Phyllis Frelich, Tony Award-winning deaf actress, dies at 70

April 14, 2014 in Community News


This 2004 photo shows actress Phyllis Frelich in New York. Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of ‘Children of a Lesser God,’ died Thursday at age 70.


Frelich was the inspiration for ‘Children of a Lesser God’ and won a Tony in 1980 for her Broadway portrayal of Sarah Norman, the deaf

woman at the heart of the play.

Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of “Children of a Lesser God,” has died. She was 70.

Frelich died Thursday at their home in Temple City, Calif., her husband, Robert Steinberg, said.

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Summer internships for college students with disabilities in Fairfax County Government

April 13, 2014 in Community News

Extended Submission Date

John Hudson Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

The John Hudson Internship Program is an internship program in Fairfax County Government for college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

Application Materials Due on EXTENDED TO April 20,2014

o    Policy and Implementation Intern

o    Information Technology Intern

o    Communications Intern

Jill Clark
Disability Services Planning and Development
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Voice: 703-324-5874     TTY: 703-449-1186
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Research Study on Benefits of Post-Implantation Training

April 13, 2014 in Community News, Research

Invites Adult Cochlear Implant Users to Participate

*Washington DC/ Maryland/Virginia Residents Only*

What is the Study’s Purpose?
This study is looking at the effectiveness of training for adults who have received cochlear implants. We would like to determine whether a special training program can help cochlear implant users improve their understanding of speech and communication in daily life.

Who Can Participate?
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, post-lingually deafened (onset of hearing loss after having learned spoken language), fluent in English, and have had their cochlear implant between three months and three years.

Participating in this study may improve your communication ability, further knowledge in this area, and help determine the best training method for cochlear implant users.

When and Where?
Participation will require eight weekly visits (90 minutes each) scheduled at your convenience. There will be two follow-up visits; one at two months and one at six months following the last training session (also running 90 minutes each).

You will be able to participate at one of several Washington Metropolitan area locations including Gallaudet University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the Hearing Loss Association of America’s national office in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Some of the training sessions are now available on site at the Northern Virginia Resource Center in Fairfax,Virginia 

To get more information on how to enroll in this study, please contact: Claire Bernstein, Ph.D,  Gallaudet University,at 202-448-7204, or send an email to:

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards at Gallaudet University and The George Washington University. Identifying information will be kept confidential.

2nd Biz Bootcamp and 4th Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf!

April 11, 2014 in Community News, Employment

Biz Bootcamp – May 28-29, 2014
Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf – Chicago  May 29-31, 2014

Are you working at a big corporate or business company in VA or DC area ?

There is a fast growing number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing corporate employees from Starbucks, RR Donnelley, Boeing, Airbus, Sinai Healthcare System, Ernest Young and others. They and we will work and focus on NEW BRAINPOWER, INNOVAITON, and COLLABORATION at national business event for the Deaf and HOH in Chicago, IL. May 28-31, 2014.

The audience with various backgrounds: they are business managers, administrators, college professors, professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, starters, students who never let their deafness or hearing loss stop them from pursuing their dreams. Every attendee comes from diverse field in business, education, marketing, science, sales, technology, hospitality, culinary, finance and many other areas.  There are expected 20 workshops and 10 business trainings.

You are welcome to register and participate the NEW BRAINPOWER MEETING for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Chicago, IL. Domestic, local, national, and international participants are looking for this SUPER business event.


VISIT WEBSITE for more information:




No(ah), No(ah) – It’s Too Loud, By Gael Hannan

April 10, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Hearing Loss & Deafness

By Gael Hannan, Hearing Health Matters 4/8/2014

In hindsight, we should have picked the movie about the spelling bee over the cute animals marching two by two into Russell Crowe’s ark.



I mean, how loud can a spelling bee be, whereas Noah turned out to be a surprise candidate for the Loudest Movie I’ve Ever Seen award.  But who knew?  The

Spoiler Alert:  
Noah is too loud with non-stop visual effects.other choices for a movie night with the Hearing Husband and my hearing friend Wendy were action/thriller films that we figured would be too loud with non-stop and over-the-top visual effects.

While it’s not a religious movie, there are angels in the form of gigantic stone-lava transformers.  And there are hordes of screaming people who can’t swim and don’t have tickets for the ark.  When le déluge starts, the water comes not only from the sky, but from mighty geysers roaring up from the earth, hundreds of feet in the air, presumably as part of the Creator’s plan to get that boat afloat as quickly as possible.  And all of these noise sources happen at the same time, creating a mega-decibel cacophony that almost melted my hearing aids.

I wish I had been able to turn on the Decibel Meter app on my cellphone to measure the volume.  But I didn’t have any free fingers.  I had taken out one of my in-the-ear hearing aids because it was magnifying the already loud noise (when is compression supposed to kick in?) in a sensory onslaught that made my head vibrate and my eyeballs ache.

My other hand was helping to balance my popcorn and drink, because the drink holder contained my CaptiViewcaption thingy.  (I’ve complained about this before; if my caption device is in the drink holder, I have to hold the huge drink in my lap.  A shout out to movie chains – get the Sony Caption Glasses system.  It places the captions where you want them and leaves your hands free for food, drink and hearing aids.)  . . .

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What a Fantastic Spring Fling! It was great seeing you!

April 9, 2014 in Community News, NVRC Announcements


Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons


April 8, 2014
Spring Fling & Community Forum 2014 
 Thank you to all who joined us for a Super Spring Fling.  

