Gallaudet Announced the New University President

October 9, 2015 in Community News



 Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano to be the next University President

Announcement starts at 00:09:12


Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bachelor of Arts, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisc.

Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano, J.D., recently had served as the vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minn. In this role, she oversees direct community-based programs to nearly 9,500 people in the areas of early childhood, community mental health, family supportive housing, aging and caregiver services, school reform, and food access. Her accomplishments in this role range from managing and sustaining programs in a highly volatile revenue environment, providing community leadership, fostering innovation, strengthening and supporting diversity within the workforce, and structuring services for optimal alignment and collaboration.

The above text taken from Finalist Candidate Page

Official announcement
Board Of Trustees Names Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano To Serve As University’s Next President


See the Gallaudet Website for more about the official announcement .

AFI Silver Theatre to provide open captioning for select films this Oct 11th

October 9, 2015 in Community News



AFI Silver Theatre is happy to provide open captioning
for select films this Sunday, October 11: 

HE NAMED ME MALALA at 5:25 (!) Pass Restricted

GRANDMA at 7:15

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

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301.495.6700, option 1 for Showtimes, option 4 for Box Office (M-F, 5:30-10pm, Weekends 11am-11pm)
301.495.6720 (for reception, call M-F, 9am-5:30pm)

ECNV Booz Allen Disability Employment Seminar-Oct. 15th

October 9, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Employment


Job Seekers with Disabilities 

EXCEL! Networking Group

Booz Allen Disability Employment Seminar

Thursday, October 15, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201

RSVP with accommodation requests:

Patricia Jackson, a disability employment specialist from Booz Allen, will speak about the company’s pioneering disability employment efforts and share how to apply.

DOWNLOAD – Excel flyer 10.15

Shake Out, the World’s Largest Earthquake Drill-October 15th, 10:15am

October 9, 2015 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness



Next Thursday October 15th at 10:15am is the Shake Out, the World’s Largest Earthquake Drill.

Attached is the flyer and a helpful document of what to do should you experience an earthquake. As earthquakes seem to be more common here in Virginia, I think it is wise to know what to do to maximize safety. I pulled some of the more relevant info from the document and pasted it below. I will send out an email next Thursday at 10:15 to signal the earthquake. Please take the time to participate.

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and seek shelter by getting under a sturdy desk or table if nearby; and
  • HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On: If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect your head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you.

In a wheelchair: Lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Always protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.

MYTH – Head for the Doorway: An enduring earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the doorframe as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. We now understand that doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house, and do not provide protection from falling or flying objects. You are safer under a table.

DOWNLOAD – ShakeOut_Recommended_Earthquake_Safety_Actions

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Open Captioned (OC) Screenings of Movie “The Martian” Oct. 9th & 16th

October 9, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events



Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Washington, DC will be having two open captioned (OC) screenings of “The Martian” this October 2015. Details follow:

Theater: Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, 701 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Date and Time #1: October 9th (Friday) at 7:00pm TONIGHT

Date and Time #2: October 16th (Friday) at 7:00pm

Tickets for each date and time are available to buy online on Tuesday evening before each showtime. For #1, tickets are available starting the evening of October 6th (Tuesday). For #2, tickets are available starting the evening of October 13th (Tuesday). The main website is Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, where you can change the date to the appropriate screening and look for The Martian 7:00 PM screening where it says “OC” (for Open Captions) under Amenities.

There are two event pages on Facebook for deaf moviegoers to join and share with others:
“The Martian” Open Captioned Screening (1st of 2):
“The Martian” Open Captioned Screening (2nd of 2):

Both event pages were created under the new Facebook group DC Deaf Moviegoers, where deaf moviegoers can share their movie experiences and plan for future screenings.

The movie theater is on top of Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station, which services the Red Line as well as Green/Yellow Lines. The Gallery Place building also has a parking garage, and the movie theater can validate your parking pass for 3 hours’ free parking.


Webinar – Instruction of Deafblind Students-Oct 14th

October 6, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Instruction of Students Who are Deafblind: What is the State of Our Evidence?

