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NVAD sponsored – CUBA – Presentation by Steve & Dot Brenner • June 20th

May 26, 2015 in Community Events



Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf (NVAD) will have an amazing presentation:
Steve and Dot Brenner about their viewing our exciting trip to Cuba.

DATE: Saturday, June 20, 2015
TIME:  5:00PM for Dinner; 7:00PM for Presentation
LOCATION: Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030
Spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad will be sold.
For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall ~ (email) or 571-766-0671 (VP)

NVRC – Celebrate Communication 2015, May 16th -INFO&Sponsors

May 13, 2015 in Community Events, NVRC, NVRC Announcements, NVRC Calendar

UPDATED 5/1/2015

What: Information FairYellow_Dog_Hug
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time:  10 am – 2 pm

Northern Virginia Community College,
Ernst Center Gymnasium, Annandale campus

DOWNLOAD – Celebrate Communication Campus Map for NVCC

Find out how you could win a $50 visa card here!
DOWNLOAD – NVRC_CelebrateCommunication_Flyer

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  • Celebrate Communication is an information Fair for Hard of Hearing and Deaf people and their families. Many Organizations, Businesses Educational Institutions and Community groups will share information to support better communication and understanding for people with hearing loss. All are welcome to learn, share, and meet other people with hearing loss.

    WMATA – METRO will be present to help obtaining Metro Reduced Fare SmarTrip card that offers discount rides to people with disabilities.  To automatically qualify, please bring proof of Medicare card, audiogram tested by an audiologist within the last 5 years, Veterans with 60% or greater VA disability letter.  If documentation is not available, applicants must submit application (See link below) signed by Physician, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Audiologist (hearing loss only), Optometrist (visual disabilities only), Podiatrist (foot and ankle disabilities only), Licensed Clinical Psychologist (psychiatric disabilities only) or Certified School Psychologist.

    Celebrate Communication 2015 Sponsors

    NVRC extends its appreciation to its sponsors
    for their generosity to make this event a success. 

    ( ** Not Exhibiting )

    vddhh_webVirginia Department for the
    Deaf and Hard of

    Hearing (VDDHH) 
    Virginia Relay
    The foundation of all programs at the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is COMMUNICATION, both as a service through sign language interpreters and assistive technology, and as a means of sharing information through training and education by a team of qualified Outreach Specialists. VDDHH also serves as the oversight agency for Virginia Relay, the federally mandated telecommunications service for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled. Contact or visit us to learn more about iCanConnect Virginia, a new program offering assistive technology to persons who are deaf-blind, and the TAP Veterans Program providing telecommunications equipment to veterans and returning servicemen and women who have a hearing loss. VDDHH is located at 1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203, Henrico, VA 23229 with local Outreach offices around the state. For more information, contact us at 1-800-552-7917 v/t or, and visit us at, or on our VDDHH and Virginia Relay Facebook pages.
    advanced bionics Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. AB offers the most sophisticated cochlear implant system on the market, the HiResolution™ Bionic Ear System, with five times more sound resolution than its competitors, designed to help recipients hear in noisy settings and enjoy the full dimensions of music. Tolearn more about AB and its innovative cochlear implant technology, please visit


    ALDA (Association of Late-Deafened Adults) Potomac Chapter – ALDA was formed in Chicago in 1987 after a meeting where most of the attendees were total strangers who had never met or talked to another deafened person. They found themselves wonderfully comfortable with one another’s unspoken feeling of understanding and patience with communication difficulties. Their social and self-help gatherings evolved into an international organization working to meet the needs of late-deafened adults. The Potomac Chapter serves Virginia, Maryland and D.C., following the founders’ tradition of parties and social gatherings mixed with educational programs and advocacy activities. A warm welcome is extended to everyone, late-deafened or not, who supports ALDA’s goals. Anne Bryant, President


