The FCC May Redefine ‘Television’ to Include the Internet

September 30, 2014 in Technology



The proposal could create new competition to cable providers like Comcast.

The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to treat certain online video services the same way it treats cable and satellite TV providers.The move would help the online services get cheaper access to major network programming and could allow them to become stronger competitors to the dominant pay-TV providers like Comcast.

The most successful 3D printed product in the world: Part IV

September 30, 2014 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



Inside 3DP
By Joris Peels
Sept.  25, 2014

We’re doing a series of stories on the biggest story you’ve never heard of, 3D printing hearing aids. Over 10,000,000 3D printed individualized pairs of hearing aids have been made. Today we explore why 3D printing works for this application.3Dprint

Why 3D printing?

So why would 3D Printing work for this application? Why in a few short years did 3D printing wipe out all the traditional manufacturing processes for hearing aids? There are a number of reasons for this. Also if we look at other products what key factors have to exist in order for a 3D printed mass consumer product to be viable?

1. First off 3D printing is efficient for making small things but not as good at making big things. Time in the machine and speed of the machine are critical cost factors. 3D Printing materials are expensive. The larger the object the more expensive it is to produce. Want a ring sized plastic thing? That will be a $1. Want a 3 person couch? That will be 50,000.

2. The individualization greatly affects the consumer. The more individualized and customized this product is, the happier the consumer. A hearing aid is meant to stay in your ear all day and if it is more comfortable you will be happier with it.

3. Customizability, is a clearly identifiable key quality the product has to be posses. This quality is well understood by both the consumer and the manufacturer. Because this is the case the manufacturer is willing to completely alter his production methods in order to please the customer.

4. The parts were functional. For the hearing aid application the parts were very small but also within spec for the hearing aid application. So the 3D printed parts were strong enough and lasted long enough.

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A dialogue with Lise Hamlin, HLAA event – Oct.19th

September 30, 2014 in Community Events

Come Hear about HLAA Support for People with Hearing Loss

HLAA’s seeks to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, support and advocacy. It does so by working to assure that:

  • Hearing aids, cochlear implants and aural rehabilitation are affordable, accessible, and covered by Medicare, Affordable Care Act, and insurers;
  • Public and private venues, including all types of public transportation are communication accessible;
  • Television, Internet video programming, and movies make high quality captioning available;
  • Consumers have wide choices and access to captioned and hearing-aid-compatible (HAC), high-fidelity, landline phones and mobile devices;
  • Workplaces are communication accessible and welcoming to people with hearing loss.

Lise Hamlin, HLAA’s Director of Public Policy, will be open to talk about these and other HLAA activities and solicit your views about further ways that HLAA can be helpful. This will very much be a two-way dialogue.

Date and Time: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Place: DC Public Library at Tenleytown (large meeting room), 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (less than a block from the Tenleytown Station on Metro’s Red Line)

Real-time captioning and a looping system will be available for all attendees.

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
E-Bulletin: Sept. 26, 2014

September 30, 2014 in Community News

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September 26, 2014

Our E-Bulletin for September 26, 2014 is now posted online at:

Some news you’ll find in this issue:

  •  DOL: $8.4 Million to Improve Employment Opportunities
  • “Harkin Introduces Three Bills as Part of ‘Access for All’ Agenda for Americans with Disabilities”
  • “Understanding EEOC’s new guidance on pregnancy discrimination”
  • A Review of Community College-Employer Partnerships and Initiatives: Expanding Opportunities for Job Seekers with Disabilities
  • Disaster Planning and Response: Including People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • “Federal Legal Corner: Flexible Schedule as Reasonable Accommodation”
  • New Guide Offers Tips on 508 Compliance
  • DOJ Alleges Kent State Violated FHA by Refusing to Allow Emotional Support Animals in Student Housing
  • Nominations Sought for Participation in Advisory Committee on Competitive Integrated Employment


ADA In Focus Webinar Series

October 9, 2014 – 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern
The ADAAA and its affect on Section 503 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act
Rob Hodapp, Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
November 13, 2014 – 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

The ADA and Law Enforcement, there’s more to it than ramps
Michael Sullivan, Michael Sullivan ADA Consulting
There is no charge for these sessions. Click on the links for more information.


Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
A member of the ADA National NetworkTransCen, Inc.
401 N. Washington Street Suite 450
Rockville, Maryland 20850
1-800-949-4232 V/TTY
301-217-0124 V/TTY



Job Opening Virginia – Richmond

September 26, 2014 in Employment

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Staffed in Richmond, VA

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Virginia currently has a full time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS). 

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
    • Senior Community
    • Hard of Hearing Community
  • Able to travel alone
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

For the full job description and online application visit by October 3, 2014.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits. For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831

Download the JOB POST – Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator


Deaf Ninja storyteller coming to GMU – Oct 18th

September 26, 2014 in Community Events



George Mason University is hosting Austin Andrews (widely recognized as the Deaf Ninja storyteller) and his ASL Power Variety Show on Saturday evening,

Get Ready for October 18th!

First at 9am: Atwl takes you on a fast-paced, entertaining and exciting look at the strength behind our community: ASL Power! 0.6 CEUs

Free to the Community:

Then at 7pm: ASL storytelling, poetry, jokes, folklore, fairy tales, improve and more, with Austin Andrews. 0.2 CEUs
If you want authentic, raw ASL entertainment, this show is for you: No English interpretation will be provided for any of the performances; only the MC’s commentary will be voice interpreted into English. Recommended for all ages.

American Sign Language Workshop and Performance
Saturday, October 18, 7pm – 9pm
(doors open at 6:30pm)

George Mason University
Innovation Hall Room 103
4400 University Drive,
Fairfax, VA 22030

Questions: E-mail

*paid parking available
*lunch will not be provided

Free admission and open to the public! See flyer attached.

See flyer attached. HERE

AAPD – Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) deadline Oct. 1

September 26, 2014 in Community Events





The American Association of People with Disabilities is currently accepting resumes for college students and jobseekers with disabilities interested in participating in Disability Mentoring Day on October 28th.

This is a great opportunity to expand your professional network and connect with a mentor. Participants will be matched with mentors who are employed by a financial services company in Washington, DC. The event will include individual job shadowing, networking, and career sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

More information can be found on the AAPD website:

To apply, submit your resume to by October 1st.



Nearly Half of Teens Showing Potential Signs of Hearing Loss

September 24, 2014 in Community Events



Business Wire
September 23, 2014

  • One in six teens showing symptoms often or all of the time
  • Nearly nine in ten engage in activities that may damage hearing

PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Teen hearing loss may be on the rise, according to a new study commissioned by Siemens Hearing Instruments. In a recent U.S. survey of 500 teenagers ages 13–19, 46 percent of teens reported experiencing ringing, roaring, buzzing or pain in their ears after engaging in risky hearing practices, including listening to excessively loud music and using lawn and power tools with no hearing protection. One in six teens admitted having these symptoms often or all the time. The nationwide survey was conducted by ReRez Research of Dallas, Texas to learn more about teens and their listening habits.

(See Graphic Poster in Original Article)

“Music has always played a central role in teens’ lives, but over the past decade, the ever-present earbuds attached to popular smartphones and portable music players have caused increasing concern among hearing care professionals”

The findings also revealed that teens are aware of the risks, yet still choose not to protect their hearing. Nearly nine in ten (88 percent) of teens admit participating in activities they know may damage their hearing, with listening to loud music being the most popular. When asked what their parents or teachers would do if they knew how loud their music was, 78 percent of teens confessed they would tell them to lower the volume or wear protective gear.

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Washington Post Reviews – ‘EL DEAFO’ by deaf Va. artist CECE BELL

September 24, 2014 in Community News



Washington Post
Comic Riffs
By Michael Cavna September 23

‘EL DEAFO’: With her first (and so funny) graphic novel,
deaf Va. artist CECE BELL hopes her tale will help others

IT IS A STORY Cece Bell knew she wanted to tell, and believed it was something she should share. But it took decades of discovery and experience, and then artistic growth and parenthood, to get to a place where she was ready to put it to paper.

At age 4, Bell suffered a brief bout with meningitis that left her “severely to profoundly deaf.” Soon she was wearing hearing aids, and a large Phonic Ear across her chest. As her life, too, began to change profoundly, she created an alter-ego – El Deafo! – who, amid a child’s sense of vulnerability and uncertainty, was determined to feel empowered by her being “different.”

