Day 6 Saturday, 5 July 2014
(Montage of various events at NAD plays)
Amanda Clatterbaugh: It’s my first time coming to NAD, it’s been a wonderful experience. I’ve been enjoying myself.
Gideon Firl: I came here with Jr. NAD to learn what the NAD conference is like. Now that I know my role in NAD, I can contribute.
Karunya Samuel: I’ve enjoyed this conference so much – I’ve met so many people and learned so much from workshops, meetings, etc. I’ve truly enjoyed myself.
Kitty Fischer: The NAD conference was wonderful! I really enjoying meeting my old friends!
Teresa Murbach: NAD is awesome! I’ve been attending conferences since 1990 for a pageant.
Today, I still come support NAD. It’s great seeing so many people around. *Thumbs up!*
Wendy Brehm: It’s my first time at the NAD conference. I’m overwhelmed, but I’ve learned so much.
Kerrie Tao: NAD is truly awesome. I’ve enjoyed seeing so many old faces.
Stephanie Summers: Hello, I’ve really enjoyed meeting many new people here at our booth. It’s been a great conference – very enjoyable. I hope to see you in two years at Arizona 2016!
Lindsay Dunn: NAD’s finally achieved what we’ve been working on for a long time – inclusiveness. People of different races were included in this conference. *Hand wave*
Ronald Nomeland: We’ve been to how many conferences now? Maybe 15, 20. We always enjoy taking advantage of the opportunity to meet our old friends. People’s faces evolve every two years, haha, but we do enjoy seeing our old friends and having a graeat time.
Melvia Nomeland: Our faces have changed, too.
Ronald Nomeland: *Laughs* Oh, yes.
Suzy Rosen: I’ve really enjoyed myself here – such a rich environment. So many different booths, workshops, exciting events, etc. Not one idle moment here – you must come and experience it.
Joe Smith III: Hello! It’s my first time here at the conference. It’s been really amazing, meeting so many people. More people need to come and experience this!
Bridgette Keefe: This is my second NAD conference and it’s really wonderful. I see so many people networking around here, it’s great.
Yvonne Matiello: This conference is really great – for my daughter, who’s 11 and attending the Kids Camp – and for myself, as well, since I’m hosting CEU workshops for interpreting certification.
Charm Smith: Hello Marylanders! Wow! NAD 2014 has come to an end. We delegates would like to take this opportunity to talk with you, our members. The Council of Representatives has just discussed, with the delegates and members, and decided on five priorities to be brought to the NAD board and headquarters. They will work on these priorities for the next two years. Those priorities are: Education, Mental Health, Youth, Relay Services, and FEMA. I recommend that you keep checking the NAD website for updates regarding these actions. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please do share them with us as well as the NAD board and headquarters.
Allison Weiner: Over 1,200 people registered for this conference. Interestingly, there were many first timers at the conference. So, there was a meeting where first timers could discuss how their experience could have been improved, like having meetings in advance so that they can have a good and smooth week. NAD representatives were at the meeting and will take the feedback into consideration for the conference in 2016.
David Letkiewicz: This week, there were many different workshops. The four of us split up and attended some of them. Not just us, other Marylanders participated as well. The schedule for workshops this year was pretty tight, with some overlapping times. So, NAD is considering ways to improve that for the next conference. Please give your input on this. Thank you.
Meredith Dodt: Now, the four of us would like to thank our Marylanders for sending us to the NAD conference. We will bring back the information we have gathered & learned to you, our Marylanders. We’d also like to thank the NAD board, NAD headquarters, and our Region I representatives.
(Collective thumbs up)
Day 5 Friday, 4 July 2014
(Montage of workshops & events plays)
Tawny Holmes: Hello everyone! My name is Tawny Holmes and I’m going to tell you what’s going on right behind me. It’s pretty cool – there are many different exhibits there. Organizations, companies, support services, etc, are represented. The hall has been full of people since yesterday. I’m thrilled to see this – (points at group of youth) – it’s actually a very special moment for Jr. NAD students. That’s because this year NAD actively recruited Jr. NAD pages – a new program to help make sure that Jr. NAD members/students get involved in the NAD process with the delegates. They volunteer supporting the NAD board and the conference. So, this year, we’ve been seeing a lot more youth involvement. So, I went ahead and introduced the Jr. NAD pages to Dr. Turk – the father of Jr. NAD. They’re currently discussing, and the kids are thrilled to have this opportunity to pick his brain. Dr. Turk is very excited about seeing so much youth here at the conference. I know MDAD is committed to youth too, so I’m really excited to see youth involvement grow with your support.
(Montage of exhibit hall plays)
Christopher Wagner: Hello! I’m Chris Wagner, NAD President. I want you to come join us at Phoenix, Arizona in July 2016! You’ll see many exciting things happening. We’re hard at work planning this – and will be for the next two years – to make your experience an exciting & positive one. I’m very excited. Thank you!
Nancy Kensicki: I’m at the Senior Citizens Luncheon right now.
(Montage of Senior Citizens Luncheon plays)
(Montage of Workshops plays)
Lee Smith: I’m now at the First Timer gathering. The agenda of this meeting is to discuss their experiences at the conference – what was missing, what could be improved, and how they felt they were introduced to this conference. We’re currently discussing this with the NAD and RID presidents.
(Montage of first timer meeting plays)
(Montage of Panoramic Fireworks Bash & Live Auction plays)
Day 4 Thursday, 3 July 2014
(Montage of Exhibit Hall & Council of Reps VI plays)
Chanel Gleicher: I’m here at the Youth Luncheon now hosted by NAD. NAD has four youth programs: Junior NAD, Youth Leadership Camp (YLC), Youth Ambassador Program (YAP), and College Bowl.
(Montage of Youth Luncheon plays)
Jehanne McCullough: Hello, my name is Jehanne McCullough, I’m a delegate for Jr. NAD here at this conference. I just emceed the Youth Luncheon, it was really nice. We explained about various youth programs like Jr. NAD and DYUSA. It’s been really nice so far – it’s my first time attending a NAD conference.
(Montage of workshops plays)
Meredith Dodt: Hello, I’m here at the College Bowl competition. Three schools are competing tonight: CSUN, NTID, and Gallaudet. This event is from 8 PM to 10 PM.
(Montage of CoBo competition plays)
Charm Smith: Hello Marylanders! The College Bowl competition just ended. RIT won. Congratulations RIT! Today was a very busy day – the last day of the CoR. I really can’t believe it – it feels like we just arrived on Monday. The days have gone by so quickly. We four delegates have spent so many hours on meetings, discussions, learning new things, networking and making new friends. We’ve exchanged so much information and helped each other. It’s truly amazing. Today was the day that we chose five priorities out of the numerous that were proposed. They are: Education, Mental Health, Youth, Relay Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Those priorities are what the delegates and members have decided upon and presented to the NAD Board and headquarters. Now, the ball is in their court and they will work on these priorities from 2014-2016. That process went by quickly. Yesterday there were workshops – and there will be more in the coming days. There’s also the Exhibit Hall. And there will be a lot more things happening. It’s very exciting, and I cannot wait to come back home and share our experiences with you, our members.