NAD CEO and president visit and debate with MSSD students
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is one of the country's leading advocacy organizations for the deaf and hard of hearing community. On March 7, after touring Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (read about it here), NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum and president Chris Wagner visited and met with students the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD).
Rosenblum and Wagner ate lunch in the Eagle Zone with MSSD students who participate in either the school's Junior NAD chapter or the Student Body Government (SBG). After introductions and talking about the activities of the Junior NAD chapter and the current focus of the SBG, the group broke into small groups for lunch and enthusiastic conversation ran on for the rest of the period. Wagner said he looked forward to returning in the fall of 2013 for the national Junior NAD conference, which will be hosted at MSSD.
Afterwards, Rosenblum and Wagner observed, and then suddenly decided to participate in, debates with Jonathan Cetrano's Language Arts class, which was composed mostly of sophomores and juniors. Rosenblum said that debates weren't about winning but educating the other side and getting them to see your perspective. Afterwards, both Rosenblum and Wagner said that they would be bringing the debate to the next NAD Board of Directors retreat.
The NAD was established in 1880 and is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. The NAD's advocacy activities encompass early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more. The NAD also carries out federal advocacy work through coalition efforts with specialized national deaf and hard of hearing organizations as well as coalitions representing national cross-disability organizations.
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