NEW REI NETWORK WEBINAR: Alternative Strategies to Build Credit | August 10th

July 28, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



Date: Wed, August 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Join National Disability Institute and Credit Builders Alliance for a discussion on alternative strategies to help individuals build credit. This webinar will define credit building, distinguish the difference between credit building and credit/debt remediation, and explain the importance of credit building for the individuals we support. Credit Builders Alliance will provide an overview on how secured cards, credit builder loans and rent reporting are helping individuals build positive credit.


  • Michael R. Roush, M.A., National Disability Institute
  • Carmina Lass, Credit Builders Alliance

Register for this webinar by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link:

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 us at

Gallaudet Students in Philadelphia for the Democratic Convention

July 28, 2016 in Community News



The Democratic Party foresees a total of 50,000 attendees at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The DNC will be held July 25th through the 28th. Nine lucky Gallaudet University students will be participating in the 2-week Washington Center’s Democratic Convention Seminar, through Temple University.

The two-week seminar will include: formal instruction, guest lectures, and fieldwork assignments, allowing interns to experience the DNC, from behind the scenes. During the second half of the program, students will volunteer at the Wells Fargo Arena, where they will work with their fieldwork assignments, based on the organization to which they are assigned.

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The Remarkable Tech Bringing the Deaf and Hearing Worlds Together

July 28, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



June 27, 2016

THE PIZZERIA’S PHONE rings, but it doesn’t make a sound.
Instead, on the shelf below, green lights flash. Waiters scurry by. A few paces away, a cook with a big wooden paddle shoves pizzas into a bulbous oven. The lights flash again, and Melody Stein picks up.

“Hi, this is Melody from Mozzeria,” she says. “OK, sure thing. What would you like to order?”

Melody is deaf. As are the waiters and the cooks. Yet any one of them can communicate with a hearing person over the phone.

Call Mozzeria and the system will route you, the hearing person, to an interpreter at a “video relay service.” The interpreter listens to what you say and signs it to Melody, who’s watching on the restaurant’s iPad. Then the interpreter speaks Melody’s response back to you. Back and forth, until you’ve placed your order or made your reservation. And if you don’t find that to be absolutely marvelous, then, well, I don’t know what to tell you.

Read more . . . Watch captioned/ signed Video . . . Mozzeria


SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people

July 28, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

Tech Crunch
by Devin Coldewey, Contributor

People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to hear a smoke alarm or gunshot, for instance. SoundSense is a small wearable device that listens for noises that might require immediate attention and alerts the user when it detects one.

“There’s really been an absence of innovation in technology for disabilities over the last decade or even decades,” said Brian Goral, co-founder and CEO of Furenexo, the company behind SoundSense. We talked a few weeks before today’s launch. “What we’re looking to do is bring technology that’s taken for granted, things like cell phones and driverless cars, and apply that to the disability space.”

This first device is small and simple for a reason — the company is bootstrapped and has to rely on Kickstarter for the funds to make the SoundSense. They’re also looking for grants from non-profit entities and perhaps government funds.

Read More  . . . . SoundSense

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ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection – Aug 14th

July 28, 2016 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, August 14 at 1:00 pm.

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

The tour is also interpreted into spoken English so all are welcome!


National Disability Institute Launches DISABLE POVERTY Campaign

July 28, 2016 in Community News


Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

National Disability Institute (NDI) announced today the launch of its grassroots campaign, DISABLE POVERTY, which aims to increase awareness about the nearly one in three Americans with disabilities that live in poverty and remain outside the economic mainstream.

The two overarching goals of the campaign, to be achieved in the next 10 years, are to:

  • DECREASE the number of working-age adults with disabilities living in poverty by 50 percent, and
  • INCREASE the use of mainstream banking products and services among Americans with disabilities by 50 percent.

“As we celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act today, I can think of no better time to bring awareness to the plight of seven million individuals with disabilities in this country who live in poverty, and the millions more who teeter just above the poverty line and are one unexpected expense away from plunging below it,” Michael Morris, National Disability Institute Executive Director, said. “As a nation, it is time to elevate and amplify the conversation around this issue and work towards shared prosperity for all Americans.”

Read more  . . . DISABLE POVERTY Campaign


July 26, 2016 in Community Events

NVRC Flea Market


DOWNLOAD NVRC Flea Market Flyer

(Rain or Shine – Air Conditioned Inside Event and Easy Parking)
(Doors will not open before 9:00A.M.)

