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Art Signs gallery talk in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

April 8, 2014 in Community Events

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL with Art Signs guides Emily Blachly and Felece Steele.  They will be discussing artworks in the exhibition Modern American Realism:  The Sara Roby Foundation Collection.

Learn more about the exhibition here:

http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2014/roby/

When:                  Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: 
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Hope to see you there!

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NVRC Spring Survey Results

April 5, 2014 in Community Events, Community News

NVRC Spring Fling

Spring Survey Results

Click here for the results

for the 2014 Spring Survey .

 

Game & Social Night – NVAD Saturday, April 19th • 3-10PM

April 4, 2014 in Community Events

Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf

Game & Social Night

Saturday, April 19th  3:00 – 10:00 PM

Dinner at 5:00pm…Bring potluck… Without Covered Dish, $8.00 

Come and Have FUN!!

For more information, contact President Jill Moebus,
jmoebus7@gmail.com / VP (571) 313-7968

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Reminder: Abarbanell Tuesday at Univ.of VA – Charlottesville, VA – April 1st

March 31, 2014 in Community Events

The Annual ASL/Deaf Culture Lecture Series presents

ALAN ABARBANELL

“The World of Abababa”

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Minor Hall auditorium
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

*Free and open to the public.
*Refreshments to follow.
*The performance will be in ASL and spoken English.

For more than 12 years, Alan R. Abarbanell has toured the United States with his one-man show, “The World of Abababa,” which chronicles his experiences growing up hearing in a Deaf family.  ABABABA–a name given to him by a friend who could not pronounce Abarbanell–is a proud coda (Child of Deaf Adults).  Alan conceived this show as a tribute to his Deaf heritage and coda family.  Each performance is dedicated to Alan’s parents, Joe and Yetta Abarbanell.  He credits them for his sense of humor, creativity, and love for his community.

Originally from Chicago, Alan is a veteran sign language interpreter who, in addition to his 30 years of freelance work, has lectured nationally on the issues of interpreter ethics and coda family issues.  He now lives in Maryland with his coda partner, Heidi, and her teenage daughter, and has three children who have formed their own organization known as COED:
Children of Embarrassing Dads.

Sponsored by the U.Va. American Sign Language Program.  Co-sponsored by the U.Va. Student Disability Access Center.

Please join us if you can!

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Directions:

From the North:

Take US Route 29 South until you drive under the US 250 Bypass. Remain on 29 South Business (Emmet Street) and continue straight past the intersection with US Route 250 Business (University Avenue/Ivy Road). Continue straight about 400 yards, and you will see a parking garage on your left. Park there.
See below for directions on how to get to Minor Hall. (If you drive beneath a pedestrian bridge, you have gone too far).

From the East via I-64

Take I-64 West to Exit 118B, Proceed on US 29 North and then take the US 29 North Business exit. Turn right onto Fontaine Avenue after coming off the ramp. Follow the signs to the Medical Center/University Hospital. Continue on US 29 North Business to the traffic light. After the traffic light, you will be on Jefferson Park Avenue. Continue straight. At the next light turn left onto Emmet Street. Follow Emmet around the bend, go under the bridge, and you will see a parking garage on your right. Park there. See below for directions on how to get to Minor Hall.

From the South:

Take US Route 29 North to the US 29 North Business exit. Turn right when coming off the exit ramp onto Fontaine Avenue. Follow the signs to the Medical Center/University Hospital. Continue on US 29 North Business to the traffic light. After the traffic light, you will be on Jefferson Park Avenue. Continue straight. At the next light turn left onto Emmet Street.
Follow Emmet around the bend, go under the a bridge, and you will see a parking garage on your right. Park there. See below for directions on how to get to Minor Hall.

From the West via I-64:

Take I-64 East to Exit 118. Proceed on US 29 North and then take the US 29 North Business exit. Turn right onto Fontaine Avenue after coming off the ramp. Follow the signs to the Medical Center/University Hospital. Continue on US 29 North Business to the traffic light. After the traffic light, you will be on Jefferson Park Avenue. Continue straight. At the next light turn left onto Emmet Street. Follow Emmet around the bend, go under the a bridge, and you will see a parking garage on your right. Park there. See below for directions on how to get to Minor Hall.

How to get from parking garage to Minor Hall:

On this map

http://www.virginia.edu/webmap/GMcCormickRoadArea.html

the parking garage is #8, and Minor Hall is #29.  It takes about 5 minutes
to walk from the garage to Minor Hall.

