David Nelson ’81, ’85 Named RIT/NTID Distinguished Alumnus

David Nelson is senior community outreach specialist in Government Affairs at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (“Amtrak”). He is responsible for providing accessibility information, managing outreach activities by Amtrak to the disability community and overseeing internal projects to ensure accessible compliance. Prior to joining Amtrak, David worked for the Honorable Tony Coelho (D-CA), who was one of the authors of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which marks its 25th anniversary in July 2015.

David is an active member of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and in 2004 received NAD’s prestigious Frederick C. Schreiber Distinguished Service Award. He now represents NAD on issues concerning telecommunication and transportation. David served as president of the District of Columbia Association of the Deaf and the Florida School for the Deaf Alumni Association, and gives presentations on Deaf culture and how to best serve deaf and hard-of-hearing customers to various groups and companies.

An NTID community reception honoring David will be held on Thursday, April 16, and he will be honored along with Distinguished Alumni Award winners from RIT’s other colleges at a ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17 in Webb Auditorium. Both events will be open to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni.