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Louise Hudgins Cherry

Louise Hudgins Cherry of Hampton VA passed away on on May 4, 2017.

Louise, with her husband Vernon Cherry, became active in the Virginia Association of the Deaf (VAD) to advocate for the Deaf and Hearing of Hearing people.  She was the Treasurer of the Hampton Roads Chapter and chaired many fundraising activities for VAD.  She was honored with numerous awards for her lifetime of contributions, guidance and leadership, including the Leadership Award and the Mother of the Year.

For more information on Louise, please go to Obituaries.

Linda Collins Blehm has been selected
as VAD’s Deaf Mother of the Year for 2017.

Since she passed away unexpectedly last March 10,
she will be posthumously honored.

Click here for the announcement.

Gary M. Bowers has been selected as
VAD's Deaf Father of the Year for 2016.

Congratulations to Gary!

A ceremony to honor Gary will be held during
 the Blue Ridge Chapter's 70th Anniversary Celebration
 at Hotel Roanoke on August 27, 2016.

See bio of Gary M Bowers

NAD Conference
The National Association of the Deaf held the 53rd Biennial NAD Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, July 5-9, 2016.  Click the links below to get information related to the Conference.
An Open Letter to the
Alexander Graham Bell
Association for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Meredith Sugar, President of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AGBell), wrote an article titled "Dispelling Myths About Deafness" in which she denied years of research and disparaged the Deaf, our culture, and the living, vibrant language which is American Sign Language (ASL) (http://www.agbell.org/in-the-news/response-nyle-dimarco/).  She wrote this article in response to the Nyle DiMarco article published in the Washington Post on March 28, 2016. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2016/03/28/a-dancing-with-the-stars-contestant-is-vying-for-a-white-house-correspondents-dinner-invite/).


The VAD Board responded with an open letter to Meredith Sugar.  Click here to see the letter.


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