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10-Minute Online Survey on Home Alerting Devices for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

September 22, 2016 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Research


The Technology Access Program (TAP) at Gallaudet University is conducting a brief online survey to learn about the types of alerting devices deaf and hard of hearing people might prefer to notify them to common sounds around the home (doorbell ringing, videophone call, baby crying, etc.), and emergency alerts (fire alarms, emergency weather alerts, etc.). Your responses to this short survey will help us in the development of better notification options for these common sounds and emergency alerts.

To take this survey you must be 18 years or older.

The Gallaudet Institutional Review Board has approved this study. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Christian Vogler or Paula Tucker

Please click to begin the survey.

The survey will close on October 31, 2016.

Department of Justice: If Disabled People Can’t Use Berkeley’s Free Online Courses, No One Can

September 22, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Disability Law



The university will have to remove free online content that doesn’t meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Harrison Bergeron should enroll at the University of California-Berkeley. The federal Department of Justice recently informed the university that the online content it makes available to the public free of charge runs afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act—blind and deaf people wouldn’t be able to access it, according to the government.

In response, Berkeley is considering simply removing the online resources, since that’s much cheaper than becoming ADA compliant.

You might say, well, Berkeley is a public university, and has a responsibility to make its resources available to all students, regardless of their disability status. That’s true. But here’s the thing: no Berkeley student has complained. The online courses have proven to be perfectly accessible to the entire student body thus far.

Read more . . . DOJ – ADA

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System Scheduled for Sept. 28

September 15, 2016 in Emergency Preparedness



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on:
September 28, 2016, at 2:20 PM EDT. 

If rescheduling is necessary, the alternate test date is October 5, 2016.

The EAS test is going to be broadcast through these ways:

•             Radio broadcast stations;
•             Television broadcast stations:
•             Cable systems;
•             Wireline video systems;
•             Direct broadcast satellite service providers; and
•             Digital audio radio service providers.

The EAS test will gauge the reliability, accessibility, and effectiveness of the EAS. The emergency test message will be transmitted in English and Spanish via audio and text, which can be used to create an accessible video crawl to ensure that all members of the public will be able to access this emergency test.

The FCC Public Safety Support Center welcomes feedback on the accessibility of this test.  If you observe any problems about this test, or have feedback about the test, please submit your comments at:

From: Manager of Accessible Programs – National Gallery of Art

September 15, 2016 in Community News, Employment



Hi everyone,
We’re looking for a contractor fluent in ASL who has experience working with families and children to contract with the National Gallery of Art on an ongoing basis.

For more information:
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Comment Deadline for Proposed Rule Amendment on VRS Interoperability and Portability Standards

August 31, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Technology



On August 4, 2016, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), seeking comment on strengthening the Commission’s requirements for the interoperability and portability of video relay services (VRS). 

The Bureau set the deadline for filing comments 21 days after publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register.  A summary of the FNPRM was published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2016, which established a deadline of September 14, 2016.  The Bureau announced this deadline by Public Notice released on August 25, 2016.

Links to the Public Notice:


Links to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (corrected):


For more information, contact:  Eliot Greenwald, Disability Rights Office, CGB, at 202-418-2235 or, or Robert Aldrich, CGB, at 202-418-0996  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275.

1 in 4 deaf people have quit their job due to discrimination

August 25, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Employment



ONREC – The Online Recruitment Resource
25 Aug 2016

The survey, created by totaljobs in partnership with five deaf charities, reveals that the majority (56%) of deaf or hard of hearing employees have experienced discrimination during their career. This has led to one in four (25%) deaf people leaving a job because of a difficult environment.

  • 72% of deaf people have received no support because of being deaf in finding a job
  • 65% believe developments in technology have made it easier to be deaf in the workplace
  • 56% have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to being deaf or hard of hearing
    • 62% from colleagues
    • 53% from management
    • 37% during a job interview
  • 25% have left a job due to discrimination
  • 19% have not told their employer they are deaf or have experienced hearing loss

Discrimination plays a large part in the working lives of deaf people and many are forced to quit their jobs because of it, according to a new survey.

Read more  . . . discrimination

Link to Survey Results – Deaf jobseeker and employee experiences survey report 2016

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


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:

Please share,

Eric Raff, Deputy Director

How New York City Hears People With Hearing Loss

August 9, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



By Janice Schacter Lintz
AUG 8, 2016

New York City is the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. Hearing access is available at many of the city’s Broadway theaters, museums, and stadiums. Even the subway information booths/call boxes as well as the new Taxis of Tomorrow have hearing access. The degree of access available varies by site, so check the individual websites for specific details.

