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PAH Workshop at Circle of Support Conference – Saturday, November 8th

October 17, 2014 in Community Events, Families

PAH will be providing a workshop at the Circle of Support Conference sponsored by the ARC of Greater Prince William on Saturday, November 8th.

The Circle of Support Conference is for families of those with special needs and the professionals that work with them. PAH’s presentation is titled, “A Survival Guide for Parents of Children that are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.” Other sessions at the conference focus on Medicaid waivers, behavioral interventions, and advocacy.

The conference is from 8 am – 3 pm with registration due by October 31st and will be held at Hylton High School near Woodbridge, VA. Learn more about Circle of Support and register online at:

Saturday, November 8th.
8 am – 3 pm
registration due by October 31st

Hylton High School
14051 Spriggs Rd
Woodbridge VA 22193



EXCEL! Employment Networking Group for People with Disabilities – October 23

October 17, 2014 in Community Events, Employment



(Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services)

Are you a person with a disability looking for a job? Join the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia’s EXCEL! Networking Group on October 23, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to take the fear out of networking and learn important skills to get hired.

The group will meet at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201.

RSVP to or 703-525-3268.




November 8th- NVAD General and Election Meeting 2014

October 16, 2014 in Community Events

(Open to Public)

Saturday – November 8, 2014

Breakfast Buffet: 8:30AM to 10:00AM
General Meeting: 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Download Nov. NVAD_General Election 2014 Flyer

NVAD website

Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room
Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

Breakfast (eggs, sausages, bacon, pancakes, etc.) will be served. RSVP by Saturday, November 1, 2014 to Jeanne Lavelle ( or Donna Kay Graff (VP 571-766-0671). Donation is greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact President Jill Moebus, / VP (757) 892-0324


You may nominate a NVAD member or yourself.

A candidate must be member of NVAD for one year.

For more information re: nominations, please contact
Pat Beech,
Nominations will be announced at the
NVAD General Meeting / Election on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Download Nov. NVAD_General Election 2014 Flyer



Walk4Hearing – October 25 – Come Join Us!

October 16, 2014 in Community Events


Please join NVRC for the 2014 Walk4Hearing event to be held on October 25 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the Walk4Hearing is the largest walk for hearing loss in the country.  Thousands of walkers in events held across the country come together to raise awareness about hearing loss and to raise funds for programs and services.

NVRC is once again sponsoring a team of walkers, “Team NVRC.”  This is an invitation to join the team and walk with us or to support the team with a donation.  HLAA has once again pledged to donate a portion of the money that Team NVRC raises back to NVRC for its programs and services.  

9am – Registration/Check-in
10am – Walk begins
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

Go to to register and join Team NVRC.  Click on “Register” in the upper right hand corner of the page.  If you cannot join us this year, please consider a tax deductible donation to help Team NVRC reach (and hopefully exceed) its goal of $500 for this year’s walk.  Click on “Donate,” then “search” for Team NVRC, and choose a walker to support with your much appreciated donation.

Remember, a portion of all funds raised goes directly to NVRC for program support.



NVRC providing real-time captions for Beacon 50+ Expo on Sunday, October 26

October 14, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events


Because of generous donations for the NVRC Communication Access Fund, real-time captions will be provided for the Keynote speech at the Beacon 50+ Expo on Sunday, October 26.

Each year, hundreds of seniors attend this information expo at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, which features  expert speakers. This year, attendees will have the benefit of real-time captions as Keynote Speaker, Robert Fischell, talks about his problem solving medical inventions which include pacemakers to insulin pumps and are credited with improving the health of millions of people.

Sunday, October 26th, noon- 4p.m.
Ballston Common Mall
Arlington, VA

Download Flyer Beacon 50+

New VLOGs about upcoming Legislative Training on Nov. 15 – VAD

October 14, 2014 in Community Events



VAD Members, 

Jenny Witteborg made two VLOGs regarding the upcoming Legislative Training on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 8 AM-5 PM at VA Dept. for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Henrico, VA.

VLOG # 1:

VLOG # 2:

Light breakfast and lunch is included with the registration fee. Registration form attached.

Registration deadline is November 1st. 

This event is co-sponsored by both Virginia Association of the Deaf and Gallaudet University
Regional Center – Southeast.
Questions? Contact Gary Viall, Feel free to share this email with interested parties!

Download PDF Attachment


Upcoming Events Around the Community – Washington Society of Jewish Deaf

October 14, 2014 in Community Events



Washington Society of Jewish Deaf

Tishrei 19        October 13, 2014

“In and around the community”

Oseh Shalom:

Join WSJD’s Director of Jewish Life and Learning Kelby Brick, and his congregation for the Simchat Torah service and dancing fun at Oseh Shalom Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a sign language interpreter at the service.

