Pilialoha” (pee-lee-aw-loh-ha) is the Hawaiian word for “friendship.”

The Deaf communities of Japan and the United States would seem to have little in common, but in fact, the similarities between them are more remarkable than the differences. They share a common experience of linguistic and social oppression. Most Japanese schools for the deaf employ a rigidly oral methodology, and are, of course, run by hearing administrators and teachers. The two communities also share a common bond of Deaf experience—a hunger to communicate, connect, and celebrate their sign languages and sign-languaged-based artistry: storytelling, theater, and folklore.

The first Deaf Pilialoha Conference, held in December 2009, was ithe first of its kind. Like the 2009 conference, the second Deaf Pilialoha brings together Deaf Japanese and Americans in the spirit of friendship and interchange. The focus will be on sharing our cultures, sign languages, histories, and experiences. Presentations will focus on ASL and JSL, and CODAs, and interpreters.

The Conference will include workshops, tours, informal chats, and fun events. On Saturday evening, May 2, MSM Productions, Ltd. will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an elegant “Pearl Gala” banquet. And since you'll be staying and having fun on Waikiki Beach, don't forget to pack sunglasses and sunblock!

To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience, attendance will be limited to 200—100 Japanese and 100 Americans.

See website to register and get more information!


You can get full access to this year's Deaf Studies Today Conference, "Deaf Lives 360" for just $15. Or join ASDC and attend free! Join here and email for your code. Offer ends Monday, 4/12.

This virtual conference is hosted by Deaf Studies Today! and brings together the brightest minds and latest thinking within the interdisciplinary field of Deaf Studies. This year's exciting conference presentations include:

  • Deaf Students’ Experiences Navigating Isolation and Bias at College
  • Facing Transitions: Learning ASL in Online Environment
  • Discipline at Deaf Schools: Patterns of Concern Related to Gender and Ethnicity 
  • Deaf Mental Health: Introduction and Conceptual Foundations
  • Navigating Medical Care as a Deaf Person during COVID: Perspective of a Deaf Doctor
  • Language Deprivation in College Writing Classrooms
  • The Counter-Narrative Cycle: Examining Lived-Realities in Deaf Lives
  • Deafness for Sale: The Commodification of Representation 
  • Historical Deaf Space and Place
  • The Contribution of Black Deaf Performing Arts
  • Entertainment by The Journey of Sunshine Too and 2.0

All sessions are presented in ASL with English captions. They have been pre-recorded so you can view them at your own pace (now through April 16th). Registration deadline is Monday, April 12.


Deaf Women of Bay Area (DWBA) proudly announce that they have formally secured location and dates for the 2015 Conference!

Visit 2015 DWU Conference website to register, participate as a speaker, or just simply learn more about the event.

In the meantime, if you would like to receive email updates or join the committee, please contact the chair at

You can also keep track of updates by following:

Twitter: @DWBA2015

Facebook: @DWU2015Conference

Instagram: @DWBA2015


The NAD has partnered with the high acclaimed DeaFestival Kentucky, a gathering of visual and performing artists who celebrate the language, culture, diversity, and arts within the deaf and hard of hearing community. This year's event, as part of the 51st Biennial NAD Conference, will be a true feast for the eyes!

The Deafestival Visual Artists Studio, with 50 artist booths, will be at the NAD Exhibit Hall all week, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Performing artists will be a part of Conference activities. Admission is free!




SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH:  9AM - 5PM, Exhibition, Workshops & Entertainment

Theme: Theme: Interpreting, Deaf Culture, Sign Language, Business
Proposal Deadline:  August 9, 2019

**Limited slot of presentations based on a first-come, first served basis**

All presenters are responsible for all expenses of attending and presenting at DeafNation Day Conference.

Screen and LCD projector only are provided.

All conference presentations will be in American Sign Language with the use of visual text (ASL videos and Keynote/PowerPoint).

Presentation slots are 60 minutes with 45 minutes for presentation and fifteen minutes for questions and answers.

Please provide the following information in document format.

  • Full presentation title
  • Full name and email of each presenter
  • An abstract description of up to 75 words
  • A short biography and high-quality JPG



Do you want the opportunity to discover your future possibilities while grabbing the opportunity to see Gallaudet and vibrant Washington, D.C.? Come to this exciting new summer program for deaf and hard of hearing students who are currently in the 9th through 11th grades.

Here's what you'll be doing:

  • Self-discovery activities designed to help you learn more about yourself.
  • Outdoor activities including ropes course planned to help you develop leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence.
  • Take assessments designed to help you, your parents, and your VR counselors learn more about your strengths, areas of improvement, values, interests, and potential careers.
  • Development of a mini portfolio with our support for you to bring home to your parents, schools, and VR counselors.
  • Several field trips to explore Washington, D.C. attractions including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, Union Station, Pentagon City Mall, and many other world-famous museums and monuments.
  • Swimming and shopping until you drop at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where one of America’s best boardwalks awaits you during an all-day outing.

Date of program: July 09-17, 2015

Program fee: $750

Who can attend:
Deaf and hard of hearing college–bound students currently in 9th–11thgrades. Must show evidence that you are enrolled in a standard, local, or general high school diploma – track program. Please submit an unofficial transcript and/or letter from guidance/school counselor. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Registration: Click here to register!


TIME:  · 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT; · 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

An increasing number of EHDI resources are becoming "green" (paperless) or virtual, but that means families with limited access to internet may be left in the dust. This presentation will share immediately usable information about free or affordable technology access that is available to families with lower socio-economic status. This technology access is required/funded by the federal government, and often is not common knowledge among early intervention professionals. Did you know that families may be qualified for free or $10 a month wireless internet? Did you know that parents may qualify for a $10 a month cell phone bill? Free iPads? This company-neutral presentation by a national advocacy organization is strictly focused on providing information on all major telecommunications companies' offers as mandated/provided by federal law. Come and learn more so you can support your families with teleintervention (including virtual learning, apps, webinars) and more wonderful electronic resources out there!