Now, at age 43, Bell has introduced her superheroic self to the world in her emotionally truthful graphic-novel debut — titled, naturally, “El Deafo”(Amulet). As memoir, it is a work that demanded its own journey.

“I think the story was easier to tell, since I knew the material inside and out, and I’ve pretty much spent my whole life trying to make sense of some of the things that happened to me,” Bell tells The Post’s Comic Riffs (ahead of her appearance Wednesday morning at Washington’s Politics & Prose bookstore, and tomorrow afternoon at One More Page Books in Arlington, Va.) . “But the [five-year] execution of the book was probably the hardest project I’ve ever taken on in my life.

“I’ve said it so many times my throat hurts: I don’t see how the graphic novelists in this world make more than one of these things in one lifetime!”

Bell was born in Richmond, and “El Deafo” recounts her childhood growing up near Roanoke. Her Virginia roots run through her work in many ways, including the very illustration itself. She created the inviting art of “El Deafo” with Eisner-winning colorist David Lasky, whom she and her husband met while attending the College of William & Mary.

Washington Post Article

VBDP – NEWS – Fellowships, Survey Deadlines, more

September 24, 2014 in Community News


September 23, 2014


Survey Season-Open until Early October! Computer Monitor with Survey

People with disabilities, family members, concerned citizens, care providers, and policymakers-we need your help! Have you taken 10 minutes to fill out the Board’s survey? We want your input to know how we’re doing, so please take time to complete it online. The survey is available on the home page of (in the slider on the right) or by typing into your web browser. If you have trouble accessing the survey or need a printed copy, please dial 800-846-4464 or send an email to with your contact information so we can assist you.



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 Health Survey Open until Oct. 3

The Virginia Dept. of Health (VDH) is conducting a needs assessment study for women, children, and families in Virginia. If you have children with special health care needs, please take a few minutes to complete the VDH online survey.



Transportation Survey Open until October 10

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Getting around the Commonwealth can be a challenge for people with disabilities. How do you travel now? How would you like to travel in the future? Give your opinion now and you can help guide Virginia’s transportation in the future.



It’s Here-Your Comprehensive Resource!

2014 Disability AssessmentFor those engaged in understanding and improving Virginia’s supports and services for individuals with developmental and other disabilities, the Board’s 2014 Assessment of the Disability Service System in Virginia is an essential reference, with data and descriptions of many of the programs and services administered, funded, provided, or licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Note: This year there are two separate volumes-Volume 1 is a 68-page document, Key Findings and Board Recommendations, plus the 500 page Volume 2, available online as an accessible PDF file (preferred distribution method). Both documents are available on CD upon request at 800-846-4464 or send an email to if unable to access online.


Fellowship Program Applications Open until October 30 glasses-man-portrait.jpg

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking professionals, family members, or people with disabilities who are working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The purpose of the one-year fellowship is to prepare both early career and seasoned leaders to excel in the public policy arena in their home state or nationally. Applications are accepted online until 5:00 pm EST October 30, 2014. If you have questions, please contact Steven M. Eidelman.

Keeping Virginians informed about disability services and issues is one of our most important responsibilities! Thank you for sharing this information.

VBPD does not share your contact information without your permission. The Board shares your concern about privacy and unwanted correspondence, especially junk e-mail. We limit our communications to information you need to be more knowledgeable about issues affecting people with disabilities.




First Baptist Church of Alex – Social Event: Putt Putt Golf & Ice Cream – Sept. 27, Sat.

September 24, 2014 in Community Events

First Baptist Church of Alexandria – Deaf Congregation

Greetings! We will have Putt Putt or miniature golf and ice cream social.
Please join with us to compete for FUN to get lowest score and WELCOME first weekend of Autumn.

See the details as follow:
Date: September 27, Saturday at 2 pm – meeting at Putt Putt Golf.
• For putt putt golf:
Cameron Run Regional Park
4001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304

•  For ice cream social:
Cold Stone Creamery
239 Swamp Fox Rd., 
Alexandria VA 22314
(clue: it is located at Hoffman Town Center off Eisenhower road and across from Eisenhower Metro- yellow line.)

