Hearing Loss Association – DC Chapter – Jan 29th • 2:00 PM

January 12, 2017 in Community News



HLAA-DC is pleased to announce a program in which Dr. Carrie Nieman will discuss a program developed and pilot-tested in Baltimore that provides accessible and affordable hearing care. This program could be an important development, especially for low-income and vulnerable older adults for whom the cost of traditional hearing care is a major barrier.

Dr. Nieman is a resident in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and founding Executive Director of Access HEARS, a social enterprise committed to making hearing care accessible and affordable.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 29 at 2:00pm
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).

Please see the PDF announcement attached below.

Please note that this invitation is open to all. Feel free to pass information about it to friends, colleagues, students, clients and others who you think may be interested.

DOWNLOAD PDF Announcement

Northern Virginia Tinnitus Support Group Meeting – Jan 31st • 7pm

January 12, 2017 in Community Events


Northern Virginia Tinnitus Support Group Meeting

Date:  Tuesday, January 31st at 7PM

Presentation:    University of Maryland Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Program (via Skype)

Location: Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons

3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030
Directions to NVRC:  http://www.nvrc.org/about/directions/

For additional information, please contact:
Elaine Wolfson, erwolfson@comcast.net
Marian Patey, mjpatey@fcps.edu


McLean Community Players’ production of “Company,” Feb. 18th

January 12, 2017 in Community Events


George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company,”

The McLean Community Players’ production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company,” will have ASL interpretation at the performance on Saturday, Feb. 18, at  8:00 pm in the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.

Tickets are $23-$25 and are available at: www.McLeanPlayers.org or through
OvationTix at 866-811-4111.

See the Accessibility page at www.McLeanPlayers.org  for information about American Sign Language interpretation at this performance. With adult themes, this show is most suitable for ages 17 and older.

Eastern Deaf Bikers Holiday Party – Saturday, Jan. 28th

January 10, 2017 in Community Events, Community News

January 28, 2017 Saturday
Time: 12 Noon

Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030

EDB will provide ham.  

Please follow  your last name A-Z.
A – F: Desserts
G – L: Appetizers
M – S: Cold Salads
T – Z: Hot Dishes

Please inform Darrell Dall at president@EasternDeafBikers.org what dish(es) you will bring to prevent duplicates and the number of people coming to the party.

After the Holiday Party, there will be a meeting. According to EDB bylaws, we are required to have a membership meeting twice a year.

DOWNLOAD – Eastern_Deaf_Bikers_Flyer

NVAD GENERAL MEETING – Jan 21st – 2017

December 22, 2016 in Community Events

The January NVAD General Meeting will be held:
The swearing in of the new NVAD board and General meeting will take place at that day and time.
Northern Virginia Resource Center
See you next week! Be safe and warm this Friday and Saturday!
NVAD Board

Swearing in New Officers for 2017

Saturday ~ January 21, 2017
9:30AM to 12:00PM
Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)

3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA  22030
If you have any question, please contact Juliann Chavez: jachavez64@gmail.com

DOWNLOAD NVAD Reminder Gen Meeting Flyer

NVRC Represented at FCC Open Meeting Dec. 15th

December 15, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Technology


Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology

NVRC Board Members Tom Dowling, Gary Viall, and Alexa Schriempf, and staff member Debbie Jones attended this morning’s FCC Open Meeting   There was a great turn out of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and Speech Disability consumer organizations!  There were representatives from Gallaudet University, TDI, HLAA, and NAD, to name just a few.

The first item on the agenda for this morning’s meeting was the Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology:

The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to help achieve the transition from TTY technology to a reliable and interoperable means of providing real-time text communication over wireless Internet protocol-enabled networks and services.


Real-Time Text Technology (RTT) would replace the old TTY technology for communication over telephone lines and wireless systems, providing real-time, as you type it, text communications for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and Speech Disabled consumers.  RTT would be flexible to work on all internet protocol systems and devices, as well as being retro compatible with older TTY devices, until they phase out.  It would also be compatible with 911 systems for emergency calls.

The FCC heard the report  on Real-Time Text Technology, as well as remarks from Bobbi Cordano, President of Gallaudet University. The Commissioners voted to adopt the Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

This means that, moving forward, industries will not limited to making devices compatible with the old TTY technology, and can focus on making RTT interoperable across all devices and IP networks.

(See attached press release)

DOWNLOAD (PDF) – FCC Press Release DOC-342624A1

See pictures of meeting on facebook


2017 Celebrate Communication – SAVE THE DATE – APRIL 22, 2017

December 15, 2016 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

presented by:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 • 10 AM to 2 PM

LOCATION:  Northern Virginia Community College • Ernst Community Cultural Center/Gymnasium • 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

Celebrate Communication is the area’s premier information fair for anyone with an interest in or connection to hearing loss.

Last year we had over 40 vendors will be offering free information on a wide variety of resources including State and local government programs, cutting edge technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, ASL and Cued Speech, hearing dogs, and many more.


Click on one of the following to learn more.

