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Rocky Run Middle School – CyberRams win grant to develop APP

July 17, 2014 in Community Events, Technology


Fairfax County Public Schools
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The Rocky Run Middle CyberRams team is one of four teams nationwide to win a STEM-in-Action grant from eCybermission, an educational outreach program of the U.S. Army focused on using science, technology, engineering, and math to solve a real problem in the community. 

Team members Ravi Dudhagra, Diego Gutierrez, Rishabh Krishnan, and Adityasai Koneru developed a computer program—Decibel mApp—to address the problem of noise-induced hearing loss that uses GPS technology to provide users with a map showing decibel levels the user experienced throughout the day. 

Team members worked with a local pediatric otolaryngologist, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and computer programming engineers to develop the app.  The CyberRams won the grant, worth up to $5,000, because their plans were determined to provide the greatest possible impact in their community, and hopes to have the final product ready to go to market in a year.


Thanks to Patience Battisti

Art Signs: Gallery talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

July 7, 2014 in Community Events



Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday July 10 at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL.  Art Signs guides Tracey Salaway, Elizabeth Henry, and Felece Steele will discuss works in the exhibition “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget” and “American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection.”

When:                  Thursday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

REI NETWORK WEBINAR: Better Money Habits: Understanding Credit

June 26, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events


( note: This webinar will have real time captioning)


Date and time: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Change time zone
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 2:00 pm
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:00 pm
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 pm
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)


Join National Disability Institute (NDI) and Bank of America as we explore and discuss the importance of credit. In today’s economy, establishing, building and improving one’s credit is more important than ever. Unfortunately, however, individuals with disabilities may experience unique challenges pursuing this endeavor. This webinar will address those challenges by providing an overview of credit, identifying ways to build credit and discussing the ramifications of poor credit as it relates employment. In addition, the webinar will introduce valuable financial tools and resources — including Bank of America’s Better Money Habits program — that allow individuals to access a free credit report, explain how to use credit wisely and instill the importance of maintaining good credit. REGISTER TODAY!

In this webinar, we will:

  • Define credit, how to build credit, why good credit is important, the impact of poor credit
  • Discuss how to access a free credit report, identify and dispute any errors
  • Identify resources for those you serve
  • Identify challenges experienced by persons with disabilities

Identify new tools and resources to help an individual build their credit score

Please note: Real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar, or the registration process, please contact Keith Combs at

Schools and Libraries Welcome Your Donation for Books!

June 24, 2014 in Community Events



Library friends groups and organizations serving the deaf diversity may be interested to donate a book collection – The 150th Anniversary Library Bookshelf - to schools and libraries around the nation.Books_Crop

They also may be interested to donate a copy of the FOLDA KIT: Laurent Clerc and Gallaudet University which will help librarians, teachers and cultural programmers with plans to observe the 150th anniversary of Gallaudet University at any time this year in their local community.

The 150th Anniversary Library Bookshelf

It includes books on a wide variety of topics relating to deaf history, deaf experiences, and deaf lives that can be enjoyed by both deaf and hearing readers.  The editors at Gallaudet University Press selected 25 titles in seven core areas: American Sign Language, deaf history, education, parenting, children and young adult books, children of deaf adults (codas), and deaf literature.

The criteria for choosing titles in these areas stemmed from their excellent reviews in library periodicals and their popularity with consumers.    For more information, please visit


The FOLDA KIT:  Laurent Clerc and Gallaudet University

It is a fundraiser of the Gallaudet Class of 1957 for Gallaudet Archives.  This kit is the first part of the I Made America Great series; it was produced by the Library for Deaf Action and distributed by FOLDA (Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action).

Each packet has 40 pages (8.5” x 11”) which includes a color print of an oil painting of each Laurent Clerc and Abbé de l’Epée by Jean Boutcher, Deaf artist.   Deaf America Reads and National Deaf History Month, both posters were designed by Lois Hoover, Deaf artist and five illustrations of George W. Veditz by Ruth Peterson, Deaf artist are also included in the packet. The cost is 25 dollars each packet.

