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Silent Weekend, Oct 2 – 4, Knoxville, MD

August 26, 2015 in Community Events



Deaf Camps, Inc. Fall Silent Weekend

October 2 – 4, 2015

Manidokan Camp & Retreat Center
Knoxville, MD 21758

$10 Early Bird discount by Sept 4

  • A whole weekend of ASL practice in a supportive, voice-off environment and beautiful natural surroundings.
  • 2 registration options: full weekend or Saturday only.
  • Signers of all levels welcome. All participants please respect the voice-off policy for the entire weekend.
  • This event is designed for adult ASL students. High school students may attend with a parent or guardian.

Visit to register.

Celebrating Cheryl Heppner’s Retirement – Sept 12

August 25, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


www.NVRC.orgNVRC’s Board of Directors and Staff 
Invite you to join us for an Open House 

Celebrating Cheryl Heppner’s Retirement

Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015

Time:  10 am to 12 noon

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

Join us for a casual get-together with Cheryl to wish her well
as she embarks on this new era of her life.

Come share your fun stories, memories and sentiments
about Cheryl, and meet up with old friends.

Light refreshments will be served,

Please RSVP to


Annual Deaf Ministry Revival • October 2-4, 2015

August 25, 2015 in Community Events



When: October, 2-4, 2015dm2016
(Time to be announced)

First Baptist Deaf Congregation
2932 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Upcoming flyer will have completed details.






Come to the 2015 VADB Annual Meeting – Sept 26

August 20, 2015 in Community Events



Date:        Saturday, September 26, 2015
Place:        Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
Library & Resource Center
395 Azalea Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
Time:       10:00 am – 3:00 pm (please arrive by 9:45am)
Cost:        FREE! (Lunch provided courtesy of VDDHH)


  1. Status of the “Virginia SSP Program” by Elizabeth Spiers (DBVI DB Services Program Director) and call for volunteers (deafblind consumers, SSPs and SSP Program Coordinators)
  2. Small Groups to discuss topics related to helping VADB develop as an organization
  3. Election of Officers (all positions are up for election. All VADB Members are encouraged to consider running for office – VADB needs your help!)

We will have a silent auction of donated items.

Please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting, and if you need services such as an interpreter, CART, use of the audioloop, and/or a Support Service Provider by September 12, 2015. Volunteers (SSPs, lunch helpers, etc.) are needed. Also contact us if you would like more information.

You can email us at     
or call Beth Hammer at       804-398-0608 (V) 

VADB, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization seeking to promote educational, economic and social welfare for deafblind Virginians.

NVAD – Celebrates 70th Anniversary – Sept. 13th

August 20, 2015 in Community Events



Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Sunday, September 13, 2015 11:30AM to 3:00PM
Sunday Brunch

$25.00 per person (drinks not included)

P.J. Skiddo’s
9908 Fairfax Boulevard Fairfax, VA 22030

Send a check made payable to NVAD.
Put 70th Anniversary on the memo line.
c/o Donna K. Graff-Viall
7004 Kenfig Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22042

Deadline: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Limited Seating

DOWNLOAD – NVAD_70th_Anniversary_91315_flyer

“Hearing Aids: Beware and Be Wise!”- Program – Sept 10th

August 13, 2015 in Community Events, NVRC Announcements



Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Time: 12:30—1:30 pm
Location: Lewinsville Senior Center
                  1609 Great Falls Street
                  McLean, VA 22101

For information: 703-442-9075

Thinking about getting hearing aids or know someone who is? Join Bonnie O’Leary from the Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) who will present a program about hearing aids from the consumer/wearer’s perspective. Her presentation will include a discussion about the impact of hearing loss on communication, the hearing evaluation, the differences between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist, types and styles of hearing aids, and how they can be used with other assistive listening devices.

Bonnie is a late-deafened adult who has been wearing hearing aids for 20 years. She is a Certified Hearing Loss Support Specialist and Outreach Manager for NVRC.

NVRC is a grant-funded, non-profit organization whose mission is “to empower deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement.” Our programs are free and for information only; there are no sales involved.

DOWNLOAD – September_2015_HA_program Flyer


ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection-Aug 9th

August 7, 2015 in Community Events

The National Gallery of Art
ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on  Sunday, August 9 at 1:00 pm. 

The tour meets in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

For more information click here

All are welcome!

Other The National Gallery of Art Services –

ASL Video Tour
We now have a free self-guided ASL video tour available for use in the galleries!  The Director’s Tour (West Building highlights) has been interpreted into 27 ASL videos.  Stop by the Acoustiguide desk just inside the Mall entrance on Madison Avenue to check out an Acoustiguide device and receive written instructions on accessing the 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 visit www.nga.govand click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905 to arrange the use of ALDs.

