Six World Records Down At Halfway Point Of World Deaf Swimming Championships

August 27, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness




By Jared Anderson
August 19th, 2015

Three days into the World Deaf Swimming Championships, six deaf world records have fallen, including one to American Marcus Titus in front of his home nation’s crowd.

The World Deaf Swimming Championships are taking place in San Antonio, Texas this week, the same facility that hosted U.S. Junior and Senior Nationals earlier in the month.

Swimming for a home American audience, Titus broke his own deaf world record in the 100 free, going 51.22 to win gold. Titus’s old record was a 51.42 from 2011; Russia’s Vitalii Obotin was also under that mark in taking silver (51.35).

Apart from that race, it’s been the 50-meter events where records have been most on the chopping block. The men’s 50 back and women’s 50 fly records were broke twice apiece over the first three days, and the women’s 50 breast record also fell.

In the men’s 50 back, Japan’s Yoshikazu Kanaji broke the deaf world record in both prelims and finals. The 21-year-old Kanaji went 27.35 in the morning, then 27.06 at night, dropping the world mark previously shared by John Kealy and Ryutaro Ibara at 27.90. Ibara, also representing Japan, was second in the event in San Antonio, also bettering his old world record with a 27.69.

Read more  . . . World Deaf Swimming Championships

Texas State University – First-ever deaf section in Bobcat Stadium this fall

August 27, 2015 in Community News




By: Quixem Ramirez
Sports Editor

The Texas State football team will have a new group of fans this fall.

For the first time in university history, there will be a deaf section for fans at Bobcat Stadium..

The section, which seats up to 1,000 people, will be near the 35-yard line. Ticket prices will be reduced from the usual $25 to $10.

Deaf people and those fluent in American Sign Language will be eligible for the reduced ticket prices at the lower level.

To purchase tickets in the section, fans should contact Brian Guendling, communication studies junior, through his social media platforms. Guendling plans on providing a tent for deaf people who wish to participate in tailgate festivities.

Guendling, a former Texas State football player, wanted to merge two worlds together with the creation of a deaf section.

“Deaf people are no different than everybody else,” Guendling said. “A lot of my deaf friends expressed that they wanted to go to football games.”

Read more . . . Univ. Texas Football



Hearing Loss Drug Trial Takes Place at Firing Range

August 27, 2015 in Research




DRUG – Discovery & Development
Tue, 08/25/2015
By Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor

An experimental drug trial is underway at the Fort Jackson military base in South Carolina.

Soldiers are taking a liquid micronutrient called d-methionine to see if it can potentially prevent hearing loss, writes The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Methionine is an amino acid that is typically found in meat, fish, and dairy products.

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine professor and audiologist Kathleen C.M. Campbell developed this compound as a drug. She’s working with the Army to find a way to help military members dealing with noise-induced hearing damage as a result of constantly-firing loud weapons.

A randomized Phase 3 Food and Drug Administration sanctioned study began in late 2013. It was designed to enroll up to 600 participants over three years, according to the WSJ report.

Read more  . . . Drug Testing

HLAA-Let the FCC Know Your Experience with Local News Captioning!

August 27, 2015 in Community News


Do you watch your local news with captions? If so, we need your input! It’ll take just a few minutes and will help guide the future of national accessibility laws for closed captioning.

As part of its landmark closed caption quality initiative, the Federal Communications Commission is examining the quality of closed captions for live news programming in local markets, particularly in smaller markets that use the Electronic Newsroom Technique (ENT) for captions. HLAA in collaboration with the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters, and TDI (Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and NAD (National Association of the Deaf) is launching a consumer survey to examine the quality of ENT captioning on local news programming.

If you watch local news with captions, please take 10 minutes to fill out the following survey:

The results will be included as part of a report to the FCC that will factor into possible changes around the legal rules for news captioning.

We’d be grateful for your support if you could take the survey and share your experience with us; it will help us in our efforts in working with FCC to improve local news captioning!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us!

Creating a Better Bus Together: Give us your feedback!

August 27, 2015 in Community News



Metro is continuously working to create a better bus service for you and your clients. Metro is proposing service changes to select bus routes based on input from customers and the region.

