ADWAS Announces Expansion of the National Deaf Hotline

April 13, 2017 in Community News

 

 

ADWAS is excited to announce that the National Deaf Hotline Services has been expanded to 24/7. Our hours are no longer limited to Monday – Friday and from 9AM- 5PM (PCT). We would like to share this information to the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard-of-Hearing community by distributing and sharing this accessible resource that is readily made available for the survivors, family members & friends, and service providers.

VA Relay Survey – VDDHH and Hamilton Relay

April 13, 2017 in Community News

 

 

Seek your feedback on using Virginia Relay.
Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey here –www.hamiltonrelay.com/vasurvey

Lawmakers want hearing aids to be easier to get, but doctors object

April 13, 2017 in Community News

 

Boston Globe
By Victoria McGrane GLOBE STAFF
APRIL 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — Patricia Holland of Waltham suffered a panic attack during a vacation in Savannah, Ga., 13 years ago when she lost her hearing aid and had no way to quickly find a replacement. Almost two weeks later, when she finally got one, she teared up with joy even though she had to hand over $2,600.

“If you have hearing loss, it’s amazing how people make you feel like you’re inferior,” said the 79-year-old, who first learned she had age-related hearing loss in her 60s. “You’re made to feel that you’re not adequate, when you’re really highly intelligent.” Read more  . . . .

Exhibitor & Sponsors for Celebrate Communication 2017

April 6, 2017 in Community News

Exhibitor list for Celebrate Communication 2017 >>> Exhibitors 2017

Celebrate Communication – Sponsors 

NVRC extends its appreciation to its sponsors
for their generosity to make this event a success. 

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Virginia Department for the
Deaf and Hard of
Hearing (VDDHH) 

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Virginia Relay

The foundation of all programs at the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is COMMUNICATION, both as a service through sign language interpreters and assistive technology, and as a means of sharing information through training and education by a team of qualified Outreach Specialists.

VDDHH also serves as the oversight agency for Virginia Relay, the federally mandated telecommunications service for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled.

Contact or visit us to learn more about iCanConnect Virginia, a new program offering assistive technology to persons who are deaf-blind, and the TAP Veterans Program providing telecommunications equipment to veterans and returning servicemen and women who have a hearing loss.

VDDHH is located at 1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203, Henrico, VA 23229 with local Outreach offices around the state. For more information, contact us at 1-800-552-7917 v/t or frontdsk@vddhh.virginia.gov, and visit us at  www.vddhh.org www.varelay.orgwww.icanconnectvirginia.org or on our VDDHH and Virginia Relay Facebook pages.

 

Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Acquired by Sonova Holding AG and working with Phonak since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that restores hearing to those with severe-to-profound hearing loss.

With operations in over 50 countries and a track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB’s talented, group of technologists and professionals are driven to succeed, work with integrity, and stay firmly committed to quality while delivering unmatched customer service. https://www.advancedbionics.com
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The mission of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is to support the empowerment of deafened people. Late-Deafened Adults are people who have lost the ability to understand speech with or without hearing aids after acquiring spoken language. ALDA is committed to providing a support network and a sense of belonging by sharing our unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies, helping one another find practical solutions and emotional support, and working together with other organizations and service providers for our common good.
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Boston Properties Boston Properties, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), is one of the largest owners, acquirers and developers of office properties in the United States.  Founded in 1970, the firm owns and manages 151 properties containing more than 43.5 million square feet.  Its portfolio reflects a commitment to architectural excellence, innovative technologies and attention to the highest possible standards of service. Boston Properties maintains regional offices in Boston, New Jersey, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Contact: 202-585-0800 or www.bostonproperties.com

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Cochlear Americas Cochlear Americas
Hear now. And always As the global leader in hearing solutions, Cochlear is dedicated to bringing the gift of sound to people all over the world. With our hearing solutions, Cochlear has reconnected over 250,000 people to their families, friends and communities in more than 100 countries.Along with the industry’s largest investment in research and development, we continue to partner with leading international researchers and hearing professionals, ensuring that we are at the forefront in the science of hearing.For the hearing impaired receiving any one of Cochlear’s hearing solutions, our commitment is that for the rest of their life they will Hear now. And always www.cochlear.com
Duartek, Inc. was founded in June 1987 by Joseph C. Duarte. For more than 20 years, Duartek has taken the lead in providing assistive technology solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people. Duartek specializes in custom engineered systems to provide communications access solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people using Hearing Loops and other assistive technology platforms. Our services include: consulting, engineering, design, and installations of audio systems, hearing assistance systems, home entertainment systems, security systems, and visual notification systems. http://www.duartek.com

