September 30, 2014 in Technology
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:
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.
September 30, 2014 in Community News
September 26, 2014
Our E-Bulletin for September 26, 2014 is now posted online at:
Some news you’ll find in this issue:
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.
September 26, 2014 in Employment
JOB OPENING VA CAPTIONED TELEPHONE SERVICES OUTREACH COORDINATOR
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:
For the full job description and online application visit www.workforhamilton.com 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
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 email@example.com
*paid parking available
*lunch will not be provided
Free admission and open to the public! See flyer attached.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1st.
September 24, 2014 in Community Events
September 23, 2014
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.
“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.
September 24, 2014 in Community News
September 23, 2014
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 www.vaBoard.org (in the slider on the right) or by typing www.vbpdinput.com 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 email@example.com with your contact information so we can assist you.
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.
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.
For 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if unable to access online.
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.
September 24, 2014 in Community Events
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 –
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:
Wayne Berke, Chair
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.
September 19, 2014 in Community News
American Association On Health and Disability
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 www.aahd.us/scholarship 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 email@example.com
American Association on Health and Disability
110 N. Washington Street, Suite 328-J
Rockville, MD 20833
K5 Western Washington’s Home Team
September 11, 2014
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.”