Cheryl Heppner, NVRC Executive Director Retires

July 1, 2015 in NVRC Announcements

 

 

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July 1, 2015

After nearly 25 years of exemplary service as the Executive Director of Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, Cheryl Heppner has announced her retirement, effective July 10, 2015.

Cheryl took the helm of NVRC when it was a fledgling organization in 1991 and has successfully led it to become the premier organization in Northern Virginia, with national recognition, providing services to deaf and hard of hearing persons and families.

During Cheryl’s long term with NVRC, there were many presentations, rallies, protests and fund raising walks. She joined forces to advocate for TV & movie captions, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and emergency text to 911. She is known for her constant companions, her service dogs, Dana and Galaxy. Her accomplishments and legacy will continue to live on through the lives she has touched and friends she has made during her tenure.

She is greatly appreciated as a person, friend, and advocate. Cheryl’s work is recognized and appreciated by all in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

   More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Turtle Beach’s HyperSound is for hearing loss, but has endless potential

June 26, 2015 in Technology

 

 

TechnoBuffalo
BY ERIC FREDERIKSEN
JUNE 22, 2015

Turtle Beach asked us to check out its products at E3 this year. We knew we’d be seeing headsets, but the audio developer had a neat surprise in store for us as well.
There were definitely headsets. Lots of headsets for Xbox, PlayStation 4, and PC– everything from simple chat audio gear for Xbox One up through multiplatform headsets with “super hearing” settings that let you hear silenced footsteps.

What really piqued our interest, though, was Turtle Beach’s HyperSound Clear technology and the potential future it presents for audio delivery.

Here’s Turtle Beach on how the technology works:

HyperSound technology is a fundamentally new approach to sound delivery that utilizes thin panels to generate an ultrasound beam that carries audio through the air. The panels direct sound in a narrow, controlled beam; much the way a flashlight directs a beam of light. When an individual enters the beam, they hear immersive 3D audio, similar to wearing a surround sound headset.

Read More  . . . Turtle Beach

What Did You Say? FDA Plans Study on How Hearing Loss Affects Drug Ad Understanding

June 26, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society
By Alexander Gaffney, RAC
June 24, 2015

 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is planning a new study to assess whether older Americans are able to adequately hear all of the risks presented in televised pharmaceutical advertising.

Background

The study, announced in a 24 June 2015 posting in the Federal Register, is somewhat similar to other direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising studies proposed by FDA in the last few years, including studies on how adolescents understand risk in drug advertising and how one’s spouse might affect one’s understanding of drug risks and benefits.

As FDA explains in its Federal Register notice, the elderly often find themselves in a difficult situation: At a time when they are often taking an increasing number of prescription pharmaceutical products to counteract the effects of aging, their ability to understand the benefits and risks presented by those products is often diminished.

Read More  . . .  Drug Ad 

Upcoming ASL-Interpreted Performances for Every Age!

June 26, 2015 in Community Events

 

Double-Trouble

The ASL-Interpreted Performance of Double Trouble (AKA The Parent Trap) is July 12 at 4:00 p.m.

ASL Interpreters: Lindsey Snyder and Dionne Hart 

Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at Camp Kästner Summer Camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Having switched places, the girls discover that their deception is hard to sustain. Will their parents be convinced that the sisters belong together? Catch this world premiere musical!

Best for ages 5+

Additional performances run through August 14, 2015 


 

Aquarium

Aquarium is July 18 at 11:15 a.m.
Join us in The Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.

ASL Interpreter: Gerard Williams

With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky.

Best for ages 1-5

Additional performances run through July 26, 2015. 


 

To purchase tickets, please visit us online, or call our box office at 301-280-1660. Please note that our staff is trained to receive calls through relay and VRS.

Imagination Stage offers discounted rates for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call group sales at 301-280-1664.

4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Info: 301-961-6060
Box Office: 301-280-1660

 

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

June 25, 2015 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, July 12 at 1:00 pm. 

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

For more information click here

All are welcome!

Other The National Gallery of Art Services –

ASL Video Tour
We now have a free self-guided ASL video tour available for use 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.