 

Webinar: Measuring the Financial Capability of Persons with Disabilities

March 26, 2014 in Community Events, Research

Measuring the Financial Capability of Persons with Disabilities

WHEN – Wednesday, April 9, 2014 3 pm to 4:15 pm EST

Realtime captioning will be provided. For other accommodation requests, and questions about the webinar or the registration process, contact Keith Combs at kcombs@ndi-inc.org

Join National Disability Institute and Bank of America as we discuss measuring the financial capability of persons with disabilities. Financial Capability is defined as building knowledge and skills for informed decision making about budgeting, money management, credit, debt, and savings that lead to tangible improvements in an individual’s financial health and stability. Financial capability is often measured by whether consumers can cover monthly expenses with income, track spending, plan ahead, save for the future and effectively navigate, select and manage financial products and services. For persons with disabilities, there are additional indicators to be considered when measuring financial capability. This webinar will identify NDI’s Financial Capability Indicators for Persons with Disabilities and explore new tools and strategies that organizations can use to improve the financial capability of persons with disabilities.

Webinar objectives:

  • Define financial capability
  • Define and understand financial capability indicators for persons with disabilities
  • Identify tools and strategies to improve the financial capability of persons with disabilities
  • Understand the connection between financial capability and employment goals

Register for this webinar by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link:https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=660464703

This webinar is made possible by 
Bank of America
NDI would like to thank our 2014 sponsors:

ACORDA, Walmart, & Bank of America

Blue Ridge Deaf Films Society Announcement

March 21, 2014 in Community Events

THE BLUE RIDGE DEAF FILMS SOCIETY

IS PROUDLY SPONSORING A SPECIAL EVENT
ON APRIL 4, 2014 AT 5 PM
At the GREATER SHENANDOAH VALLEY CLUB OF THE DEAF
7 SOUTH AUGUSTA STREET, STAUNTON, VA
IT IS A POTLUCK SUPPER , SO PLEASE BRING A DISH.
WE WILL PROVIDE DESSERTS.
AFTER A SHORT MEETING TO ELECT NEW OFFICERS

A MOVIE WILL BE SHOWN ” DEAF NIGHT OUT
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENT IS TO BID A FAREWELL TO
FETA AND ERIN FENSLER AND FAMILY.
IT IS FREE FOR EVERYONE!

WELCOME EVERYONE.

DONATIONS WILL BE APPRECIATED.
CONTACT BLUERIDGEDEAFFILMS@GMAIL.COM


 

 

Global Deaf Women Retreat in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on May 2-4, 2014!

March 20, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 5th Annual Global Deaf Women’s Power of Me Retreat:

Be Visible, Expand Your Business, and Prosper As An Entrepreneur! This year, the hottest topics in the Deaf community among entrepreneurs is about visibility and accountability!

If you’re wondering how to make your business stand out from the rest, or how to expand your business and prosper with sales, marketing, and much more, you’ll find answers at our POM 2014 Retreat in beautiful Chevy Chase, Maryland, on May 2-4, 2014! Are you ready to take on the POM experience?

Come learn how to expand or launch your business with powerful coaching tips from Sofia Seitchik, the founder of Global Deaf Women, and other leading Deaf entrepreneurs! Here’s what you will experience at Power of Me 2014:

* Five Exciting Workshops
* An Amazing Business Panel Led By Missy Keast, DeafNation blogger and owner of ASL Inside about how Deaf entrepreneurs should be treated that is open To ALL Deaf Entrepreneurs!
* Business Break-Through Activities
* Dessert Evening Party
* Business Networking
* Morning Yoga
* Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
* Two Nights of Lodging

Get your registration ticket right now at these exclusive prices!
Registration is limited to 50 women only.

http://globaldeafwomen.com/events/pom2014/

Any questions, please email Sofia Seitchik at Sofia@globaldeafwomen.com

Download Event PDF Flyer


 

 

Art Signs: Celebrate Deaf History Month at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

March 11, 2014 in Community Events

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on
Thursday, March 13 at 1 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL.

March 13 is the first day of Deaf History Month.
Art Signs guides Erikson Young, Emily Blachly, and Tracey Salaway will lead gallery discussions about three deaf artists: John Carlin, Douglas Tilden, and David Hockney.

When:                  Thursday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
                              8th & G Street, NW
                              Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

AAMHL Virginia Meetup Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss

February 27, 2014 in Community Events, Community News

Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM -
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Henrico, VA

See Original Posting

This event will provide an opportunity for AAMHL members to get to know each other and play some music.  The tentative schedule is listed below.

Friday, April 4:  
6:30 Dinner (Dinner entrees feature a homemade soup of the day, salad, bread or rolls, assorted beverages, and delicious desserts.)