Join Kelby Brick,
WSJD’s Director of Jewish Life and Learning as we celebrate Simchat Torah

The address is:
Oseh Shalom
7515 Olive Branch Way
Laurel, MD 20707

Washington Hebrew Congregation:
The Washington Hebrew Congregation invites the WSJD community to its sign-interpreted Simchat Torah Shabbat and Consecration service Friday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.

WSJD member Suzy Rosen Singleton and her son, Rian Singleton, will participate in the service. Following the service, there will be ice cream and various nibbles at the Oneg. The service will be sign-interpreted by Paula Tucker.  The address is:

Washington Hebrew Congregation,
3935 Macomb Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016

For seat reservations, contact Nancy Misler at

(SAVE THE DATE) Routes: a day of Jewish learning 

(7 hours, 70 sessions partnered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and a number of organizations)  
Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.Kelby Brick will be one of the many featured speakers.

Book Festival: The JCC of Greater Washington’s “The Lessans Family Annual Book Festival” will run from November 6-16 and feature more than 20 author events, book signings and children’s programs. To purchase tickets, go to To request sign language interpreting service, call Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778, at least one week in advance.

 Fiddler on the Roof will be captioned at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC., on Sunday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. To attend, call Group Sales at 202-488-4380 and ask for Michael Bou-Maroun. Mention WSJD, in order to get the discounted ticket price of $ 68.00 per person, and be seated in the same section as other WSJD members.

The address is:
Arena Stage
1101 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20004


WSJD is a 501 C3 tax-exempt non-profit organization.
All contributions to WSJD are tax deductible to the extent of the law.  To make a donation using PayPal, click here.

Stay Connected
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GWADA Free Workshop – Financial Planning Workshop

October 6, 2014 in Community Events, Community News



Financial Planning Workshop

You are invited to attend a FREE workshop
(open to the public)

Seats are limited, RSVP is required, deadline 10/9/14 gwada_image
send email to

Saturday, October 11, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Light refreshments will be served after workshop)

Tenley-Friendship Library
Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
(Metro red line: Tenleytown/AU station)

Mrs. Stephanie Summers, Deaf Speaker, is a Financial Advisor from Kramer Wealth Managers. Her credentials include: Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant, Registered Financial Consultant, and Master of Business Administration.

  • Personal Financegwada_2
  • Retirement Planning
  • Roth IRA / Tradition IRA  
  • TSP / 401K
  • College Savings Plan

VAD Sponsored Legislative Training on Sat, Nov 15

October 2, 2014 in Community Events, Disability Law



Virginia Association of the Deaf and Gallaudet University Regional Center – Southeast is sponsoring a Legislative Training event on Saturday, November 15th.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided by VAD
* First come, first served up to 40 participants
* Participants will receive Certificate of Attendance NAD Legislative Training

Workshop will be held at:
VA Dept. for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 8004 Franklin Farms Drive Henrico, VA 23229


Register today or before November 1st to book one of the 40 available seats! 

See attachment for more information.

Download PDF Attachment


Sent by Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc.


A dialogue with Lise Hamlin, HLAA event – Oct.19th

September 30, 2014 in Community Events

Come Hear about HLAA Support for People with Hearing Loss

HLAA’s seeks to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, support and advocacy. It does so by working to assure that:

  • Hearing aids, cochlear implants and aural rehabilitation are affordable, accessible, and covered by Medicare, Affordable Care Act, and insurers;
  • Public and private venues, including all types of public transportation are communication accessible;
  • Television, Internet video programming, and movies make high quality captioning available;
  • Consumers have wide choices and access to captioned and hearing-aid-compatible (HAC), high-fidelity, landline phones and mobile devices;
  • Workplaces are communication accessible and welcoming to people with hearing loss.

Lise Hamlin, HLAA’s Director of Public Policy, will be open to talk about these and other HLAA activities and solicit your views about further ways that HLAA can be helpful. This will very much be a two-way dialogue.

Date and Time: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Place: DC Public Library at Tenleytown (large meeting room), 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (less than a block from the Tenleytown Station on Metro’s Red Line)

Real-time captioning and a looping system will be available for all attendees.

Deaf Ninja storyteller coming to GMU – Oct 18th

September 26, 2014 in Community Events



George Mason University is hosting Austin Andrews (widely recognized as the Deaf Ninja storyteller) and his ASL Power Variety Show on Saturday evening,

Get Ready for October 18th!

First at 9am: Atwl takes you on a fast-paced, entertaining and exciting look at the strength behind our community: ASL Power! 0.6 CEUs

Free to the Community:

Then at 7pm: ASL storytelling, poetry, jokes, folklore, fairy tales, improve and more, with Austin Andrews. 0.2 CEUs
If you want authentic, raw ASL entertainment, this show is for you: No English interpretation will be provided for any of the performances; only the MC’s commentary will be voice interpreted into English. Recommended for all ages.