 

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Family Hearing Services, Inc. is a private practice that offers comprehensive audiology and hearing aid services to people of all ages in Washington metro area. We are committed to making a difference and improving our patient’s quality of life. Our diagnostic standard is thorough and extensive, and our treatment philosophy is to value the patient’s quality of life above all else. http://familyhearingva.com
Hull Hearing Aid Service – “Better Living Through Better Hearing” For over 75 (Y)EARS Hull Hearing Aid Service, Inc. has offered uncompromising excellence to our hard of hearing family of friends. Our services range from sophisticated testing, at no charge to you, in a sound treated booth that can include tone and speech testing, middle ear analysis and real ear measurement. We provide a personalized fitting based on ear canal size, hand dexterity audiogram and specific environments of most concern to you. www.hullhearing.com

 

 

InnoCaption is being provided by MEZMO Corporation. MEZMO has been doing Research and Development for wired and wireless communication technologies and owns a lot of patents for Internet Protocol-Captioned Telephone Service (IP-CTS). MEZMO also developed related applications on the Android app and iPhone app along with a server and system for service operation and management of this technology.

MEZMO’s goal is to improve or give back hearing equivalency to anyone faced with a hearing loss through the development of new mobile communication technologies. We are very passionate and excited about getting to offer this product.Thank you in advance for the opportunity to serve you. http://www.innocaption.com

MEDELsq MED-EL – Since its founders developed the world’s first microelectronic, multichannel cochlear implant in 1977, MED-EL has set new standards in hearing implant technologies, developing and manufacturing technologically advanced hearing solutions for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. MED-EL hearing implant systems, currently used in over 100 countries, combines the latest scientific advances, engineering and manufacturing techniques for performance, safety and reliability. Products available in the United States include the MAESTRO cochlear implant system and the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE®, the first FDA-approved implantable middle ear prosthesis. Contact us: implants-usa@medel.com ; www.medel.com

 

 www.NVRC.org NVRC Outreach

 

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NVRC Technology Assistive Devices 

 

 

Sorenson Communications® (www.sorenson.com) is a provider of industry-leading communication products and services for the deaf. The company’s offerings include Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®), the highest-quality video interpreting service; the Sorenson ntouch® VP videophone, designed especially for use by deaf individuals; ntouch® PC, software that connects users to SVRS by using a PC and webcam; ntouch® for Mac®, software that connects users to SVRS by using an Apple® computer; ntouch® Tablet, which turns the Apple iPad® with a front-facing camera into a larger-screen mobile VP; and ntouch® Mobile, an application empowering SVRS communication via mobile devices.

 


Verbatim

Verbatim Captioning
Beverly Early, CSR, is a proud sponsor of Celebrate Communication. Beverly Early, a licensed Certified Shorthand Reporter for 28 years, has been providing Verbatim Captioning Services across the United States since 2000.  Contact: 703-628-7789 or CAsomer@aol.com  for more information about closed-captioning, webcasting or CART services.

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Exhibitor List 

  • ASL Access
  • Bridging Hands Camp
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Center For Family Involvement
  • Colorfulcreations00
  • DC Deaf Moviegoers
  • Direct Cellars
  • Fairfax County, Department of Family Services
  • Fairfax County, Office of Human Rights
  • Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office – FREE child identification and fingerprinting
  • Gallaudet University – Office of Admissions and Outreach
  • Gallaudet University – Peer Mentor Program
  • Happy Hands – Deaf Seniors
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Joan’s Knitted Dolls
  • Lesner Hearing Center
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc
  • Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association
  • Otolaryngology Associates
  • RAZ Mobility
  • Silent meadow
  • Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc
  • Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness – Va Deaf-Blind Project
  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • Yellow Leaf Yoga

Updated April 6, 2017

NVRC Rehoboth Beach Vacation RAFFLE

April 1, 2017 in Community Events, Community News

Raffle tickets on sale now through
Celebrate Communication on April 22.

$5.00/ TICKET or FIVE TICKETS for $20.00

Tickets SOLD ONLY at NVRC Office and at
CELEBRATE COMMUNICATION
DRAWING WILL BE at 1:15 pm on April 22nd

You do not need to be present to win!

