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NVAD Holiday Dinner – Sat. Dec. 13, 2014

November 21, 2014 in Community Events


Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf (NVAD)

Saturday, December 13, 2014 5:30 PM
Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant 10824 Fairfax Blvd. (Lee Hwy) Fairfax, VA 22030
(Across from Breezeway Motel & near Paul VI Catholic High School)

Please RSVP by Thursday, December 11th to Laura Bray at
(Please put subject line “NVAD” in email)
Dress Code: Nice Casual

Please contact Jeanne Lavelle for name of stores & restaurants (please no Electronic stores) to prevent duplicates.
VP: 571-350-8029 or Email:

For more information about NVAD, see on

DOWNLOAD – NVAD Holiday Dinner Flyer

Mclean Bible Church – Deaf Ministry Christmas Party! Dec 20th

November 20, 2014 in Community Events, Community News


Deaf Ministry:
You are cordially invited to a
Christmas Party!

  • Saturday, December 20
  • MBC Tysons, Community Room A
  • 1:00-4:00 PM


Mclean Bible Church, Tysons
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182


  • 495 to Route 7 West towards Sterling.
  • Stay on Route 7 for approximately 2 miles.
  • Look for Mclean Bible Church sign on left. (You will cross over Dulles Toll Road when near.)
  • Turn left to park and ground level.

Download Mclean_Bible_Church_Deaf_Christmas_Party_flyer

Share Your Thoughts on the Park Authority’s 50+ Programs – Nov. 19th

November 18, 2014 in Community Events



Share your thoughts about Fairfax County Park Authority programs with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging.
They are interested in learning how satisfied 50+ adults are with the authority’s parks, recreation centers and classes and how they think they could be improved.
This focus group session takes place on Wednesday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to noon at:

City of Fairfax Office
City Hall (Work Session Room 111)
10455 Armstrong Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

The focus group is one of many steps now be taken to implement the Fairfax 50+ Community Action Plan that was adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on September 23, 2014.

Thank you!!

Sharon K. Lynn, Director
Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

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HEARD Recent Updates

November 11, 2014 in Community Events, Education & Outreach



Our recent volunteer efforts focus on youth
education, engagement & empowerment!

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)


  • In honor of International Week of the Deaf, D.C. United honored HEARD as “Nonprofit of the Match.”  We organized this event to give our volunteers time to take their minds off of the mentally, physically and emotionally draining work that they do daily.  Deaf returned citizen Jason “JT” Tozier signed the National Anthem and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., showed up with friends and family in a humbling act of solidarity.  We were honored by the outpouring of support shown by hearing and deaf communities alike.

Read more about Heard’s recent achievements.



WSJD Fall Shabbat Dinner and Discussion with Kelby Brick

November 11, 2014 in Community Events


Washington Society of Jewish Deaf
WSJD Shabbat Dinner and Discussion
with Kelby Brick and members of
the Jewish Deaf Community

Friday, November 21, 2014
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road
Rockville, MD 20850 

Meal prepared by Potomac Village Deli 

Entree Options:
Roasted chicken, herb-crusted salmon or vegetarian
Includes challah, tossed salad, green beans almandine, roasted potatoes
 dessert, fruit salad, drinks (wine, coffee, tea)

Glatt kosher meal available upon request.

Pay online via PayPal or by check:
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Adults: $ 24.00 per person
, ages 10 and younger – FREE
Children, ages 11 -17 – $ 10.00 per child
Undergraduate college student with ID:

$15.00 per person

Childcare will not be provided.

RSVP by November 18, 2014

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Ebola presentation at Germantown Library – Nov. 20th

November 7, 2014 in Community Events

EBOLA: The Basic Facts and What is Being Done

Thursday, November 20, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Mr. Earl Stoddard, Public Health administrator, Department of Health and Human Services, will share his expert knowledge on Ebola, the basic facts, what the CDC, the state and the county is doing to address it. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Germantown Library
19840 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874

To request sign language interpretation or other deaf/hard of hearing services for the following library-sponsored program, email –, preferably with three business days’ notice. To request other accommodations, contact Germantown Library.