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 www.nga.govand click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905 to arrange the use of ALDs.

One day, you’ll fine-tune hearing aids yourself

June 25, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research, Technology

 

 

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by
 Jon Fingas
June 23, 2015

Hearing aids are supposed to help you resume a normal life, but they sometimes make things worse — and when most clinics aren’t prepared to calibrate the devices, it’s tempting to ditch them altogether. Norwegian scientists might give you an incentive to keep those earpieces in place, though. They’ve developed a touchscreen-based tuning system that lets you customize hearing aids largely by yourself. The technology asks you to pick a typical sound scenario (such as a busy office) and introduce extra effects until it replicates the situations where you have problems. After that, an audiometrist only has to adjust the hearing aid based on your feedback.

You may not have to wait long to see (or rather, hear) how well this works. AudioPlus Concept AS plans to use the system in one or two clinics in the very near future. You won’t have to rely solely on canned sound samples, either. The team has developed a mobile app that records problematic audio wherever you find it, so it should be easier to sort out your hearing aids even if you have unique challenges.

See picture  . . . research

 

Eargo looks to reinvent the hearing aid

June 25, 2015 in Community News

 

Maveron-backed Eargo looks to reinvent the hearing aid with rechargeable devices modeled on a fishing fly

Geek Wire
BY MICHAEL SHERMAN

Eargo, a Maveron-backed hearing-aid company that’s operated secretly for the past three years, today is launching a new line of hearing devices designed for the tens of millions of Americans that suffer from mild hearing loss.

The hearing devices, which include a patented Flexi Fiber technology and are modeled on a fishing fly, are nearly invisible when placed in the ear canal. They also are designed to provide users with more comfort and a better fit to the ear.

The Silicon Valley company started in 2010 and raised a small seed investment from Seattle-based Maveron in 2013. Since then, the company has raised $13.6 million from Maveron, Dolby Family Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Birchmere Ventures, Montage Ventures, Peterson Ventures, Red Sea Ventures and others.

Read More . . . fishing fly

 

The Internet Opens a Window to the Deaf World

June 25, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Technology

 

 

The Huffington Post
By Lydia L. Callis
June 24,2015

While mainstream media still struggles to integrate diversity into programming, the internet offers a vastly different experience. People around the globe, of all backgrounds and abilities, are uploading original new content every day, smashing boring stereotypes and changing the way we view different cultures. With a larger number of deaf and hard of hearing people sharing their opinions, ideas, and even their jokes, wider audiences are opening up to the real experience of deafness and deaf communication.

Thanks to the web, the lines between deaf and hearing entertainment are beginning to blur. Because it is so easy to add captioning now, deaf video creators are sharing their blogs, their art, and their lives with audiences who they may not have been able to reach in the past. By making their videos accessible, deaf people have the opportunity to frame their own experiences and creatively express themselves without being filtered by hearing editors and producers.

Read more  . . . Internet

 

 

Signs & Sounds – Summer Children Sign Language Groups

June 25, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

Sessions available!

  • Age Groups: 7-10 & 11-14
  • Weekly 45-minute
    • theme based lessons
    • on Wednesdays
  • Hands on activities & group practice
  • Where: Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA
  • Registration, instructor bio, and information available www.signsandsoundsllc.com
  • No binding contract commitment
  • Cost $25.00 per session

DOWNLOAD – Signs and Sounds LLC Summer 2015 Childrens ASL Groups Flyer

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Affordable Colleges Online – Guide for visually impaired students

June 25, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

 

New resource for students with visual impairments

New guide to show how today’s colleges and universities are improving their technology and resources to help students with visual disabilities earn degrees. The new guide also provides a list of online technology and literary resources students with impairments can use on their own to get ahead. Other key elements include:

– A breakdown of technologies central to visually impaired learning
– College success tips for students with visual impairments
– A detailed look at accommodations colleges are making for fully and partially blind students
– A print screen option
– Full JAWS compatibility

Two experts contributed to the development of this guide, including Chris Danielson, Director of Public Relations for the National Federation of the Blind, and Marcus Madsen, Senior Disability Services Advisor at Capella University.