It was a wonderful, heartwarming show of support as we wrapped up our 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Thanks to our sponsors and all of you who participated, over $4,500 was raised for the NVRC Communication Access Fund. The raffle alone brought in $700. Many, many thanks for all your raffle gifts.


Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers for not only spreading general good cheer, but for collecting lunch money, selling raffle tickets, helping with the NVRC Milestones Game, and slaving in the snack bar. We appreciate your hard work!

Our Four Chefs.
A special shout out to our Fab Four Grillers – Chef Tom, Chef Ray, Chef Fred and ChefTony who not only cooked delicious burgers and hot dogs, but raised over $90 in the Tip the Chef competition! Woo hoo!


And especially thank you to our fantastic Board of Directors who provided the food and also came to volunteer.  We couldn’t have done it without you!


Please answer our event survey.

Click here to watch the video




Please Note:

    – For those who purchased raffle tickets but weren’t able to attend, 

       winning numbers can be found here and are posted on our website.


    -108 people took the survey; results can be found here or from our website.


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NVRC Spring Fling Video

April 9, 2014 in NVRC

Spring Fling Video, April 5,2014

Please answer our post event survey.

Art Signs gallery talk in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

April 8, 2014 in Community Events

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL with Art Signs guides Emily Blachly and Felece Steele.  They will be discussing artworks in the exhibition Modern American Realism:  The Sara Roby Foundation Collection.

Learn more about the exhibition here:

When:                  Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Hope to see you there!

ART Signs - Calendar of upcoming Art Sign events

Spring Fling Winning Raffle Numbers

April 5, 2014 in Community News

Below are the winning numbers for the Spring Fling Raffle.

If you have the ticket for any of the winning numbers.
please contact the NVRC office to claim your prize.

Claimed Trader Joes 5556890
Not Claimed Yet Bed Bath and Beyond 5556944
Claimed The Container Store 5556970
Not Claimed Yet Godiva Easter Basket 5557011
Claimed Sephora 5557080
Claimed Knitted monkey 5557099
Claimed Olive Garden – Great American Rest. 5557117
Claimed Quilt 5557161
Claimed Zoe Hair Salon 5557274
Claimed  eggspectation cafe 5557276
Claimed  Nando’s Restaurant 5557283
Claimed  Family Movie Night 5557330
Claimed  Knitted elephant 5557357
Claimed  ”Hark” the Deaf Gnome 5557367
Claimed Zephyr Ear Dryer 5557421
Not Claimed Yet 2 knitted bears 5557426
Claimed Great American Rest. – Woodlands Indian Rest. -  Paolo’s Ristorante 5557482
Claimed Barnes and Nobel 5557556

NVRC Spring Survey Results

April 5, 2014 in Community Events, Community News

NVRC Spring Fling

Spring Survey Results

Click here for the results

for the 2014 Spring Survey .


Game & Social Night – NVAD Saturday, April 19th • 3-10PM

April 4, 2014 in Community Events

Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf

Game & Social Night

Saturday, April 19th  3:00 – 10:00 PM

Dinner at 5:00pm…Bring potluck… Without Covered Dish, $8.00 

Come and Have FUN!!

For more information, contact President Jill Moebus, / VP (571) 313-7968

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Text-to-9-1-1 in Emergencies

April 4, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

Text-to-9111: What is Your Emergency?

April WOW Policy Point

CTIA (The Wireless Association) is an international nonprofit association that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984.

Over the past decade, texting has become an integral part of how we communicate with friends and family, but it also plays a vital role in emergencies, especially for those with disabilities. Learn about the development and adoption of text-to-911 service, and what it means for consumers by watching captioned video

Hearing Loss Affects Personality Among Elderly

April 4, 2014 in Community News, Research

From IANS, 4/2/2014
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 Hearing loss among old people leaves a deep impact in their personality as well, research finds.

The researchers studied 400 people in the age group of 80-98 over a period of six years.

They were assessed in terms of physical and mental measures as well as personality aspects such as extraversion, which reflects the inclination to be outgoing and emotional stability in every two years.

The results show that even if the emotional stability remained constant over the period, the participants became less outgoing.

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Prince William County Budget Hearing – April 8th at 7:30 p.m.

April 3, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community News


The Prince William County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on April 8th at 7:30 p.m. to answer questions about the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. Please come and provide your feedback on services and programs that are necessary to support Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind individuals residing in Prince William County. ASL Interpreters will be available for this event. It will be held at McCoart Administration Building, Board Chambers, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge VA.

CW Tillman

Outreach Director
Providing Access to Healthcare for the Deaf Community (PAH)

703-594-1104 (direct/text)
703-496-7773 (office VP)

Fun Facts about NVRC Spring Fling!

April 1, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

Northern Virginia Resource Center for 

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons



FUN Facts    About NVRC  SpringFling 

90_num 25_num

The number of NVRC Milestones
historical facts

The number of people who took the NVRC online survey + 15 more . . . 105 total





The number
Grill Masters
that will be grilling





Awesome Door Prize



18_numThe number of
amazing raffle items

The Price for a
Lunch Ticket






The price of a raffle ticket

The number of exhibitors at the Community Information and Services Table


Hope to see you here!

This Saturday – April 5th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

NVRC Spring Fling

NVRC Spring Fling

Event Location:

 3951 Pender Drive,  Suite 130,  Fairfax, VA 22030

Improving Communication, Changing Lives