Northern Virginia Resource Center for
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (
3951 Pender Drive Suite 130
Fairfax, Va. 22030

Fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit NVRC services
and programs for deaf and hard of hearing people and
their families in Northern Virginia.

Voice: (703)-352-9055 Ext: 102 

Video Phone: (571)-350-8656

Housewares, Clothing for all Ages, Toys, Games, Books, DVDs, CDs, Crafts, Jewelry, Decorations, Holiday items, Collectibles, Miscellaneous Treasures. Delicious Bake Sale Items. All sales cash or check, no credit cards accepted.

Please No Furniture or Electronics.

Accepting Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE Charitable Donations at NVRC at 3951 Pender Drive in Fairfax. Receipts provided.
Please drop off your items only during the following times: Wednesday August 17 from 10 – 6 p.m.

Thursday August 18 from 10 – 6 p.m.
Friday August 19 from 8 – Noon. Then Closed for Pricing.

NVRC will price all items. Donations will not be returned at end of sale. Please no electronics, furniture or large items. All donations must be clean and in good condition.

THANK YOU for supporting NVRC, a 501(c)(3) community based non-profit.

See flier for directions. DOWNLOAD NVRC Flea Market Flyer

Celebrating the 40th Year Anniversary of Happy Hands!

July 25, 2016 in Community News


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11:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Location: Clyde’s Willow Creek
42920 Broadlands Boulevard

Broadlands, VA 20148


Presentation will be provided by:

Eve Christian, Elaine Shaffer and Patricia Beech


Cheryl & Rocky Cockburn at:


Please RSVP by September 1, 2016 – attached is 40th Year Anniversary form

Michigan- New required qualifications for Certified sign language interpreters

July 21, 2016 in Interpreting & Transliterating


JULY 20, 2016

New rules defining required qualifications for Michigan Certified sign language interpreters are now in effect.

The rules apply to every lawyer, doctor, and business or other entity that may be legally required to provide interpreters.  They are designed to help ensure those who are deaf have equal access to communication, especially when getting important medical and legal information.

The new requirements establish the skill level and training required for professional sign language interpreters, dividing the skills into three minimum certification levels based on the complexity, difficulty, and risk of harm inherent in the interpreting situation.

The rules will affect any entity that is required to provide an interpreter, but according to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the greatest impact will be felt in courtrooms, hospitals, doctor’s office and more.

Read more . . . new interpreting qualifications

MICHIGAN STATE interpreter guidelines

Ingrid Michaelson Recruits Deaf and Hard of Hearing Actors to Perform ASL in New ‘Hell No’ Music Video

July 21, 2016 in Community News



Ingrid Michaelson got particularly hands-on for her latest music video.

The indie pop artist released the official clip of her new breakup single “Hell No” in April, and it was the first music video completely filmed on Snapchat. But after seeing the Deaf West theater company’s Spring Awakening cast perform on the Tony Awards last month, she was inspired to recreate the music video for a wider range of viewers.

So, Michaelson tapped six actors from the theater company who range from hard of hearing to deaf, and they appear in her new “Hell No” music video performing the lyrics translated to American Sign Language – and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the music video.

Read more  . . . See video . . .  Ingrid Michaelson

Auditory cortex nearly identical in hearing and deaf people

July 21, 2016 in Research


Study shows architecture of audition likely based on innate factors

Harvard Gazette
By Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer
July 18, 2016

The neural architecture in the auditory cortex — the part of the brain that processes sound — is virtually identical in profoundly deaf and hearing people, a new study has found.

The study raises a host of new questions about the role of experience in processing sensory information, and could point the way toward potential new avenues for intervention in deafness. The study is described in a June 18 paper published in Scientific Reports.

The paper was written by Ella Striem-Amit, a postdoctoral researcher in Alfonso Caramazza’s Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory at Harvard, Mario Belledonne from Harvard, Jorge Almeida from the University of Coimbra, and Quanjing Chen, Yuxing Fang, Zaizhu Han, and Yanchao Bi from Beijing Normal University.