RAFFLE Includes 3 Nights at a Private Rehoboth Beach Delaware Condo and 1 Large Gift Basket.

Description of Condo:

  • Spring Lake Condominiums – Sussex County, DE
  • 3.5 hours drive from Washington DC area
  • Located off of Coastal Hwy One between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.
  • 15 minute walk to ocean, 15 minute walk to downtown Rehoboth Beach ( 5 minute drive)

Rehoboth has many activities for all ages.  Restaurants, Boardwalk, Beach Walks, Bike and Scooter rentals, Kite Rentals, Outlet Malls, Art Galleries, Concerts, Visitor Center. Ferry service to Cape May New, Jersey from Lewes.  45 minutes north of Ocean City

Cozy ground floor end unit (no stairs).  Free and ample parking.  Exterior patio faces beautiful pond.

One Bedroom (King bed), Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living Room.  1 and ½ Baths with walk-in shower.  Fully furnished kitchen and laundry facilities. Two TVs with cable.  Wifi available.  Swimming pool use available in season. Electric outdoor grill. Beach chairs, towels and sheets provided.

Winner can reserve condo as available between May – December 2017

BEACH BASKET :

  • Beverage & Glasses
  • Maps and Tourist Information for Rehoboth
  • Dolled Candy
  • Sun Lotion
  • Beach Towel
  • Calendar
  • Notecards
  • and more  . . . . . .

All raffle proceeds for Northern Virginia. Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons.

 

DOWNLOAD – Rehoboth Beach RAFFLE Flyer

VSDB – Webinar on Kendall Conversational Proficiency Scale – April 19,

March 23, 2017 in Community Events

 

Wednesday Webinar – Kendall Conversational Proficiency Scale
Presenter: Martha French, Ph.D.
April 19, 2017, 4:00- 5:00 PM EDT
Please Register for Kendall Conversational Proficiency Scale webinar at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5043492103879702529

Webinar Description: In this webinar, Martha French shares information about a widely used classroom assessment of communicative competency for children with hearing loss, the Kendall Conversational Proficiency Levels (P-Levels). Dr. French will share information about the theory and origins of this assessment, how the assessment is implemented, and how student goals are established based on results.

DOWNLOAD FLYER _ VSDB_Webinar_Martha_French_4_19_2017

FCPS Special Education Conference – April 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 16, 2017 in Community Events

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will host their annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. The conference is free and open to parents, educators, and community members.

Attend the conference to learn the latest research, strategies, and trends in the education of students with disabilities. Workshop topics will include executive functioning skills, dyslexia, learning challenges, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, and much more. The Exhibit Hall will feature vendors from Fairfax County Public Schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Register online or contact the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 with questions.

Cross-Cultural Understanding & Interpreting for Deaf Muslims – April 8th

March 15, 2017 in Community Events

 Global Deaf Muslim (GDM) presents…

This session will guide participants to become a successful ASL interpreter in Muslim settings.  Participants will gain knowledge and understanding with the language and customs involved.  They will learn about Islamic signs and what to expect from interpreting for Islamic events. DOWNLOAD flyer

April 08, 2017
9:30 – 11:30 AM
Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC  20002
Room: SAC 1010
Cost $20 – CEUs: 0.2

To register, visit:  https://gdmworkshop.eventbrite.com

Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) Assessment Day 

March 9, 2017 in Community News, Hearing Aids, Technology, Wearables

February 24, 2017

Gallaudet University’s Doctoral Degree in Audiology Program will hold a “Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) Assessment Day” at the University at 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC in the Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC) building on Saturday April 1, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

The purpose of the day is to help you assess your communication needs and “test drive” Hearing Assistive Technologies that can improve your communication at home, work, and leisure.

There is no cost for participation in this program, and no obligation to purchase anything from Gallaudet. However, you must pre-register for the program to participate. Register quickly: maximum capacity will be 15: five participants for each of the three sessions.

You can sign up for one of three 90-minute sessions at 8:30 am, 10:30 am or 12:30 am on Saturday April 1. Each session will begin with coffee, snacks and an informal introduction. A team of two students will work with you for up to 60 minutes to explore your communication needs and technology options.

As an added bonus, each participant will be provided with handouts of basic HAT information and an opportunity to order the purchase of desired hearing assistive technology items “at cost” to Gallaudet.