Please take a moment to review the attached flyer (English and Spanish on reverse) to see if a bus route that serves your clients will be impacted. You can print the 2-sided flyer directly or let me know how many you would like for me to send to your organization.

Information is also available online at: Select your jurisdiction for details.

DOWNLOAD – BetterBus flyer English-Spanish



Silent Weekend, Oct 2 – 4, Knoxville, MD

August 26, 2015 in Community Events



Deaf Camps, Inc. Fall Silent Weekend

October 2 – 4, 2015

Manidokan Camp & Retreat Center
Knoxville, MD 21758

$10 Early Bird discount by Sept 4

  • A whole weekend of ASL practice in a supportive, voice-off environment and beautiful natural surroundings.
  • 2 registration options: full weekend or Saturday only.
  • Signers of all levels welcome. All participants please respect the voice-off policy for the entire weekend.
  • This event is designed for adult ASL students. High school students may attend with a parent or guardian.

Visit to register.

Celebrating Cheryl Heppner’s Retirement – Sept 12

August 25, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


www.NVRC.orgNVRC’s Board of Directors and Staff 
Invite you to join us for an Open House 

Celebrating Cheryl Heppner’s Retirement

Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015

Time:  10 am to 12 noon

Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons
3951 Pender Drive,  Suite 130,  Fairfax, VA 22030

Join us for a casual get-together with Cheryl to wish her well
as she embarks on this new era of her life.

Come share your fun stories, memories and sentiments
about Cheryl, and meet up with old friends.

Light refreshments will be served,

Please RSVP to


Employment Forum for People with Disabilities – Oct 3

August 25, 2015 in Community News, Employment


Are you a person with a disability who’s having trouble getting or keeping a job?

The Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s Services for Young Adults with Disabilities Committee invites you to join them at the

We want to help! We need to hear from you!

Come together to voice your employment-related experiences, opinions, and concerns. What services have helped you? What problems have you encountered? What do you think could have helped you get or keep a job? What can we do to help?

  • Family members welcome
  • Space is limited
  • Light breakfast will be provided

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:30am – 12pm

10467 White Granite Drive, 3rd Floor
Oakton, VA 22124

RSVP at or by calling Bob Eiffert at 703-324-2544 by September 28.

Let’s work to make change, together.

Sponsored by the Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s Services for Young Adults with Disabilities Committee

DOWNLOAD – Employment_Roundtable_Flyer

Annual Deaf Ministry Revival • October 2-4, 2015

August 25, 2015 in Community Events



When: October, 2-4, 2015dm2016
(Time to be announced)

First Baptist Deaf Congregation
2932 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Upcoming flyer will have completed details.






She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

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



National Public Radio
JULY 31, 2015

To Haben Girma’s grandmother, back in East Africa, it “seemed like magic.” Her granddaughter, born deaf and blind, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and works as a civil rights attorney.

It’s easy to understand why the grandmother feels that way. Years before, she had tried to find a school in Eritrea for Girma’s older brother, who was also born deaf and blind. She was turned away. There were schools for blind children and schools for deaf children. But no school would teach a child who was deaf-blind (that’s the preferred terminology in the disability community). Girma describes that brother as “brilliant.”

Girma told the story last week at the White House, when she introduced President Obama during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

By the time Girma was born in 1988, six years younger than her brother, her mother had made a refugee’s journey from Eritrea to the United States. And in California, a deaf-blind girl like Girma had a legal right to an education.

In public schools in Oakland, she was educated alongside other students, leaving her mainstream classes for an hour a day to learn Braille.

Read more  . . . See Pictures

Watch captioned – Video


Lions for Veterans – Electronics Donation Box at NVRC

August 25, 2015 in Community News




Lions_InternationalThe Arlington Host Lions Club are raising funds to support organizations who help military veterans and their families. Please help them by donating your used consumer electronics. Mobile phones, laptop computers, Kindles and Book Readers, hand held game consoles, digital cameras and other electronics can be dropped off at NVRC. (small electronics only)

Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons

Office Location:
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130,
Fairfax, VA 22030

Your support will help raise needed income to assist our veterans programs as well as keep electronics from environmentally unsafe landfills. We thank you for your participation in this program to support our military veterans.

