Invitation DisAbility Resource Center – Open House – Dec. 7th

November 25, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News


Join the disAbility Resource Center as it Celebrates the Holidays at its 16th Annual Open House

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
409 Progress St., Fredericksburg, VA  22401

At 4 p.m. we will provide recognition and appreciation of Arva Priola who is retiring after more than 20 years of service to the  dRC
and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

R.S.V. P.: 540-373-2559 or

NVAD Holiday Luncheon – Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

November 25, 2016 in Community News

Happy Holidays! Join us for our delicious holiday luncheon.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00PM to 5:00PM 

Yard House at Springfield – Town Center
6791 Springfield Mall Springfield, VA 22150

Seating is limited to 30 guests – First Come, First Serve

RSVP to Paul Daniels at or VP 571-766-0725

by Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Holiday Gift Exchange Game ~ $10.00 Gift Card

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For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall:
571-766-0671 (VP) or (email)

WMAU Radio Interview of Gallaudet University’s President Roberta Cordano

November 21, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness


The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WMAU 
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET), Monday  11/21/2016

Interview with Gallaudet University Roberta Cordano

Gallaudet University inaugurated a new president in late-September. Roberta Cordano is the University’s first female, deaf president, and the third since the student-led “Deaf President Now,” movement in 1988. The new president inherits the school at a time of transition: Gallaudet and the surrounding neighborhood are in the midst of a large-scale development project, and Cordano sees the potential for it to become an “ASL tourist destination.” Kojo sits down with Cordano to talk about the legacy and future of Gallaudet University.

Watch signed/captioned video of interview

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Deaf musician plays viola with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



WMAR Baltimore
By WMAR Staff
Nov 16, 2016

Music isn’t just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She’s deaf — but plays the viola.

Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with professionals.

“I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much,” Cheng said. “The idea of playing it with a real orchestra was just too irresistible for me to pass up. Even though I have a hearing loss; I keep thinking, Beethoven would approve.”

Cheng, founder of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, has always been a musician. She lost her hearing after a bad fever when she was 2 years old. She started playing the piano at age seven and later began playing violin in college.

Read more  . . . See captioned video

Employment Workshop Presented by Volunteer FairFax

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Employment



When? December 1, 12-1:30 p.m.

Where? 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA or 703-525-3268, please let us know of any accommodation needs.

One of the best pathways to gaining meaningful employment is through volunteering, as it can help enhance your personal skill-set, make new contacts, build your network, gain in-debt knowledge about a specific career, and strengthen your resume.

So stop by ECNV on December 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. for an interactive employment workshop presented by Angela Saiza Starling of Volunteer Fairfax, where she will discuss how her organization can match you with your ideal volunteering position.
This presentation will cover:

  • What is a volunteer center?
  • Pathways to employment
  • Ways to engage
  • Trivia

Volunteer Fairfax, has been building better community through service for more than 40 years. They are the regional volunteer center serving Fairfax County and the National Capital region. They seek individuals, families, youth and corporate groups for service opportunities at a variety of nonprofit agencies. One-time special events or ongoing activities are available. In 2015, through various program and events, the organization engaged more than 23,000 volunteers who served nearly 83,000 donated hours. For more information, visit

NVRC Annual Meeting & Pancake Breakfast – Sat. – Dec. 3, 2016

November 17, 2016 in Community News


NVRC_pancake-breakfastSaturday – December 3, 2016
9:30 AM to Noon

NVRC’s Board & Staff would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 3rd at 9:30 AM for a complimentary pancake breakfast. Come and enjoy some great food and fun company.

At 11:00, we will have our annual business meeting where members will vote in our new Board members and can hear about the changes happening at NVRC and the road for the future.

Please be sure to RSVP and then join us for a morning of pancakes, business fun and friends!



NVRC – Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room
3951 Pender Drive, 
Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030

Police contacts with deaf subjects: Tips and resources to keep everyone safe

November 10, 2016 in Community News


Federal law requires that law enforcement agencies must provide the communication aids and services needed to communicate effectively with people who are deaf
Nov. 8, 2016
by  Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor at Large

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost one in 10 people in the U.S. could benefit from hearing aids. About two percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64, to 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74, and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older.

Police interactions with deaf subjects are fraught with the possibility that one side or the other — and possibly both — misunderstanding the person in front of them. It is uncommon for law enforcement officers to know American Sign Language, and there is woefully little instruction done in our schools about how individuals — deaf or otherwise — should respond to the lawful commands of police officers.

Read more . . . Police

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection – Nov. 13th

November 3, 2016 in Community Events

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, November 13 at 1:00 pm. 

The tour meets in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

All are welcome!

ONLINE Webinar – Strategies for Teaching Listening and Spoken Language Skills to Preschoolers with Hearing Loss

November 3, 2016 in Education & Outreach, Research

Outreach Services, VSDB Wednesday Webinar

For those who missed it in October, this is being repeated…

Evidence-based Strategies for Teaching Listening and Spoken Language Skills to Preschoolers with Hearing Loss


Presenters:  Sharon Raver-Lampman, Ph.D. and  Janet Knust, M.S., LSLS Cert. AV Ed
Nov. 30, 2016, 4:00- 5:00 PM EST

Please register for the “Evidence-based Strategies for Teaching Listening and Spoken Language Skills to Preschoolers with Hearing Loss” webinar at:

Presenters:  Old Dominion University and the Norfolk Public Schools collaborate to provide an oral preschool program in a classroom at ODU in Norfolk, VA.   Sharon Raver-Lampman, Ph.D., is the Faculty Director of Research for the Old Dominion University/Norfolk Public Schools Oral Preschool Program for Children with Hearing Loss; Janet Knust, M.S. LSLS Cert. AV Ed is the Program Director and Teacher for this program.

