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De’VIA Paint Event in Frederick, MD on Saturday, May 2nd

April 30, 2015 in Community Events

De’VIA Paint Event in Frederick , MD – Saturday, May 2nd

DOWNLOAD _ De’VIA Paint Events Flyer

Golf Scramble at Ft. Belvoir to Benefit Cue Camp VA, June 5th

April 30, 2015 in Community Events



The Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association is hosting a Golf Tournament on Friday, June 5th, at the scenic Ft. Belvoir Golf Course in Newington, VA. Proceeds will benefit Cue Camp Virginia, a family learning weekend for those who want to learn the Cued Speech System and much more.

Bring your friends out on a spring Friday afternoon and play 18 holes in a scramble format. Shotgun start is at 2:00 p.m. Cost includes greens fees, shared cart, practice balls and post golf dinner on the patio with beautiful sunset views. Sign up now for Early Bird discount! Complete information and registration are on the NVCSA website:

To contact the organizers, email Ron Mochinski at or Maureen Bellamy at Cued Language transliteration will be provided for group activities. Please email 10 days prior to request other accommodations. Donations and sponsorships are gratefully accepted. Hole sponsorships (starting at $200) go directly to the scholarship fund for families of preschoolers with hearing loss or language delays. Learn more about Cued Speech and the NVCSA at

Meet the Author of El Deafo – ASHBURN LIBRARY Saturday, May 2, 2:00 pm

April 28, 2015 in Community Events, Community News



Saturday, May 2, 2:00 pm

43316 Hay Road
Ashburn, VA 20147


Cece Bell is an author/illustrator of several books for children including the Sock Monkey series and Crankee Doodle (with Tom Angleberger). Her latest book, El Deafo, is a 2015 Newbery Honor Book. It is a graphic memoir which recounts her childhood experiences with hearing loss and hearing aids. An American Sign Language interpreter will be present. Following the author’s presentation there will be a Q & A and a book sale & signing. For all ages.

 Download-Cece Bell-flyer

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

April 28, 2015 in Community Events


The National Gallery of Art offers monthly tours in ASL the second Sunday of every month. The tours meet in the Rotunda of the West Building at 1:00 p.m. for a one hour highlights tour. All tours are interpreted into spoken English as well.

The NGA also offers a video ASL tour available on the Acoustiguide device.  Visitors check out Acoustiguide devices for free at the Acoustiguide desk (just inside the entrance leading to the Rotunda of the West Building).

National Gallery of Arts one-hour highlights tour in ASL:
May 10 – 1:00
June 14– 1:00
July 12– 1:00
August 9– 1:00
September 13– 1:00
October 11– 1:00
November 8– 1:00
December 13– 1:00

More information:  ASL at the National Gallery of Art: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

Download-ASLat the NGA flier2015

ReelAbilities Film Festival begins April 26! Buy Tickets Now!

April 22, 2015 in Community Events


Engage, empower and champion the lives, stories and artistic expressions
of people with different abilities.

Northern Virginia | District of Columbia | Maryland

 April 26 – May 3, 2015

The ReelAbilities Film Festival is part  of the largest film festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of people with different abilities. Serving the Greater DC region, our 4th annual festival will entertain, provoke, challenge and reshape our conceptions and/or prejudices about disability, irrespective of race, religion or geography. Post-screening discussions and special programs will bring the community together to explore, embrace and advocate for our friends, neighbors, co-workers and families.
Please join us for this spectacular festival, held in only 14 cities in the US!

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Gallaudet University on April 25th

April 21, 2015 in Community Events



The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in collaboration with Gallaudet University will host an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on April 25th. We are creating awareness in the hope of preventing suicide in the Deaf Community.

Walk Date: 04/25/2015
Walk Location: Campus
Check-in/Registration Time: 04/25/2015 at 8:30 am
Walk Begins: 9:00 am
Walk Ends: 11:00 am

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until June 30, 2015.

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk Planning Committee, Gallaudet University

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Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2015 Registration Open

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

Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2015! 
Dual Language and Transition Challenges
Charlottesville, Va 
June 24-25, 2015

DOWNLOAD – ODUP 2015 Brochure

Please see and share the attached registration brochure for the Ninth Annual ODUP Professional Development Institute for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and all who work with students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Featured speakers, Michael Douglas and Barbara Gerner de Garcia and additional presenters will provide teachers and educational professionals who work with  students who are d/hh with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in developing multicultural sensitivity and learning to incorporate English language learning (ELL) theory and strategies in working with students who are d/hh of ethnically and linguistically diverse families.

Rachel Kolb’s keynote presentation and additional sessions will address the continuing need to provide strong self-determination skill development with students to ensure positive transition programming results.

To register, please go to: ODUP2015  and scroll to Registration Link.

Registration deadline is June 5, 2015.

Eligible VA Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing may receive lodging reimbursement for Wednesday, June 24.  A separate email will be sent to Virginia TODHH with further information.

Participants to ODUP 2015 may apply for one hour of graduate credit  through Radford University.

BUT WAIT. . .there’s more!  