FCC Boosting Open Video Platform for the Deaf

August 20, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology


Initiative to Ease ASL Users’ Communication With Government

Multichannel News
By: John Eggerton
August 20,2015

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler wants to give people with disabilities a hand. Make that two hands, and in the process, a stronger voice.

Wheeler plans to announce today at the TDI Conference in Baltimore that the FCC is making available an open-source video platform to make it easier for the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind community to communicate with federal agencies and businesses in American Sign Language (ASL).   “It is time for people who speak with their hands and hear with their eyes to enjoy modern advancements in communications technologies,” Wheeler planned to tell the conference, according to the commission, which announced the initiative in tandem with the speech.

“It’s time for you to be able to have your video products work together, so you can call whomever you wish, whenever you wish, from anywhere. The platform we are launching has tremendous potential to ensure that you will be able to do this.”

The FCC already has a direct video system — it was the first federal agency to use interactive video to give the deaf and hard-of-hearing access to ASL consumer support, an agency spokesperson said — as does the Small Business Administration. The Census Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the City of New York have all announced plans to use such a system.

Read more   . . . 

Come to the 2015 VADB Annual Meeting – Sept 26

August 20, 2015 in Community Events



Date:        Saturday, September 26, 2015
Place:        Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
Library & Resource Center
395 Azalea Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
Time:       10:00 am – 3:00 pm (please arrive by 9:45am)
Cost:        FREE! (Lunch provided courtesy of VDDHH)


  1. Status of the “Virginia SSP Program” by Elizabeth Spiers (DBVI DB Services Program Director) and call for volunteers (deafblind consumers, SSPs and SSP Program Coordinators)
  2. Small Groups to discuss topics related to helping VADB develop as an organization
  3. Election of Officers (all positions are up for election. All VADB Members are encouraged to consider running for office – VADB needs your help!)

We will have a silent auction of donated items.

Please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting, and if you need services such as an interpreter, CART, use of the audioloop, and/or a Support Service Provider by September 12, 2015. Volunteers (SSPs, lunch helpers, etc.) are needed. Also contact us if you would like more information.

You can email us at     
or call Beth Hammer at       804-398-0608 (V) 

VADB, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization seeking to promote educational, economic and social welfare for deafblind Virginians.

NVAD – Celebrates 70th Anniversary – Sept. 13th

August 20, 2015 in Community Events



Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Sunday, September 13, 2015 11:30AM to 3:00PM
Sunday Brunch

$25.00 per person (drinks not included)

P.J. Skiddo’s
9908 Fairfax Boulevard Fairfax, VA 22030

Send a check made payable to NVAD.
Put 70th Anniversary on the memo line.
c/o Donna K. Graff-Viall
7004 Kenfig Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22042

Deadline: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Limited Seating

DOWNLOAD – NVAD_70th_Anniversary_91315_flyer

Direct Video Calling Increases Access for Deaf Citizens

August 18, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



White House – BlogWhite House
JULY 28, 2015

Summary: As the White House celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’re announcing some new steps to help the government stay accessible to all Americans using the latest technology.

Technology has given us incredible new tools to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues, and all Americans should enjoy these benefits — including, and especially, those with disabilities.


For those with hearing or speech impairments, digital video and other tools have helped these communities stay connected and working, rather than isolated. So, as the White House celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’re announcing some new steps to help the government stay accessible to all Americans using the latest technology.

We are pleased to announce that two agencies that routinely interface with the disabilities community — the U.S. Census Bureau and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) — will soon be taking up direct video calling technology to allow Deaf citizens to communicate directly with American Sign Language (ASL)-fluent call operators there. This work responds to the President’s 2011 executive order calling upon agencies to use technology to improve customer service, and is another step in the right direction.

Why? In general, citizens who are deaf reach federal agencies via third-party interpreters who facilitate their conversations by interpreting to those on the other end of the line. But broadband and faster connections have made direct video calling not just possible, but commonplace. With this technology, the result can be a call that is direct, clear, and can allow Americans who are deaf to communicate in American Sign Language.

Read more  . . . White House Video Calling