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Vote November 4th – Election Information

October 30, 2014 in Community Events, Technology



 Virginia Voting Information

Voter Identification required – All voters casting a ballot in-person will be asked to show one form of identification. Any voter who does not present acceptable identification must vote a provisional ballot.

Click for list of acceptable ID’s
Please note:

    • Your address on your photo ID does not have to match the address on your voter registration
    • You can use an ID that does not have an expiration date, but if your ID does have an expiration date, it cannot be used if it expired more than 12 months before the election

    To be eligible to register and vote in Virgina, you must be:

    • A resident of Virginia (A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
    • A U.S. Citizen
    • 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election)
    • Not claiming the right to vote in any other state
    • Not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
    • Not a convicted felon, unless you have had your right to vote restored

    Polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.


    Fairfax County Information

    New Voting Machines for Fairfax County
    Voters with disabilities can request to use the county’s new ExpressVote machines. The ExpressVote is fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and enables voters with special needs to use technology similar to touch screen equipment to generate a marked paper ballot. The ballot will then be inserted into the same optical scan machine used by other voters. The technology allows those with special needs to vote independently and privately. Video: learn more about the new voting machines.  Spanish language vide



    November 8th- NVAD General and Election Meeting 2014

    October 29, 2014 in Community Events

    (Open to Public)

    Saturday – November 8, 2014

    Breakfast Buffet: 8:30AM to 10:00AM
    General Meeting: 10:00AM to 12:00PM

    Download Nov. NVAD_General Election 2014 Flyer

    NVAD website

    Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room
    Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
    3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

    Breakfast (eggs, sausages, bacon, pancakes, etc.) will be served. RSVP by Saturday, November 1, 2014 to Jeanne Lavelle ( or Donna Kay Graff (VP 571-766-0671). Donation is greatly appreciated.

    For more information, contact President Jill Moebus, / VP (757) 892-0324


    You may nominate a NVAD member or yourself.

    A candidate must be member of NVAD for one year.

    For more information re: nominations, please contact
    Pat Beech,
    Nominations will be announced at the
    NVAD General Meeting / Election on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

    Download Nov. NVAD_General Election 2014 Flyer



    FCC Releases Agenda for National Disability Employment Awareness Month Event

    October 27, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



    The FCC will host an event on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 10 a.m. – Noon, in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  This year’s theme is “Expect.  Employ.  Empower.”


    10:00 am – 10:05 am     Opening Remarks: Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    10:05 am – 10:15 am     Brief Remarks and Introduction of Panel 1:  Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

    10:15 am – 11:00 am     Panel 1: The Impact of the FCC ’s Efforts to Implement Laws Requiring Access to Advanced Communications Services On Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Now and in the Future

    Moderator:  Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office (DRO), FCC

    • Kojo Amissah, Career Consultant, Gallaudet Career Center
    • Brandon Cox, Senior Director of Rehabilitation & Education Services, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
    • Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.
    • Mark Richert, Director of Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

    11:00 am – 11:10 am     BREAK

    11:10 am – 11:15 am     Remarks by Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, FCC

    11:15 am – Noon           Panel 2: Promoting and Advancing the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Federal Workplace

    Moderator:  Cynthia Bryant, Attorney Advisor, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

    • Kwaku Agyeman, Division Director, Day, Education and Employment Services, St. John’s Community Services
    • Dexter Brooks, Director, Federal Sector Programs, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    • Jonathan Lucus, Managing Director, Employment & Transition Services, The Arc
    • Alexandre Mitrouch, Clerk, Imaging Center, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
    • Michael Murray, Principal Advisor, U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s  Government-wide Disability Policies and Programs

    Noon                                 Closing Remarks

    Links to the press release:




    The event will be held at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC  20554.  The event is free and open to the public.  Sign language interpreters and open captioning will be available on site.  Live, captioned video of the event will be available at  For more information about this event, please contact Kelly Jones of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at or call (202) 418-7078.