Bring what?  Money for putt putt golf and ice cream (if desired).
Admission: see the link below – passings/miniature-golf-fees/

RSVP would be appreciated but not required.
For questions or RSVP, contact Jeff McCray: or Selina Gilson:

The Mid-Atlantic Deaf & HH Festival – Exhibitors Information

September 22, 2014 in Community News



September 12, 2014

Dear Prospective Exhibitors,

The Mid-Atlantic Deaf & HH Festival is fast approaching and I wanted to send out a friendly reminder to make sure and reserve your booth early so you receive the “Early Bird Special Price”.  The Early Bird Special has been extended and the new deadline is September 30, 2014.

This is a great way to showcase your business or organization and make new business contacts, launch your new products and sell your products and services.

Space is limited and exhibit contracts are on a first-come, first-serve basis.   Don’t miss out!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at:


VP: 623-208-7648


Wayne Berke, Chair

Download Event flyer

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The Vermont Association of the Deaf – Press Release

September 22, 2014 in Community News



For Immediate Release Sept 20, 2014

The Vermont Association of the Deaf invites you to come to the “VERMONT DEAF RIGHTS, Save Austine School and Services Rally” at the State House on Saturday September 27, 2014 12:30 to 5pm at the Statehouse in Montpelier VT.

We want the State to take over the Austine School property and make it a State School for the Deaf. The Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro has provided over 100 years of quality education and prepared students for life after graduation. This past spring the school’s Board of Trustees voted to close its doors. In the past two weeks the Board of Trustees also voted to cease operations of its other programs which are vital to the quality of life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Vermonters.

Deaf and hard of hearing children in Vermont are now scattered all over Vermont. They are isolated in their public schools, and often are the only student who use sign language or have no access to sign language at all. Learning is severely limited when a student needs to watch an interpreter every day, and has no one to sign to or talk with. The Austine School provides a community of learners where everyone can sign and speak to each other. Teaching and learning at Austine is language rich, barrier-free, and unfiltered. The Austine School and its Outreach program provided consultation to public school districts across the state to ensure that their students were receiving appropriate access to education. That service is gone. Those Deaf children are left behind. This will have a negative impact on education and employment opportunities and general well-being of Deaf Vermonters and come at an additional cost to the state.

The State of Vermont needs to step up to the plate and ensure that those children and families get the support they deserve by establishing an independent agency within the state that operates the Austine School and its services to Deaf and hard of hearing babies and students.

This event coincides with the International Deaf Awareness Day. Come and celebrate our rights to equal communication, education and opportunities.


Download VermontSOS PDF Flyer


September 19, 2014 in Community News



American Association On Health and Disability

Deadline:  Nov. 15, 2014

AAHD is accepting applications for the AAHD Scholarship Program (2014-2015) which supports students with disabilities pursuing higher education in a field related to disability and health.  Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, behavioral health, epidemiology, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Scholarships are limited to under $1,000. Scholarships are competitive each year. Please visit the AAHD website at to download application. 

Deadline for submission is November 15, 2014.   Please circulate this opportunity throughout your networks.

For information, please contact Maria Manolatos, AAHD Scholarship Coordinator, at

American Association on Health and Disability
110 N. Washington Street, Suite 328-J

Rockville, MD 20833



Seahawk in Silence – Derrick Coleman

September 19, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



K5 Western Washington’s Home Team
September 11, 2014
Article Source

SEATTLE—The Seattle Seahawks play in arguably the loudest stadium in the world. Yet one Seahawk can’t hear the crowd.

Running back Derrick Coleman scored a key touchdown in the Seahawks’ season-opening win against the Packers. The fans went crazy. But Derrick only saw the cheers.

“I could feel it in my body, but my ears didn’t really catch it all. My body did though.”

He lost most of his hearing from a childhood disease at age 3.

“When people tell me I can’t do something, it just makes me want to do.”

He is one of the few hearing-impaired athletes to make it to the NFL. He may be the only one to make it on offense, where hearing can be critical as quarterback Russell Wilson often changes a play with his voice.

“So he knows straight up OK y’know look at me. Or you don’t have to look at me, just face me.”

Like he has most of his life, Derrick figures out a way to make it work. He wears hearing aids in both ears. But they don’t work well with the noise of the game. So he plays mostly in silence. He says that’s a good thing.

“My disability is actually an advantage over everybody else. Now they’re tryin’ to hear the play. They really gotta focus. All I gotta do is look at ‘em and talk.”