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Career exploration summer camp offered for deaf, hard-of-hearing high school students

March 6, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Shelburne News, VT

The Explore Your Future (EYF) program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y., offers deaf and hard-of-hearing college-bound high school students who will begin their junior or senior year in the fall of 2015 a unique opportunity to experience life on a college campus, explore their interests, and sample various careers. This six-day, summer career-exploration program provides students with hands-on activities related to careers in art, business, computer science, engineering, health sciences, information technology, science, and more.

EYF sessions for summer 2015 run July 11‑16 and July 18‑23. On the final day of each session, parents attend a workshop that helps them prepare their student for life after high school.

Students can apply online at www.rit.edu/NTID/EYF. For more information, call (585) 475-6700, (585) 743-1366 (videophone) or email EYFInfo@rit.edu. The application deadline is May 31.

RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf offers educational programs and access and support services to 1,200 hard-of-hearing and deaf students who live, study and work with more than 15,000 hearing students on RIT’s campus. Visit www.rit.edu/NTID for more information.



Eight ways to save your hearing

February 27, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Longevity Live
FEBRUARY 26 , 2015 

Can’t hear the TV, a quiet conversation or your best friend on the phone? You’re not alone. Up to 52% of adults over the age of 50 may have hearing loss – half of it severe enough to interfere with everyday life. And the long-term complexities of hearing loss are far-reaching: new reports show that it triples the risk for dementia. That’s because not hearing what others say can cut you off from the world and deprive you of stimulation.

That’s bad news for your mood and your mind. Isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, foggy memory, slowed-down thinking and even brain shrinkage. Compromised hearing can make walking more difficult (you miss tiny clues that help you to stay balanced), and falls become more likely. The things that can damage the delicate, sound-sensing machinery in your inner ear include everything from aging and genetics to autoimmune disorders, ear infections, head injuries and loud noises. Some factors are beyond your control, but not all.

Read More  . . . Save Your Hearing

Hearing Health Forum on Capitol Hill – AG Bell eNews

February 27, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness


 From: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – eNews  2/26/2015






Federal Govt.-Public Accessibility & Communication Initiative (PAC)

February 27, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness


 Public Accessibility & Communication (PAC) Initiative 

The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) Public Accessibility & Communication (PAC) Initiative provides reasonable accommodations and assistive technology to increase access to federal programs and services for federal employees and members of the general public with disabilities.  Assistive technologies are provided to agencies to ensure that members of the public and customers with disabilities have access to direct onsite services. Specific examples of agency locations for PAC accommodations include:

  • Customer service centers, such as passport offices, parks or forest stations, and other services accessed by civilians for government services;
  • Federal technology centers that integrate assistive technologies for demonstration and needs assessments; and,
  • Federal employment and training centers to ensure access throughout the recruitment and employment experience for employees and applicants with disabilities.

Read More about PAC & CAP

Interesting Resources:

Disability Etiquette Training Video’s
CAP has created a series of online training modules. These modules will help you understand how simple hiring employees with disabilities can be and how to provide reasonable accommodations after they are hired.

CAP Webinars
CAP has recorded a series of webinars to share the CAP training experience with our customers and stakeholders around the world. Newly recorded webinars and upcoming topics .


 CAP Quick Tip video: Public Accessibility & Communication (PAC) Initiative

Internet slang meets American Sign Language

February 26, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Interpreting & Transliterating



How do you sign “new” words? The Deaf community works as a network, collectively brainstorming new sign language terms over the web, until dominant signs emerge.

As language evolves, the powers that regulate language tend to shift. Just look at the Oxford English Dictionary, who added terms like “duck face,” “lolcat,” and “hawt” to their prestigious lexicon this past December. For the English-speaking world, these additions are anywhere from ridiculous to annoying but at the end of the day, the terms are accepted and agreed upon.

But how do these new, internet-laden turns of phrase enter the sign language community? Was there a way of expressing “selfie” in ASL, was there a sign for “photobomb?” Our simplistic question turned into a larger conversation about the nature of communication.

See interactive page & read more . . . Internet slang
(Loads very slow be patient – requires Adobe Flash)

A Simple Solution for Remembering Names

February 26, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



Katherine Bouton: Hear Better With Hearing Loss

You’ve probably heard the tips. Visualize something about the person that will remind you of the name: Rose — the woman wearing the pink sweater. Spike — the guy with the hair. Repeat the name either mentally or out loud.

But that doesn’t always help. Maybe you’re at a business meeting with new clients. They’re all dressed alike. They all look alike, for that matter. Who’s who? What did he say? Or a cocktail party. Even social chatter can be uncomfortable if you can’t hear the person’s name.

Senior moment? Maybe. Symptoms of what we call normal age-related hearing loss can be alarming but are generally not indicative of serious decline. If you sometimes forget a name, occasionally have to search for a word, misplace your keys, you probably shouldn’t worry. If these things happen on a regular basis and seem to be increasing in frequency, you should have a test to see if you might have MCI, mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s.

But if your problem is failing to remember the names or occupations or interests of people you meet, the cause may be much simpler and easily corrected. Perhaps you are just not hearing them.

