Interpreting in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) settings Online Class

April 24, 2014 in Interpreting & Transliterating



Interpreting in the Vocational Rehabilitation Setting  

~ a free upcoming online training opportunity ~ 

A collaboration between NCIEC and pepnet 2

Dates: May 19 – June 29, 2014


This introductory course (QuickClass) is designed for interpreters who are interested in learning more about working in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) settings. Participants in this class will be introduced to VR as a system, explore the factors that make the system unique, meet the different professionals and consumers in VR, and address the particular ethical dilemmas that this setting poses. Participants will discuss the rewards of working in the VR system and learn more about the resources and supports that are available. Participants will be given an opportunity to assess their own suitability and attitudinal aptitude for working in this interesting and diverse environment.

Facilitators: Kathy Schwabeland and Lisa Caringer of pepnet 2

Location: Online, asynchronous

Cost: Free

Pre-requisites: Participants must have worked a minimum of six months as professional interpreters.  Experienced interpreters who have NOT worked in a vocational rehabilitation setting are also welcome.

Time Commitment & Requirements: You are not required to be online at any specific time but you will have weekly deadlines to turn in work.  The anticipated time commitment, for these six-week courses, is a minimum of 5 hours per week.


Credit Available: Pre-approved for CRCC (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification) CEs and RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) CEUs.
Register: Limited slots available.
For more information:
Contact Cindy Camp at
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The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers is a collaborative of six centers funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, CFDA #H160A and H160B to expand and enhance the effectiveness of the interpreting workforce. For more information, click on the center name to visit their website:

National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers | 405 Meserve Hall | 360 Huntington Avenue | Boston | MA | 02115

Open Captioned Movie “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL” – Gainesville, VA

April 24, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events

There will be the OPEN CAPTIONS (not closed captions) on “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL” movie.  It was a true story about a 4 years old boy who had his near-death experience and went to heaven before returning to his lifeless body.  Meet us at the movie.  Don’t miss it!
Date:     May 4, 2014  Sunday
Time:    1:50 pm
Where:  Regal Stadium 14
             8001 Gateway Promenade Place
             Gainesville, VA  20155
RVSP:   April 26, 2014  Saturday
              Please respond to Jessi Lightfoot at:
See you there!

Free Hearing Screenings – Alexandria Lee Senior Center

April 23, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

Arlington LogoArlington, Virginia

Free hearing screenings will be provided by Outreach Specialist, Marla Dougherty at:

Lee Senior Center
5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington
Wednesday, July 9; 10:00-11:30
RSVP required – 703-228-0555


NVRC does not sell hearing aids or assistive listening devices.


Free Hearing Screenings – Culpepper Gardens Senior Center

April 23, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

Arlington LogoArlington, Virginia

Free hearing screenings will be provided by Outreach Specialist, Marla Dougherty at:

Culpepper Gardens Senior Center
4435 N. Pershing Dr, Arlington
Wednesday, June 11; 10:00-11:30
RSVP required – 703-228-4403


NVRC does not sell hearing aids or assistive listening devices.


An Overview of Hearing Loss and the Communication Challenges , Alexandria

April 23, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

Alexandria, Virginia
An Overview of Hearing Loss and the Communication Challenges
will be presented by NVRC Outreach Specialist, Marla Dougherty
at Charles Beatley Library on Monday, May 12; 11:00-noonDownload Flyer

Schedule for Fall 2014 to come later this summer!



NVRC does not sell hearing aids or assistive listening devices.








Marla Dougherty

Marla Dougherty, Arlington/Alexandria Outreach Specialist

Marla Dougherty is a late-deafened adult who started to lose her hearing in her early twenties. Her personal experience with the effects of hearing loss on daily communication and advantages of hearing aid use, provides a foundation for offering support and encouragement to others.

As part of NVRC’s outreach program, Marla invites hearing people, as well as those who are hard of hearing, to join her program.