    Walk4Hearing Event Rocks!

    October 27, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness, NVRC

    Washington,DC – Walk4Hearing
    By Cheryl Heppner
    Oct 27, 2014

    Watching the Opening of the Walk

    Watching the Opening of the Walk

    The Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual Walk4Hearing on Saturday, October 25 was definitely the best I’ve ever participated in.  The weather was great, the turnout was awesome, and the camaraderie was terrific. I walked from beginning to end in good company with Kay Ellis and Diane Preece, got to chat a bit with NVRC Board member Eileen McCartin, and relished having the super PAH!  team alongside Team NVRC for much of our walk.

    Team NVRC Walkers - Eileen McCartin, Kay Ellis, Cheryl Heppner with Galaxy, and Diane Preece

    Team NVRC Walkers – Eileen McCartin, Kay Ellis, Cheryl Heppner with Galaxy, and Diane Preece

    Katherine Pawlowski, who lives in Fairfax County is an ambassador for the Walk4Hearing. She also has a team “Friends of Fairfax County” which has raised money, some of which was is being shared with NVRC to provide services and events for children with hearing loss in the Fairfax County schools.

    Team NVRC is very thankful for the generous walk donors who helped us raise $825, some of which will go to support HLAA’s work and the rest to support NVRC’s programs and services.

    My hat is off to the walk chairs, Ronnie Adler and Tony Bartoli.  When setting up Team NVRC, they were quick to answer my questions about the walk and its website by email, and always helpful.




    Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling – Workshop Nov. 5th

    October 24, 2014 in Community Events, Families



    Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling

    with America’s Calm Coach Kirk Martin & his son, Casey


    Kirk will demonstrate 10 ways to:
    • Get your kids to listen the first time. • Stop defiance, disrespect and yelling.
    • Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights.
    • Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.
    • Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.


    “Practical, life-changing and laugh-out-loud funny”

    Wednesday, November 5
    7:00pm – 9:00pm

    (Interpreters will be provided for the Wednesday lecture.)

    Thursday, November 6

     10:30am – 12:30pm

    – Perfectfor parents with kids ages 2-22.
    – Both workshops cover the same content.


    Parkwood Baptist Church
    8726 Braddock Rd.
    Annandale, VA 22003

    The workshops are graciously sponsored by the Parkwood Wee Center.

    The events are free and opened to the community.

    Watch the Video at


    Contact Brett with any questions. 888.506.1871

    Download Celebrate Calm Flyer


    Deaf West Hosts Memorial for Phyllis Frelich at the Mark Taper Forum

    October 21, 2014 in Community Events



    By BWW News Desk

    October 20
    Deaf West Theatre hosts a memorial to celebrate the life and career of Tony Award-winning actress and deaf activist Phyllis Frelich tonight, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Ms. Frelich, who was deaf, passed away from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in April. She was 70.

    “Phyllis was a beloved figure within the deaf community, and it felt appropriate that we host a service,” said Deaf West Theatre artistic director David J. Kurs. “She starred in our inaugural production of The Gin Game in 1990 and figured in our productions numerous times over the years. In addition to her many starring roles, she directed, taught acting, and was for many years an activist for equal access for all deaf performers.”

    Ms. Frelich is perhaps best remembered for her groundbreaking role as a deaf woman in a relationship with a hearing man in Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff. Inspired by Ms. Frelich’s real-life marriage to scenic designer Robert Steinberg, the play received the 1980 Tony Award for Best Play, and Ms. Frelich and co-star John Rubinsteincaptured Tonys for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively.

    PAH Workshop at Circle of Support Conference – Saturday, November 8th

    October 17, 2014 in Community Events, Families

    PAH will be providing a workshop at the Circle of Support Conference sponsored by the ARC of Greater Prince William on Saturday, November 8th.

    The Circle of Support Conference is for families of those with special needs and the professionals that work with them. PAH’s presentation is titled, “A Survival Guide for Parents of Children that are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.” Other sessions at the conference focus on Medicaid waivers, behavioral interventions, and advocacy.