READ MORE – Remembering

Healthy Hearing Act would provide essential services to veterans

February 26, 2015 in Disability Law, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Thomas Crisp Contributing Columnist

February 21. 2015

The VA Fry Scholarship Program has undergone a few changes which surviving families should be aware of. This scholarship is available for children and spouses of active duty service members who die in the line of duty on or after 9/11/01.

Highlighted changes include:

• Eligible spouses and children may receive 36-months of full in state tuition, a housing stipend, and a book allowance.

• Children can use the benefit until they turn 33.

• Spouses have 15 years from the date of the service member’s death to use the benefit; eligibility is voided upon remarriage.

• Spouse DIC will not be impacted by use of the Fry Scholarship. However, children cannot simultaneously receive both benefits.

You can apply for the Fry Scholarship online at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-5490-ARE.pdf. For more details on these changes and any further questions on education benefits, contact TAPS Education Support Services at education@taps.org or call toll free 1-800-959-8277.

Read more about the Healthy Hearing Act 


Global Deaf Women Announces 6th Annual Power of Me Retreat, May 1st

February 24, 2015 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Source: Global Deaf Women

February 17, 2015

Wayne Betts, Jr., & Trudy Suggs To Speak At Power Of Me Retreat 2015

Two leading Deaf entrepreneurs to speak at deaf professional networking event on May 1st, 2015 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

DOYLESTOWN, PA – Global Deaf Women is proud to announce the addition of Wayne Betts, Jr., co-founder of Convo Relay, one of the largest video relay service companies in the nation, to their speaker roster at the 6th Annual Power of Me Retreat, and Trudy Suggs, of T.S. Writing Services, will be headlining the event as the keynote speaker.

The public affair “Sip, Shop, and Social Night,” is a hotly anticipated networking event for deaf professionals on the first night of the Power Of Me Retreat, which is open to the public on May 1st, 2015 from 7pm to 11pm. Wayne Betts, Jr. kicks off the affair with his speech, “Finding Your Heart,” about understanding your true entrepreneurial passions. At the Power of Me Retreat, Trudy Suggs will be giving two workshops, “Awaken Your Business,” and “Say It Right: Five Tips For Successful Business Communications.”

Wayne Betts, Jr., and Trudy Suggs are amazing entrepreneurs! Wayne is a true business visionary, and he has successfully branded Convo Relay to appeal to a mass market deaf audience, and I cannot be more excited for him to share his entrepreneurial knowledge with the deaf professional community at Sip, Shop, and Social Night!” said Sofia Seitchik, founder of Global Deaf Women, and host of Power of Me Retreat 2015. “Trudy Suggs, with her amazing knowledge of business practices and business communications, will be sure to thrill our attendees with her business tips and best business practices.”

The 6th Annual Power Of Me Retreat features the following workshops from an amazing array of speakers:

  • Sofia Seitchik, founder of Global Deaf Women

“Awaken Your Inner Gifts to Gain Confidence, Clarity, And Attract Clients”

“7 Steps to Design Your Own Marketing System to Convert Paid Clients”

  • Trudy Suggs, T.S. Writing Services

“Awaken Your Business”

“Say It Right: Five Tips For Successful Business Communications”

  • Nikki Reinick, Your Desk’s Assistant

“5 Simple Steps To Doubling Your Income With Outsourcing”

  • Mellini Taylor, Deaf Future Works

“What Every Woman Business Owner Needs To Know About Social Security Benefits & Self Employment”

For more details about the 2015 Power Of Me Retreat including agenda details, ticket prices, vendor booths, and lodging can be found on the website at www.globaldeafwomen.com/pom15/.

Media inquiries can be directed to Irina Normatov at irina@globaldeafwomen.com, and any questions about attending the retreat can be sent to Sofia Seitchik at sofia@globaldeafwomen.com.

DOWNLOAD – GlobalDeafWomen_Press_release


Assoc. of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) Potluck Luncheon Sat. March 21

February 24, 2015 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness



The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) will be having a potluck luncheon on Saturday, March 21 from 12 pm to 2 pm at NVRC, the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons.  Bring your favorite dish or dessert.

RSVP to Anne Bryant (abryant@pwcgov.org) to let her know if you are coming.

Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130,
Fairfax, VA 22030

Sign Language Summer Camp

February 24, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness


Summer Camp Opportunity

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner and we’re looking for campers for our 7th annual Sign Language Camp.  The camp is a one week residential program for children who have completed grades 3-8.  We are looking for both Deaf children and hearing children who are interested in learning sign.

July 19th – 24, 2015

Deb Shapiro
Sign Language Camp Program Coordinator
Camping for All

DOWNLOAD – SignLanguageCampflyer2015

Auditory Pain Pathway May Protect Against Hearing Loss

February 24, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research



BioScience Technology
February 19,2015
By Marla Paul, Northwestern University

Our hearing has a secret bodyguard: a newly discovered connection from the cochlea to the brain that warns of intense incoming noise that causes tissue damage and hearing loss, according to new research by Northwestern Medicine scientists.

