Volunteers Needed – Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services

August 28, 2014 in Community News

 

Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services looking for volunteers in a program called Volunteer Solutions which is under the Area Agency on Aging.

We are currently searching for up to 3 people who are fluent in sign language to volunteer with 3 hearing impaired individuals. One client would like a social visitor. One client  would like help with grocery shopping and one needs computer assistance.

Volunteer Solutions staff members manage and coordinate a large pool of volunteers who provide supportive services to older adults and adults with disabilities. We help Fairfax County adults to remain in their own homes, and live as independently as they can.

To volunteer please contact:

Tanya Erway, MSW
Volunteer Solutions Recruiter
Division of Adult and Aging Services

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, Virginia  22035
703-324-5407, TTY: 711, Fax  703-653-6618

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/OlderAdults

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SIU professor studies using chili peppers to help prevent hearing loss

August 28, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

 

The Southern – Illinoisan
August 21, 2014
Article Source

SPRINGFIELD — A physician researcher at SIU School of Medicine has been awarded a five-year federal grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health to continue his studies of how to reduce hearing loss in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

The current research project will examine whether capsaicin, a component of hot chili peppers, can reduce hearing loss and kidney damage if given prior to or after a dose of cisplatin, an anti-cancer drug frequently used for chemotherapy. Read the rest of this entry →

Sign Language Humor

August 28, 2014 in Interpreting & Transliterating

 

 

360 Translations International Inc.
Blog
August 22, 2014
Article Source

When you think about physical comedy, there may be a flash of images of the silent comedians or the absurd leg movements of John Cleese (he had a hip replacement surgery). But the role of physical movements in comedy is not just confined to one-note jokes or slapstick genre. It goes beyond that. Even the most word-oriented humor depends on a facial expression or subtle gestures.

Take, for instance, jokes that are entirely based on wordplay. Jimmy Carr—an expert of this type of humor entertainment—may be a self-acclaimed ventriloquist, but a confused head movement here and raised eyebrow there abruptly makes the jokes funnier than wordplay alone.

Importance of Facial Expressions to Convey Humor in Deaf Community

Indeed, facial expressions or gestures are an important part of comedy performances. Another community, to whom gesture is particularly important, is the deaf community. Like every community and culture enjoys humor, the hearing impaired does as well.

A lot of what is amusing for hearing people is amusing for hearing impaired. However, there are some types of comedies that one group likes more than the other. The role of humor in the deaf community is quite significant and slightly different from what you observe among hearing people. Two important aspects that help with better interpretation of humor . . .

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26-Year-Old Deaf-Blind Lawyer Sues Scribd For Alleged Discrimination

August 28, 2014 in Disability Law

 

Business Insider
COREY ADWAR
AUG. 20, 2014

A deaf-blind attorney who made Business Insider’s 2013 list of the 20 most impressive Harvard Law students is now fighting for the rights of blind readers in a lawsuit against digital subscription reading service Scribd, seeking equal access for the blind. 

Haben Girma made Business Insider’s 2013 list for her work advocating on behalf of people with disabilities. Now, at 26, she is continuing her efforts as a Skadden Fellowship Attorney with the nonprofit law firm Disability Rights Advocates. There, Girma is representing the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and blind Vermont mother Heidi Viens in a lawsuit against Scribd for allegedly depriving blind readers access to its online services in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/haben-girma-sues-scribd-2014-8

 

 

 
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The Closed Captioning Project on YouTube

August 28, 2014 in Community News

 

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ABOUT

Sometimes, barriers are good to have. They might keep you from meandering into traffic. Maybe they keep seawater out of your city.Other times, barriers are bad. Turn on a YouTube video and plug your ears. Sucks doesn’t it?

The internet should be open to everyone.

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Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Baltimore to Prevent Disability Discrimination

August 28, 2014 in Disability Law

 

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Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Justice Department Reaches Agreement with the City of Baltimore
to Prevent Disability Discrimination

City of Baltimore to Pay $65,000 in Damages and Adopt New Policies and Procedures

The Justice Department today announced that it has reached an agreement with the city of Baltimore, Maryland, to end hiring practices that discriminate against people with disabilities.  The agreement, filed as a consent decree along with a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, resolves allegations by the department that the city engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Title I of the ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of disability in various aspects of employment, including hiring.

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New REI Network Webinar: Pathways to Prosperity – 9/10

August 28, 2014 in Community News

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NEW REI NETWORK WEBINAR: PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY –
THE INTERSECTION OF HEALTH AND ASSET BUILDING

Join National Disability Institute (NDI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Commission to Build a Healthier America to explore the connection between health and asset building. This webinar will highlight recommendations from RWJF’s Commission to Build a Healthier America, provide an eye opening view of how zip code plays a role in one’s life expectancy, and identify ways to build healthy and financially fit communities.

