Call for Workshops

The National Association of the Deaf hosts a biennial conference, complete with workshops given by community-driven leaders and industry experts to share their knowledge and expertise with the deaf and hard of hearing community, especially those who attend the conference.

Presenters receive a $100 discount towards their conference registration. Presenters are listed on the website and in our event materials. Workshop topics, take-aways, and important discussion points are shared via social media during the conference. Presenters from all over have hosted sessions at the NAD Conference! We have plenaries, workshops, and important panels that take place through-out the week. 

There are eight workshop breakout sessions happening at the same time, each are 75 minutes.

How Speakers Are Selected

Once all workshop entries pass the initial review (no missing content), entries are passed onto a group of community raters to review. The raters represent all four regions, national affiliates, and marginalized communities. They rate each workshop entry following a criteria: proposal clarity and organization, how applicable their workshop would be to daily life, as well as the proposal’s originality, innovativeness, and creativity. Community ratings help us determine which workshops to select.

Tips for a Great Entry

Don’t be vague in the workshop title and description. We want you to be very specific. What specific platform or what specific technique will you be discussing in depth?

General overviews aren’t as needed compared to workshops that go into a deep dive on very specific topics.

We love to see hands-on training sessions that teach attendees HOW to do something. Show us, don’t explain it. People love demonstrations!

Spend less time focusing on what you did and focus more on specific steps of how people in the room can do these things after they leave your workshop. A case study shouldn’t take up 100% of your topic.

Topic Ideas

Your topic doesn’t need to be on this list, but there are several topics that we’d like to see covered at #NAD2020:

  • Additional Areas of Interest
  • Advancing ASL: Linguistics & Aesthetics
  • Civil Rights & Legal Advocacy
  • Education Assessment and Curriculum
  • Current Trends in Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Education Leadership
  • Employment & Entrepreneurship
  • Health
  • History
  • Inclusion & Intersectionality
  • Innovation & Government Engagement
  • Interpreting
  • Organizational
  • State & Local Level Advocacy
  • Technology: Accessibility & Usability
Preparing for your Workshop Proposal

In order to submit your workshop, you will need the following information ready before you start completing the form: 

  • Determine and explain which track your workshop would fit best. Note: it may be re-assigned to a different track if the workshop committee believes it’s a better fit.
  • Workshop Title (up to 6 words).
  • Workshop Description (up to 500 characters): Share any background information on what you envision will take place during your workshop. This information will be used internally for the workshop committee. You can submit a YouTube link of your description in ASL (limit to 3 minutes or less). 
  • For Education proposals, explain how your workshop includes a 30 minute interactive format for the participants. Examples could be role playing, discussion groups, or a Q/A session. Please include at least two references from publications here (REFERENCE, YEAR). You don’t need to include a works cited page in your proposal — we need to ensure evidence-based practices. 
  • Workshop Abstract (up to 200 characters): Share something to encourage people to attend your workshop! This information will be printed in the program book and shared online. 
  • Workshop Objectives: What will your participants be able to do during or immediately after your workshop?
  • Workshop Results & Assessment: Describe how you will know if attendees are achieving the educational objectives during your workshop. 
  • Media/Materials: Explain if you will use print, audio, visual materials in your presentation. 
  • Target Audience, who should go to your workshop?
  • Each presenter’s name, email, phone number, preferred pronoun, city and state, 200 word biography, communication preference, any accommodations needed, and a high resolution photo.
  • Other role(s) you may have during #NAD2020 that we should be aware of to avoid workshop scheduling conflicts.

Optional: download an editable .doc file to work with so you can save your progress before using our online form to submit.

Presenter Terms & Conditions

By submitting a workshop, you agree to follow our terms and conditions:

  • Current NAD member status by June 30, 2020.
  • I consent to video/photo of my workshop.
  • I allow my PPT be available to conference attendees after the conference. Note: you can provide us a different PPT that is for public sharing.
  • I will use the provided conference PC laptop, due to CART access that is pre-programmed on the laptop.
  • I will use the provided PPT template, due to CART space that is needed on the slides.
  • I will submit my final PPT by May 1, 2020. 
  • I will ensure my PPT is accessible for DeafBlind people.
  • If I cannot host my session or need to cancel for any reason, I will notify the NAD staff as soon as possible and recommend a replacement speaker. I understand that the NAD may or may not accept my suggestion and may cancel the workshop entirely.
Presenter Conference Registration

Accepted workshop presenters will be provided with a special registration link with a custom discount code to use. Up to five Panelists or Presenters (including the Moderator/Presenter) will receive a discount.