    The conference is from 8 am – 3 pm with registration due by October 31st and will be held at Hylton High School near Woodbridge, VA. Learn more about Circle of Support and register online at:

    Saturday, November 8th.
    8 am – 3 pm
    registration due by October 31st

    Hylton High School
    14051 Spriggs Rd
    Woodbridge VA 22193



    EXCEL! Employment Networking Group for People with Disabilities – October 23

    October 17, 2014 in Community Events, Employment



    (Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services)

    Are you a person with a disability looking for a job? Join the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia’s EXCEL! Networking Group on October 23, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to take the fear out of networking and learn important skills to get hired.

    The group will meet at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201.

    RSVP to or 703-525-3268.




    Walk4Hearing – October 25 – Come Join Us!

    October 16, 2014 in Community Events


    Please join NVRC for the 2014 Walk4Hearing event to be held on October 25 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the Walk4Hearing is the largest walk for hearing loss in the country.  Thousands of walkers in events held across the country come together to raise awareness about hearing loss and to raise funds for programs and services.

    NVRC is once again sponsoring a team of walkers, “Team NVRC.”  This is an invitation to join the team and walk with us or to support the team with a donation.  HLAA has once again pledged to donate a portion of the money that Team NVRC raises back to NVRC for its programs and services.  

    9am – Registration/Check-in
    10am – Walk begins
    Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

    Go to to register and join Team NVRC.  Click on “Register” in the upper right hand corner of the page.  If you cannot join us this year, please consider a tax deductible donation to help Team NVRC reach (and hopefully exceed) its goal of $500 for this year’s walk.  Click on “Donate,” then “search” for Team NVRC, and choose a walker to support with your much appreciated donation.

    Remember, a portion of all funds raised goes directly to NVRC for program support.



    NVRC providing real-time captions for Beacon 50+ Expo on Sunday, October 26

    October 14, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events


    Because of generous donations for the NVRC Communication Access Fund, real-time captions will be provided for the Keynote speech at the Beacon 50+ Expo on Sunday, October 26.

    Each year, hundreds of seniors attend this information expo at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, which features  expert speakers. This year, attendees will have the benefit of real-time captions as Keynote Speaker, Robert Fischell, talks about his problem solving medical inventions which include pacemakers to insulin pumps and are credited with improving the health of millions of people.

    Sunday, October 26th, noon- 4p.m.
    Ballston Common Mall
    Arlington, VA

    Download Flyer Beacon 50+

    New VLOGs about upcoming Legislative Training on Nov. 15 – VAD

    October 14, 2014 in Community Events



    VAD Members, 

    Jenny Witteborg made two VLOGs regarding the upcoming Legislative Training on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 8 AM-5 PM at VA Dept. for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Henrico, VA.

    VLOG # 1:

    VLOG # 2:

    Light breakfast and lunch is included with the registration fee. Registration form attached.

    Registration deadline is November 1st. 

    This event is co-sponsored by both Virginia Association of the Deaf and Gallaudet University
    Regional Center – Southeast.
    Questions? Contact Gary Viall, Feel free to share this email with interested parties!

    Download PDF Attachment


    Upcoming Events Around the Community – Washington Society of Jewish Deaf

    October 14, 2014 in Community Events



    Washington Society of Jewish Deaf

    Tishrei 19        October 13, 2014

    “In and around the community”

    Oseh Shalom:

    Join WSJD’s Director of Jewish Life and Learning Kelby Brick, and his congregation for the Simchat Torah service and dancing fun at Oseh Shalom Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a sign language interpreter at the service.

    Join Kelby Brick,
    WSJD’s Director of Jewish Life and Learning as we celebrate Simchat Torah

    The address is:
    Oseh Shalom
    7515 Olive Branch Way
    Laurel, MD 20707

    Washington Hebrew Congregation:
    The Washington Hebrew Congregation invites the WSJD community to its sign-interpreted Simchat Torah Shabbat and Consecration service Friday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.