#1  Participants interested especially in  Dual Language Learning for children who primarily communicate using listening and spoken language may continue with Michael for two in-depth sessions for an additional Short Course certificate which may be submitted by participants for ASHA and/or LSL credits.

#2 See information on the exciting Pre-session to ODUP 2015:

Opening Doors to Life Beyond High School 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

a premier event designed for Virginia’s rising 8th to rising 12th grade students who are deaf or hard of hearing, parents and educators  at    OD2LBHS2015

For complete details, please refer to the attached brochure and visit the ODUP 2015 website.  ODUP2015

Questions may be directed to Kristen Stahr ( or Ann Hughes (

Hope to see you in Charlottesville!

MWADB: May Picnic; Happy Anniversary to MWADB; Interpreting Workshop

April 21, 2015 in Community Events

May 2nd, 2015 Picnic


Last week for the registration! If you never attend our annual picnic, one of the most fabulous events, you cannot miss this one. Everyone is welcome to sign up for the May picnic as our annual tradition.

Date: May 2nd, 2015
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Savage Park
8400 Fair St.
Savage, MD 20763

Cost: Early bird price will be closed on April 24th – $15 for the Deafblind and guests $20 at door
Free for SSP that is assigned to a Deafblind member.

Transportation will be announced on April 26th.
Please email and for SSP and transportation related.
RSVP for the picnic at
If you have any question about the event please email


Happy Anniversary to MWADB

From Ann Black
Happy Anniversary to MWADB.
happy Anniversary to MWADB.
Happy 32th Anniversary to MWADB.
Happy Anniversary to MWADB.
MWADB was born on April 19, 1984. We wish it will continue forever.


Interpreting Applying Theater Techniques

When: May 2nd at 9:00am
Where: Interpreting Applying Theater Techniques Gallaudet, SAC 1011
800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002


Anyone is welcome to come to the workshop or meeting at no charge, but CEUs are only free to members, so be sure to check your membership status! Non-members can pay $35 to earn CEUs.


More information and online registration: Workshop & General Meeting: Interpreting Applying Theater Techniques


When you RSVP, please indicate you would like to participate via our online option or email Nicole Manuel at and we’ll set you up to participate.



Fairfax County Creative Aging Festival and More, May 2015

April 17, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness




Have fun, learn something new, and unleash your creative spirit! Fairfax County, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and AARP Virginia invite you to celebrate the Creative Aging Festival in May 2015. This month-long festival features over 100 events including art exhibits, dance, musical performances, poetry readings, lectures, wellness programs and classes in watercolor, woodworking, knitting, clogging, tap, piano, photography, & more! Find the events calendar at and click on Creative Aging Festival!

Fairfax County presents Legal Tools for Caregivers: WEBINAR. As a family caregiver you may need to make legal and health care decisions for a loved one. This free Webinar will cover durable powers of attorney, trusts, guardianship, and advanced medical directives. Join us on Wednesday, May 6, Noon-1 p.m. Find out more and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Fairfax County will sponsor Strategies for Managing the Stress of Caregiving on Tuesday, May 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls ChurchFind out more about this free event and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Fairfax County presents “Alive Inside” Movie and Discussion on Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-NoonThis free movie focuses on the Music & Memory program’s ability to combat memory loss and restore meaning to the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Dr., Ste. 100, FairfaxFind out more and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Get the facts about health insurance for older adults at Fairfax County’s free presentation on Medicare 101. Tuesday, May 19, 3-4:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Register beforehand at

Learn about Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and receive expert assistance in choosing and signing up for a plan for you or your loved one. Wednesday, May 20, 3-4:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. Register beforehand at

Fairfax County is offering a free Independent Living Project Series (Sessions are 8 weeks). Programs start Friday, May 1, 1-3 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria and Friday, May 22, 10 a.m.-Noon. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna. Register at



Spring2Action a 24-hour, on-line fundraiser for Non-Profits – April 22, 2015

April 16, 2015 in Community Events, NVRC


April 22 is the BIG day! 


Help us make an impact

Spring2Action is a 24-hour, on-line fundraiser to show your support for non-profit organizations in our area.

On Wednesday, April 22, NVRC will compete with other local non-profits for cash and prizes. Every donation you make helps us qualify to earn prize money, furthering the impact of your donation.

Our goal is to raise $6,000 in just one day!

Click here to find our donation page at Razoo.

To keep the giving momentum going, we are offering a chance to win a $25 gift card for a donation of $50 or more to 20 lucky people.


If you want to jump on the donation wagon early, you can simply:

  • Select your donation amount
  • Click on Make This Donation Occur 
  • Choose On a Giving Day
  • Click on the green DONATE button to schedule
    your donation to happen automatically on April 22nd.

HLAA-DC Program — Classical Guitar Concert Featuring Charles Mokotoff-MAY17

April 14, 2015 in Community Events, Community News



WHEN: Sunday, May 17, 2015, 3 – 4:30 pm

WHERE: Calvary Baptist Church
                755 8th St., NW
                  Washington, DC 20001

Further information about this program, and about Mr. Mokotoff — his artistry and his hearing loss story — can be found in the attachment, and in a Hearing Loss Magazine article at

This will be a real treat   But space is limited. So please RSVP to as soon as possible to reserve your place.