7:30-9:00 Viewing of Lost and Sound documentary, followed by a discussion
(trailer can be viewed here: http://lostandsound.org/)

Saturday, April 5:
8:00 Breakfast (fresh seasonal fruit, yogurt, hot and cold cereals, toast and bagels with assorted toppings, a make-your-own waffle bar, and beverages.)

9:00:  Drum circle
10:00:  Handchimes ensemble
11:00   Open mic event

12:30   Lunch (homemade soup of the day, fresh salad bar, home baked bread, assorted beverages, and delicious desserts.)

An induction loop system will be available during viewing of the documentary on Friday and also during the musical events on Saturday morning. Please let us know if your hearing device does NOT have telecoil capability.

Lodging rate is per person and assumes the room is double occupancy.  If you  need a roommate, please contact us at info@aamhl.org

Driving directions to the location can be found here:

http://www.roslyncenter.org/directions2.shtml

Registration ends March 17, 2014.

Have questions about AAMHL Virginia Meetup?
See Original Posting

Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum — Sunday

February 19, 2014 in Community Events

Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum – Sunday, February 23 at 1 pm.

These gallery talks are in sign language.

Art Signs guides Erikson Young and Lenore Swartzwelder will lead discussions about a contemporary sculptural Soundsuit by artist Nick Cave and a painting in the Luce Center by Xavier Barile, 42nd St. Nocturne(1953)

When:                  Sunday, February 23 at 1pm

Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th & G Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Advocacy Alert! Please Come to the FCC on Thursday, February 20

February 18, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Community Events

Advocacy Alert!

Please Come to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, February 20

Hi consumer advocates, professionals in deafness and hearing loss, and friends in the metro D.C. area,

This Thursday will be a SPECIAL day for us at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The FCC will produce some action this Thursday with a Report and Order, a Declaratory Order, and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on TV caption quality issues.  The FCC takes action in response to our two petitions, one in 2004 for caption quality, and another in 2010 for 24-hour captioning, a mandate for captioned advertisements, and real-time captioning of local news, weather, and sports shows.  The two petitions were filed jointly with the Commission by TDI and its sister consumer groups – NAD, ALDA, HLAA, DHHCAN, and AADB.

Can I ask you to do America a big SPECIAL favor?

Please come to the open Commission meeting this Thursday (February 20)  It will start at 10:30 a.m. and finish at about 12:00 p.m.  The Commission’s headquarters is on 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554.  If you come by car, there is a parking garage behind the Commission building.  The parking rate is rather steep, around $19 per day. There are other places to park, a good block or two away from the FCC, you can pay ten dollars for a place at an open parking area, or use the meter, two hours is the usual maximum.  If you come on Metro, get off from the Smithsonian station which is on the Blue/Orange line.  Be sure to arrive at the Commission building a good thirty to forty five minutes before 10:30 a.m. This is because you will need to go through security, first to get a visitor’s badge, and then go through the security gates.  The open Commission meeting is on the first floor, and you need not go look for an elevator.

When I send you a request for your personal help and involvement, I do it when we know it is going to be worth your time and effort, and the results it will bring to the rest of our fellow deaf and hard of hearing citizens in America!

If you come to join us this Thursday at the FCC, it will make a tremendous impression on the new Chairman of FCC, Mr. Tom Wheeler, and his fellow four Commissioners – Ms. Mignon Clyburn, Ms. Jessica Rosenworcel, Mr. Ajit Pai, and Mr. Michael O’Rielly.  Equally important, we give our deepest thanks and “pats on the back” to Ms. Karen Peltz Strauss, Mr. Greg Hlibok, and Mr. Eliot Greenwald with the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the FCC.  They have worked hard with the five-member Commission to make this initiative possible.  The FCC is making a big step forward for our two petitions.  They have heard you loud and clear, after so many years.

The historical, pivotal action FCC takes this Thursday will create much improvement in captions for our daily television viewing experience.  Details are not final but a few examples are as follows:

1.)  the Commission is giving local TV stations with news, weather, and sports shows a year’s time to substantially improve captioning of these shows via the electronic newsroom technique (ENT).

2.)  While local TV stations improve their offering of captions via ENT for their news shows, FCC asks around for more information as to whether the TV stations should continue providing captions via ENT or in real-time captions.

3.) The Commission will make clear that it expects higher quality captions for off-line (pre-recorded) programming, and as reasonable as possible for live programming.

4.)  The Commission will ask in an upcoming proceeding on whether it should require captioning of all advertisements that are shown on TV, as well as programs having captions 24 hours a day.  Right now, as you know, advertisements are not required to be captioned, and programs that are aired between two a.m. to six a.m. are usually not captioned.

