ASL at the National Gallery, Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1:00pm

November 24, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


The National Gallery of Art

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection
The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on Sunday, December 13  at 1:00 pm.  The tour meets in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC, 20565

All are welcome!


ASL Video Tour
We now have a free self-guided ASL video tour available for use online and in the galleries!  The Director’s Tour (West Building highlights) has been interpreted into 27 ASL videos.  Stop by the Acoustiguide desk just inside the Mall entrance on Madison Avenue to check out an Acoustiguide device and receive written instructions on accessing the tour.

The videos can also now be viewed online!

Assistive Listening Devices Available
ALDs are available for use on any public tour with three weeks’ advance notice if possible.  To view a full listing of tours visit and click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905 to arrange the use of ALDs.

To find more programs in ASL in the Washington, DC area, including museums and theaters, check out the Calendar of Events for the DC Arts & Access Network!

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Open Captioned Screening – Dec 19

November 24, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events


“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be open captioned at Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Washington, DC
December 19th (Saturday) at 6:00 PM.

Tickets are available online right now to purchase in advance!
With the screening on opening weekend, it will likely sell out between now and then. It is highly recommended to get your tickets now and to get to the theater early on that day to get good seats.

Instructions follow:

  1. Go to the theater website:
  2. Change the date to 12/19/15
  3. Select the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 6:00 PM time that says “OC” (Open Captions) under Amenities next to it
  4. Buy your tickets!


Courtesy of –Erik Nordlof – Thanks

Open caption films at the Old Greenbelt Theatre MD – Nov 29

November 24, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


The Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Md., offers open captioned films on Sunday afternoons.

Brooklyn is playing on Sunday, November 29, at 1 p.m.

Check their website and get your name on their mailing list to be informed about upcoming films.  Look for the “OC” designation for the film on Sundays.
Check out thier website at    

There is also a farmer’s market next to the theatre on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 25 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Md.

Courtesy of Jackie Mann
Maryland Deaf Seniors –


November 24, 2015 in Community Events, Technology



There are countless free and low-cost applications that people with hearing loss can download and use in their daily lives. Everything from ordering a cab, to finding a health care provider, to finding that song people are singing on the radio and much more is just one click away. Come join us as we explore applications and websites that will make navigating the hearing world a better experience.

Our presenter, Mariella Paulino, has a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and held a fellowship with Code for Progress where she learned to create software. She has a strong interest in building tools that combine resources for the hard of hearing, occasioned both by her own hearing loss and previous work at the Defense Department where she interacted with veterans, many of whom with hearing difficulties. She is currently in the process of building (which will launch in 2016) whose purpose is to create a consolidated database of tools, technology, and resources for the hard of hearing.

Date and Time: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:00pm

Place: DC Public Library at Tenleytown (large meeting room), 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (less than a block from the Tenleytown Station on Metro’s Red Line)

Real-time captioning and a looping system will be available for all attendees.

     All are welcome. There is no charge


NVAD Holiday Party – Dec. 12

November 24, 2015 in Community Events


Saturday, December 12, 2015
5:00 PM

Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030

Bring your camera for the holiday photo booth.

NVAD will provide Roast Beef and Ham.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a large covered dish for 10 people.
No Chips, Cookies, and Bread, PLEASE…
Without Dish…..$10.00
Family of 4…..$25.00

Chinese Gift Exchange Game ~ Up to $20.00 Gift or Gift Card
If you have any question, please contact
NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall (email) or 571-766-0671 (VP)

In the event that NVAD cancels the party due to bad weather,
watch for announcement via email, NVAD FB & website,

DOWNLOAD – NVAD Holiday Party 2015 Flyer

OC – AFI Silver Theatre – SUFFRAGETTE – Nov. 22 @ 7:20

November 19, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events


AFI Silver Theatre is happy to provide open captioning for select film(s) this Sunday, November 22: 


SUFFRAGETTE is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in this day and age. The stirring film, directed by BAFTA Award® winner Sarah Gavron and written by Emmy Award® winner Abi Morgan, is inspired by the early-20th-century campaign of the Suffragettes, who were activists for Women’s Suffrage – the right of women to vote. The cast includes Academy Award® nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, Golden Globe Award® nominee Brendan Gleeson, British Independent Film Award® winner Anne-Marie Duff, BAFTA Award® winner Ben Whishaw and three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep.

Check for future Open Caption Screenings.

AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Rd., near the intersection of Colesville Rd. and Georgia Ave.  For daily listings call 301-495-6700

(!)  Pass Restricted

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Can YOU Hear a Burp? By Gael Hannan

November 19, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Better Hearing Consumer
By Gael Hannan

I have a small bone to pick with people who can hear well. It’s not that I begrudge them their hearing—but do they have to be so show-offy about it?

These people let you know when they hear a pin drop. They can understand what’s being said way over there. They can understand speech in noisy situations—on a roller coaster, for example. And that’s all very nice but why do they need to ask me—a certified HoH (hard of hearing person), the crowned Queen of Pardon?—if I hear that itty-bitty chickadee on top of that tree half a mile away. Why even bother excusing themselves for a burp? There’s no way I would hear what must be all of 15 decibels, hardly a Richter-scale vibration.

In those moments, in the grip of a secret fit of hearing-envy, I have to remind myself, who really wants to hear all that stuff? Pretty birdsong is one thing, but when  it comes to indelicate sounds, people with high frequency hearing loss

Read More  . . .Burp?

McLean Bible Church – Tyson Christmas Party Dec. 5th

November 19, 2015 in Community Events


December 5, 2015
The Rock Gym Room 1700

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Bring Your Friends!