All of the students and faculty will be able to communicate with you in either ASL or spoken English, and an FM will be provided upon request.

For more information, or to register, email matthew.bakke@gallaudet.edu or call 202-651-5335 and leave a message.

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection – March 11

March 2, 2017 in Community Events

 

The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 pm in the West Building!
The free tour meets in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.  All are welcome!

For more information about the tour and schedule, visit http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/calendar/guided-tours/accessible-programs/american-sign-language.html.

>> ASL Video Tour of the East Building Highlights
We now have a free self-guided ASL video tour available for use in the East Building galleries!  Explore the Gallery’s modern and contemporary collection using these videos.  Watch the videos on your own device or borrow an Acoustiguide device and receive written instructions about accessing the tour at the information desk in the atrium of the East Building.
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/audio-video/video/collection-highlights-east-building-asl.html

These videos join our existing West Building highlights ASL video tour:
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/audio-video/video/asl.html

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

Housing Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities – March 30

March 2, 2017 in Community Events

 

Hosted by: Loudoun ENDependence
Thursday, March 30, 2017

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cascades Library
21030 Whitfield Place | Potomac Falls, VA
RSVP to: Traceeg@ecnv.org

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS) Division of Developmental Services invites individuals and families to an information session about resources to help people in the Settlement Agreement population access housing in the community.

DOWNLOAD – Housing Info Session _LEND Flyer

FTC – Competition, Innovation, in Hearing Health Care – April 18th

March 2, 2017 in Community Events

 

Workshop: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a workshop in Washington, DC on April 18, 2017 to examine several crucial issues raised by hearing health and technology, particularly hearing aids and devices with similar functions and features. The workshop will bring together researchers, health care providers, industry representatives, consumer representatives, policymakers, and others to examine ways in which enhanced competition and innovation might increase the availability and adoption of hearing aids by those consumers who need them.

The daylong workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Constitution Center, 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024. Pre-registration is advised. A detailed agenda will be published at a later date. Information about reasonable accommodations is available on the conference website. A live webcast of the workshop will be available on the day of the event.
For more information please visit the workshop website.

Source: HLAA-DC Chapter

The Ninth Annual Sign Language Camp – July 16-21

March 2, 2017 in Community Events

July 16-21, 2017
At Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center
Keezletown,  VA.

For more information about Brethren Woods or a registration packet, try their website at: www.brethrenwoods.org  or contact  Tim or Katie Heishman, program directors, at 540– 269-2741  or  program@brethrenwoods.org 

Download Sign Language Camp Brochure

Captioned Telephone Services Usability Assessment

February 23, 2017 in Captioning / Relay, Technology

We are seeking referrals of individuals to participate in an important study that The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization, is conducting to assess current Internet Protocol (IP) based Captioned Telephone Services (IP CTS) and similar mobile telephone applications. IP CTS allows a person with hearing loss to speak and listen to another party while simultaneously reading captions of what the other party is saying.

We would greatly appreciate your contribution to this important research effort.  Here are three ways you can help:

  • Identify potential participant(s)
  • Share this request with your network, or
  • Sign-up yourself.

This study will assess the caption phone services, desktop telephones, and mobile devices from the user’s perspective. Data collected will include caption service performance and usability feedback from users. This information will help to determine the minimum requirements for caption phone services. Participants will be compensated for their time up to $100 for a two-hour assessment.

To participate in the assessment, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Be hard of hearing or have a hearing loss which requires the use of captioning services
  • S. Citizen
  • 21 years or older
  • Be able to participate in the assessment for up to 2 hours between March-July of 2017 at MITRE’s office in McLean, Virginia

Please forward this request to individuals who are hard of hearing, and support organizations who might propose qualified candidates for this important assessment.

You can contact us via email at CaptionServices@mitre.org

Thank you for your time, consideration, and support!

Jen McLachlan
The MITRE Corporation

MITRE operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).  MITRE partners with sponsors to provide innovative practical solutions for some of our nation’s most critical challenges in healthcare, defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, and cybersecurity.

Eastern Deaf Timberfest 2017 – July 12-15, 2017

February 22, 2017 in Community News

 

 

Eastern Deaf Timberfest 2017

July 12 – 15, 2017

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp – Resort

in Hagerstown, Maryland

http://www.easterndeaftimberfest.org/#Timberfest2017