A webinar presented by Dr. Susan Bruce, Boston College

October 14, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

What evidence do we have to support many of the common instructional practices used to teach students with deafblindness? Dr. Susan Bruce of Boston College, co-author of “Innovation Configuration for Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Sensory Impairments” (2014), reviews findings in 12 areas, including communication, social-emotional, literacy, life skills and transition and their application.

Target Audience: Educators who work with children with deafblindness (teachers, related service providers, instructional assistants, interveners, special education directors) and parents.

Please register for “Instruction of Students Who are Deafblind: What is the State of Our Evidence?” at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing connection information to join the webinar on October 14.

This one hour webinar can be accessed from any location. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who complete a short survey at the conclusion of the training.

Wednesday Webinars are sponsored by Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.

We hope you can join us!

DOWNLOAD – Instruction of Deaf-Blind Students_flyer

Deaf community lacks interpreters and support, advocates say

October 6, 2015 in Community News, Interpreting & Transliterating


Suggestions include four-year interpreter training and incentives for businesses.

October 2, 2015
By Caitlin McArthur
Capital News Service

LANSING, MI — Continued shortages of qualified interpreters and funding mean Michigan’s deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing residents lack access to proper communication and education, and many are unclear of their rights under state law, advocates say.

Michigan has a shortage of accessible mental health services, education, employment and legal services for these residents, said Todd Morrison, director of the Michigan Deaf Association.

About a million Michigan residents experience hearing loss, and about 90,000 identify as deaf. The majority consider themselves hard of hearing or later-deafened — meaning they were deafened after adolescence, having grown up as part of the hearing population, Morrison said.

But the state has only about 500 registered and certified hearing and sign language interpreters to assist this population. And 90 percent of those interpreters are self-employed, which means they can choose not to respond to emergency calls or work nights or weekends, Morrison said.

Read More . . . Interpreters

Younger Adults More Likely to Use New Gadgets for Hearing Loss

October 6, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research, Technology



Consumer Reports
by Sue Byrne
October 01, 2015

If you have hearing loss, like one in six adults in the U.S., you probably haven’t done anything about it: Less than half have gone to a doctor or audiologist about the problem in the last five years, perhaps because they don’t want to wear a hearing aid or try a different technology. But that may be changing.

A new report on hearing trouble in adults released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that people age 18 to 39 with hearing loss are more likely than people age 40 and up to use some sort of assistive technology to cope with the problem, such as headsets, FM microphone systems, text messages, amplified telephones, or live video streaming.

Room for Improvement

“There’s a lot of untreated hearing loss in this country,” says Carla Zelaya, Ph.D., a survey statistician for the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and lead author of the report, which surveyed more than 36,000 U.S. adults.

“We found that people of middle age were the least likely to use assistive technology, perhaps because their hearing loss is not that bad yet and they are uncomfortable with using the newer devices. But the younger adults seem to recognize their hearing limitation and are using new technology to help themselves.”

Read more Younger Adults


Fundraising Paint Nite on Wed, Nov 11

October 6, 2015 in Community Events


DEAFinitely Accessible partners with other nonprofits to make their resources and services accessible to the Deaf community.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
5:00PM to 8:30PM
5:00PM ~ Dinner (Free)
6:30PM ~ Paint Nite

On The Border-Mexican Grill & Cantina 11880 Spectrum Ctr
Reston Town Center
Reston, VA 20190

$45.00 per person (Age: 18 and up)
Sign up now ~

Dinner: Steak and Chicken Fajitas (Purchase Your Own Drinks)

For more information, please contact Joan Corley,

DOWNLOAD – Fundraising Paint Nite Event Flyer

Workshop by Tina Childress, C”APP”ITALIZING, ON TECHNOLOGY – Oct 19th

October 6, 2015 in Community News, Technology



Presented by Outreach Services, VSDB VSDB_outreach

Tina Childress, MA,CCC-A,

Is a trainer for the Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Program and the 2014 winner of the I. King Jordan Award and Phonak’s Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for outstanding achievement in Educational and Pediatric Audiology.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to describe features of apps that can be used with children with hearing loss (and with adults), list sources for finding apps for no or low cost, and name apps that can be used to work on receptive and expressive language skills for children developing listening and spoken language skills and/or signing skills.