You can check out the no-cost guide here

 

 

 

Australia’s Ad Standards Board rules ad saying ‘Hearing aids can be UGLY’ is discriminatory

June 23, 2015 in Community News

 

 

mUmBRELLA (Australia)
June 19th, 2015 
by Miranda Ward

The Ad Standards Board has banned a controversial Victorian Hearing campaign which described hearing aids as “ugly” along with an image in which the hearing device was replaced with a prawn.Victorian-Hearing-234x333

Victorian Hearing apologised for the campaign at the end of last month after people took to the page’s Facebook page to express their anger, with one poster saying: “I don’t really love my hearing aids, but I accept that with the severity of my hearing loss, I’m stuck with them. To see them referred to as ugly though — that’s just really unhelpful.”

The ad, which was running online, on social media and across transport, was removed following the apology.

Complaints against the ad argued it was “utterly offensive” to use the word ugly to describe hearing aids.

“The visual image of a prawn plays into stigmatisation of a group that may have no option to but to wear hearing aids. It is not ok to mock someone’s disability or encourage the general community to perpetuate the myth that hearing aids somehow make you ugly,” a complaint read.

 

Read More . . . Hearing Aid Ad

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

June 23, 2015 in Community News

 
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SAN DIEGO, June 23, 2015 — Helen Keller was a deaf-blind American woman whose courageous journey began on June 27, 1880, and who continued to inspire the world until her death at the age of 87.

Born with normal hearing and sight, at 19 months she suffered an illness of “acute congestion of the stomach and brain” that was believed to have been the cause of her lifelong deafness and blindness, according to Wikipedia.

The exact nature of her illness is not known, though it has been speculated that she suffered from a form of meningitis or possibly scarlet fever.

Keller was brilliantly portrayed by Patty Duke in the Oscar award-winning 1962 movie “The Miracle Worker,” which helped showcase her struggles and triumphs to an international audience.

Despite her incomparable struggle to become relevant in the world with which she could not communicate, Keller later triumphed over seemingly insurmountable adversity, becoming a well-known author, activist, lecturer and world traveler–also having earned a bachelor of arts degree from Radcliffe College.
Read more  . . . .Helen Keller

#ShowYourAids Social Media Campaign Explodes Across the World

June 23, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

#ShowYourAids Social Media Campaign Explodes Across the World and the HOH/Deaf Make a Stand

 

SAN ANTONIO, June 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Emma Rudkin knows from experience how tough it can be for a young person to have to wear hearing aids.

Photos accompanying this release are available at:

http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=33997

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That’s exactly why this year’s Miss San Antonio started the #ShowYourAids social media movement earlier this month, inviting fellow members of the deaf community to share pictures of their hearing aids.

“I started getting a lot of emails and text messages from high school and middle school students saying that they were being bullied, that they didn’t want to wear their hearing aids, that they were ashamed of having the stigma of being deaf and the physical things that came along with that,” Rudkin said.

“So, the idea behind #ShowYourAids,” she continued, “was to create a movement where the deaf community can be proud, and they can realize that being different is the most beautiful thing about them.”

 Read more …Social Media 

FCC Announces 2015-2016 Funding for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

June 23, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology

 

On June 22, 2015, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice announcing the funding allocations for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) for the 2015-2016 Fund year.  The NDBEDP is a program mandated by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) that provides up to $10 million annually for the distribution of communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.

Links to the Public Notice:
Word:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-722A1.docx
PDF:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-722A1.pdf
Text:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-722A1.txt

For further information, contact the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office:  Jackie Ellington at 202-418-1153 orJackie.Ellington@fcc.gov; or Rosaline Crawford at 202-418-2075 or Rosaline.Crawford@fcc.gov.

Art Signs this weekend: Gallery talk in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum – June 28

June 23, 2015 in Community Events

 

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL.
Escape the summer heat and join us at the Museum, where the temperature is cool and so is the art!

When:                  Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m.
Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Upcoming dates for Art Signs this summer:
Thursday, July 9 at 5:30pm
Thursday, August 13 at 5:30pm