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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 – Celebrates 70th Anniversary – Sept. 13th

July 21, 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

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


Interpreted Music Man Performance in Sterling, VA on Aug. 1

July 13, 2015 in Community Events



Will Be ASL Interpreted by HIS Sign Interpretersmusicman

FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY – Visit HIS Sign’s Facebook page by clicking here.  Reply “I want tickets” and the first 5 replies will receive 2 tickets to the August 1, 2015, performance.

Sterling Playmakers of Sterling, Virginia is proud to present The Music Man.  Performance dates: July 24, 24, 26, 31, August 1, 2, 7, 8, & 9. Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2PM, at Potomac Fall High School. Tickets $15 on Sale Soon.

*** NOTE: The August 1, 2015, performance will include HIS Sign ASL interpreters ***

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her.

The Sterling Playmakers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community theatre organization in partnership with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Sterling Community Center. Founded in 1996, the Sterling Playmakers provides amateur community theatre performed by local residents for the entire Loudoun community. We are proud to present quality, family-friendly entertainment.

For more information, visit the Sterling Playmakers website by clicking here.

ADA – Arlington Getting It Right Workshop – July 30-31

July 10, 2015 in Community Events, Community News





This workshop will provide tools and information to emergency managers, disability organizations and stakeholders who want to improve resources and services to people with disabilities and their families before, during and after a disaster. This workshop will encourage facilitation of full integration and inclusion in all aspects of emergency preparedness and response. We will also help you understand how to be in full compliance to avoid litigation. The speakers include representatives from FEMA, disability stakeholder organizations, a representative from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and those involved in the recent litigation of the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled v. City of New York.

Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford St.
Arlington VA 22203

July 30-31, 2015

Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch and all materials.   Register

Hotel Reservations
Group rates are available at the Hilton Arlington for this workshop. Click the button to the right or call the hotel at 1-800-HILTONS to make your reservation. The group code is PLS. Reservations must be made by July 10,2015 to receive the discounted rate.  Book Your Room

More Information
Go to our website for the agenda and more information about this workshop. Agenda

Grand Slam Sunday – Jewish Federation of Greater Wash. and WSJD – Aug 30th

July 9, 2015 in Community Events


Come and join the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
and Washington Society of Jewish Deaf!

Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
Sunday, August 30, 2015
11:35 – 5:00 p.m.
Game starts: 1:35 p.m.

Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St SE,
Washington, DC 20003

A block of seats have been reserved for WSJD members.

To purchase a ticket at $ 23.00 per person, click here.

Children two years of age and younger
may enter the park without a ticket and
sit on the lap of an adult.

Purchase your ticket today!
Group ticket sales will close on July 30.  
After this date, remaining tickets not sold will
be released to the public.

Fun activities for all ages begin 2 hours prior
to start of game at 11:35 a.m.

Pre-game tailgate area
Contests – win great prizes!
Fun with Jewish Food Experience
Arts & crafts/games

Questions? Email us at


Washington Society of Jewish Deaf

Signs of Life • Deaf Ministry Annual Picnic • August 22

July 7, 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

Upcoming ASL-Interpreted Performances for Every Age!

June 26, 2015 in Community Events



The ASL-Interpreted Performance of Double Trouble (AKA The Parent Trap) is July 12 at 4:00 p.m.

ASL Interpreters: Lindsey Snyder and Dionne Hart 

Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at Camp Kästner Summer Camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Having switched places, the girls discover that their deception is hard to sustain. Will their parents be convinced that the sisters belong together? Catch this world premiere musical!

Best for ages 5+

Additional performances run through August 14, 2015 



Aquarium is July 18 at 11:15 a.m.
Join us in The Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.

ASL Interpreter: Gerard Williams

With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky.

Best for ages 1-5

Additional performances run through July 26, 2015. 


To purchase tickets, please visit us online, or call our box office at 301-280-1660. Please note that our staff is trained to receive calls through relay and VRS.

Imagination Stage offers discounted rates for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call group sales at 301-280-1664.

4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Info: 301-961-6060
Box Office: 301-280-1660


ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

June 25, 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, July 12 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.

Art Signs this weekend: Gallery talk in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum – June 28

June 23, 2015 in Community Events


Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL.
Escape the summer heat and join us at the Museum, where the temperature is cool and so is the art!

When:                  Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m.
Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Upcoming dates for Art Signs this summer:
Thursday, July 9 at 5:30pm
Thursday, August 13 at 5:30pm

Students , parents, and professionals. Save the Date for Future Quest 2015

June 9, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach




Future Quest 2015 
SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday,  November 14, 2015
George Mason University in the Johnson Center (Fairfax campus)
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Future Quest is a FREE College and Career Forum for students with disabilities, parents, and professionals.

Pre-registration will begin in the Fall of 2015.   What to know more?  Visit

Participants will have the opportunity to spend time on Mason’s incredible Fairfax campus, select from a variety of workshops about Options After High School, Employment, Assistive Technology, and College and Career Planning.  The keynote speaker, Justin Graves will inspire participants to use their passion to help others by focusing on their abilities.  The Resource Fair will give participants the opportunity to browse community supports and services and better understand available resources as they transition to life.

What you can do to help advertise this event:

Contact us at