NVRC Speaker Series – Accessible Programs at National Gallery of Art – Sept. 10th

August 21, 2016 in Community Events

NEXT FREE Speaker Series Program

Saturday, September 10, 2016 10am - noon

Accessible Programs at the National Gallery of Art
With speaker – Lorena Baines, Manager of Accessible Programs

Saturday, September 10th  – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030

Lorena Baines, the National Gallery’s first Manager of Accessible Programs, will introduce the National Gallery of Art’s Accessible Programs, which include the monthly ASL at the NGA, Art for ASL Learners, and the use of assistive listening devices on all programs. She will also provide an overview of the Gallery’s collections and introduce a few personal favorite works of art as well as a preview of some exciting upcoming exhibitions.

To RSVP to this FREE program to:  INFO@nvrc.org
or through Everbrite.com: Click Here

NVRC events – Open captioning and on‐site sign language interpreting services will be provided for this event. Our meeting room is equipped with an audio loop system for people with hearing aids with T-coil (tele-coil). The NVRC meeting room is located on the first floor with a new accessible entry.

Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e‐mail to info@nvrc.org   (Please allow reasonable time to arrange for accommodations )

RSVP for this event Click Here


Read about other upcoming programs  . . . NVRC Speaker Series 2016

Women of the Wild a place to gather and grow

August 19, 2016 in Community News

Women of the Wild 2016

Friday, Oct. 7th, 3pm to Monday, Oct. 10th, 12pm

Abrams Creek Drive
Elk Garden, WV
Check out some of the amazing workshops and offerings that will fill this magical weekend.

More information here Website 


-Yoga of the Wild
-Self Pleasures. Self Desires.
-Medicate. Writing and Poetry Workshop
-Nature Stroll
-Yoga Inclusivity
-Beginner Yoga in ASL
-Master the Wonders, Mysteries, and Full Potential of Your Vagina
-Your Para-Normal Self
-Mindfulness Meditation
-Yoga and Poetry: Flow and Let Go
-Body Positivity and Intuitive Eating
-Naked Moon Conjuring
-Radical Yoga
-Building Bridges Back to Yourself
-Transcendental Dancing
-Magic Women’s Sister Circle

Check out the full class/workshop descriptions here.

Women of the wild 2016 is accessible to the deaf community and will have ASL interpreters at all scheduled programs.

Registration is still open, though spots are filling up quickly!


August 18, 2016 in Community News

Hosted by the Statewide Interagency Team (SIT) of Virginia 

Friday, September 23
4- 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)
1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203 I Richmond, VA 23229


Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Fam,s Drive I Richmond, VA 23229

Learn about the many services and organizations designed to meet the needs of Virginians who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deafblind Watch demonstrations of the latest assistive communications technologies at VDDHH Meet representatives from participating agencies and organizations at OARS & VDDHH
Enjoy light refreshments and more!

For more infonnation contact: (804) 662-9502 (voice/TTY) I frontdsk@vddhh.virginia.gov

So if Beethoven was completely deaf, how did he compose?

August 18, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness


Classic FM
The worlds Greatest Music
By Rob Weinberg,
17th August 2016

Ludwig was still pumping out the masterpieces – even when he was completely deaf. Here’s how he did it.

“For the last three years my hearing has grown steadily weaker…” – so wrote Beethoven, aged 30, in a letter to a friend.

The young Beethoven was known as the most important musician since Mozart. By his mid-20s, he had studied with Haydn and was celebrated as a brilliant, virtuoso pianist.

Beethoven’s life timeline: 1770 – 1802 >

By the time he turned 30 he had composed a couple of piano concertos, six string quartets, and his first symphony. Everything was looking pretty good for the guy, with the prospect of a long, successful career ahead.

Then, he started to notice a buzzing sound in his ears  . . .

Read more  . . . Beethoven

It takes teamwork: mainstreaming kids with hearing loss

August 18, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Healthy Hearing
Contributed by Lisa Packer, staff writer, Healthy Hearing
Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Since the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) in 1975, the number of children mainstreamed into public schools with hearing loss has increased dramatically. About 75 percent of children with hearing loss are now mainstreamed into public schools, and about half of those children spend the majority of the day in a “hearing” classroom.

When it comes to meeting the educational needs of a child who is deaf or has hearing loss, there are many different professionals who play a part in their success.

Read more  . . . teamwork


NVAD General Meeting – Sat. Sept. 17th

August 18, 2016 in Community Events


Saturday September 17, 2016NVAD

9:30AM to 12:00PM

NVAD General Meeting

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

DOWNLOAD – NVAD_General_Meeting_09_2016_flyer


August 18, 2016 in Community Events

NVRC Flea Market


DOWNLOAD NVRC Flea Market Flyer

Signed and Captioned NVRC Indoor Flea Market Video Invite

(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 (nvrc.org)
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.

