SHARE: Ask Howard Anything / September 2015

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For this month’s AHA segment, NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum shares the importance of being a registered voter. The AHA Series is also available at www.nad.org/AHA.

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HOWARD: For this month’s AHA segment, NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum shares the importance of being a registered voter. The AHA Series is also available at www.nad.org/AHA.

Video begins with a teal background and a black and white photo of Howard A. Rosenblum slowly increases size as text appears: white text “AHA!”, orange text “Ask Howard Anything”, white text “with”, white text “Howard A. Rosenblum NAD Chief Executive Officer” . The NAD logo appears as a light watermark in the bottom right corner and “#AskHoward” on the bottom left corner. NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum stand in front of beige wall.

HOWARD: Hello! For this month’s Ask Howard Anything, many people have asked about the Deaf Protest and March, earlier this month, in Washington, DC, for employment equality and other important issues — was it worth the effort? My answer is yes, it was an important event! Often, in the deaf and hard of hearing community, people share their frustrations with each other but that alone does not produce results. No one communicates those important issues to the Government and those with power. They don’t realize what’s wrong. It’s important that they know.

The Deaf Grassroots Movement was productive during that weekend. I bring that up because they’re the one making noise about our issues. Thanks to their noise and bringing attention to the matter, some people in the Government have contacted the NAD asking about the protest and its purpose, and wanting to know why deaf and hard of hearing people are not happy. We seized such opportunities to explain about the reasons for the protest. We told these government leaders about the high unemployment rate for deaf and hard of hearing people. We emphasized that the federal and state governments, and the private sector haven’t done enough to hire deaf and hard of hearing people. The Deaf Protest and March proved to these government leaders that this was real and happening. I thank those people who organized the event at the right time to bring attention to the media and to those in power to recognize this.
However, that can’t be the only thing we do. This is not over. Every deaf and hard of hearing person must contact the government, especially legislators to let them know of our employment frustrations and other issues. If we vote them into a position of power to represent us, we have the right to tell them what’s wrong.

The legislators won’t listen to us unless we register to vote. I encourage all of you to register to vote! Get your friends and family to register too. Once you become a registered voter, you have more authority to talk with your legislators! There’s power in numbers if all of us become registered voters. We can become a powerful group and bring attention to our cause. Again, become a registered voter and talk with your legislators, both state and federal! Talk from your heart and tell them what needs to change, whether its about unemployment, deaf education, and other issues important to you. If you don’t know how, contact your State Association of the Deaf. We’re not limited to just writing letters; we can ask for a meeting in person with an interpreter or we can express our requests via social media. Any way you ask is okay, as long as you share what they need to know. It is time for deaf and hard of hearing people to do more than just discussing with each other. Like NAD President Chris Wagner signs, turn your complaints into action. We can do this. And with the federal elections coming up, it is important to register to vote! They must listen to us or we can vote them out. Thank you.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: Send questions: nad.info@nad.org and comment in social media with “#AskHoward”

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