    WSJD member Suzy Rosen Singleton and her son, Rian Singleton, will participate in the service. Following the service, there will be ice cream and various nibbles at the Oneg. The service will be sign-interpreted by Paula Tucker.  The address is:

    Washington Hebrew Congregation,
    3935 Macomb Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20016

    For seat reservations, contact Nancy Misler at

    (SAVE THE DATE) Routes: a day of Jewish learning 

    (7 hours, 70 sessions partnered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and a number of organizations)  
    Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.Kelby Brick will be one of the many featured speakers.

    Book Festival: The JCC of Greater Washington’s “The Lessans Family Annual Book Festival” will run from November 6-16 and feature more than 20 author events, book signings and children’s programs. To purchase tickets, go to To request sign language interpreting service, call Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778, at least one week in advance.

     Fiddler on the Roof will be captioned at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC., on Sunday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. To attend, call Group Sales at 202-488-4380 and ask for Michael Bou-Maroun. Mention WSJD, in order to get the discounted ticket price of $ 68.00 per person, and be seated in the same section as other WSJD members.

    The address is:
    Arena Stage
    1101 6th Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20004


    WSJD is a 501 C3 tax-exempt non-profit organization.
    All contributions to WSJD are tax deductible to the extent of the law.  To make a donation using PayPal, click here.

    Stay Connected
    Visit Washington Society of Jewish Deaf on Facebook.


    GWADA Free Workshop – Financial Planning Workshop

    October 6, 2014 in Community Events, Community News



    Financial Planning Workshop

    You are invited to attend a FREE workshop
    (open to the public)

    Seats are limited, RSVP is required, deadline 10/9/14 gwada_image
    send email to

    Saturday, October 11, 2014
    2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    (Light refreshments will be served after workshop)

    Tenley-Friendship Library
    Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
    4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    (Metro red line: Tenleytown/AU station)

    Mrs. Stephanie Summers, Deaf Speaker, is a Financial Advisor from Kramer Wealth Managers. Her credentials include: Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant, Registered Financial Consultant, and Master of Business Administration.

    • Personal Financegwada_2
    • Retirement Planning
    • Roth IRA / Tradition IRA  
    • TSP / 401K
    • College Savings Plan

    VAD Sponsored Legislative Training on Sat, Nov 15

    October 2, 2014 in Community Events, Disability Law



    Virginia Association of the Deaf and Gallaudet University Regional Center – Southeast is sponsoring a Legislative Training event on Saturday, November 15th.

    Light breakfast and lunch will be provided by VAD
    * First come, first served up to 40 participants
    * Participants will receive Certificate of Attendance NAD Legislative Training

    Workshop will be held at:
    VA Dept. for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 8004 Franklin Farms Drive Henrico, VA 23229


    Register today or before November 1st to book one of the 40 available seats! 

    See attachment for more information.

    Download PDF Attachment


    Sent by Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc.


    A dialogue with Lise Hamlin, HLAA event – Oct.19th

    September 30, 2014 in Community Events

    Come Hear about HLAA Support for People with Hearing Loss

    HLAA’s seeks to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, support and advocacy. It does so by working to assure that:

    • Hearing aids, cochlear implants and aural rehabilitation are affordable, accessible, and covered by Medicare, Affordable Care Act, and insurers;
    • Public and private venues, including all types of public transportation are communication accessible;
    • Television, Internet video programming, and movies make high quality captioning available;
    • Consumers have wide choices and access to captioned and hearing-aid-compatible (HAC), high-fidelity, landline phones and mobile devices;
    • Workplaces are communication accessible and welcoming to people with hearing loss.

    Lise Hamlin, HLAA’s Director of Public Policy, will be open to talk about these and other HLAA activities and solicit your views about further ways that HLAA can be helpful. This will very much be a two-way dialogue.

    Date and Time: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

    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.