A hearing induction loop permits a person with a telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant to use the T-setting to hear the sound directly from the microphone through the hearing aid/implant—no receiver is needed. Background noise is blocked on the T-setting. The other types of assistive listening systems, FM and infrared, require the use of a receiver (a headset or body-worn device); telecoil users can plug in a neck loop.

Read more  . . . New York City

No limits: Olympic athletes thriving with hearing loss

August 4, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News



 Healthy Hearing 
Contributed by Lisa Packer, staff writer
Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Full of drive and determination, Olympic athletes and Olympic hopefuls are admired role models who remind us of the amazing human potential. All eyes will be on our heroes in Rio de Janeiro this month as they strive for the pinnacle of athletic success: a gold medal. Being an elite athlete is no easy feat. Athletes regularly contend with injuries, grueling hours of training and sacrifices too numerous to mention, and some are competing with another challenge: hearing loss.

Read more . . . Olympic athletes

Pakistan – Coke Studio used technology and created music for the deaf

August 4, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



TECH Juice – Pakistan
By Muneeb Ahmad
August 2, 2016

Ahead of the launch of Coke Studio’s Season 9, Coca-Cola has partnered with Deaf Reach Schools and Training Center to make history and has created music for the deaf or the people with some kind of hearing impairment. Advanced technologies are being employed to create an environment for the deaf community allowing them to feel what it actually is like to hear music.

The initiative titled as “Coke Studio for the Deaf”, was launched by Coke Studio just recently. In a bid to provide music to ‘everyone’, Coca-Cola created Coke Studio for the 9 million people in Pakistan bearing a full or partial hearing loss.

Read more  . . . See captioned / translated video

Minnesota’s New Closed Captioning Law Takes Effect

August 4, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Legislation


August 1, 2016
Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans Bulletin

Good news!  Starting today, August 1st, Minnesota’s new closed captioning law goes into effect.  As of now, closed captioning is required to be kept on at all times in certain medical facilities.

The law applies to waiting rooms in hospitals, surgical centers, birth centers and some group homes.  The group homes affected are those that provide housing, meals and services to five or more people who are developmentally or physically disabled, chemically dependent or mentally ill.

Read more  . . . or view Signed/Captioned Video

ECNV’s Voter Registration Drive – Aug 16th – 18th

August 4, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Community News


ECNV’s Voter Registration Drive 

When? August 16 and 18, 2-4 p.m.

Where? ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA 

Stop by ECNV on August 16th and 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for our Voter Registration Drive where staff will work with you one-on-one to help you prepare and register for the November elections. 

The Voter Registration Drive will provide individuals with disabilities residing in Northern VA with:

•       Registration forms and an overview on how to fill them out

•      Help consumers find the closest voting locations

•       Review the proper documents REQUIRED to vote

•       How to obtain an Absentee Ballot

•       And any other questions that you may have!

Note: Please contact ECNV at or 703-525-3268 if you are unable to attend the above dates and times and we will be glad to set up an appointment to meet with you on a different date.

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NEW REI NETWORK WEBINAR: Alternative Strategies to Build Credit | August 10th

July 28, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



Date: Wed, August 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Join National Disability Institute and Credit Builders Alliance for a discussion on alternative strategies to help individuals build credit. This webinar will define credit building, distinguish the difference between credit building and credit/debt remediation, and explain the importance of credit building for the individuals we support. Credit Builders Alliance will provide an overview on how secured cards, credit builder loans and rent reporting are helping individuals build positive credit.


  • Michael R. Roush, M.A., National Disability Institute
  • Carmina Lass, Credit Builders Alliance

Register for this webinar by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link:

Please note that real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar or the registration process, please contact us at

Next NVRC Speaker – Are You Smarter…than a Scammer? July 27th

July 14, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events




RESCHEDULED TO – WED. July 27th 10:00 AM – Noon

Are You Smarter…than a Scammer?

Fairfax PD Financial Crime Detectives and Maria Couvillon, Postal Inspector

According to a recent National Council on Aging publication, financial scams, especially targeting older adults, have become so prevalent that they are now considered “the crime of the 21st century.”

Needless to say, the fraudsters are smart and creative — maybe smarter and more creative than we’re willing to give them credit for. Find out how to protect yourself and family members by attending this presentation.

We will hear from a panel of experts; the Fairfax Criminal Investigation Unit and Maria Couvillon, Postal Inspector at US Postal Inspection Service, on the latest fraud/scam investigations and how to avoid common scams.


RSVP for this event

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