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NAD intern Brian Lucas explains what YOU can do, now that we have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). View the entire #ADA25 series at www.nad.org/ADA25.

Video begins with an off white vintage background. Three black and white photos appear. First photo shows a group of people marching, one holds a NAD poster. Second photo shows another group of people marching, one holds a poster “We Shall Overcome.” Third photo shows President Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act. Text appears “ADA25 — Americans with Disabilities Act”. Video flashes to white then to Brian Lucas inside NAD Headquarters. On bottom left corner, “#ADA25” appears as a light watermark. On bottom right corner, the NAD logo appears, also as a light watermark.

BRIAN: Since the ADA, our country has improved and deaf and hard of hearing people are more equal to hearing people than in the past. It’s not perfect, however. One problem is that many hearing people don’t fully understand the ADA. As explained before, the ADA requires businesses, governments, employers, etc., to make sure communication is effective. But they don’t know what “effective” means. They might think that lipreading or writing is effective when it isn’t. In that situation, one thing that you can do is to be a teacher. Teach them about yourself. Explain that this method is not effective for you. The teaching that you do will help them understand. Teach them what ways will help it become more effective communication. If that still doesn’t work, you can contact the NAD or file a complaint with different federal agencies. These agencies are responsible for investigating and addressing discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing people, among others. You can learn about the different federal agencies and how to file a complaint on our website.

Video fades to a gradient background with dark blue to light blue, a grey National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo is centered. White text below the logo appears, “A production of the National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2015 All Rights Reserved” with four teal social media icons, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

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