Susan F. Cohen,
Head of Adult Services and Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community,
Germantown Library
19840 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874
videophone: 301-637-2964
TTY: 240-777-0958


MCPL is where the county reads…where the county learns…where the county meets.To view the catalog, online resources and more, go to:


To view the library guides on library services to the deaf and hard of hearing community and resources on sign language, deaf history, hearing loss and more, go to:


“With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.” – Doris Lessing


ReelAbilities: Greater DC Film Festival April 26 – May 3, 2015

November 6, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events


Date: April 26 – May 3, 2015
Location: Various screening locations throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area
Greater DC Information

ReelAbilities Website

Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. The unique film festival presents award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality. Screening are accompanied by relevant programs and engaging speakers to help the community explore and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. The ReelAbilities Film Festival is hosted in 14 major cities throughout the United States including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Washington, DC. The upcoming festival will be Greater DC’s fourth year as host and will showcase the vast array of unique and creative films produced by local and national talent.

ReelAbilities strives for inclusion of all people. Individuals needing accommodations to participate should contact the presenting organization in their city in advance of the event.

ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon advance request.

All films are captioned or subtitled (unless otherwise noted) and all venues are wheelchair accessible.

Greater DC Information



ASL Interpreted Performance of The Comedy of Errors Nov. 20th

November 4, 2014 in Community Events, Interpreting & Transliterating



The American Shakespeare Center is delighted to announce a special public presentation of The Comedy of Errors  with ASL interpreters Lindsey Snyder and Corrie Pond from Washington, DC interpreting.  This event happens on November 20 at 7:30 pm, with a pre-show beginning at 7:00 pm. Please tell everyone you know who may be interested in attending, we hope to see lots of folks for this funny play.

Lindsey and Corrie encourage you to get tickets in rows C-I, seats 5-12.  Those seats are currently held for you in the online ticketing system, so please phone (1-877-MuchAdo) or email ( to request ASL reserved seats.  The box office team is looking forward to helping you secure your seats and we look forward to seeing you at the show.

Please let me know if you have any questions, we will have an interpreter in the Box Office the night of the performance to help you find your seats and work with the staff. We hope to see you there.

Sarah Enloe

American Shakespeare Center
Director of Education
540-885-5588 x28

The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joy and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.


Vote November 4th – Election Information

October 30, 2014 in Community Events, Technology



 Virginia Voting Information

Voter Identification required – All voters casting a ballot in-person will be asked to show one form of identification. Any voter who does not present acceptable identification must vote a provisional ballot.

Click for list of acceptable ID’s
Please note:

    • Your address on your photo ID does not have to match the address on your voter registration
    • You can use an ID that does not have an expiration date, but if your ID does have an expiration date, it cannot be used if it expired more than 12 months before the election

    To be eligible to register and vote in Virgina, you must be:

    • A resident of Virginia (A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
    • A U.S. Citizen
    • 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election)
    • Not claiming the right to vote in any other state
    • Not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
    • Not a convicted felon, unless you have had your right to vote restored

    Polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.


    Fairfax County Information

    New Voting Machines for Fairfax County
    Voters with disabilities can request to use the county’s new ExpressVote machines. The ExpressVote is fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and enables voters with special needs to use technology similar to touch screen equipment to generate a marked paper ballot. The ballot will then be inserted into the same optical scan machine used by other voters. The technology allows those with special needs to vote independently and privately. Video: learn more about the new voting machines.  Spanish language vide



    November 8th- NVAD General and Election Meeting 2014

    October 29, 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



    FCC Releases Agenda for National Disability Employment Awareness Month Event

    October 27, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



    The FCC will host an event on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 10 a.m. – Noon, in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  This year’s theme is “Expect.  Employ.  Empower.”


    10:00 am – 10:05 am     Opening Remarks: Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    10:05 am – 10:15 am     Brief Remarks and Introduction of Panel 1:  Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

    10:15 am – 11:00 am     Panel 1: The Impact of the FCC ’s Efforts to Implement Laws Requiring Access to Advanced Communications Services On Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Now and in the Future

    Moderator:  Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office (DRO), FCC

    • Kojo Amissah, Career Consultant, Gallaudet Career Center
    • Brandon Cox, Senior Director of Rehabilitation & Education Services, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
    • Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.
    • Mark Richert, Director of Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

    11:00 am – 11:10 am     BREAK

    11:10 am – 11:15 am     Remarks by Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, FCC

    11:15 am – Noon           Panel 2: Promoting and Advancing the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Federal Workplace

