Happy Hands Deaf Seniors Luncheon Event – May 4th

May 1, 2016 in Community Events, Happy Hands



Northern Virginia Resource Center
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Event Program will feature:

  • Open Forum
  • Lunch – Meal for $8 (or bring your own brown bag lunch)
  • Video Texting by Nancy Rarus
  • Sudoku Puzzle Techniques by Bill Center
  • Drawing: 50/50 Raffle
  • Socialization


Registration OPEN – Webinar on Described & Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

May 1, 2016 in Community News



More Accessible Media!
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

A webinar featuring presenter Jason Stark, Director
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), Spartanburg, SC
May 18, 2016, 4:00 PM EST

Students who have limited or no hearing or vision miss an incredible amount of incidental information– information that people with typical sight and hearing “pick up” throughout the day from media and conversations in their environment. When a student enters a classroom, it is sometimes assumed that they already possess this background knowledge that is needed to understand the more specific content being taught (eg. – American Frontier). Use of educational videos that are described or captioned to pre-teach and to teach content afford students accessible opportunities to develop the vocabulary and to understand concepts needed to better comprehend instruction in all subjects. Presenter Jason Stark will describe how educators, parents, and students now have even more access to thousands of described and/or captioned educational videos at every grade level and in all content areas, available through DCMP. Learn about new student accounts and iOS app!

Target Audience: Educators (including teachers, related service providers, and special education administrators) who work with children with deafness/hearing loss or those with blindness/visual impairment and family members will benefit from this webinar.

Please register for “More Accessible Media!” Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP): at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing connection information to join the webinar on May 18th.  This one hour webinar can be accessed from any location. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who complete a short survey at the conclusion of the training.

Wednesday Webinars are sponsored by Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.        We hope you can join us!

Researchers Discover Link Between Hearing Loss And Type 2 Diabetes

April 28, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research


Tech Times
By Dianne Depra
April 25,

Researchers reviewed studies exploring the link between type 2 diabetes and hearing loss and found evidence that the condition can cause damage to the auditory system.

Given the results of the study published in the journal Current Diabetes Reports, the researchers are pushing doctors to include hearing tests when crafting programs to manage type 2 diabetes in patients diagnosed with the condition.

According to Elizabeth Helzner, one of the authors of the study, the connection between diabetes and hearing loss has been shown numerous times in earlier studies but directly comparing previous work is difficult because there is no clear definition for hearing loss and other related factors.

Read more  . . . Type 2 Diabetes

A HoH’s To-Do List – By Gael Hannan

April 28, 2016 in Community News


Better Hearing Consumer

It’s Monday, the beginning of the week, and time to update my hearing loss To Do list. Because hearing losss is what I have as well as what I do, my list never changes much from week to weeknor does it ever quite get done.

  • Call the audiologist to book a hearing aid cleaning. It’s like getting your teeth cleaned—no one likes doing it, but whiter teeth or sparkly, crisp sound are worth it. At least hearing aid checkups don’t hurt. And while I’m there, I’ll ask—again—why there’s no information on hearing loss for hard of hearing (HoH) people to read as they wait. Just accessible phones for sale and offers of rewards if you get your friends to come in for a hearing test.

Read more . . . HoH’s To-Do List

UW Students Create Gloves Which Translate Sign Language into Spoken English

April 28, 2016 in Community News



Breitbart News
April 26, 2016

Two University of Washington undergraduates have been awarded $10,000 for inventing “SignAloud,” a pair of gloves capable of translating American Sign Language into English in real time.

Sophomores Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor received the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for their submission in the undergraduate “Use It” catergory, which recognizes tech-based inventions that improve consumer devices.  The “SignAloud” gloves have built-in sensors which read the wearer’s hand positions and movements, then wirelessly transmit them to a computer. The computer then runs the information through a gesture database, using an algorithm to determine the best translation, which is then spoken.

Read more  . . . Sign Gloves

NVAD General Meeting Saturday, May 7, 2016

April 28, 2016 in Community Events


Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf

General Meeting Saturday, May 7, 2016 9:30AM to 12:00PM

Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons

3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130,
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

DOWNLOAD: NVAD_General _Meeting_Saturday_May_Flyer

How Growing Up Hard Of Hearing Led Me To The Career I Never Knew I Wanted

April 26, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Laura Friedman
Apr 10, 2016

Attention deficit, developmental delays, processing disorder: These were the words my parents heard about me from a half dozen doctors, audiologists and speech-language pathologists. But both my parents (and grandmother) work in the medical field, and these diagnoses just didn’t fit what they saw. When my attention was grabbed, I had no issues sitting still or focusing. Simply put, I was not speaking or responding to sounds.

After 18 months of being tested and retested with one misdiagnosis after the next, someone advised my mother to take me to the school district for testing. This was after a year’s worth of constant speech and language therapy. Fearing I would be labeled, my mother initially objected, but eventually she relented, and within minutes of my being tested, the school district informed her I had hearing loss. I was 3 at the time, and this was only the beginning of a long road ahead.

The diagnosis finally made sense. The doctors started talking about hearing aids, schools for the deaf and sign language, and they told my parents I would never be able to function in the hearing world. My parents were devastated; their world was flipped upside down.