Date: Wed, September 10, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EST

Presenters:

  • Michael Morris, Executive Director, National Disability Institute
  • Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Commissioner, RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America
  • Elaine Arkin, Consultant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In this webinar, we will:

  • Provide an overview of the intersection of health and asset building.
  • Provide an overview of the RWJF’s Commission to Build a Healthier America Report
  • Identify the link between physical health and financial health
  • Identify recommendations on how to build healthy and financially fit communities

Please note that real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar or the registration process, please contact James Thayer at jthayer@ndi-inc.org.

NDI would like to thank our 2014 sponsors:

ACORDA
Bank of America
Walmart

Register for this webinar by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link: https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=664732413

WWW.REALECONOMICIMPACT.ORG

National Disability Institute
1667 K Street, NW Suite 640
Washington, DC 20006
info@ndi-inc.org
202-296-2040

 

 

 

Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

August 28, 2014 in Community Events

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Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

30th Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Performance

Millennium Stage
Sign-Interpreted and Captioned: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Interpreters: Paul Harrelson and Miako Rankin
Page-to-Stage: The winners of the 30th Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Performance competition and their winning scripts will be celebrated, and excerpts of a few scripts will be performed as staged readings. This year’s Page-to-Stage Festival is dedicated to works to be included in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival – an initiative by more than 40 D.C. area theaters to produce a world-premiere play by a female dramatist in the fall of 2015.
The performance is free and open to the public.

Info : VSA Playwright Discovery

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D.C. Metropolitan Area

Shakespeare Theatre Company: Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004)
Open-Captioned: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:30pm
A celebration in the art of storytelling, the STC presents The Winter’s Tale, one of Shakespeare’s late romances.  Traveling through time, visiting the austere court at Sicilia and the bright sea shore of Bohemia, two generations transcend torment and obsession.  The Winter’s Tale is a compassionate and dazzling saga that tells the tale of King Leontes, who is overcome with jealousy when he believes his pregnant wife, Hermione, and his good friend, King Polixenes, are lovers.  Director Rebecca Taichman, whose Cymbeline was “brimming with both heart and good humor” (Washington City Paper) and whose Twelfth Night was “gorgeously romantic … as a brand new as a first kiss” (The Downtowner) returns to direct this classic piece through imagination and wit.
To reserve tickets, please visit http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/about/ffa/index.aspx, email STCBox@ShakespeareTheatre.org or call 202-638-3863 (TTY).
“YouTube” clip (w/English captions): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IqLnfI_qEc

Info : The Winter's Tale

Yentl

Theater J
Open Captioning: Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

As a girl in 19th Century Eastern Europe, Yentl is forbidden to pursue her dream of studying Talmud. Unwilling to accept her fate, she disguises herself as a man. But when she falls in love, Yentl must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her identity. Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy” with a new klezmer/pop/rock score from Jill Sobule.

Tickets available at theaterj.org or call Box Office Tickets at 800.494.8497

Info : Yentl

Art Signs: Art Museum Gallery Talks in ASL

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th & G St. NW, Washington, DC)
Gallery Talks in American Sign Language: Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 5:30 PM
Art Signs gallery guides lead interactive discussions in ASL about works of art in our galleries.  Discover over 300 years of American Art and share your thoughts with others!
For more information visit http://americanart.si.edu/education/asl/

Info : Art Signs

Fool for Love

Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814 
Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3:00pm
Signer services provided by First Chair Interpretive Services
From one of America’s most renowned playwrights comes this explosive tale of love, hate, and the dying myths of the Old West. May’s hiding out at a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert when Eddie, her longtime on-again/off-again lover, shows up. Dark secrets are revealed during a night of gripping jealousy, brutal betrayal, and the deepest kind of love.
To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 240/644-1100 or visit our website at www.roundhousetheatre.org

Info : Fool for Love

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2014-15 Season of Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Performances at the Kennedy Center

Please visit event pages for on-sale dates. To purchase a subscription, please visit the subscriptions website or contact the Subscriptions Office at (202) 416-8500 (voice/relay).
Evita

Evita

Opera House
Sign-Interpreted: Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Captioned: Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Charm Smith
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical tells the remarkable story of Eva Peron’s rise from Argentina’s slums to First Lady through some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “High Flying, Adored.”

TicketsInfo : Evita

Little Dancer

The Kennedy Center production of Little Dancer

Eisenhower Theater
Captioned: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Sign-Interpreted: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Jane Norman
With direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, this brand-new Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of a young ballerina immortalized by Edgar Degas in his famous sculpture at the National Gallery of Art.
Recommended for age 12 and up

TicketsInfo : Little Dancer

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Opera House
Captioned: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM and Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): David Martin
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son features Broadway stars and “American Idol” sensations, husband-and-wife duo Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young.

