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Iowa Association of the Deaf's

55th Biennial Conference (July 25-27, 2013)


Stoney Creek Inn, Johnston, Iowa




What is the IAD?

Iowa Association of the Deaf (IAD) began in 1881, one year after the National Association of the Deaf began. IAD has been incorporated since 1898. It is a state organization of, by, and for the deaf. Why did we start IAD back in 1881? We wanted to make sure the needs of Iowa deaf were met. We wanted to make sure we had a way to support and encourage each other. We wanted to work on issues affecting our education, our work, and our everyday lives. Iowa Association of the Deaf is an affiliate of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

If you want to become a member of the IAD, you can click here to get an IAD membership application form.

 Updated July 21, 2014



Thomas Witt


We received a word that Thomas Witt of Des Moines, Iowa, was found dead either yesterday morning or this morning in his apartment.  He was 65 years old.  More information will be posted when we learn more about him.

  2014 Deaf Community Leader Award / Seeking Nominations




July 18, 2014


Dear Iowa Residents,


Hamilton Relay, the contracted service provider of Relay Iowa, is seeking your assistance in identifying candidates for the Hamilton Relay 2014 Deaf Community Leader Award. We are looking for individuals who are deaf or deaf-blind and who have been a positive influence in Iowa, demonstrating commitment to advocacy, leadership and enhancing the lives of those around them. The award will be presented around Deaf Awareness Week in September. 


Hamilton Relay Deaf Community Leader Award Recipients from previous years include: 

Kathy Miller - 2013 Deaf Community Leader Award Recipient

Jonathan Scherling - 2012 Deaf Community Leader Award Recipient

John Gannon - 2011 Deaf Community Leader Award Recipient


Is there someone you wish to nominate for 2014? 


A questionnaire is attached to assist in providing information about your candidate, including a brief description about the individual and what this person has done that causes you to nominate him/her. Please send your nominations directly to me by August 15th via e-mail, fax or by mail. My contact information is included under my signature below.


Celebrating community leaders during Deaf Awareness Week is something we look forward to each year. Thank you in advance for your participation in nominating deserving individuals from your community. We are eager to learn more about the community leaders in Iowa.




Ashley Hagedorn

Iowa Outreach Coordinator


P.O. Box 6

Irwin, IA  51446

You can get an application form by clicking here and print the form.


1st Annual CBSC Deaf Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Glory Days Sports Bar & Restaurant

106 W. Broadway

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

(Plenty of parking space behind the bar and tourney is upstairs of the bar)

Sign-up:  1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Rule: 2:30 pm

Start at 3:00 pm Sharp!


Limit 48 people Maximum


v  $45.00 (before August 2nd) - $5.00 registration fee, $5.00 bounty, $5.00 best high hand, 10,000 chips, one free drink, ($30.00 entry fee-100% money back)

v  If you pay in advance early deadline before August 2nd – you will get 1,000 chips!

v  $55.00 (after August 3rd or at the door) - $10.00 extra & no extra chips

v  $10.00 (add-on option) & must be paid before the tournament starts) – 2,000 extra chips!


NO REFUND for any reason

 Must be 21 years old & older to play

Please no children allowed in the bar

Hosted by Council Bluffs Silent Club

Tournament Chairperson – Hal Miller

Tournament Assistant Chair – Ricky Miksell & James Buettner


Please send money order or cashier check payable to:

Hal Miller

21235 Cougar Avenue

Honey Creek, IA 51542

Teletext:  712-314-3091

Videophone:  712-266-3486



Registration Form:


Full Name:____________________________________________________________________


Email:_____________________Text:______________________VP: ____________________


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