Read More  . . . Laura Friedman

Hearing Aid Prices Under Pressure From Consumer Electronics

April 26, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Aids, Wearables



PHOENIX — At the AudiologyNow! convention here last week, visitors stood next to blowing electric fans to experience how a new hearing aid could screen out wind noise. They donned goggles to attend a virtual reality dinner party to learn how new technology made it easier to hear conversations around them.

But the elephant in the room, as it were, was what was happening outside the convention hall.

The consumer electronics industry is encroaching on the hearing aid business, offering products that are far less expensive and available without the involvement of audiologists or other professionals. That is forcing a re-examination of the entire system for providing hearing aids, which critics say is too costly and cumbersome, hindering access to devices vital for the growing legions of older Americans.

Uber aims to put more deaf drivers on the roads

April 26, 2016 in Community News, Transportation


“Uber teaming with a nonprofit group for the deaf to attract more hearing-impaired drivers”

Washington Post

April 19

Wendell Pratt can’t hear what his Uber passengers say about him, but he is used to reading their reactions when they learn he is deaf.

Some stare at him through his rearview mirror; others check their phones to make sure they have the correct driver, or pull up their own set of directions to follow. And one man who climbed into Pratt’s 2012 Toyota Prius a few months ago couldn’t hide what Pratt took as apprehension.

“He kept looking at me,” said Pratt, 45, of Frederick, Md. “He was very short and standoffish. It was his attitude I could see.”

Read more  . . . UBER

Deaf Latinos struggle to connect with their families, and their Hispanic heritage

April 26, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



FOX News Latino
By Soni Sangha

Bregitt Jimenez is deaf and grew up in the United States. At school, she communicated using American Sign Language, which is based on English.

When she was young, her mother only spoke Spanish, so Jimenez and her family had to invent gestures to communicate with each other.

Today, Jimenez, 27, is president of the Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of the Metropolitan D.C. Area – which is part-advocacy group, part-social network. She feels connected to her Latino roots but getting to that point wasn’t easy.

Read More . . . Deaf Latinos

McLean Bible Church – Deaf Ministry – 1Day retreat • May 14th

April 21, 2016 in Community Events


Deaf Ministry – One Day Retreat

MCLEAN Bible Church
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

Pete and Marianne Leclerc Crossroads Deaf Baptist Missions

12:30 – 2:30pm
Community Room A

Contact: Dr. Gabriel Love Email: Gabriel.Love@mcleanbible.org

DOWNLOAD 2016 May One-Day Revival FLYER

This Sunday: Art Signs Gallery Talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

April 21, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



Join us this Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for Art Signs gallery talks in ASL at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art Signs guides Erikson Young and Emily Blachly will lead discussion on four artworks from our collection.  From a founding father to Lady Liberty to mythological & allegorical figures representing health and grief – investigate some sculptural treasures in our galleries.  Enjoy conversation with art-y folks, and leave having learned something new!

Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC
Metro:  Gallery Place

Upcoming Art Signs dates:
Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 16, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 14, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 5:30 p.m.


HLAA-DC program on Hearing Needs Assessment – Sunday, May 22

April 21, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness



People with hearing loss often need help in determining how best to address their needs. Hearing aids can be very helpful. But they come with a wide variety of optional features including, but not limited to, telecoils, directional microphones, noise suppression, feedback cancellation, Bluetooth, self-adjusting volume controls, etc. Which ones do you need? And then what other technologies and personal strategies should you consider, recognizing that even well-fitted, top of the line, hearing aids, while very useful, have important limitations? Finding the right answer for yourself involves both reflection and advice from the professionals — a personal hearing needs assessment. Come hear Dr. Larry Medwetsky address this important topic.

Dr. Larry Medwetsky is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department at Gallaudet University.  His specialties include spoken language processing, diagnostic assessment, hearing aid amplification, hearing assistive technology, educational audiology, and hearing loss prevention.

Date and Time: Sunday, May 22, 2016 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)

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

All are welcome. There is no charge.

A “view” from the Court: Making accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing

April 21, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Scouts Blog
Mark Walsh
Tue, April 19th

It’s odd to walk into the Supreme Court and see lawyers in the bar section holding iPhones, iPads, and other electronic devices during a court session. But that was the case on Tuesday as twelve members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association were being sworn in to the Supreme Court Bar.

The group was founded in 2013, and the Supreme Court agreed to make accommodations for the group to participate in the ritual of its in-courtroom swearing-in ceremony. That included the provision of sign-language interpreters as well as a limited wi-fi signal allowing the lawyers to receive real-time translation on their electronic devices.

Read More  . . . Supreme Court

Mark Walsh, A “view” from the Court: Making accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 19, 2016, 4:18 PM)

Science with Jefferson Lab! May 21 – Register Now! (for grades 4 through 8)

April 21, 2016 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness


Science with Jefferson Lab!
Co-sponsored by Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and Outreach Services, VSDB

  • When?  Saturday, May 21, 2016.  9:30 – 2:30
  • What?  A day of fun science activities and a great opportunity to meet students from other school divisions who are also deaf or hard of hearing.

Special features:  Jefferson Lab Science Educator, Brita Hampton as instructor;
Jennifer McDonald of Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will show equipment from the Technical Assistance Program (alerting devices, special telephones, etc. for the home) for families, 1:30 – 2:30!

If problems, cut and paste this URL into your browser. Be sure to click on “submit” at end of registration! If problems, complete the form attached and email it to address below.

Deadline for submitting is May 4, 2016.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.
Hope to hear from you!