Info : Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Gigi

Gigi

Eisenhower Theater
Captioned: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Sign-Interpreted: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Daniel Maier
Eric Schaeffer directs this world premiere revival of Lerner & Loewe’s classic musical! This comedic tale of a young woman groomed to be a playboy’s companion, until the two unexpectedly fall in love, won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Info : Gigi

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

Opera House
Captioned: Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Bette Hicks
The smash musical and nine-time Tony Award winner returns! The Broadway phenomenon from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q has been hailed as “the best musical of this century” by the New York Times.

Info : The Book of Mormon

Once

Once

Eisenhower Theater
Captioned: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Ernest Hairston
Theatrically breathtaking, the eight-time 2012 Tony Award–winning musical tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

Info : Once

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Other Announcements

Buy seats in the interpreted and caption sections online!

Did you know that you can buy seats in the interpreted and captioned sections for upcoming performances at the Kennedy Center online? Just follow these three steps:
Find the production you want to attend. Visit www.kennedy-center.org and search for the production you want to see or view a list of upcoming interpreted or captioned performances. Click on the link to view the production page.
View the calendar to find the interpreted or captioned performance of that production: Click the “Tickets” tab to view the calendar and find the date and time of the upcoming captioned or interpreted performance. Once you’ve found the show you want to attend, click the “Tickets” button for that performance.
View and select your seats: To view seats that are available in the interpreted or captioned section, click on the “View Accessible Seating” button. (Note: The interpreted and captioned sections are usually in the orchestra section.) Click on the seats that you want to add to your cart and follow the steps to purchase your tickets.
If you have any questions about the process or you would like to request captioning or interpreters for a performance, please contact the Accessibility Office at (202) 416-8727 (voice/relay) or access@kennedy-center.org.
Also, you can purchase tickets for interpreted or captioned performances direct from the friendly staff at the Instant Charge Services Desk by calling (202) 416-8528 (Voice) or (202) 416-8524 (TTY) Monday -Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM.
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VSA’s fan page is open to all. Please like us and spread the word!

 

Fourth Wall Gone

Founded by: Miriam Ganz, Joshua Morgan & Tami Santimyer
With DC being the second largest theatre city in the country and also the home of one of the largest Deaf communities in the world, there are so many possibilities for collaboration!
Mission:
To provide a platform promoting discussion, collaboration and access between hearing, hard of hearing and deaf theatre artists in Washington, DC.
Our Vision:
To create a truly cohesive, inclusive theatre community that works as one.  We believe that the whole is greater because of it’s parts.
To have a theatre community rich in knowledge about the Deaf community and strengthened by its unique, inclusive and diverse nature on and off stage.  Washington, DC would demonstrate, internationally, the artistic gain of cross-cultural collaboration between hearing, hard of hearing and deaf artists as well as model access in artistic expression, collaboration and theatrical experiences for audience members.
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The Kennedy Center introduces MyTix!

With MyTix, you can experience the Kennedy Center your way. If you are 18 – 30 years old or an active duty member of the armed services, join this new program designed to make the performing arts more accessible. And by “accessible,” we mean affordable. With discount offers galore and super-special free ticket giveaways, you’ll have access to all kinds of Kennedy Center performances. So see a Broadway hit, hear a symphony concert, or try something new. Plus you’ll get to meet other arts lovers and share your experiences online and in person. Sound like a deal? You better believe it!

Info : Kennedy Center MyTix

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 18th

August 26, 2014 in Community Events, NVRC Announcements

 

 

NVRC Launches Speaker Series,

Saturday, October 18th
10 am – noon

Guest speaker: Steven Gordon,
Assistant United States Attorney

Topic: Health Care and the ADA

Details coming soon!

www.NVRC.org

 

 

Come to the 2014 VADB Annual Meeting

August 26, 2014 in Community Events

 

 

Date: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
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
Cost: FREE! (Lunch provided courtesy of VA Relay Outreach Services)

Agenda:
Morning Session: “Haptics” Workshop by Ann 011iff (VADB VP)

Afternoon Session:
1. Brief VADB Business Meeting
2. Status of a “Virginia SSP Program” by Elizabeth Spiers (DBVI DB Services Program Director)
3. Update on the “iCanConnect- The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program” by Clayton Bowen (VDDHH)
4. Social Time (including a fun game to get everyone interacting)

We will have an auction of donated baked goods.

Please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting, if you can donate a baked good for auction, and if you need interpreters and/or a Support Service Provider by September 15 2014.

Volunteers (SSPs, lunch helpers, etc.) are needed. Also contact us if you would like more information.