Scientists believe they have identified the ear’s own novel pain system that protects it from very loud or damaging noise. It may be the reason you jam your fingers in your ears when a fire engine or ambulance wails close by. The nerves that normally alert you to pain – like touching a hot burner on a stove – are not present in your inner ear. So, it needs its own private alert system.

The discovery may provide insight into the cause and treatment for such painful hearing conditions as hyperacusis, an oversensitivity and earache in response to everyday sounds, common in soldiers exposed to explosives in the military, and tinnitus, a persistent and uncomfortable ringing in the ears.

The pathway, which scientists named auditory nociception (pain), is different from

Read More  . . . Pain

How Old Is Too Old for Cochlear Implant Reimplantation?

February 20, 2015 in Research, Technology



For people with severe to profound hearing loss, cochlear implants can restore hearing and improve quality of life. Initially FDA-approved in 1985, only individuals with bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss with no open set speech recognition (in other words, some ability to understand speech without visual clues) were considered viable candidates for cochlear implants.  The criteria have become less rigid over time, and more people are eligible including those with more profound residual hearing and pre-implant speech recognition scores. Occasionally, devices fail or medical complications create a need for revision surgery and reimplantation. The incidence of revision surgery is low, but outcomes are variable.

Some studies have suggested that advanced age may be associated with poor post-revision outcomes. Investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have completed a study that asks whether advanced age should be a contraindication for revision cochlear implantation.

Read More  . . . Reimplantation

Scientists warn of a ‘deaf generation’ that will lose the ability to hear as nature intended . . .

February 19, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research



Scientists warn of a ‘deaf generation’ that will lose the ability to hear as nature intended as daily noise pollution reaches saturation levels

  • Generation exposed to constant noise could be losing the ability to hear
  • Noise pollution could be blocking out natural sounds that boost health
  • Hearing is ‘universal learning sense’ active even when we’re sleeping

A ‘deaf generation’ exposed to constant noise may be losing the ability to hear as nature intended, a sound expert has claimed.

As a result people could be missing out on the positive effects from natural sounds that contribute to good health and well-being, research suggests.

Dr Kurt Fristrup, who has monitored sound levels in 90 US national parks including Yosemite, Grand Teton and the Grand Canyon, stressed that hearing is a ‘universal learning sense’ active even when we are sleeping or anaesthetized.

Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Jose, California, he said: ‘It’s not surprising since we’re seeing more rapid growth in noise and in population in our cities, the built environment is providing lots of cues that we find annoying or aren’t relevant to us, that people are putting on earphones or even noise-cancelling earphones, to just try and create a quieter or more congenial environment.

‘Of course what they’re missing, what’s being lost, is the ability to hear threats that are real. It’s the cry wolf phenomenon.

‘There will be the occasional cue that really matters – for runners I worry about this – but more importantly, even in our cities there are birds; there are things to appreciate in the environment as well.
Read more . . . ‘deaf generation’ 

If you think the music at your gym is too loud, that’s because it probably is

February 19, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



Washington Post
 Fit editor, Express
February 17

During her first workout at Orangetheory Fitness in Fairfax, Donna Reid was blown away by two things: “how hard it was and how loud it was.” The 51-year-old adored the studio’s interval training program — a mix of treadmill, rowing machine and resistance exercises — but when it came to the accompanying music assaulting her eardrums, well, that didn’t seem so sound.

“I want to do something good for my body. I don’t want to do something detrimental at the same time,” says Reid, who asked the trainer to turn down the volume. She got her wish for a few minutes. But when it soon crept up again, Reid knew she’d need a different tactic.

She’s settled on earplugs, which she brings without fail to her five Orangetheory sessions each week. A couple of classmates have commended this strategy, although they haven’t followed her lead. As for the rest?

“When it’s a song they like, they’ll yell out to the trainer to crank it up. I think they’re crazy,” Reid says.

Read  . . . Gym Music


Schools Favor Inclusion When Forced To Report Academic Progress

February 19, 2015 in Community News, Disability Law, Research



Disability Scoop
February 13, 2015

As Congress debates the role of testing, a new report finds that schools with the greatest accountability for students with disabilities are most likely to promote inclusion.

Schools held to more stringent academic reporting standards are more likely to deliberately transition kids with disabilities from self-contained to mainstream classrooms, according to the study from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences.

The findings suggest that educators may be more motivated to help students with disabilities achieve alongside their typically-developing peers when schools must account for progress.

Under federal education law, schools must regularly measure and report on the academic performance of students with disabilities as part of their obligation to make adequate yearly progress. However, the requirement is waived for some schools if their population of students with disabilities falls below a minimum threshold set by states.

Looking at schools in 12 states, researchers found that elementary schools that always reported on the progress of their students with disabilities purposefully moved children from segregated to regular classrooms at a rate that was 15.8 percentage points higher than those who never made such accountability reports. Among middle schools, the difference rose to 16.7 percentage points, the study found.

For the report, schools were asked in 2011 about the previous five years. Researchers also reviewed federal government data for the years 2005 to 2008 to identify schools considered “always accountable” — those that had to report on students with disabilities each year — and schools that never had to provide accountability during the time period.

Read More  . . . Inclusion