    Moderator:  Cynthia Bryant, Attorney Advisor, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

    • Kwaku Agyeman, Division Director, Day, Education and Employment Services, St. John’s Community Services
    • Dexter Brooks, Director, Federal Sector Programs, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    • Jonathan Lucus, Managing Director, Employment & Transition Services, The Arc
    • Alexandre Mitrouch, Clerk, Imaging Center, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
    • Michael Murray, Principal Advisor, U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s  Government-wide Disability Policies and Programs

    Noon                                 Closing Remarks

    Links to the press release:




    The event will be held at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC  20554.  The event is free and open to the public.  Sign language interpreters and open captioning will be available on site.  Live, captioned video of the event will be available at  For more information about this event, please contact Kelly Jones of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at or call (202) 418-7078.



    Walk4Hearing Event Rocks!

    October 27, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness, NVRC

    Washington,DC – Walk4Hearing
    By Cheryl Heppner
    Oct 27, 2014

    Watching the Opening of the Walk

    Watching the Opening of the Walk

    The Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual Walk4Hearing on Saturday, October 25 was definitely the best I’ve ever participated in.  The weather was great, the turnout was awesome, and the camaraderie was terrific. I walked from beginning to end in good company with Kay Ellis and Diane Preece, got to chat a bit with NVRC Board member Eileen McCartin, and relished having the super PAH!  team alongside Team NVRC for much of our walk.

    Team NVRC Walkers - Eileen McCartin, Kay Ellis, Cheryl Heppner with Galaxy, and Diane Preece

    Team NVRC Walkers – Eileen McCartin, Kay Ellis, Cheryl Heppner with Galaxy, and Diane Preece

    Katherine Pawlowski, who lives in Fairfax County is an ambassador for the Walk4Hearing. She also has a team “Friends of Fairfax County” which has raised money, some of which was is being shared with NVRC to provide services and events for children with hearing loss in the Fairfax County schools.

    Team NVRC is very thankful for the generous walk donors who helped us raise $825, some of which will go to support HLAA’s work and the rest to support NVRC’s programs and services.

    My hat is off to the walk chairs, Ronnie Adler and Tony Bartoli.  When setting up Team NVRC, they were quick to answer my questions about the walk and its website by email, and always helpful.




    Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling – Workshop Nov. 5th

    October 24, 2014 in Community Events, Families



    Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling

    with America’s Calm Coach Kirk Martin & his son, Casey


    Kirk will demonstrate 10 ways to:
    • Get your kids to listen the first time. • Stop defiance, disrespect and yelling.
    • Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights.
    • Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.
    • Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.


    “Practical, life-changing and laugh-out-loud funny”

    Wednesday, November 5
    7:00pm – 9:00pm

    (Interpreters will be provided for the Wednesday lecture.)

    Thursday, November 6

     10:30am – 12:30pm

    – Perfectfor parents with kids ages 2-22.
    – Both workshops cover the same content.


    Parkwood Baptist Church
    8726 Braddock Rd.
    Annandale, VA 22003

    The workshops are graciously sponsored by the Parkwood Wee Center.

    The events are free and opened to the community.

    Watch the Video at


    Contact Brett with any questions. 888.506.1871

    Download Celebrate Calm Flyer


    Deaf West Hosts Memorial for Phyllis Frelich at the Mark Taper Forum

    October 21, 2014 in Community Events



    By BWW News Desk

    October 20
    Deaf West Theatre hosts a memorial to celebrate the life and career of Tony Award-winning actress and deaf activist Phyllis Frelich tonight, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Ms. Frelich, who was deaf, passed away from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in April. She was 70.

    “Phyllis was a beloved figure within the deaf community, and it felt appropriate that we host a service,” said Deaf West Theatre artistic director David J. Kurs. “She starred in our inaugural production of The Gin Game in 1990 and figured in our productions numerous times over the years. In addition to her many starring roles, she directed, taught acting, and was for many years an activist for equal access for all deaf performers.”

    Ms. Frelich is perhaps best remembered for her groundbreaking role as a deaf woman in a relationship with a hearing man in Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff. Inspired by Ms. Frelich’s real-life marriage to scenic designer Robert Steinberg, the play received the 1980 Tony Award for Best Play, and Ms. Frelich and co-star John Rubinsteincaptured Tonys for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively.

    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