American Sign Language Workshop and Performance
Saturday, October 18, 7pm – 9pm
(doors open at 6:30pm)

George Mason University
Innovation Hall Room 103
4400 University Drive,
Fairfax, VA 22030

Questions: E-mail

*paid parking available
*lunch will not be provided

Free admission and open to the public! See flyer attached.

See flyer attached. HERE

AAPD – Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) deadline Oct. 1

September 26, 2014 in Community Events





The American Association of People with Disabilities is currently accepting resumes for college students and jobseekers with disabilities interested in participating in Disability Mentoring Day on October 28th.

This is a great opportunity to expand your professional network and connect with a mentor. Participants will be matched with mentors who are employed by a financial services company in Washington, DC. The event will include individual job shadowing, networking, and career sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

More information can be found on the AAPD website:

To apply, submit your resume to by October 1st.



Nearly Half of Teens Showing Potential Signs of Hearing Loss

September 24, 2014 in Community Events



Business Wire
September 23, 2014

  • One in six teens showing symptoms often or all of the time
  • Nearly nine in ten engage in activities that may damage hearing

PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Teen hearing loss may be on the rise, according to a new study commissioned by Siemens Hearing Instruments. In a recent U.S. survey of 500 teenagers ages 13–19, 46 percent of teens reported experiencing ringing, roaring, buzzing or pain in their ears after engaging in risky hearing practices, including listening to excessively loud music and using lawn and power tools with no hearing protection. One in six teens admitted having these symptoms often or all the time. The nationwide survey was conducted by ReRez Research of Dallas, Texas to learn more about teens and their listening habits.

(See Graphic Poster in Original Article)

“Music has always played a central role in teens’ lives, but over the past decade, the ever-present earbuds attached to popular smartphones and portable music players have caused increasing concern among hearing care professionals”

The findings also revealed that teens are aware of the risks, yet still choose not to protect their hearing. Nearly nine in ten (88 percent) of teens admit participating in activities they know may damage their hearing, with listening to loud music being the most popular. When asked what their parents or teachers would do if they knew how loud their music was, 78 percent of teens confessed they would tell them to lower the volume or wear protective gear.

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First Baptist Church of Alex – Social Event: Putt Putt Golf & Ice Cream – Sept. 27, Sat.

September 24, 2014 in Community Events

First Baptist Church of Alexandria – Deaf Congregation

Greetings! We will have Putt Putt or miniature golf and ice cream social.
Please join with us to compete for FUN to get lowest score and WELCOME first weekend of Autumn.

See the details as follow:
Date: September 27, Saturday at 2 pm – meeting at Putt Putt Golf.
• For putt putt golf:
Cameron Run Regional Park
4001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304

•  For ice cream social:
Cold Stone Creamery
239 Swamp Fox Rd., 
Alexandria VA 22314
(clue: it is located at Hoffman Town Center off Eisenhower road and across from Eisenhower Metro- yellow line.)

Bring what?  Money for putt putt golf and ice cream (if desired).
Admission: see the link below – passings/miniature-golf-fees/

RSVP would be appreciated but not required.
For questions or RSVP, contact Jeff McCray: or Selina Gilson:

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Day at Ferry Farm , Oct. 5th

September 19, 2014 in Community Events



To celebrate Virginia Archaeology Monthferryfarm
The George Washington Foundation presents

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Day

George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm

Sunday , October 5, 2014   –  2:00 PM

Guided tours of the

  • archaeology lab
  • Washington Farm dig site
  • museum gallery exhibits
  • 18th-century demonstration garden

As part of the Stafford County 350th Celebration, come Tell Your Stafford Story!

Tours will be led by archaeology lab Supervisor Melanie Marguis and translated by ReBecca Bennett using American Sign Language.

Reservations not required

Regular admission:
$8 adults: $4 Students; under 6 free

TheGeorge Washington Foundation

George Washington’s Ferry Farm is east of Fredericksburg on State Route 3 in Stafford County.
268 Kings Hwy 

Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Tel: (540) 370-0732
Fax: (540) 371-3398

DIRECTIONS TO GEORGE WASHINGTON’S FERRY FARM: From Interstate 95, take Exit 130 heading East on Route 3. After about 1 mile, you will drive down a long hill. At the bottom of the hill, move to the left lane as you pass under a highway bridge (Route 1). Turn left on Route 3 Business (William St.). Follow William St. through downtown Fredericksburg and cross over the Rappahannock River (be sure you are in the right lane after crossing the bridge). Continue on Route 3 Business East to the third traffic light at the intersection of Ferry Road. As you pass through the traffic light you will see Ferry Farm on your right. The entrance is about 1/10 mile past Ferry Road. 
Printable directions (PDF file)