2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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The NAD joins United Nations​ as we recognize today, December 3rd, 2017, as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT: Melissa and Joe are standing outside in front of bright green bushes. A small white NAD logo appears on bottom right corner.

MELISSA: Hi, I’m Melissa and I’m the President of the NAD.

JOE: Hi, I’m Joe and I’m the Vice President for the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). The NAD is my sponsor for being involved in WFD.

MELISSA: Joe, can you tell us what this video is about?

JOE: Definitely! Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, established by United Nations. WFD works towards accessible rights for all deaf people. The most important thing WFD is advocating for is the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). To ratify the CRPD in individual countries require us to work with different disability organizations. The CRPD includes sign language rights. Today, I encourage you to consider ways to partner with other disability organizations to achieve our mutual goals.

MELISSA: There are many groups we can work with within our community, DeafBlind, people who use wheelchairs, autistic, mental health, and many others. To learn more about these groups, you can attend their conferences, attend workshops, read a book about their group, chat with friends that are members of a group, it’s important to recognize we can learn from each other.

JOE: That’s right, this community is important to us.

Video fades to a soft white background with several different font types showing “NAD” very quickly. Copyright video ends with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Blue text below the logo appears, “A production of the National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2017 All Rights Reserved”.

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