Contact: Dr. Love for information Email:

DOWNLOAD – MBC_ChristmasParty2015

ECNV Annual Holiday Party! Dec. 12

November 19, 2015 in Community Events


ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia
Annual Holiday Party – A Season for Celebrations

Join us on
Saturday, December 12, 2015
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
4301 Wilson Blvd. #803, Arlington, VA 22203

RSVP to or (703) 525-3268. ASL interpreters will be provided. Please let us know of any other accommodation requests.

Meet James Garrett, ECNV’s new Executive Director!

Light Fare • Conversation • Music

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated!

Please consider making an online donation or send a check made payable to ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Please see the attached flyers for more information or go to our website at!

DOWNLOAD – A Season for Celebrations flyer 2015

Demand for sign-language interpreters soars

November 19, 2015 in Interpreting & Transliterating


Orlando Sentinel
By Susan Jacobson
Oct. 28,2015

At basketball games, theme parks, schools and businesses in Central Florida, sign-language interpreters bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf worlds.

Florida has more than 3 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people, according to the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Nearly 30 percent more interpreters and translators will be required in the state by 2022, according to the state.

To meet the need, Valencia College is planning to ask the Florida Department of Education to let it add a four-year, American Sign Language-interpretation degree starting in 2017. The program would focus on preparing students for regional jobs in the hospitality, health and education industries, according to a Valencia document submitted to the state.

Currently, Valencia’s sign-language students must transfer to the University of North Florida or the University of South Florida to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Read More  . . . Demand for sign-language interpreters

New rules would raise bar for paid sign language interpreters

November 19, 2015 in Interpreting & Transliterating



October 24, 2015

She isn’t deaf, but Margie Propp says she’s more comfortable signing than speaking.

Her father, who lost his hearing at age 15, helped found the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a state advocacy group. Her mother, one of the commission’s first staffers, grew up deaf and came from a deaf family.

Propp’s older brother is deaf, too, and her other siblings use sign language to make a living.

But none of that automatically qualifies Propp to be a sign language interpreter, she said.

Professional interpreters must listen, understand and sign almost simultaneously, all while removing or reinserting extraneous words that would make signing nearly impossible but are necessary in a spoken conversation. They also require ethics training, vocabulary for special scenarios — even lessons on what clothes to wear so their hands are clearly visible.

Read more  . . . New rules

Wearable ASL Translation Technology

November 19, 2015 in Interpreting & Transliterating, Research, Technology



Language Magazine
by admin34
November 17th, 2015

Roozbeh Jafari, Associate Professor for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University is leading the development of a tool for American Sign Language (ASL) translation. While previous attempts for automatic ASL translation have largely relied on cameras and visual tracking technology, Jafari’s project tracks muscle movement and external motion. “The sensor is based on EMG, or electromyogram technology,” Jafari said. “Combined with the external motion sensors, which show us the overall hand movement, the EMG allows us to discriminate between gestures,” he said. “A fine-grain of interpretation […] motion sensors give us the overall sense and muscle activities give us information about the fine-grained intent.”

The prototype was revealed this past June at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 12th Annual Body Sensor Networks Conference,   . . .

Read More  . . . ASL Translation Technology

Related Article from DOGO News –  By Kim Bussing on October 30, 2015

Project AMP gives a voice to students hard of hearing

November 19, 2015 in Community News, Technology



“Spring Awakening” NY Trip – with Frederick Deaf Seniors Dec. 19

November 19, 2015 in Community Events


Spring Awakening Broadway Show ,
December 19, 2015 

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Time: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Showtime: 2:00 PM
Cost: $160 including bus trip

Deadline: by Monday, November 23—this trip will depend on the number of people signing up before I could order tickets. We need 45 people before I can confirm the trip

Itineary: Wolf’s Bus Company will provide a comfortable 47 seats bus and will depart in Frederick Maryland at 6 am. We will arrive New York around 12 or earlier. We will have lunch on our own. We will depart after the show and will have our dinner at NY or on the way back. The price included bus ride, Mezzanine Broadway show ticket, tips for bus driver. Limit to first 45 people.

More about Spring Awakening – Check this link at

Write a check payable to Frederick Deaf Seniors and mail it to 4909 Teen Barnes Road, Frederick Maryland 21703. For more information: please contact Jackie Kanekuni at or call at 240-356-1160.

DOWNLOAD – SpringAwakeningDec19_Flyer

PCAST Recommends Changes to Promote Innovation in Hearing Technologies

November 18, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



OCTOBER 26, 2015

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology letter report investigated age-related mild to moderate hearing loss.

Untreated, age-related hearing loss is a significant national problem. With the population 65 and older in the United States expected to reach 80 million in the next 25 years, the number of people with hearing loss will rise dramatically. Already, a quarter of adults between 60 and 69 years, more than half of adults between 70 and 79 years, and almost 80 percent of those older than 80 years have difficulty hearing – that’s almost 30 million Americans. Only a small fraction of this group seek out and use assistive hearing technologies, including hearing aids, and that rate is even smaller among low income and racial and ethnic minorities.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) believes there is an opportunity to enhance the pace of innovation, decrease cost, and improve the capability, convenience, and use of assistive hearing devices for individuals whose hearing has diminished in a mild to moderate way with age. Today, we delivered a letter report to the President, Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies, that examines these issues and includes several recommendations as part of our larger study about how technologies can help Americans remain independent as they age.

Read entire Summary

Read Full report (pdf)