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New England Gallaudet Association of the Deaf founded
First national convention of Deaf-Mutes held in Cincinnati, Ohio
Robert P. McGregor was elected President of the NAD.
Statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell unveiled at Gallaudet’s Kendall Green campus.
“National Association of the Deaf,” adopted as organization’s formal name.
Resolution objecting discrimination against deaf in Civil Service and use of “asylums” as reference to schools for the deaf.
Fourth national convention held in Chicago, with Second World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf
Resolution opposing pure or alism as a universal means of instruction of the deaf passed
Reverend Jacob M. Koehler elected President
Julia Foley elected as first woman on NAD Board
Resolution passed requesting state legislatures not to place state schools for the deaf under the departments of Charities and Corrections.
James L. Smith elected President
Proposals included combined system for educating deaf children and feasibility of establishing a school for the deaf in Alaska. Need for religious instruction for the deaf also discussed
George Veditz elected President, Education was a major focus.
The NAD intervened in efforts by certain State Legislatures in California, Washington, and Wisconsin
The NAD advocated for vocational training and schools for the “Colored Deaf.”
President Smith issued a call for the preservation of sign language.
Concerns included possible prohibition of intermarriage among deaf individuals.
The NAD formed a committee to address discrimination in federal employment
U.S. President William Howard Taft informed the NAD that he instructed the Federal Civil Service Commission to remove all discriminatory barriers to federal employment of deaf workers.
NAD hosted the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Colorado Springs.
Motion Picture Committee formed to preserve sign language from filmed lectures.
Tenth national convention held in Cleveland, Ohio
Jay C. Howard elected President.
The NAD also offered to recruit 1,000 deaf soldiers for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. The NAD promoted “Hire Deaf People— It’s Good Business!” campaign.
Resolution passed stating that anyone who tried to deprive the deaf of the language of signs was an enemy to their interest and happiness.
The NAD went on record protesting the practice of doctors who attempted to advise parents of deaf children about educational matters
In four states deaf people were refused driving licenses and other states considered such a ban, There was even some talk of a federal law to require hearing tests for all driving
Fourteenth national convention held at Atlanta, Georgia— the first in the Deep South.
Arthur L. Roberts elected President.
Concerns expressed about threats to the right to drive automobiles.
President Roberts urged support for endowment fund with a view toward establishment of a permanent headquarters.
The Philadelphia Record printed statistics which showed that none of the 177 licensed deaf drivers in the city had been involved in an accident
The NAD presented a memorial statute of Abbé Charles Michael de l’Epée
President Smielau resigned.
William H. Schaub became President
NAD affiliates with the National Council of the Physically Handicapped
Automobile Legislation Committee provides report on extensive efforts to combat proposed legislation banning deaf individuals from driving automobiles.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt pledged his cooperation to increase civil service opportunities for deaf workers. The NAD reported ongoing work with U.S. Postmaster General to create more employment opportunities for deaf workers.
The practice of day schools “dumping” their “slow” students on residential schools while proclaiming their oral method to be superior was condemned.
The NAD also criticized use of the terms “deaf-mute,” “mute,” “deaf-dumb,” “semi-mute,” and “deafened,” and endorsed the terms “deaf” and “hard of hearing.”
The NAD supported U.S. Senator Walsh of Massachusetts’ legislative bill to establish a bureau for welfare of the deaf in the U.S. Department of Labor.
The NAD abandoned its efforts to establish a federal bureau for welfare of the deaf, pledging instead its cooperation and resources to Vocational Rehabilitation.
Three club mobiles donated to the American Red Cross by the NAD during World War II
The NAD sponsored a White House Medal given to Rhulin A. Thomas, the first deaf pilot to fly solo across the U.S.
The Silent Worker publication is revived by NAD.
Ford Times printed Arthur H. Lewis’ article, “World’s Safest Drivers” which gave deaf drivers a considerable boost. That article was frequently quoted or referred to years afterwards whenever well-meaning but poorly informed legislators began toying with the idea of introducing legislation to ban deaf drivers.
Twenty-first national convention held in Cleveland, Ohio
The NAD undertook a movement to place two deaf professional baseball players, William “Dummy” Hoy and Luther Taylor, in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Dominating the convention was the need for a permanent NAD headquarters.
The NAD opens its first office in Chicago, Illinois.
The NAD opposed plans to replace the Kendall School in Washington DC with an oral day school program.
The NAD opposed plans to replace the Kendall School in Washington DC with an oral day school program
The NAD office moved from Chicago, Illinois to Berkeley, California.
The NAD opposed a Congressional proposal by U.S. Senator Jacob Javits of New York to grant a tax exemption of $600 to deaf persons, emphasizing an overriding commitment to total equality under the law.
The NAD received a $17,200 grant from the federal Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to undertake a national survey of occupations among the deaf, and supported a Congressional bill to provide captioned films for the deaf.
The NAD called for a reorganization meeting in Fulton, Missouri and joined as an Ordinary Member of the World Federation of the Deaf, representing the United States.
The Fulton Tontine or the reorganization proposal was held, with the aim of developing recommendations for the restructuring of the NAD.
Proposal increased NAD Board credibility; and developed strategies for financial stability.
The NAD received an additional grant of $30,000 to complete its occupational survey.
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