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now. MORE

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