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Interview with NAD Delegate Corey Axelrod

Kriston:

Hello, I’m here with Corey Axelrod who is involved with NAD.  Mind sharing a bit about your role and what you do?

 

Corey:

Sure, sure.  I’m here on behalf of IAD, Illinois Association of the Deaf. I’m the president of IAD and here as a delegate. In addition, I’m also involved with NAD as their Outreach Chair -- Co-chair -- so I’m here to report updates on our efforts. I also represent IAD during various meetings here at the conference.

 

Kriston:

Great, great!  Today’s election announced the new President, Vice President and other positions as well as the top 5 priorities for NAD over the next two years -- all of which are important points of discussions and I’m sure many of those within the Deaf community across the country will be thrilled. I’m curious, what are your thoughts and feelings?

 

Corey:

Really, the issues that were selected are incredibly important. They are a reflection of many dialogues that have been taking place within our community, our hopes and our vision of what we need to accomplish, and our wants as well.  These five areas of focus are crucial, especially in regards to our future generations.  It’s critical.  The current system is lacking -- we need to figure out how can we fill in the gaps and how we can improve the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. I’m thrilled we are heading in this direction.  
On a personal note, I did make an amendment to one of the priorities related to collecting data, information and really taking a good look at what it means

 

Kriston:

Is it health related?

 

Corey:

General data actually. We want NAD to take on the lead role of working with various organizations in collecting data -- to become a central hub of data, so state associations and various organizations can access and use that information.  I personally wrote this amendment which passed and now it’s one of the top 5 priorities. I’m thrilled to see that this is becoming a reality.

 

Kriston:

That’s great!  Amazing!

 

Corey:

Yes, that’s progress right there!  Us delegates have been in talks between meetings trying to figure out what we need to do and now it’s been selected -- it’s up there! I’m really looking forward to NAD’s progress over the next two years.

 

Kriston:

Truly exciting and I’m personally looking forward to this as well.  So this priority on collecting data will hopefully become a nationwide effort coordinating on HOW we collect and store data.

 

Corey:

Yes

 

Kriston:

So this data will assist service providers and nonprofits in getting necessary grants and funding and so forth.

 

Corey:

Exactly. Everything from A to Z. I’m really excited about the future of NAD, I’m excited about State Associations and their success, LEAD-K and what they are doing, and not only that, there are a lot of different issues that need to be addressed too, in order to make progress. We are identifying how we can make progress happen and that’s what we succeeded doing this week.

 

Kriston:

This is just great. An exciting time, a pivotal moment I think -- a turning point if you will. I look forward to seeing what happens.  Thank you for your time.

 

Corey:

Thank you for the opportunity.





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