    Boston Properties

    Boston Properties, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), is one of the largest owners, acquirers and developers of office properties in the United States.  Founded in 1970, the firm owns and manages 151 properties containing more than 43.5 million square feet.  Its portfolio reflects a commitment to architectural excellence, innovative technologies and attention to the highest possible standards of service. Boston Properties maintains regional offices in Boston, New Jersey, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Contact: 202-585-0800 or
    cochler_Logo Cochlear Americas
    Hear now. And always As the global leader in hearing solutions, Cochlear is dedicated to bringing the gift of sound to people all over the world. With our hearing solutions, Cochlear has reconnected over 250,000 people to their families, friends and communities in more than 100 countries.Along with the industry’s largest investment in research and development, we continue to partner with leading international researchers and hearing professionals, ensuring that we are at the forefront in the science of hearing.For the hearing impaired receiving any one of Cochlear’s hearing solutions, our commitment is that for the rest of their life they will Hear now. And always
    Duartek Logo Duartek, Inc. was founded in June 1987 by Joseph C. Duarte. For more than 20 years, Duartek has taken the lead in providing assistive technology solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people. Duartek specializes in custom engineered systems to provide communications access solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people using Hearing Loops and other assistive technology platforms. Our services include: consulting, engineering, design, and installations of audio systems, hearing assistance systems, home entertainment systems, security systems, and visual notification systems.
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    Lions_International Lions International
    MEDELsq MED-EL – Since its founders developed the world’s first microelectronic, multichannel cochlear implant in 1977, MED-EL has set new standards in hearing implant technologies, developing and manufacturing technologically advanced hearing solutions for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. MED-EL hearing implant systems, currently used in over 100 countries, combines the latest scientific advances, engineering and manufacturing techniques for performance, safety and reliability. Products available in the United States include the MAESTRO cochlear implant system and the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE®, the first FDA-approved implantable middle ear prosthesis. Contact us: ; NVRC Outreach NVRC Technology Assistive Devices 
     PAH_Logo PAH, Inc. – Providing Access to Healthcare and Community Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing – PAH offers individualized advocacy services and community trainings to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind that live in Prince William County. These services include: assistance applying for community services including Medicaid, advocating for interpreters, and referrals to additional services. PAH also offers informational workshops to the community and training sessions for the medical community interested in improving services to the Deaf Community.  For more information please contact CW Tillman at
     Purple Logo PURPLE – At Purple, we’re dedicated to developing fast, easy and convenient communications solutions and services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and businesses using a variety of different platforms. As a leading provider of on-site interpreting services, video relay services (VRS), and video remote interpreting (VRI), Purple has built an excellent reputation for developing products and services that open communications between all people, regardless of differences in abilities, languages and locations.
      Sorenson Communications  – Mission: Sorenson Communications is committed to providing the highest-quality communication products and services to all deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
    cart_reporter  Verbatim Captioning
    Beverly Early, CSR, is a proud sponsor of Celebrate Communication. Beverly Early, a licensed Certified Shorthand Reporter for 28 years, has been providing Verbatim Captioning Services across the United States since 2000.  Contact: 703-628-7789 or  for more information about closed-captioning, webcasting or CART services.



     header_NewMLogo Washington Metro Area Transit (WMATA)Metro Reduced Fare SmarTrip card offers discount rides to people with disabilities.  To automatically qualify, please bring proof of Medicare card, audiogram tested by an audiologist within the last 5 years, Veterans with 60% or greater VA disability letter.  If documentation is not available, applicants must submit application (See link below) signed by Physician, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Audiologist (hearing loss only), Optometrist (visual disabilities only), Podiatrist (foot and ankle disabilities only), Licensed Clinical Psychologist (psychiatric disabilities only) or Certified SchoolPsychologist.
      ZVRS – The Z® offers the best videophone technology, providing equipment and application options to meet customers’ individual needs and offering features not available through other VRS providers. Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of service excellence above and beyond Federal Communications Commission requirements. Dedicated to a spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence, The Z continues to set the standard as the nation’s premier VRS provider, particularly in the field of mobile VRS. For more information, go to Don’t have a Z phone? You can still join The Z Life by calling 888.888.1116 to connect to ZVRS from any videophone!


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    Register today for VAD 2015 Biennial Conference! June 25-27

    May 7, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Interpreting & Transliterating



    Register today for VAD’s 59th Biennial Conference at Roanoke, VA June 25-27, 2015!
    The Conference will be held at Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke.

    • Read the attached Welcome Letter to know who worked hard to bring you this event!
    • Curious about the schedule? Read attached Tentative Program Agenda.
    • Order your ticket here! Combo Ticket Form
    • Need a place to stay? Hotel Reservation Form
    • Know some outstanding ASL performers? Invite them to VAD’s Got Talent Show! Attached flyer.

    Have questions? Contact Theresa Farmer,

    DOWNLOAD – VAD Conference Welcome Letter

    DOWNLOAD – VAD Final Program Agenda

    DOWNLOAD – VAD Talent Flyer

    Happy Hands – Picnic at Algonkian Park – June 3

    May 7, 2015 in Community Events, Happy Hands



    Happy Hands  will host a picnic on June 3. For flyer, please see:

    See Happy Hands page here

    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!

    Learn More –

    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

    Read More  . . .

    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

    From MWADB

    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

    From PCRID
    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.