Captioned Telephone Services Usability Assessment

February 23, 2017 in Captioning / Relay, Technology

We are seeking referrals of individuals to participate in an important study that The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization, is conducting to assess current Internet Protocol (IP) based Captioned Telephone Services (IP CTS) and similar mobile telephone applications. IP CTS allows a person with hearing loss to speak and listen to another party while simultaneously reading captions of what the other party is saying.

We would greatly appreciate your contribution to this important research effort.  Here are three ways you can help:

  • Identify potential participant(s)
  • Share this request with your network, or
  • Sign-up yourself.

This study will assess the caption phone services, desktop telephones, and mobile devices from the user’s perspective. Data collected will include caption service performance and usability feedback from users. This information will help to determine the minimum requirements for caption phone services. Participants will be compensated for their time up to $100 for a two-hour assessment.

To participate in the assessment, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Be hard of hearing or have a hearing loss which requires the use of captioning services
  • S. Citizen
  • 21 years or older
  • Be able to participate in the assessment for up to 2 hours between March-July of 2017 at MITRE’s office in McLean, Virginia

Please forward this request to individuals who are hard of hearing, and support organizations who might propose qualified candidates for this important assessment.

You can contact us via email at

Thank you for your time, consideration, and support!

Jen McLachlan
The MITRE Corporation

MITRE operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).  MITRE partners with sponsors to provide innovative practical solutions for some of our nation’s most critical challenges in healthcare, defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, and cybersecurity.

Eastern Deaf Timberfest 2017 – July 12-15, 2017

February 22, 2017 in Community News



Eastern Deaf Timberfest 2017

July 12 – 15, 2017

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp – Resort

in Hagerstown, Maryland


February 9, 2017 in Community Events


Washington Society of Jewish Deaf

AUGUST 13-15, 2017

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Meeting Center
Rockville, Maryland 20852

Interested sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers can contact Jeffrey Cohen at

NVAD – Superbowl Party – February 5th 4:00 – 11:00PM

January 26, 2017 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness



WHEN: February 5, 2017
TIME: 4:00 to 11:00 pm
LOCATION: 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030
All Donations Proceeds goto LEAD-K

PIZZA & WINGS Will be provided
PreGame Dinner 5:00PM

Pleas follow your last name:
A-I – Appetizers
J-Q – Cold Salads
R-Z – Deserts

Please RSVP by Feb 2nd 
To Kathy Ferris –
With dishes you are bringing to prevent duplicates and the number people coming to the party.

See flyer for More information



FTC – Consumer Protection Issues in Hearing Health Care – Workshop April 18th

January 26, 2017 in Community Events, Hearing Aids, Technology, Wearables

Competition, Innovation,& Consumer Protection Issues in Hearing Health Care

Workshop: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a workshop in Washington, DC on April 18, 2017 to examine several crucial issues raised by hearing health and technology, particularly hearing aids and devices with similar functions and features. The workshop will bring together researchers, health care providers, industry representatives, consumer representatives, policymakers, and others to examine ways in which enhanced competition and innovation might increase the availability and adoption of hearing aids by those consumers who need them.

The daylong workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Constitution Center, 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024. Pre-registration is advised. A detailed agenda will be published at a later date. Information about reasonable accommodations is available on the conference website. A live webcast of the workshop will be available on the day of the event.
For more information please visit the workshop website.

Source: HLAA-DC Chapter

Homeownership Seminar for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Sat. Jan 28th

January 26, 2017 in Community Events


 VHDA Certificate Seminar 

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch provided by PAH, Inc
Where: James J. McCoart Government Center
Powell’s Creek Conference Room 

1 County Complex Court
Prince William, VA 22192

To register, please email

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Virginia Cooperative Extension 5 days prior to the event at 703-792-6287 during the business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120. 

More Information:  DOWNLOAD HOS_Flyer_Deaf_Community_012817

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:

For additional information, please contact:
Elaine Wolfson,
Marian Patey,


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: or through
OvationTix at 866-811-4111.

See the Accessibility page at  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 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:

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.

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 and click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Bradford at 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