Government Employee Training

» Registration
In partnership with Deaf in Government (DIG), the NAD is offering GET sessions during the Conference (see below for confirmed sessions). The GET Registration is for federal and state employees only and includes:

  • GET sessions
  • NAD Workshop sessions, RID Region V sessions, and NDEC sessions
  • NAD Exhibit Hall
  • [email protected] events.

Note: the GET Registration includes the Certificate of Attendance.

» GET Employee Justification Letter
For your employers to get training approval.

» Download the GET Registration
If you cannot register online, download the registration and send it in!

» GSA Approved Hotels with Per Diem Rates

Note: distance is from Phoenix Convention Center.

» GET Sessions and Presenters

  • CAP Overview and Customer Engagement Jeffrey Dallos 
    The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), the largest assistive technology program in the world, provides services free of charge to support federal employees with disabilities throughout DoD and 69 partner agencies. Join CAP’s Director, Stephen M. King, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Team Lead, Jeffrey Dallos, for an overview of this unique program, through which over 150,000 accommodations have been provided since 1990. The session leaders encourage attendance by federal employees and welcome their feedback, which will help influence CAP’s policies and procedures well into the future. Support. Equip. Empower.
  • Federal Relay Service Training Chanel Gleicher and Tatyana Mezentseva
    Federal Relay Service Training will teach and educate the audience how to use FRS at their government offices without having difficulty with security requirements.

  • Defending America’s Freedom David Jones, with panelists: Ron Siudzinski, Fadi Aub-Shaaban, Ryan Maliszewski, and Cham L.
    There are unique roles and opportunities that deaf and hard of hearing people within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) utilize to protect the National Security and defend America’s freedom. The presentation will cover the basic questions to understand what IC means. The who, what, why, when and how will be presented in ways to spark discussion among stakeholders so they can become aware of what the IC does for the country and the American people. Deaf and hard of hearing members of the IC will share their experiences regarding mission, diversity, career/deployment opportunities, interpreting services, and others. Audience questions are encouraged for this dynamic interactive session.

  • Accessibility: To Innovate or Not to Innovate Cham L. and Dr. Patricia O’Neill-Brown
    The federal government engages and innovates new technology that would enable deaf and hard of hearing people to contribute their full potential to America. Based on recent efforts to crowd source innovation in assistive technology, we would like to share our lessons learned and experiences in collaborative innovation. The government wants to gather your thoughts and input to help us build a prototype that best matches the deaf audience. Join us and brainstorm on what kind of prototype we should pursue.
  • Communicating with E-mail Drew Robarge
    E-mails are an important part of our work lives, and it can be either a useful communication tool or a barrier. For many of us whose English is not our first language, it is mostly a challenge. Yet, some of the mistakes related to E-mails are not related to English but rather how we read them. This workshop will share some tips and advice on how to improve writing and reading E-mails — which will help resolve some possible issues in the workplace.
  • The 10 Biggest Mistakes Federal Employees Make Kramer Wealth Managers
    This workshop identifies 10 common pitfalls Federal employees may fall into when using their federal benefits options, especially when planning for retirement. It will give participants strategies for how to potentially avoid them. Topics will include FERS/CSRS pension options, Thrift Savings Plan, FEGLI life insurance, FEHB health insurance, among others. The workshop will also help participants navigate some of the complexities and nuances of their Federal benefits package both while still employed and also after retirement. This workshop is geared for federal employees of all ages and length of service but is especially critical for those within five years of retirement.
  • Employment Discrimination Mark Sorokin
    Important tips will be shared to help you understand and navigate the EEOC process.
  • The Future Workforce for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employees Sam Sepah
    Even with ADA law, workplace discrimination still happens as it makes headlines in nation. How can we fully understand what ADA law requires and how can we advocate ourselves in our workplace better? Sam Sepah
    brings a variety of panelists: legal expert, government official, HR professional, and hiring manager where they share their professional perspectives. The discussion focuses on both legal cases and current policy developments. The audience will learn the scope of their rights and responsibilities for their workplace, and have the better understanding to create a better partnership at their workplace.