Storm spotter training this week for deaf and hard of hearing

April 10, 2015 in Community Events



Advance Digital
By Leigh Morgan
April 07, 2015

It’s severe weather season in Alabama, and the National Weather Service is trying to get as many trained weather spotters as possible into the ranks.

And that includes those that are deaf or hard of hearing.

The weather service offices in Huntsville and Birmingham are teaming with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to offer a spotter training class tailored especially for those who have hearing challenges.

National Weather Service meteorologists Jennifer Saari and Holly Allen will be leading the training, which is scheduled for Thursday at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.

We are proud to partner with AIDB (Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind) and ADRS (Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services) to help make these classes available and successful in Alabama. This has encouraged other NWS offices across the country to reach out to their local deaf and hard of hearing communities as well,” Saari said.

Storm spotters are invaluable assets to the National Weather Service and emergency managers.

Read more . . .  Weather

Arlington, VA – Affordable Housing Study Public Meetings – Tues. April 21

April 10, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin-Affordable Housing Study Public Meetings

Issue: #43
Date: April 9, 2015

Help us build a solid foundation for the future of housing in our community

On Tuesday April 21, 2015, the Arlington County Disability Advisory Commission will host a presentation on the Affordable Housing Study. The Affordable Housing Masterplan is of importance to the disability community and the community is invited to the meeting. The meeting is at 7pm in room 311 at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.  More information about the Affordable Housing Study is below.

The County is seeking a comprehensive approach to providing the full range of housing affordability in Arlington. Ensuring a range of housing options, affordable to persons of all income levels and needs throughout the County, creates community sustainability because it supports our people, improves our neighborhoods and strengthens our economy.

Due to rising property values many households can no longer afford to buy or rent in Arlington, and the County has seen a dramatic decrease in its affordable housing stock even as the County has experienced more success in creating committed affordable units than most surrounding jurisdictions. Median incomes have not kept pace with the steadily rising housing costs. Between 2000 and 2013, average home sale prices increased by 140.3% while the average rent increased by 90.9%. Over the same timeframe, the County lost 13,500 affordable housing units, primarily to rent increases.

An 18-member  Working Group appointed by the County Manager has been working for over two years  to develop the community’s affordable housing vision and policy. Together with County staff, the group has drafted an Affordable Housing Master Plan and will seek Board approval in July 2015 to include it as an element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

The next steps for the working group and staff team will be an extensive civic engagement effort that will foster community discussion around the proposed policies and tools. Through a series of meetings, events and online engagement, staff will hear from commissions, advisory boards, associations and residents. The feedback will guide revisions to the Affordable Housing Master Plan, which the Board will consider for adoption in July 2015. At that time, the Board also will consider acceptance of the Implementation Framework.

More information can be found at

Learn more about affordable housing in Arlington.

Rental Assistance
To apply for rental assistance, contact the Arlington Department of Human Services at

Arlington County Office of Human Rights, EEO, and ADA


Maryland ODHH Deaf Awareness Day at Orioles Game

April 10, 2015 in Community Events


Greetings Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Organizations,

The Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is thrilled to be hosting Deaf Awareness Day at Camden Yards for the Orioles game against the Red Sox on September 16th at 7:05 pm.
Now that baseball season is officially here, we are reaching out again to encourage your organization to book a block of tickets. Our goal is to bring in at least 1,500 attendees. If we meet or exceed that goal early enough before the fall, ODHH will have a chance to throw or designate the first pitch of the game. That would be a huge honor for our community!
Please help us meet our goal and spread the word! You can purchase tickets here. The event flyer is attached to this email, which includes information on the cost of tickets, seating options, et cetera.

Staying Home: Making Smart Choices for Easy Living–May 16

April 9, 2015 in Community Events



Small changes in your home can make a big difference in your life. They can make your home a space that enables you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish.

AARP is teaming up with Mt. Vernon at Home, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Fairfax County Building for All Committee (BFAC) to bring you this free community workshop; it includes a panel of experts will share practical tips to minimize the financial costs of home modifications, avoid frauds and scams, and learn about local resources available.

Staying Home: Smart Choices of Easy Living

Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.

RSVP requested as seating is limited.  Register online or call 1-877-926-8300.

In an AARP survey, eight out of 10 people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. If you’re one of them, this workshop is for you! You will get comprehensive advice, tips, and checklists for getting your home in top form for comfort, safety and long-term livability and you’ll hear from experts on how to fund home renovations both large and small.

Light complimentary refreshments will be served.

No products or services will be sold or promoted.

Download our event flyer to share with your friends and neighbors.  All are welcome!

Register online or call 1-877-926-8300

To request an ADA reasonable accommodation, contact Matthew Barkley, Director of Disability Services Planning and Development, Fairfax County, by phone: 703-324-5868, TTY: 703-449-1186,or e-mail: