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NAD urges White House to make disability part of diversity in judicial nominations

November 8, 2011

In a statement released in September, the National Association of the Deaf issued a call for the White House to make disability a part of its efforts to increase judicial diversity. The NAD’s comments came in response to an “infographic” on judicial diversity released by the White House, which described the number of minority, female, and openly gay federal judges, but did not mention people with disabilities. "The NAD is not aware of any deaf or hard-of-hearing federal judges who use sign language. With the increasing number of deaf and hard-of-hearing attorneys in the United States, over 300 today, we want to see a signing judge appointed to federal court in our lifetime," said NAD President Bobbie Beth Scoggins.