Learning Objectives:
· Parents and professionals will be able to list various avenues to receive affordable technology access.
· Participants will develop strategies for families to apply for technology access.
· Participants will locate relevant websites and companies where they can proceed with applications.

PRESENTERS: Tawny Holmes and Zainab Alkebsi.
Tawny Holmes Hlibok is the Education Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf along with being Assistant Professor in the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. She graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law. In addition to her law degree with a family mediation & law certification, she has a Master of Arts in Family Centered Early Education. Ms. Holmes has worked three years in teaching deaf and hard of hearing students, mainly in the early childhood education field. As part of her position, she focuses on improving/establishing federal and state policy related to early intervention and education of deaf and hard of hearing children. Ms. Holmes strongly believes in the power of collaboration and has contributed a significant amount of her work towards this endeavor, in varying ways, from promoting parent resources to inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing adult professionals.

Zainab Alkebsi, Esq. is the Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). She is responsible for providing analysis, recommendations, and counsel to the NAD on policy issues affecting people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Prior to joining the NAD, she served as Deputy Director at the Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing where she coordinated the office's legislative and policy efforts. Licensed to practice law in Maryland, she is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. She received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She also has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

WHERE:  Adobe Connect- to register click:

Download the adobeconnect app.

More download information is found at:

NOTE:  If your institution does not permit you to add the above link, you may go to the above URL directly, however, we have been advised that optimal performance is achieved via the app.

Live captioning will be provided

This webinar will be recorded and posted online at about a week after the webinar. There are no CEU’s offered for the webinar.

If you have questions about this webinar, please contact Mandy Jay. For technical assistance during the webinar, please contact Daniel Ladner.



With the rapid shift to online learning due to the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the use of auto captioning and automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology. But do they provide deaf students and staff with equitable and timely accessibility in classrooms, meetings and events, and extracurricular activities? Is auto captioning comparable to manual speech-to-text services, such as CART, C-Print, or TypeWell services? This event is an opportunity for educators and postsecondary professionals to learn from experts about the impact of auto captioning and ASR on effective communication with deaf students and staff, as well as the institutional responsibility for colleges and universities.

Get answers to these questions and more!

Event Details
This online event will take place on Zoom. To attend, register here. A Zoom calendar invitation will be emailed to you closer to the day of the panel. The room will open 5 minutes prior to the event start time. American Sign Language Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided for the panel. For additional access requests please email: at least 3 business days prior to the event.


Zainab Alkebsi: As Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Zainab is responsible for providing analysis, recommendations, and counsel on policy issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing people. She is a member of the American Bar Association and currently serves on various federal advisory committees.

Stephanie Zito: A Technical Assistance Coordinator on the NDC | Help team, Stephanie is a certified sign language interpreter and trained C-Print captionist, with interpreting and captioning services experience in postsecondary settings. She is currently President of the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE).

Live Event FAQ

Is registration required for NDC live events? Yes. Registration is required to attend any live event NDC is hosting.

Is there a cost for NDC live events? No. All live events hosted by NDC are FREE for all attendees.

Who can attend the live events? Anyone with an interest in supporting access for deaf people is welcome to attend NDC live events.

Will professional development credits be offered for this event? No, not at this time.

Will a recording be made available to those who could not attend? Yes, the recording will be posted on NDC’s website within 30 days of the event. Professional development credits are not available for recorded events.

I registered for the event, but never received a confirmation email, what do I do? We recommend checking your SPAM folder of the email you registered with to see if it is there. If you cannot find the email contact us at and we will confirm we received your registration.


The park is fully accessible for Dollywood's Deaf Awareness Day with all shows, rides, and demonstrations interpreted.

Interpreters at a variety of levels can volunteer to help. 


In its 14th year, the EHDI Meeting has built a strong reputation for bringing together a wide variety of attendees including those who: work in state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs; assist in EHDI efforts on the federal level; provide screening, diagnostic and early intervention support at the state/ local level to young children with hearing loss and their families; champion Medical Home activities within each state; are parents of children with hearing loss; or are deaf or hard-of-hearing adults who are helping to expand opportunities for young children with hearing loss. EHDI Meeting participants will range from state and local programs to the federal level and from academics to families.

The goal of the annual EHDI Meeting is to enhance the implementation of comprehensive state-based Early HearingDetection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. After participating in the meeting, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify and promote knowledge and awareness of successful strategies for implementing comprehensive state-based EHDI programs that include screening, audiologic diagnostic evaluation, early intervention, medical home, reporting, tracking, surveillance, loss to follow-up issues, data integration, and other related surveillance components.
  • Interpret and describe current research and research methods related to EHDI.
  • Examine cultural competence of providers and assess their ability to work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, their families, and communities.
  • Discuss the importance of enhancing and creating new and ongoing working relationships among federal agencies, non-profit organizations, state health departments and educational agencies, advocacy groups, families, and professionals.

By registering for the Annual EHDI Meeting, all participants agree to abide by the following Principles of Participation: The right to participate in the EHDI Annual Meeting is fundamental to ensuring open dialogue between all EHDI stakeholders. The Meeting Organizers encourage respectful dialogue as a key element of participation among all meeting participants. The EHDI Annual Meeting opposes the disruption of any meeting sessions or events that results in the inability for dialogue to take place.  The EHDI Annual Meeting reserves the right to withdraw the name badge, and therefore deny access, to participants who do not adhere to these Principles of Participation.

We hope you will be able to join us for an exciting Meeting in Louisville, KY!