Webinar Description:  (Many were closed out of this webinar when it was presented in October – this will be a repeat of that webinar.) The ODU/Norfolk Public Schools’ Oral Preschool Program offers a unique opportunity for the study of evidence-based practice and consequent implementation of research findings in the classroom!  Presenters will share insights gained from a series of research studies conducted to improve vocabulary development, syntactical skills, pragmatics, and socio-communication skills, then will provide practical tips for teachers, parents, and related service providers using social stories, modified story books, and other strategies to help children achieve targeted skills.  The presenters will be available after the webinar for Q & A.

Target Audience: Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Early Childhood Educators, Early Intervention Providers and Speech/Language Pathologists working with children with hearing loss; and parents.

This Webinar is sponsored by Outreach Services, Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with connection information for joining the webinar.

Shame on the Smithsonian Institution – The Blog – by Janice S. Lintz

November 3, 2016 in Disability Law, Technology



The Huffington Post
by Janice S. Lintz
Consultant, Consumer Advocate, Foodie and Traveler

The Smithsonian Institution should be ashamed for failing to include hearing induction loops for its videos and films, for people who are hard of hearing, in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Twenty-six years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, none of the Smithsonian museums provides hearing induction loops for videos or films. Some of the museums offer loops at the service desks.

Read more  . . . Smithsonian

Life-Changing Tech That’s Soon to Be Worth $5 Billion – Wearables

November 3, 2016 in Wearables



The Oxford Club
Emerging Trends Strategist
by Matthew Carr

We’re hurtling toward a future of complete internet immersion. Soon, we will be connected to the web not just by one or two devices on our person…

But a whole array.

It’s projected that by 2020 – not even four short years away – the wearables market will be worth $34 billion.
That’s a 142% increase from the roughly $14 billion it’s worth today.
Estimates are that the average consumer will be outfitted with three to eight wearable devices in the coming years.
To be clear, that’s in addition to the standard arsenal of a smartphone, tablet and laptop.

Read entire article  . . . . Wearables

Hard of hearing? It’s not your ears, it’s your brain

October 19, 2016 in Community News, Research



October 18, 2016
University of Maryland
The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing. Researchers have determined that something is going on in the brains of typical older adults that causes them to struggle to follow speech amidst background noise, even when their hearing would be considered normal on a clinical assessment.
“Could you repeat that?” The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing. Researchers at the University of Maryland have determined that something is going on in the brains of typical older adults that causes them to struggle to follow speech amidst background noise, even when their hearing would be considered normal on a clinical assessment.
In an interdisciplinary study published by the Journal of Neurophysiology, researchers Samira Anderson, Jonathan Z. Simon, and Alessandro Presacco found that adults aged 61-73 with normal hearing scored significantly worse on speech understanding in noisy environments than adults aged 18-30 with normal hearing. The researchers are all associated with the UMD’s Brain and Behavior Initiative.
Read more  . . .  it’s your brain

Actress Marlee Matlin Responds To Trump’s Insults To The Deaf Community

October 19, 2016 in Community News



October 17, 2016|
By Claire Hannum

Last week, three former Celebrity Apprentice staffers revealed to the Daily Beast that Donald Trump, who hosted the show, regularly mocked former contestant Marlee Matlin on set. The Oscar-winning actress, who is deaf, appeared on the series in 2011 and ended the season in second place.

The staffers shared that, horrifically, Trump’s insults focused on the fact that Matlin is deaf. “He took her deafness as a some kind of [mental] handicap,” one source explained to the Daily Beast, describing that Trump would talk down to Matlin during boardroom scenes on the show. In a scene that did not air on the final cut of the series, Trump allegedly made an offensive comment to Matlin’s face about her being deaf. Reportedly, Matlin boldly stood up for herself, but it’s unfortunate that she was in a position in which she even had to.

Read more  . . . Marlee Matlin Responds


October 19, 2016 in Community News



NVAD GENERAL MEETING / ELECTION Saturday – November 5, 2016
General Meeting: 9:30AM
At: Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030

For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall (email) or 571-766-0671 (VP)

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Join us for – Science with Jefferson Lab! Nov. 5th

October 19, 2016 in Community Events


Co-sponsored by Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Radford University, and Outreach Services, VSDB

  • When? – Saturday, November 5, 2016,  9:30am – 2:30pm
  • Who? – For students grades 4 through 8 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students are welcome to bring 1 sibling in the same age group.
  • What? – A day of science activities and a great opportunity to meet students from other school divisions who are also blind/vi or deaf/hh. Special features: Science Educator, Brita Hampton of Jefferson Lab; Betti Thompson of VA Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will share info about the Technical Assistance Program (TAP – alerting devices, special telephones, etc. for the home) and Jill Tomlinson of the VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired will share information regarding DBVI with families, 1:30-2:30!
  • Where? –  Radford University, Hulbert Building (more commonly referred to as “The Bonnie”), 2nd Floor, Rooms 428, 249, and 250 (also known as the Hulbert Combo)
  • How Do We Register? –  Complete registration form in Google Forms at: (you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line) or send paper registration to be received before Monday, October 31, 2016. See registration form for more details.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at  or (540) 414-5249.  Hope to see you there!

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