The packet with the binder, 20 sheet protectors and a complimentary color print of George Veditz, by Nancy Rourke costs  $45.00.    For more information, please contact Alice Hagemeyer.  Her email address is     It is a limited edition.  First come, first served.   It will be displayed at Library Friends Section of the NAD booth at its conference that will be held in Atlanta, the first week of July.  You may also see the sample at the Gallaudet Library and Archives if you are on the Gallaudet campus during its reunion, July 9 – 12, 2014.

Thank you for your support.

Alice L. Hagemeyer, President



CJ Jones is COMING TO DC!!!!

June 18, 2014 in Community Events




10475 Productions, LLC

Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Washington, DC

for more info:

CJ Jones: World Adventurist, is a captivating theatrical experience that perfectly exemplifies CJ’s mastery of blending visual imagery and story telling. Combining voice, American Sign Language (ASL), mime and the haunting beat of the percussions, CJ paints a colorful, riveting pictures of his life’s experiences traveling around the world. Come and be mesmerized as he tells stories of what it was like growing up in a tough St. Louis neighborhood in the shadow of his deaf, Golden Gloves Champion boxer dad. You’ll laugh, cry and all things in between as he shares the challenges he faced during his quest to make it as a comedian and an actor in Hollywood. CJ Jones: World Adventurist is the MUST SEE show of the year.


Thanks to DHHSC


Martha’s Vineyard Potluck Deaf Yoga Retreat – September 12, 13 And 14

June 12, 2014 in Community Events



 $ 250 per person

Relax and refresh is what you need for a weekend yoga retreat! In the heart of Martha’s Vineyard, you will learn yoga poses with proper alignment, basic foundation of the poses and learn the breathing technique. The retreat is tailored to meet the needs of deaf yogis with an experienced Hatha Yoga Teacher who is Deaf and fluent in ASL.

Below is the list of activities:
Morning yoga and afternoon beach yoga practice Morning meditation practice
Martha’s Vineyard history
Spiritual Movie
Share cooking tips

Please acknowledge that the meals will be vegetarian only. It is recommended that you purchase the groceries on the mainland. The retreat is limited to 8 people and you will be rooming with someone. Couples are welcome.

As for ferry reservation, please order your ferry ticket via online or call. The website is If you would like to see the house, please click on this website and make sure you use the property ID is 140001. The address is included in the website.

I accept pay pal payment and/or check payable to “Barbara Eger-Klatt”. The deadline is August 15, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara.

Yellow Leaf Yoga| 240.292.6807 |

Barbara Eger-Klatt is certified as E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance and a member of International Association of Yoga Therapist. She has 8 years of yoga experience with personal practice and she taught Deaf Yoga Class in Washington, DC metro area. Her favorite motto is “Smile and it’s a great therapy!”


Smithsonian Folklife Festival Accessible to Visitors with Disabilities

June 12, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



The Smithsonian Institution is committed to making the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival accessible and smithsonianenjoyable for visitors with disabilities. The 2014 Festival features “China: Tradition in the Art of Living” and,  “Kenya: Mambo Poa.”

The 10-day Festival, held outdoors on the National Mall between Seventh and 14th streets, will take place from Wednesday, June 25, through Sunday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 2, through Sunday, July 6. Admission is free. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, with special evening events beginning at 6 p.m.

Visitors with disabilities who need assistance are advised to report to the Information booths located at various points around the Festival site or to the Volunteer tent located in the Festival Services area near the Smithsonian Metrorail station’s Mall exit. A large-print version of the Festival’s daily schedule and food concession menus will be available. The Festival schedule is also available in audio format. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available at the Volunteer tent for loan.