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Free Hearing Screenings – Walter Reed Senior Center

April 23, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

Arlington LogoArlington, Virginia

Free hearing screenings will be provided by Outreach Specialist, Marla Dougherty at :

Walter Reed Senior Center  2909 S. 16th St., Arlington
Wednesday, May 14;  10:00-11:30
RSVP required – 703-228-0955


NVRC does not sell hearing aids or assistive listening devices.


Private Room + Private Bath in Beautiful TH available to share — $850 (all utilites incl).

April 22, 2014 in Community News


Falls Church — on bus route and within walking distance to Dunn Loring metro, a short distance to Mosaic District (great restaurants!) and Tyson’s Corner; close to 495/I-66/Rt 29/Rt 50 (very convenient)

Looking for a housemate to share huge 3-floor end-unit TH (2600 sq feet) with 3 bedrooms + 3.5 bathrooms and finished basement.

Rent — $850 including utilities (electricity, water, trash, FIOS)… Available this summer – move-in date negotiable.  Renter will have private room (135 sq ft) + private full bath; bedroom partially furnished with bed, bookcase, and desk (can be negotiated); 2 windows with good views.

Renter will share spacious TH with great features: 1) lots of natural light in all rooms; 2) recently renovated kitchen with lots of space, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances (incl. mw and dw), and, French doors to deck in the back; 3) two eating areas — breakfast nook and dining room; 3) 2 living rooms (one on main floor and one in the basement); 4) central air/heat; 5) washer/dryer; 6) fenced deck; and 7) private parking space

Looking for someone who is a non-smoker, responsible and clean.  Pets not accepted because we have a cat.  Short-term leases accepted.  If interested, please email



Workshop in Lorton on “Nothing Taste As Good As Being Healthy Feels”

April 22, 2014 in Community Events

PAH: Providing Access to Healthcare and Community Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing; sponsored by Potomac Health Foundation

“Nothing Taste As Good As Being Healthy Feels”
This interactive and FUN workshop will educate participants about how to make healthy and TASTY changes to their lives.

Presented in ASL by Christine Gannon; a nationally know health educator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Date: May 17th
Time: 1-4
Cost: FREE
Lorton Library
9520 Richmond Highway
Lorton, VA 22079-2124

Requests for Spoken English, or other accommodations must be received by May 7th.

RSVP to Shelly Thompson at or call the office at 703-496-7773

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Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf (NVAD) – Tour at the Arlington House.

April 22, 2014 in Community Events


Saturday, May 3, 2014 (Rain or Shine) 9:00AM ~ 4:00PM

The Tour begins at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center at approximate 10:30AM; first stop will be at the John F. Kennedy gravesite, second at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Changing of the Guard) and third at Arlington House known as Robert E. Lee Memorial where our own Deaf Park Ranger Laura Bray will interpret.

Individual rate: $9.00 and Senior Citizen rate: $8.00. The limit for the tour is 20 people. Check payable to Gary Viall and Memo: Arlington House. The mailing address is 7004 Kenfig Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042.

NOTE: Wheelchair users limited to the main floor only. Reading scripts will be provided for JFK gravesite and the Tomb. Bring your own lunch for picnic tables outside of Arlington House at noon.

Meet at the Pentagon parking (free) next to the Pentagon Memorial, go to the Pentagon Metro, get off at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center. For wheelchair users, park at the Arlington National Cemetery parking lot with parking fee.

We may meet at the nearby restaurant (TBA) for dinner and fun.

Please RSVP to Gary Viall by text: 703-485-6557 or email: by Friday, April 25th



Office Space or Storage for Sublease in Fairfax Business Park

April 18, 2014 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

Office Space or Storage  Room with easy access to outside through double doors and back parking lot.

Large 539 sq. ft.

Ideal location close to the Intersection of Interstate 66 and Route 50 in Fairfax, VA.
For more information contact NVRC
703-352-9055 or email


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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