National Association of the Deaf Corporate Status REVOKED

11:05 AM - Photographs were added to help people better understand sources, links still available for further investigation by those that are interested.

12:15 PM - NAD public statement in response to inquiries inserted at bottom of article for reference.

This article is an Op-Ed submission.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), is an activist organization for the Deaf which was founded in 1880 and is one of the oldest Deaf run non profit organizations in America. Incorporated in Washington, D.C. NAD is listed under the District of Columbia’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the registration in District of Columbia shows as revoked. No registered agent has been found.  No business address had been registered. Those two missing entries may have been one of the many factors that caused the registration to be revoked.

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In a separate search in Maryland (the state in which NAD does the majority of their business operations), the domestic corporation has been listed as forfeited. Maryland’s Business Express, which is an online directory of businesses registered with the state, shows that National Association of the Deaf is not in good business standing as of 04/23/2019.  

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In the state of Maryland, when a business has been forfeited, Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation describes forfeited as: 

Illustration by  Destiny Slater  ID: Text on tombstone reads “NAD 1880 - 2018 R-I-P” on ground with light brown mound of dirt directly in front of stone. Surrounded with overgrown tan and green grass and dark green mountains in background.

Illustration by Destiny Slater ID: Text on tombstone reads “NAD 1880 - 2018 R-I-P” on ground with light brown mound of dirt directly in front of stone. Surrounded with overgrown tan and green grass and dark green mountains in background.

“Forfeited” means the right of the entity to conduct business in the State of Maryland has been relinquished and it has no right to use its name. For domestic corporations, this also means that the business has no existence under the laws of the State of Maryland.

In most circumstances, a business is forfeited only after it has been “not in good standing” for a period of time, so the most common reasons for forfeiture are the same as the reasons businesses fall out of good standing.”  (STATE OF MARYLAND)

Maryland’s Business Express mentions the reason for the forfeit as “THE ENTITY WAS FORFEITED FOR FAILURE TO FILE PROPERTY RETURN FOR 2018.“  It appears to us that filing a property return is one of the routine upkeeps for a business.  Why the failure in such a simple filing?

Further investigation in the matter brought out some more information about NAD and its branches. There was a discovery of a list of inactive NAD branches, most of which were started in 1997. It brings to question- is NAD minding their due diligence in keeping in good status with the states that they have branches in? It may not appear so. Comparing NAD to other nonprofit organizations that serve the deaf community, it appears that with the latest blow to NAD by the inaction of the executives at the helm- we may be seeing the operational muscles of NAD withering away.

With that in mind, is it time to start looking elsewhere for the next torchbearers of the Deaf Community?  

NAD has been contacted with further inquiries which has been responded by NAD via “Ask Howard Anything - April 2019