5.) Commission will coordinate more closely with industry on complaints that we file with them for erroneous captioning. This time, there will be enforcement action on the Commission’s part, only when there is a recurring violation of any one programmer’s responsibility to caption its program.

6.)  As equally important, the Commission will signal that it intends to review progress in captioning regularly from the industry, and that it comes up with follow up action when there is lack of improvement over a reasonable amount of time with any one area of captioning.

My dear friends, will you sincerely heed my call for participation?  If you are working, try asking your boss to excuse you a couple of hours, and join us in the historic Commission meeting. If you are retired, here is an opportunity for you to do something different!  If you can come to join us in this event, we would be deeply grateful, and I know Karen and Greg will feel the same, too.

Again, the FCC event is at 10:30 a.m. this Thursday, February 20 on 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C.  Come by car or on Metro.  Let the FCC see a good crowd from the deaf and hard of hearing community.  The TV industry will realize we do make an important part of the market.  Come and let us show others what we are made of!

Thanks for giving my request for your participation your full consideration.  All the help you can give, we would deeply appreciate it.  You are most welcome to distribute this info. to your other contacts.  Let us come in droves and droves.  We can make an impressive turnout better than a group of Canadian geese flying in a “V” formation!

See you this Thursday at the FCC!

Best,

Claude Stout
Executive Director
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)
cstout@tdiforaccess.org

 

 

Free Tax Preparation on February 22rd!

February 11, 2014 in Community Events

 

For the 7th year in a row, Deloitte LLP is providing free tax preparation for low-to-middle-income individuals and families.  Eligible participants are those who made up to $52,000 in 2013.  VITA-certified volunteers from Deloitte will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on a first come, first serve basis, and childcare is provided on-site. An ASL Interpreter will also be on site to assist with tax preparation. Pre-registration is available but not required by calling (703) 246-3896 or e-mailing TaxDay@volunteerfairfax.org. LEARN MORE.

WHO: Individuals and families who made less than $52K in 2013.

WHAT: Deloitte will participate in  its 7th free Community Tax Day  with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Volunteer Fairfax. This IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) program offers free assistance with 2013 Federal tax returns for households with a total income of $52,000 or less. Free food and onsite childcare is available to participating families.  For more information about VITA, please visit www.nvacash.org.

WHEN: Saturday, February 22 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Fairfax SkillSource Center – Annandale Heritage Center
7611 Little River Turnpike (West Wing), Suite 300W
Annandale, VA 22003

HOW: To reserve your spot, call 703-246-3896; TTY 711 or e-mail TaxDay@volunteerfairfax.org. Walk-in are also welcome.

Please feel free to forward to your family, friends, coworkers and houses of worship or anyone else who may benefit.  Please see the flyer (in English and Spanish) with important information about the Community Tax Day including a friendly reminder about what to bring to an appointment.

GWADA Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner – Feb. 22

February 9, 2014 in Community Events

GWADAnewyear

Greater Washington Asian Deaf Association

Announcement – GWADA Lunar New Year celebration Dinner
Date: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Time: 500 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Restaurant: Hokkaido Seafood Buffet
Location: 5900 Leesburg Pike, Fall Church, VA 22041
Contact Person: John Grannan, j_grannan@msn.com

Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

February 7, 2014 in Community Events

Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thursday, February 13 at 5:30pm will be the date of the next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Art Signs guides Tracey Salaway and Felece Steele will lead a discussion about artworks in the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.

Learn more about the exhibition here: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2013/our_america/

When:                  Thursday, February 13 at 5:30pm

Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
                              8th & G Street, NW
                              Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Sterling Playmakers Presents Rapunzel, Interpreted Feb. 21

February 2, 2014 in Community Events

Sterling Playmakers Presents Rapunzel a musical fairytale for all ages

Produced by Lora Buckman
Written & directed by Joe Campanella
Music Direction bt Amy Linsay Litteral

Friday Feb 21 – 7:30 PM *
Friday performance includes sign language by HIS Interpreting.

Sat, Feb 22 – 3:00PM & 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 23 – 3:00PM

RATED G
Running time approx. 90 min.
One intermission

At the theater at Sterling Middle School, 201 W.Holly Ave, Sterling VA

Tickets Just $10.00

$1 off with donation of a canned good for LINK (See website below for details)

More Information:
Call 703-437-6117, visit www.sterlingplaymakers.com, or email rapunzel@sterlingplaymakers.com for details

Sterling Playmakers is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit
Community Theater Group Partnership with LCPRCS – Sterling Community Center

PDF Flyer, Download here.