American Sign Language interpreters will be on site daily to interpret selected performances and presentations. An additional ASL interpreter is on site each day and can be reached via the Volunteer tent for visitors with requests beyond the scheduled events. Real-time captioning (CART) will be provided for selected performances and presentations. Refer to the online Festival schedule for the complete times and dates of ASL and CART services, or pick up an updated schedule of interpreted events from the Volunteer tent or information booths.

Verbal-description and tactile tours are scheduled for Saturday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 3, at 3 p.m. for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The Festival will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, to host “Morning at the Mall” with pre-visit materials for families with children with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities. Visitors interested should RSVP for both events by calling (202) 633-2921 or emailing

All Performance stages, narrative stages, Flavors of Kenya, and Five Spice Kitchenare equipped with induction  loops.  Please see a volunteer or festival staff  in each  tent  ­if  you  need  a receiver. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival welcomes all service animals.

KRISTA FLORES  |  Program Specialist |  Accessibility Program | Smithsonian Institution | Voice: 202-633-4340

| Fax: 202-633-4352 |  Email:



terpreted and Captioned Kennedy Center Theater Alert

May 29, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events, Interpreting & Transliterating



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ODUP July 29-30, 2014 – Brochure and Registration Information

May 27, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2014!   
Building Skills for Success with Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing  ODUP 2014

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 29-30, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Charlottesville, VA.
Registration fee:

  • $65 for VA professionals;
  • $55 for paraprofessionals/ students;
  • $220 for private providers and out-of-state participants.

This year’s two-day ODUP Institute focuses learning on the tools found in Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom (Anderson & Arnoldi) and Steps to Success (Price), which participants will receive as part of their registration fee.

Presenters, Karen Anderson and Lynne Price will guide VA teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing (TODHH) and all who work directly with students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Virginia schools through these two comprehensive resources designed to effectively address the needs of students who are d/hh across all grade levels in order to improve student outcomes.

These two resources along with concurrent presentations, exhibits and the opportunity to network with colleagues from across VA will make ODUP 2014 an event sure to build new energy and enthusiasm for the 2014-15 school year.

In addition to a Professional Development Certificate for attendance at this year’s institute, participants may again obtain graduate credit through Radford University. (Please see the back page of the brochure and visit for details.)
BUT WAIT. . .there’s more! 

 #1: An additional 2 hours credit may be awarded for participation in a Pre-ODUP distance session, Speech Perception 101, recommended for the “Communication Repair” session at ODUP 2014! The link and directions for this session will be available beginning June 1.   See

#2: TODHH who are currently full-time employees directly employed by a Virginia public school division or state-operated school may be eligible for reimbursement of state-rate lodging at the DoubleTree hotel for Tuesday, July 29. Please see the registration brochure for details. (Note: TODHH will receive additional information directly regarding this opportunity.)

Online registration will open by the week of May 12.  Be on the lookout for an announcement from us letting you know we can begin accepting online registrations. Please do not attempt to register online until you receive this “Registration now OPEN” announcement. For additional information, please visit the ODUP 2014! Shutterfly site at:

For further information on ODUP 2014! contact: Ann Hughes at

Enjoy the rest of this 2013-14 school year!  See you in Charlottesville in July!




May 23, 2014 in Community Events


Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf – NVAD


Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:00AM to 12:00PM NVAD General Meeting

12:00PM to 6:00PM COOK-OUT

At – NVRC - Northern Virginia Resource Center
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

$5.00 Hamburgers/Hot Dogs Baked Beans Potato Salad Chips

$3.00 to $5.00 Banana/Strawberry Split Smoothie
Ice Cream Shortcake

There will be no NVAD general meeting in July and August 2014.
See you in September 2014. Have a great summer!

