All NAD workshops, sessions, events, etc. will be voice interpreted and CART/Captioned unless the presenter is not using ASL then we will have an ASL interpreter available next to the presenter. NAD Conference is an ASL-Friendly space. If you rely on voice interpreting, please pick up an assistive listening device from NAD Registration.

Opening Ceremony

Wednesday , July 1, 2020

We will open the 55th Biennial NAD Conference at the majestic Aon Ballroom located at the Navy Pier in the bustling city of Chicago. We will celebrate the conference with some exciting entertainment, light snacks, a cash bar and early fireworks! This is one event you will not want to miss!

College Bowl

Thursday, July 2, 2020

A biennial NAD Conference tradition since 1988, the College Bowl brings together young, quick thinking students for a spirited evening of academic competition. The goals of the NAD College Bowl are to promote esprit de corps among competing colleges and within each team and to enhance the visibility of colleges serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing. During the College Bowl finals, the teams will vie for the coveted silver trophy and scholarships, as the audience tries to guess the answers along with the contestants. Come cheer your favorite team as their brains are put to the test – and find out if they are triumphantly correct or horribly wrong. Either way, enjoy the competition and test your knowledge!

Youth Ambassador Program

Friday, July 3, 2020

The selected Youth Ambassador will win $6,000 to implement a strategic plan that addresses a social issue(s) or a new business idea, pursuing the YAP vision of Visibility, Innovation, and Sustainability (VIS). Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the contestants and vote for the winner! Appetizers and cash bar will be available. 

4th of July & Live Auction

Saturday, July 4, 2020

You are invited to join for an evening of celebration and fireworks! The NAD’s fantastic auctioneers will lead the live auction where attendees will have an opportunity to win fantastic items! Delicious Chicago-inspired treats and a cash bar will be provided. Auction items include art pieces by deaf artists, businesses, travel opportunities, and many more.