Target Audience: Speech and language pathologists, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, audiologists, Part C providers, parents, and consumers.

October 19, 2015      9:30 – 2:00

Register by October 12

(see attached registration form below)

J.F. Fick Conference Center,
1301 Sam Perry Blvd,
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

DOWNLOAD – TinaChildress-Oct_19_2015_flyer

DOWNLOAD – Childress_Registration_Form

Fairfax County Job Opportunity – Access & Functional Needs

October 6, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Emergency Preparedness


Access and Functional Needs Specialist
(Emergency Management Specialist II)

The Access and Functional Needs Specialist will coordinate the agencies’ emergency preparedness efforts for persons with access and functional needs and disabilities. Access and functional needs emergency planning initiatives include, but is not limited to, emergency transportation, emergency sheltering, outreach projects, medical needs registry and developing liaisons with access and function needs support groups.

Read entire Job Posting – Fairfax County

Yahoo brings accessibility quest to Boston

October 1, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Technology



Boston Globe
by Hiawatha Bray

According to the World Health Organization, a billion people worldwide have some form of disability. The giant Internet service Yahoo wants to deliver information and entertainment to every one of them, not just because it’s good business, but also because it’s the right thing to do.

On Tuesday, Yahoo showed off an “accessibility lab” at its Boston facility in Downtown Crossing. Yahoo will use the lab to test the closed captions it attaches to its online video content, to ensure that deaf viewers can enjoy the shows.

Yahoo includes such captions on nearly all its video content, but must carefully tailor the captions for multiple devices. The same video might be viewed on a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone or a videogame console. The Boston accessibility lab will ensure that captions are modified as needed, so they’re correctly rendered on each device.

“The more we can both prove the financial value and the social value, hooray! What a double win that is!” said Larry Goldberg, Yahoo’s director of accessible media and manager of the Boston lab, one of two run by the company. Goldberg spent nearly 30 years at Boston public television station WGBH, where he led the National Center for Accessible Media, a pioneer in the use of closed captions and descriptive audio for people with vision problems.

See original article

Hiawatha Bray is a technology reporter for the Boston Globe.

A deaf man’s jail ordeal in Arlington: ‘I felt stuck. I was stuck.’

October 1, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Disability Law



September 30

The way Abreham Zemedagegehu tells it, the six weeks he spent in the Arlington County, Va., jail nearly amounted to torture.

A deaf Ethio­pian immigrant with limited ability to speak or write English, Zemedagegehu says he missed two or three meals a week because he could not hear the announcement that it was time to eat. He says he went his entire stay without medication for back pain, struggled to communicate with jailers and was unable to make phone calls to friends outside.

In one particularly harrowing encounter, Zemedagegehu alleges, a jail staffer forced a needle into his arm — a tuberculosis test, he would later learn — after he refused to sign a medical consent form that he could not read.

“I felt stuck. I was stuck,” Zemedagegehu said, communicating in sign language through an interpreter. “There was no one to talk to me.”

Read more  . . . deaf man’s jail ordeal 

ASL BINGO night at NVRC !!! Nov. 14 • 6pm-8pm

October 1, 2015 in Community Events



 ASL BINGO night at NVRC !!!Bingo_Night

November 14 – 6pm-8pm

3951 Pender Drive, 
Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030

All are welcome for a fun-filled evening of socializing, practicing ASL and playing BINGO.
Here is a chance to practice your ASL skills while having fun.
Hosted by Happy Hands Deaf Seniors
Each BINGO card .25 or one sheet of 6 cards $1.00

ASL BINGO nights this Fall at NVRC • Oct 17

October 1, 2015 in Community Events



Two ASL BINGO nights this FallBingo_Night

October 17 – 6pm-8pm  &  November 14 – 6pm-8pm

3951 Pender Drive, 
Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030

All are welcome for a fun-filled evening of socializing, practicing ASL and playing BINGO.
Here is a chance to practice your ASL skills while having fun.
RSVP at:
Hosted by Happy Hands Deaf Seniors
Each BINGO card .25 or one sheet of 6 cards $1.00