Email: Info@nvrc.org
Voice: (703)-352-9055 Ext: 102 

Video Phone: (571)-350-8656
 Website: NVRC.org

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.

ASL SLAM DC – Sept 17th

August 11, 2016 in Community Events


Sept 17th – ASL SLAM DC
550 Penn Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
10 dollars: Online
13 dollars: At door
Happy Hour: 7pm
Show: 8-9:30pm

Northern Virginia Tinnitus Support Group – Kickoff Session – Sept 20th

August 11, 2016 in Community News, Tinnitus


Join our Kickoff Session:
Northern Virginia Tinnitus Support Group

Date:        Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7PM
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/

Share your personal experiences
Coping strategies
Symptom triggers
Management techniques
Current Treatment options

The Future ….

For additional information, please contact:

Elaine Wolfson, erwolfson@comcast.net
Marian Patey, mjpatey@fcps.edu
Debbie Jones, djones@nvrc.org

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – YOU-TUBE Channel

August 11, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News



Dear Friends of VDDHH,

VDDHH now has a YouTube Channel.

We hope to start posting videos in ASL with voice/captions to share VDDHH events & news.

Please become a ‘subscriber’ to follow VDDHH!


And here’s the latest video introducing myself: https://youtu.be/nHBtnRTbODs

Please share,

Eric Raff, Deputy Director

JAMES A. POLK Passed Away on July 13, 2016

August 11, 2016 in Community News



Born on 09/26/1956
Departed on 07/13/2016James-Polk-photo
Resided in Woodbridge, Virginia

James Andrew Polk, 59, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Marian Manor Alzheimer’s Care facility in Stafford.

James was born Sept. 26, 1956, in London, England to William E. Polk and Joy Lomax Polk. He attended both the Potomac School in McLean, VA, and the Kent School in Kent, CT, where he earned his high school diploma in 1974.

A memorial service celebrating James’ life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 13, at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke, VA 22015.

Obituary  . . . James Andrew Polk

Captioned – Assistive Listening Device Presentation at Greenspring Village

August 11, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology


Assistive Listening Device captioned video presentation at the Greenspring Community , Springfield , VA.

Presenters include NVRC’s Debbie Jones, Resource and Technology Specialist and Bonnie O’Leary, Certified Hearing Loss Support Specialist, Outreach Manager

Produced at Greenspring Community – EricksonLiving.com‎

Published on Jul 25, 2016

Directed and Produced by Diane Gatsis Havinga


I can’t always lip-read you, and please stop shouting

August 9, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



by J. Parrish Lewis
Mar 1, 2016

Here’s the problem when I write about anything regarding deaf-centered topics: you might assume that we’re all the same and that what applies to me applies to everyone else that’s deaf. This isn’t the case.

So. This is a post that’s going to have a disclaimer: What I have to say isn’t necessarily true for the next deaf person you meet, and the next. And the next. But, it just might be.

Rather than get you to draw this visual image in your mind, like a textbook graphic with labels and whatnot, of a deaf person, I’d like you to start practicing letting go of certain assumptions about us. Approach us with a little more understanding of possibilities. You can fill in the blanks after you’ve met each person, using cues from each person. Let us be your guide to our own selves.

Read more . . . stop shouting

10 Tips for Music Appreciation With a Cochlear Implant

August 9, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



An a cappella singer and bilateral implant recipient, Keri Reynolds understands how important music appreciation is for many cochlear implant recipients. Prepared with patience and positivity, Keri began the journey of relearning how to appreciate music. Keri is part of the MED-EL USA Team and shares with us her personal top tips for music appreciation with a cochlear implant.

“Music shaped my world and adds listening beauty. It is truly the stuff of life.”

As a cochlear implant user for over 10 years, some of the most frequently asked questions I receive from new and existing CI recipients are: “What about music?” “Does music sound like you remember?” “Does it sound good?” I suppose recipients ask these questions because music is so much a part of who we are. It seems that whenever music starts, we involuntarily respond with foot tapping, fingers snapping, and hands clapping. We react because we enjoy it and music moves us to join in.

Read more . . . Music Appreciation

VAD – Mini Conference – September 10, 2016 – Doswell, VA

August 9, 2016 in Community Events



Virginia Association for the Deaf
Mini Conference
September 10, 2016 – Doswell, VA

Doswell Community Center 16433 Washington Highway Doswell, Virginia 23047

Register before August 20

Download the PDF Registration Form