CC Info 2017
Sponsor-ExhibitorSponsor – Exhibitor List
to come.
vddhh_web Virginia Relay

The National Gallery of Art – Tour Information – Next event Dec. 11th

December 8, 2016 in Community News


The National Gallery of Art
ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection, EAST BUILDING

The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 pm.  The tour meets by the information desk in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.  http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/calendar/guided-tours/accessible-programs/american-sign-language.html

All are welcome!
Please let me know if you have any questions about this program.

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.

These videos join our existing West Building highlights ASL video tour:

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 visitwww.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.

Invitation DisAbility Resource Center – Open House – Dec. 7th

November 25, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News


Join the disAbility Resource Center as it Celebrates the Holidays at its 16th Annual Open House

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
409 Progress St., Fredericksburg, VA  22401

At 4 p.m. we will provide recognition and appreciation of Arva Priola who is retiring after more than 20 years of service to the  dRC
and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

R.S.V. P.: 540-373-2559 or drc@cildrc.org

NVAD Holiday Luncheon – Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

November 25, 2016 in Community News

Happy Holidays! Join us for our delicious holiday luncheon.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00PM to 5:00PM 

Yard House at Springfield – Town Center
6791 Springfield Mall Springfield, VA 22150

Seating is limited to 30 guests – First Come, First Serve

RSVP to Paul Daniels at paulwdaniels@cox.net or VP 571-766-0725

by Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Menu: http://www.yardhouse.com/menu-listing/eat

Holiday Gift Exchange Game ~ $10.00 Gift Card

DOWNLOAD – nvad-holiday-luncheon_saturday-december-10-2016

For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall:
571-766-0671 (VP) or missgraffie@gmail.com (email)

WMAU Radio Interview of Gallaudet University’s President Roberta Cordano

November 21, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness


The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WMAU 
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET), Monday  11/21/2016

Interview with Gallaudet University Roberta Cordano

Gallaudet University inaugurated a new president in late-September. Roberta Cordano is the University’s first female, deaf president, and the third since the student-led “Deaf President Now,” movement in 1988. The new president inherits the school at a time of transition: Gallaudet and the surrounding neighborhood are in the midst of a large-scale development project, and Cordano sees the potential for it to become an “ASL tourist destination.” Kojo sits down with Cordano to talk about the legacy and future of Gallaudet University.

Watch signed/captioned video of interview

DOWNLOAD Caption Transcript – PDF 11-21-2016


Deaf musician plays viola with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



WMAR Baltimore
By WMAR Staff
Nov 16, 2016

Music isn’t just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She’s deaf — but plays the viola.

Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with professionals.

“I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much,” Cheng said. “The idea of playing it with a real orchestra was just too irresistible for me to pass up. Even though I have a hearing loss; I keep thinking, Beethoven would approve.”

Cheng, founder of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, has always been a musician. She lost her hearing after a bad fever when she was 2 years old. She started playing the piano at age seven and later began playing violin in college.

Read more  . . . See captioned video

Employment Workshop Presented by Volunteer FairFax

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Employment



When? December 1, 12-1:30 p.m.

Where? 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA 

RSVPexcel@ecnv.org or 703-525-3268, please let us know of any accommodation needs.

One of the best pathways to gaining meaningful employment is through volunteering, as it can help enhance your personal skill-set, make new contacts, build your network, gain in-debt knowledge about a specific career, and strengthen your resume.

So stop by ECNV on December 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. for an interactive employment workshop presented by Angela Saiza Starling of Volunteer Fairfax, where she will discuss how her organization can match you with your ideal volunteering position.
This presentation will cover:

  • What is a volunteer center?
  • Pathways to employment
  • Ways to engage
  • Trivia

Volunteer Fairfax, has been building better community through service for more than 40 years. They are the regional volunteer center serving Fairfax County and the National Capital region. They seek individuals, families, youth and corporate groups for service opportunities at a variety of nonprofit agencies. One-time special events or ongoing activities are available. In 2015, through various program and events, the organization engaged more than 23,000 volunteers who served nearly 83,000 donated hours. For more information, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org

NVRC Annual Meeting & Pancake Breakfast – Sat. – Dec. 3, 2016

November 17, 2016 in Community News


NVRC_pancake-breakfastSaturday – December 3, 2016
9:30 AM to Noon

NVRC’s Board & Staff would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 3rd at 9:30 AM for a complimentary pancake breakfast. Come and enjoy some great food and fun company.

At 11:00, we will have our annual business meeting where members will vote in our new Board members and can hear about the changes happening at NVRC and the road for the future.

Please be sure to RSVP and then join us for a morning of pancakes, business fun and friends!



NVRC – Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room
3951 Pender Drive, 
Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030

Police contacts with deaf subjects: Tips and resources to keep everyone safe

November 10, 2016 in Community News


Federal law requires that law enforcement agencies must provide the communication aids and services needed to communicate effectively with people who are deaf

Nov. 8, 2016
by  Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor at Large

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost one in 10 people in the U.S. could benefit from hearing aids. About two percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64, to 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74, and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older.

Police interactions with deaf subjects are fraught with the possibility that one side or the other — and possibly both — misunderstanding the person in front of them. It is uncommon for law enforcement officers to know American Sign Language, and there is woefully little instruction done in our schools about how individuals — deaf or otherwise — should respond to the lawful commands of police officers.

Read more . . . Police