Contact: Jenny McKenzie: lmckohs@juno.com (540-904-6671 TTY or VA Relay VCO) or Beth Hammer: vadbinc@gmail.com (804-398-0608 V)

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

www.vadeafblind.org vadbinc@gmail.com

 

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The Virginia Association of the Deafblind, Inc.- Haptics Workshop – Sept 27, 2014

August 26, 2014 in Community Events

 

Presenter: Ann 011iff (VADB Vice President who is Deafblind)
Date: Sept 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am
Location: Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Library and Resource Center Building, in the Conference Room
Address: 395 Azalea Ave., Richmond VA 23227

Cost: Free, but donations to VADB gladly accepted

Workshop Description: “Haptic Communication” is a form of nonverbal communication that
uses touch. In this workshop you will learn how to use Haptics to communicate information to a
Deafblind speaker or participant in a workshop by using special signs and ways of presenting
information. For example, you will learn some easy and efficient ways of explaining the set-up
of a room and where people are seated, creating your own “map” on the other person’s body or
arm. Then when someone in the room has a question, you can quickly convey to the Deafblind
person whom is talking by pointing to them on your map. You will also learn some ways to
provide real-time feedback about the emotions and interest-levels of people in the group, such as
when someone has burst out in laughter or is bored by the presentation (or may even be falling
asleep!) This workshop will be of benefit to Interpreters, Support Service Providers (SSPs) and
people interested in learning how to communicate information efficiently in ways other than
using traditional ASL signs. Signers and non-signers are welcome.

This workshop is being presented in conjunction with the annual VADB meeting which will be
held from 11:30am — 4:00pm, and non-members are welcome. Those who wish to stay for the
VADB Meeting will get Lunch provided courtesy of VDDHH. VADB is also seeking attendees
who are willing to serve as SSPs while they participate in the workshop and/or the meeting.

RSVP by Sept. 15, 2014 to Beth Hammer at bhammer0001@gmail.com or vabdinc@gmail.com

Please RSVP to let Beth know if you are:
Attending the Haptics Workshop ONLY (10:00-11:30am)
Attending both the Haptics Workshop AND the VADB meeting (10:00am-4:00pin)
Willing to serve as an SSP during the workshop and meeting
Willing to serve as an SSP only for lunch & meeting

www.vadeafblind.org

 

 

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CEA Foundation Awards Grant to Gallaudet University for Video Series on Effective Technologies for Consumers with Hearing Loss

August 26, 2014 in Technology

 

 

Arlington, VA – 08/25/2014 – The CEA Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, announced its support for the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University, in a grant to teach consumers with hearing loss about the effective use of their hearing devices with telecommunications technologies. With this CEA Foundation grant, Gallaudet plans to produce eight instructional videos during the course of the upcoming year-long project. This program will support the CEA Foundation’s mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology to enhance their lives.

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Rail boss goes deaf for a day

August 26, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Buck Free Press, UKChilternRail
Aug. 24,2014
by Neil Phillips
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THE managing director of Chiltern Railways went deaf for a day after being challenged by a Saunderton-based charity to experience the train service his company provided – both with and without the help of a hearing dog.

Rob Brighouse agreed to the gauntlet set down by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and travelled to and from London Marylebone after having gel moulds inserted into his ears.

These gave him a temporary 60per cent hearing loss which he said immediately gave him the experience of the sudden effects of deafness, leaving him feeling isolated and out of control.

He said: “As soon as the gels were in my ears, I felt cut off from everyone around me. I knew that people were having a conversation, but I had no idea what they were talking about. I’ve become accustomed to the everyday sounds of the hustle and bustle at London Marylebone station, but suddenly everything around me was silent. I had lost completely control of the situation, I felt isolated and alone.”

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The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss

August 26, 2014 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness

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Finding great books about children who are deaf or hard of hearing can be difficult. Many books are out of date with current technology, or are targeted to an adult audience. As the mother to a five year old boy who wears hearing aids, I was disappointed to find outdated books about hearing loss in our local library. One book described a boy as having “weird words” and another featured a girl wearing an outdated body-worn hearing aid system from the 1970′s. Fortunately, there are many new, wonderful books that explore current technology and provide a positive outlook for children with hearing loss. Books with an auditory/verbal approach (containing references to hearing aids, cochlear implants, and “learning to listen”) are listed in the first section. Books about ASL and Deaf culture are listed in the second section. See listed books

(AAMHL) is establishing hearing-accessible hand chime clinics – NVRC 9/13

August 26, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Have you ever been shut out of musical ensembles because you had a hearing loss?
Would you like to learn to play in a musical ensemble?
Do you want to learn more about how instrumental music works?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, our handchime clinics are for you!
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