Read more  . . . auditory cortex

Detroit Deaf Heritage Book – by Kathleen Brockway

July 21, 2016 in Community News


Discover the History of Detroit’s Deaf Heritage
Deaf author releases second book feattuing stunning, vintage images

Telling a story in pictures is Detroit’s Deaf Heritage, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author Kathleen Brockway, who was recently inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, is set to release on June 20, 2016. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the deaf community in the Michigan city.

Download Press Release Detroit Deaf Heritage

Learn more  . . . . Detroit’s Deaf Heritage


Interpreting Immersion: training – NCIEC & Gallaudet Univ. Aug 17th – 25th

July 21, 2016 in Interpreting & Transliterating

Interpreting Immersion:  Enrich your interpretations with the power of depiction

This course is offered by a GURIEC partner, 

the Gallaudet Center for Continuing Education

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Dates and times:  Aug 17-25, 2016. 8:30-4:00 pm each day, including Sat. & Sun.
Location: Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Instructor: Alisha Bronk, MA, CDI.
This popular course is back! Both Deaf and hearing interpreters are invited for in-depth, meaningful practice in a supportive environment.
Learn to recognize opportunities to use depiction, expand your linguistic toolkit, and increase your confidence with ASL discourse features. Participants will explore the vital components of effective ASL discourse: advanced non-manual signals and facial grammar, classifiers, constructed action/dialogue, and more. Integrate these features into your work in a variety of interpreting settings. Participants will have hands-on practice interpreting medical, technical, and narrative source texts, to create more effective and engaging interpretations.
Instructor bio: Alisha Bronk’s mission is to share her love of American Sign Language and its benefits with as many people as possible. She is the creator of the ASL Tales DVD/book series. She received a master’s degree in TESOL: Applied Linguistics from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University. She is currently a freelance Certified Deaf Interpreter and adjunct professor in the Dept. of Interpretation. Ms. Bronk is a regular presenter at conferences for interpreting and Deaf organizations. She also frequently serves as a Deaf mentor and ASL tutor for families of Deaf children, interpreters, and ASL students.
Who should register: Deaf and hearing interpreters (certified or pre-certified); advanced Deaf and hearing interpreting students.
Pre-requisites: ASL proficiency (minimum of ASL III). Some prior interpreting coursework, training, and/or experience. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the instructor:
Tuition: $837 for 3 Professional Studies Credits.
(Does not include course materials; see Course Descriptionunder PST 352-02).
Room & board (recommended, optional): $74/day for shared dorm and all meals.
More information: Visit the CCS website. Look for PST 352-02.
CEUs: 4.5 Professional Studies.
Content level: Some prior knowledge of topic required.
The Gallaudet Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) is an approved RID sponsor for continuing education activities.

NVRC mourns the passing of Board Member Donna Grossman

July 15, 2016 in Community News


Donna Grossman – Long Time NVRC Board Member

Donna GrossmanThe NVRC staff and board members are so very sad to learn of Donna’s passing.  Our condolences to Donna’s family in this great loss for all of you, her many friends, colleagues and the community.  She gave so much to all of us.

Donna passed away in her sleep while on vacation in Vancouver, BC on Tuesday, July 12th.

There will be a memorial service for her

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 11:00 AM
Northern VA Hebrew Congregation
1441 Wiehle Avenue
Reston, VA 20190

Info and condolences

Notice in : The Washington Post on July 16, 2016 

How the Apple Watch is changing deafblind lives

July 15, 2016 in Technology



By Jonny Evans
Jul 6, 2016

I’ve come across a compelling story that shows how Apple Watch can make a huge difference to enable deafblind people to live more independent lives.

It’s all available in this extensive post written by Usher Syndrome sufferer, Lady Usher. The author is London-based and gets around with the aid of a cane, a guide dog and an iPhone, but Apple Watch is transforming her life.


“My new Apple Watch has made things so much easier,” she writes. “I simply key in my route on my phone, pop it in my bag and the watch, hidden safely on my wrist, vibrates to tell me to go left and right using two different tactile pulses. Another signal lets me know when I have arrived at my destination. It is such a simple idea and so damn enabling.”

“Just three weeks after I got the watch, my guide dog and I entered a month-long team steps challenge at my work place. Together, we walked almost 200 miles through the busy streets of London, simply by following the vibrations of the AppleWatch and the simple on screen instructions. For the first time ever, it felt like we owned the streets. The whole of London has opened up to me for the first time since I lost my sight.”

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