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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 November 23, 2014


Judith (Siders) Petersen


The webmaster received a word that Judith (Siders) Petersen, 71 years old, of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away this morning at six.  Her funeral arrangements are pending.  Will post in the Obituaries page when we get more information about her funerals.



$35 Adults, $24 Students


Interpreted Performance in American Sign Language! 


November 30th, 2:30 p.m.


Call Theatre Cedar Rapids for tickets in Deaf section:  319.366.8591


Quickie Description:

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.



Shrek The Musical is about an ogre named Shrek, who lives alone in a swamp. When the evil Lord Farquaad decides to banish all of the Fairy Tale characters from the Kingdom of Duloc, they ask Shrek to visit the evil Lord. Shrek agrees and meets Donkey on his way. 

It's the story you know, with a big, fat musical score that adds to everything that makes Shrek fun. With an emphasis on celebrating what "makes us special" you will have a terrific time with your entire family when you see TCR's Shrek The Musical!



Jerry Siders, The Sign Language Editor, makes an announcement that he would like to collect news items, announcements, items of interests, etc., for next issue (January-February 2015 issue).   If you have a news item, an announcement, an item of interests to share with The Sign Language readers, you can send it to his through Don's email address:  Deadline for January-February issue is December 12, 2014.