Navigating the Caregiver’s Maze . . . Aug 29th

August 4, 2015 in Community Events, Community News



Navigating the Caregiver’s Maze: Finding Support and Planning for Your Caregiving Journey

Every day, family caregivers go above and beyond to help their loved ones remain at home; however, most caregivers need additional support. Caregivers are often left feeling overwhelmed, confused or even guilty because of the stress involved with caring for an older parent or loved one.

If you are a caregiver in need of support, AARP Virginia and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC) invite you to a special event featuring retired Major General Antonio Taguba and others who will discuss the challenges facing caregivers and their families. This event is your opportunity to learn about local resources that are available to help you take care of your parents, your loved ones, and yourself!

Navigating the Caregiver’s Maze:
Finding Support and Planning for Your Caregiving Journey

Saturday, August 29
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Fairfax County Government Center 
Board Auditorium
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035

Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Reserve your seat today online or by calling toll free 1-877-926-8300.

Speakers include:

  • Antonio M. Taguba, Major General, U.S. Army Retired, AARP Community Ambassador
  • Ben de Guzman, National Managing Coordinator of the Diverse Elders Coalition
  • Sharon Lynn, Director, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
  • Veronica Li, Author of Confucius Says
  • Leo Duran, family caregiver

Local representatives from these organizations will be on-site to answer questions and provide information:

  • Alzheimer’s Association® National Capital Area Chapter
  • Fairfax County Services for Older Adults
  • Fairfax County Adult Day Health Center
  • InovaCares for Seniors – PACE®
  • Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons

Download our flyer to share with your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues or other caregivers you may know.  All are welcome to join us at the free community event! 

For more information, visit

Reserve your seat today online or by calling toll free 1-877-926-8300.



Signs of Life • Deaf Ministry Annual Picnic • August 22

July 29, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


When: DOWNLOAD - mbcPicnic2015Picnic_flyer
Saturday August 22, 2015
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Bull Run – Park Shelter 10
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centerville, VA  20121

Bring your food ! Potluck!

Dr. Gabriel Love

Download – mbc2015Picnic_flyer

Join Us the 2015 TDI Biennial Conference at Baltimore! – Aug 19-22

July 21, 2015 in Community Events


July 20, 2015

Shaping An Accessible World

Come Join Us the 2015 TDI Biennial Conference at Baltimore!


Greetings from TDI to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Americans in DC, MD, & VA!
This opportunity is extended also to those living in adjoining areas like PA, NJ, and NY.
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) has some good news to share with you.  TDI will be having our 21st Biennial Conference on August 1922, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. 

This Conference is offering you a wonderful three-day’s experience and opportunities for personal/professional development as well as some time for fun with friends and family.  You get to learn about the latest in public policy for disability access, to network with others from with business and government, and to visit the exhibits that give you the latest information on accessible products and services.  You meet the industry leaders that have worked with TDI and its sister consumer groups in the last two years on access topics such as relay services, emergency communications, wireless communications and information, and captioning of video programming. 

You get to see others speak about the research and other studies that have been conducted for accessibility in information, communication, hearing enhancement, and employment.  There will be updates given on federal government initiatives for employment and civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.  For some of you still working every day, you benefit from getting pointers from a panel of well-known deaf and hard of hearing leaders on their experience interacting with their fellow hearing colleagues in the workplace.  Some key Federal Communications Commission officials speak about recent initiatives from the Commission for relay services, captioning of video programming (TV and Internet), emergency communications, and advanced communication services, etc. 

For the first time ever, there will be the new Technology and Youth Forum which give spotlight on the latest in innovation and accessibility from today’s generation of young Americans that are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing (aged less than 35).  We will recognize a number of individuals and companies in an Awards Luncheon for their contributions in the community, engineering, telecommunication access, marketing and public relations, and public policy.  Last but not least, you celebrate with us on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Would you like to attend the ball game?  We are pleased that there will be a TDI section in Camden Yards on Wednesday evening, August 19 for the major league baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Mets.  Camden Yards is just a few blocks from our host hotel.  Instead of taking risky deep-sea diving out in the oceans, would you want the pleasure of seeing some unbelievable creatures within the tanks of the Aquarium on Friday night, August 21?  The Aquarium is on Inner Harbor, just a short walk from the hotel. 

Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gives the keynote address in the early morning of Thursday, August 20.  Angela Officer, who is Senior Program Manager with Sprint Relay, gives inspiring remarks for the Professional and Motivational Luncheon at noon on Friday, August 21.  And we see Jarrod Musano, Chief Executive Officer with Convo Relay give his thoughts on what it is like to run a business under a challenging regulatory climate in relay services.  At the conclusion of the Conference on Saturday evening, August 22, we enjoy a good dinner at the hotel, and then watch a great entertainment show featuring Jennifer Ann Cook and CJ Jones, both from the state of California.

