Who We Serve
Established in 1988, Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
(Limited services are provided to Prince William County, City of Alexandria)
The Center serves deaf and hard of hearing people and their families, friends, co-workers, employers, and business and government agencies that serve deaf and hard of hearing people. This list is more widespread than you might first think as it includes: deaf, deaf-blind, late-deafened, hard of hearing, hearing, parents with deaf children, children of deaf parents, parents with hard of hearing children, children with hard of hearing parents, educators, sign language teachers, sign language students, hearing aid users, people with cochlear implants, people with tinnitus.
More than 202,000 deaf and hard of hearing people live in the Northern Virginia Metro area.
To empower deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement.
NVRC offers and supports a variety of programs for all ages from newborns to seniors with hearing loss. You will find the staff out in the community giving presentations, exhibiting, leading support groups, talking with business leaders and attending meetings.
Here in the office we provide a demonstration room with assistive technology equipment to try before you buy, fact sheets by the dozens, a bulletin board with information for all and a chance to meet with our experienced staff for advice and peer mentoring.
Our community meeting room hosts nonprofit groups or clubs that support deaf and hard of hearing people. It is also the site for workshops, classes, social events and our Annual Meeting.
An Interpreting and Transliterating Services Program began in July 2010 to fill gaps in affordable communication services for the local deaf and hard of hearing community.
Each May NVRC hosts a premier exhibitor event focused on current technologies and information specifically for deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families. This event is free to the public and held at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.
NVRC members come from various counties in the Northern Virginia Metropolitan Area and beyond. They represent a broad cross section of people with hearing loss, people who are related to someone with a hearing loss or people who work in the field. NVRC values each and every member and works hard to serve the community.
Your membership dollars help sustain the organization and membership is only $15 for an individual or $25 for a family. There are discounts for students and seniors and any donation of $50 or more includes membership for a full year and an invitation to our annual Members-Only Breakfast on the morning of Celebrate Communication. Click here for a form and more information.
Donations, including volunteer time, are extremely important to the health of our organization. Your donations enable NVRC to continue providing important programs and expand services.
The Center also works actively with the United Way of the National Capital Area, Combined Federal Campagin, America’s Charities and other employee giving programs.
Contributions are tax deductible and NVRC now accepts Credit Cards
A financial statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.