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Atlanta RAD Conference Still On

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RAD PRESS RELEASE
January 23, 2007

Important information regarding the RAD 2007 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Board of the Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf is sad to report that it has received a letter from PRDS (Peachtree Rainbow Deaf Society) indicating that they are withdrawing as hosts of the upcoming RAD conference.

The RAD Board has discussed this at length and it was decided, via a majority vote that the RAD Board will be taking over as hosts of the RAD Conference in Atlanta. As of right now, the conference date will remain the same which is July 3rd-8th, 2007. The conference is NOT cancelled.

The RAD Board thanks PRDS for its hard work to date and for their cooperation in making this a smooth transition. At this time, PRDS is working on decisions regarding funds raised for the conference, especially the combo ticket money they have collected thus far. RAD and PRDS will be entering negotiations regarding these funds and also any other funds raised for conference expenses. A new announcement with more information will be forthcoming when these decisions have been made.

For those of you who have current reservations with the original hotel, it is strongly suggested that you cancel your reservations, due to the fact that the hotel will be closed for renovations. You should not be penalized in any way for this cancellation.

We ask you as loyal conference attendees to remember, this is not the first time that RAD Board has hosted the RAD Conference. We hosted the Orlando RAD Conference in 2003 and it was very successful. We anticipate the same kind of success for Atlanta this summer.

We will provide more information as soon as possible. For the time being, please wait until you hear further information from RAD thru RADchapters, FLASH, and on RAD.org website. And also please spread the word that the conference is NOT cancelled; the only thing changing is who your hosts are.

(( Submitted by RAD ))