The DAC is a way to increase deaf involvement and the deaf perspective within all levels of the association, from the board and committees to the staff and the membership, with the DAC serving in an advisory capacity as well as a resource, among other roles. The Deaf Advisory Council (DAC) advises the RID Board of Directors to uphold the Board’s desire of ensuring that the Deaf perspective is embodied in all matters before the Board and the association.

Reports to: The RID Board of Directors

Board of Directors Liaison: Branton Stewart, Deaf Member-at-Large

Current Council Members (2019-2021):

  • Jimmy Beldon
  • Margie English
  • Alicia McClurkan
  • Carole Lazorisak
  • Eric Kaika
  • Alfred Sonnenstrahl

For the term 2017-2021, the Deaf Advisory Council members are charged to complete the following tasks:

  • Work in collaboration with the Board of Directors for the purpose of preserving and upholding cultural norms, foundations of ASL and respect for Deaf and RID heritage.
    • Serve as a private resource to the RID Board for the purpose of outreach to Deaf members and emphasizing equality within the membership.
    • Serve as a private resource to the Board for information sharing and recommendation. 
    • Under the direction of the National Board, serve as a resource, when requested, for RID committees, member sections, etc.
    • To address additional items referred to the council by the board of directors.

How is the council organized?

The council operates during the specified two-year term.  The council is lead by a chair, determined by the board of directors.  The chair and council members serve the two-year term with the support of the board liaison.  The board liaison is determined by the board.  The role of the board liaison is explained in the RID Volunteer Leadership Manual. The council members work to meet the assigned roles and responsibilities determined for the specified two-year term. Each council member is appointed for the two-year term and may be re-appointed for up to three consecutive terms. The council begins upon appointment and completes its work at the end of the national conference.

How often does the council meet?

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