Check out the most recent revised CONFERENCE PROGRAM (schedule of events) here:

We invite you to join us at the Conference.  Check our website or the links below to register for the Conference, to stay at the host hotel – the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, and to buy tickets for either the baseball game or the tour of the National Aquarium.  You can register for full combo tickets, or single events like the President’s Reception, the two Luncheons, and the Dinner/Entertainment Finale.  You need not be registered in order to attend any one of the aforementioned four food functions.

Conference Registration:

Hotel Registration: 

Orioles-Mets Baseball Game, Wednesday, August 19:

If you still need information or support to make Conference plans, feel free to contact me anytime at  We hope you can join us at the Conference.  We will be happy to assist you until you are completely satisfied.  We thank you very much for considering our invitation to participate in the Conference.  

Come join us at the TDI Conference in Baltimore! 


Claude L. Stout
Executive Director
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)



NVAD presents – Our Exciting Trip to Cuba!!! -by Steve & Dot Brenner

July 21, 2015 in Community Events



Viewing Our Exciting Trip to Cuba!!!


Due to June power outrage, rescheduling to Saturday,
October 10, 2015 5:00PM



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


Menu: TBA

For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall (email) or 571-766-0671 (VP)

DOWNLOAD – Presentation_Cuba Flyer

NVAD – Surratt House Museum Tour – Sept 26

July 21, 2015 in Community Events



Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf
Proudly hosts
Surratt House Museum Tour 9118 Brandywine Road Clinton, MD 20735

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Please be there by 12:30PM.

Interpreter will be provided.
For more information:
Adults: $3.00
Seniors (age 60+): $2.00

Please mail the check payable to NVAD (Memo: Surratt House)
to Paul Daniels at 8092 Powderbrook Lane, Springfield, VA 22153.

Deadline: Saturday, September 12, 2015

DOWNLOAD – Surratt_House_92615_Flyer

VAD Leadership Training Program-Richmond & Hampton Roads

July 21, 2015 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness



VAD Leadership Training Program Hosted by Greater Richmond and Hampton Roads

DATE: Saturday, September 12, 2015
TIME: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
AT: Tidewater Community College Virginia Beach Campus
1700 College Crescent Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Tentative Topics:

  •  Leadership (different leadership styles)
  •  Board of Directors (board duties and responsibilities)
  • Legislative Advocacy (local state/delegate speaker on state government and General Assembly)
  •  Legislation (how bills are formulated, voted, and passed/failed)
  •  Interpreting, Interpreters, and Access
  • Financial report preparation

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided by Leadership Training Program Fund.
For more information, contact Sally Thompson ~ (Email)

DOWNLOAD – VAD_Leadership_Flyer_2015

Performance Deaf Hip-Hop Artist Sean Forbes & DJ Robbie Wilde – Free

July 16, 2015 in Community Events



Free Performance & Party with Deaf Hip-Hop Artist Sean Forbes & DJ Robbie Wilde

Free  – open to all

TiLT Challenge and Dance Party

Kennedy Center Atrium
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
July 20, 2015

Free; Limited seating; Limited capacity. Up to two wristbands per person will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the States Gallery outside the Atrium at the Kennedy Center

Don’t miss this dance party featuring Deaf performers Sean Forbes and DJ Robbie Wilde. Sean is a ground-breaking, one-lf-a-kind talent – he is a rapper and a songwriter with a show that will knock your socks off!    Sean will share the stage with  DJ Robbie Wilde who says he literally feels his music. Come for the music, come to dance!

The show will be signed, captioned and voiced.  Everyone is welcome.

The Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution 20/40 Celebration
DOWNLOAD – VSA2540 Celebration2015_PressRelease



ADA 25 years Event on Tues July 28 – NEW TIME of 8:30am

July 16, 2015 in Community Events



The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB)’s reception recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the ADA has a NEW START TIME of 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday July 28 in Conference Rooms 2/3 of the Fairfax County Government Center.  The attached invitation and information below contains the updated start time.  All are welcome–people with disabilities, friends, family members, direct support professionals, advocates, colleagues, government and nonprofit partners–If you believe in the spirit of the ADA, equal access, and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into mainstream community life, then the FA-DSB looks forward to commemorating this important milestone with you!

The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board cordially invites you to attend a reception in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.
Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035

Immediately following the reception, participants will proceed to the Board Auditorium for recognition by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  Everyone is encouraged to join in the celebration by coming to the front of the auditorium, to show that you support the theme of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, that “Disability Rights are Civil Rights!”

RSVP (appreciated, but not required) or request reasonable accommodations by contacting Alison Kron at: voice: 703-324-5414, TTY: 703-449-1186, or e-mail:

DOWNLOAD – ADA 25 invite_Flyer_7-28-15_830am