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Rosenblum Selected As Seventh Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf

July 11, 2010

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Board of Directors announces that after conducting a nationwide search, it has selected Howard A. Rosenblum as its next Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Rosenblum comes to the NAD from Equip for Equality in Chicago, Illinois, where he was Senior Attorney, and brings nearly two decades of leadership and advocacy experience. Mr. Rosenblum along with all other finalists gave presentations at the 50th Biennial NAD Conference in Philadelphia that can be found on the NAD website.

“It is my honor to work for such a historic organization such as the NAD and to work with such a talented and passionate Board of Directors and staff,” said Mr. Rosenblum. “I look forward to making a positive difference and to doing all I can to serve Deaf America and to raising awareness of the deaf community as first-class citizens and contributors.”

“The Board has full confidence that Mr. Rosenblum has the organizational and advocacy experience we need as the NAD faces a budget crisis and ongoing redefinitions in national accessibility policies. Equally important, Mr. Rosenblum embraces the core values inherent to the NAD – equal access to information and to society, communication as a human right, and American Sign Language legitimacy,” said NAD President Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins. The Board looks forward to Mr. Rosenblum’s strong leadership in strengthening our organization’s capacity to advocating for our rights as first-class citizens and consumers.

Mr. Rosenblum will become the seventh Chief Executive Officer in the 130-year history of the organization, succeeding Nancy Bloch, who took office in 1992 as the first female CEO in NAD’s history. Ms. Bloch will end her service in March of 2011, having overseen the NAD’s national policymaking and advocacy efforts in the first few years of the Americans with Disabilities Act, through the Decoder Circuitry Act of 1996 and through the nationwide implementation of telecommunications relay services, among other civil rights milestones impacting the deaf and hard of hearing populations.

Transparency and integrity have served as two guiding principles throughout the CEO search process. Comprehensive information on the CEO search process is available at www.nad.org/ceosearch, and includes captioned vlogs and announcements, the search timeline, position description, finalist profiles, frequently asked questions, and related details.

Dr. Scoggins added “Please join the NAD Board of Directors in congratulating and welcoming Howard A. Rosenblum as the next CEO of the NAD.”

About the NAD
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was established in 1880 by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value. As a nonprofit federation, the mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more.

You can find the article through www.nad.org

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