Greeting Letter From President Frank Lala for GAD 2015 Conference

Georgia Association of the Deaf, Inc.

Dr. Frank Lala, GAD President
P.O. Box 75
Cave Spring, GA 30124


It is my honor, on behalf of the Georgia Association of the Deaf (GAD), to extend our warm and enthusiastic welcome to all in attendance at GAD 2015 Conference in Jekyll Island, GA, with my presidential theme: A Credo for Deaf Georgians. We will prevail, thrive, and survive through empowerment.

The purpose of the GAD Conference has always been to provide a forum where information connected to the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people can be shared.

GAD conference includes scientific research, and philosophical discussions, about issues linked to our civil and cultural, linguistic rights and our lives. Views about living as a Deaf individual can also be expressed through our visual and gestural language, American Sign Language (ASL).

Partners and stakeholder such as Deaf people, GAD Chapters members, GaRID members, hard of hearing consumers, and hearing allies are working toward the same goal, We will be exchanging valuable information as we promote the rights of deaf people, We advocate for the elimination of the prevalent public mentality of audism, linguicism, apathy, prejudice, oppression, paternalistic attitudes, and discriminative politics in Georgia.

In today?s constantly changing conditions, we need constants like core values, empowerment, visions, and strategies. We need to be creative and have open interaction. These sustainable values are to be found in ourselves, in our language, identity, and in our culture. We have to lead this progress from our needs and from the principles of equality in accessibility. With new knowledge, partnerships, networks and ways to use information, we can start building a better tomorrow.

We should participate in the GAD Conference with open eyes, an open mind and an open heart. To quote a statement from my book, ?We are NOT in the hands of an inevitable fate or destiny ? Fate and destiny IS IN OUR HANDS to shape, mold and frame by the foresight and vision we dare to see for ourselves?.

It is the heritage of our Deaf Culture to stand erect, proud, and unafraid; to think and act for ourselves; to enjoy the benefits of our creations, and to face the hearing world boldly and say. ?This we have achieved.? This is the Selma of the Deaf!

GADly Yours,

Dr. Frank Lala, GAD President



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Nomination Form for GAD 2015 Officers

Hello everyone,

Here is the form for anyone who is interested in running for GAD officers’ positions. Must submit before June 12, 2015 or give to John Groth at the GAD 2015 Conference.



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Pre-Conference Workshop

Georgia Association of the Deaf

Pre-Conference Workshop

SSP Training Workshop

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

1:00pm – 5:30pm

Convention Center at Jekyll Island, GA


SSP Training Flyer SSP Training Reg

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GAD President talks about GAD 2015 Conference


2015 GAD Time Capsule Donation Form

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Information About 2015 Conference (Schedule, Food, and more)

Georgia Association of the Deaf

2015 Conference Information

June 17-21, 2015


GAD 2015 Hotel

Agenda List Conference Schedule

Food List Planner for GAD Information


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Registration Form for 2015 GAD Conference

Registration Price Registration Form


You can download the form below to fill out and send payments along with the form to Sarah Irvin.

2015 GAD Registration Form

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GAD at DeafNation Expo


Georgia Association of the Deaf (GAD)

Early-Bird tickets had been extended the deadline.

When: APRIL 11, 2015 at DeafNation Expo


Members – $140

Non-Members – $165

College/Senor Citizen (55+) – $120

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GAD Conference – June 17-21, 2015 at Jekyll Island, GA


Save the Dates – June 17-21, 2015

Hello Everyone,

I, Patty Patton, would like to inform you all that 2015 Registration Fee deadline has extended to April, 2015.

I hope you all can register for the conference.


$140 for Members; $165 for non-members; $120 for Senior Citizen and College students. Your opportunity to get the Early Bird Tickets before deadline on April 11, 2015.

One Day Registration for Thursday and Friday can be pre-registered in order to get meal before May 31, 2015. Registration at the door for Thursday and Friday will NOT include the meal.

Students: High School Students (Junior and Senior at 18 to 21 years old), currently full time college students. Students at minor age (under 18) must be accompanied with parents.

Senior Citizen is eligible age at 55 and up.

Make payment can be done. $50.00 must be deposited and the full payment must be completed on or before May 31, 2015. For Early Bird, the full payment must be completed on or before May 31, 2015.

No refund can be made after May 31, 2015.

Jekyll Island Gate Cost:

Daily (Valid for 24 Consecutive hours after first entry) — $6.00

Weekly (Valid for 7 Consecutive days after first entry) — $28.00


Hotel: Quality Inn & Suite. Make sure you tell them that you are with GAD.

Prices for the room per night:

$100 for standard room
$115 for efficient room
$145 for 1 bedroom Suite
$165 for 2 bedroom Suite

If you have a question or need more information, please feel free to ask my committee or me. We are happy to answer your question and give you the information for the conference.

Contact: Patty Patton at
Shannon Biezenbos at

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