For more information, contact
President Jill Moebus / VP (571) 313-7968

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Green Festival, Washington Convention Center. Sat. May 31,Sun. June 1

May 22, 2014 in Community Events







May 31-June 1, 2014

DC Green Festival®, 10th Year! Hosted by Messe-Stuttgart, in cooperation with Green America® and Global Exchange. We are celebrating what’s working in our communities – for people, business and the environment. Join us at the nation’s premier sustainability event in DC for 2 days filled with the best in green! Great for all ages!

• 125 renowned authors, leaders & educators

• 300 eco-friendly businesses in a unique marketplace.

• Stages, Green Kids Zone, Fair Trade, Green Building & Renovation, Renewable Energy, Home & Garden, Green Jobs & Careers, Eco Arts &  Crafts, Organic Food, Bodywork, Eco-Fashion Show, Green Pets, Community Action, Organic Clothing, Raw food, Non-GMO, Green Media, Yoga, Eco-Travel, Responsible Investing, Ford Pavilion, DIY, and More.

• Delicious, organic, non-GMO or local vegan/vegetarian cuisine

***On-Site ASL/English Interpreters will be provided at the ASL booth, near registration. First Come, First Serve. Need to see a speaker in a small stage presentation or CDI for Deaf-Blind & Close Vision, contact Deanna Tilden in advance at

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

TIME: Saturday & Sunday from 10am-6pm.




It’s fun, educational activities. Come and learn resources to support our environment, people and the planet.

NVAD presentation by The disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLcV) – June 7

May 15, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf is gladly sponsoring a disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLcV) presentation for consumer groups to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Presentation on SSI and SSDI benefits and how to avoid an overpayment of benefits if you are working.
Also, about your right to have an interpreter present when meeting with SSA staff.

Saturday, June 7, 2014
11:00AM to 1:00PM

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

Interpreter will be provided. FREE ADMISSION

For more information. Contact President Jill Moebus, 

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May 31, 2014 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day at Kings Dominion

May 15, 2014 in Community Events, Community News

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day at Kings Dominion!Kings_Dominion_Youth

VAD members and friends

Greetings from Kings Dominion!  On May 31, 2014 Kings Dominion is hosting our annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day.  Spectacular entertainment, educational exhibits and interpreters for many shows and services will make this a memorable day for all.  There is a special price available for your members,  students and guests to take advantage of.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 804-876-5000.

Summer & Fall Conferences 2014

May 12, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness



ALDA’s 2014 Convention

Norfolk, VA October 8 – 12 , 2014
Early Bird Registration Ends May 31, 2014
For More Information . . .

2014 RID Region V Conference

San Diego, CA  June 25-28, 2014
More Information . . .

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention

Austin, Texas June 26 – 29
More information  . . .

2014 AG Bell Convention – Make Your Hotel Reservation Today

Walt Disney World , Orlando, Florida
More Information  . . .

2014 RID Region II Conference

Atlanta, GA   July 1-5, 2014
More Information . . .

52nd Biennial National Association of the Deaf Conference (NAD)

Atlanta, Georgia , July 1-5, 2014
More Information . . .

Gallaudet 150 Alumni Reunion

Gallaudet University, Washington, DC July 9-13, 2014
More information . . .

Say What Club

Madison, Wisconsin  July 16-19, 2014
More Information  . . .

2014 RID Region IV Conference

Des Moines, IA   July 16-20, 2014
More Information . . .

2014 RID Region III Conference

Lansing, MI   July 24-27, 2014
For More Information  . . .

2014 RID Region I Conference

Wakefield, MA  July 31- August 3, 2014
For More Information  . . .

Check out Community Calendar calendar

Virginia Association of the Deaf Mini-Conference, May 17th

May 12, 2014 in Community Events


Virginia Association of the Deaf Mini-Conference

Main Chapel at V.S.D.B., Staunton, VA 8AM to 5PM 


vadlogoblue 2014 VAD Mini-Conference at VSDB in Staunton, VA, on May 17, 2014

Annual Membership Meeting, Exhibits, & Workshops

Schedule and Registration (PDF):