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Free Interviewing Seminar for Job Seekers w/Disabilities

March 3, 2015 in Community Events, Employment


Reserve Your Seat Today!
The EXCEL! 2.0 Networking Group Presents
“How Do I Answer That?”

A Mock Interviewing Practice Session
for Job Seekers w/Disabilities

Get tips & practice on addressing:

  • Gaps in work history
  • If, when and how to disclose your disability
  • The difference between “honesty” & “TMI”
  • Your rights under the ADA

And much more!

When:     Thursday, March 19, 1-3 p.m.
Where:    ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201
(at the Court House Metro, Orange Line)
RSVP by Friday, March 13, at
or call (703) 525-3268 & include any accommodations requests.



MWADB Announcements

March 3, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


February 27, 2015

Spring Love Celebration Party

The Celebration Party is coming soon.
We have food, drink and tons of FUN.

When: March 7, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Gallaudet University – Ole Jim
Admission: $10.00
SSP: $2.00 (to help us cover the cost)

Please RSVP at and register yourself to prepare for transportation, SSP and food.

If you cannot open it or it’s not accessible to you please work with our event coordinator Jada by sending her an email to

If you can offer SSP or can provide ride please fill the form out and contact our SSP coordinator Rachel at


Webinar: Understanding the Travel Needs of People with Disabilities
From ICDRinfo

When: March 3, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

You are invited to participate in an Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) webinar: Understanding the Travel Needs of People with Disabilities.

Your participation will assist us in developing solutions to enhance mobility of traveler with disabilities. Also, you will enable them to reliably, safely, and independently plan and execute their travel.

ATTRI is a joint US Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiative, co-led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Webinar attendees will be asked to respond to the flowing questions:
1.      What are your transportation needs and barriers to independent travel?
2.      How do you use technology now? and
3.      How can technology help you get to the places you need to go in the future?

To participate in this webinar, please go to the online registration site at
to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Wilder at:; phone: phone (202)366-1077, or FAX


Rescheduled ODHH Legislative Awareness Day

When: March 23, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Legislative Services Building, Annapolis, MD

Please RSVP by March 13 at


If you have news or announcements to share with MWADB, or no longer want to receive MWADB e-news, please send an email to

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Deaf-REACH Bowling Fund Raiser-Sat. March 28th

February 27, 2015 in Community Events


Deaf-REACH Bowling Fund Raiser
NOW Sat. March 28th from 2-4 PM @ College Park AMF Lanes


The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss-Conference May 29-30

February 26, 2015 in Community Events



The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss cordially invites you to their inaugural conference on May 29-30, 2015 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington DC.  For anyone interested in music and hearing loss, May 29 is an opportunity to hear the stories of musicians with hearing loss,  listen to some wonderful music and try your hand at making music using hand chimes.   On May 30, the focus is on consumer issues related with hearing loss.   Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy at the Hearing Loss Association of America, will discuss hearing loss and disability law.  Pat Dobbs, founder of the Hearing Loss Revolution and the coordinator of HLAA’s Morris County chapter in New Jersey, will talk about the 9 Guiding Principles of the Hearing Loss Revolution.  Finally, noted psychologist Dr. Sam Trychin will be facilitating a workshop on managing stress when you have a hearing loss.


You can find more information about this conference here:


Please join us!  Real-time captioning and a loop system will be provided.  For additional inquiries, please contact us at


Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf – March 20-22

February 26, 2015 in Community Events


WHO: Everyone who is welcome

WHAT: First Baptist Deaf Congregation hosts Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf.  See flyer attached for more information.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, 2015

WHERE: First Baptist Church
2932 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

VAD Leadership Training Program – Sat, March 14, 2015

February 26, 2015 in Community Events


VAD Leadership Training Program

Hosted by Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf

DATE: Saturday, March 14, 2015
TIME: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Northern Virginia Resource Center
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

Tentative Topics:

  • Leadership (different leadership styles)
  • Board of Directors (board duties and responsibilities)
  • Legislative Advocacy (local state/delegate speaker on state government and General Assembly)
  • Legislation (how bills are formulated, voted, and passed/failed)
  • Interpreting (how to use)
  • Financial report preparation

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided by Leadership Training Program Fund.
For more information, contact Gary Viall ~ (Email)

DOWNLOAD – NVAD-VAD_Leadership_Training_Program FORM 

Happy Hands – March 4th 10:00 AM

February 24, 2015 in Community Events

Happy Hands is a group of seniors who use Sign Language and meet monthly for potluck lunches, trips, workshops and other activities!

Guests are welcome!

Global Deaf Women Announces 6th Annual Power of Me Retreat, May 1st

February 24, 2015 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Source: Global Deaf Women

February 17, 2015

Wayne Betts, Jr., & Trudy Suggs To Speak At Power Of Me Retreat 2015

Two leading Deaf entrepreneurs to speak at deaf professional networking event on May 1st, 2015 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

DOYLESTOWN, PA – Global Deaf Women is proud to announce the addition of Wayne Betts, Jr., co-founder of Convo Relay, one of the largest video relay service companies in the nation, to their speaker roster at the 6th Annual Power of Me Retreat, and Trudy Suggs, of T.S. Writing Services, will be headlining the event as the keynote speaker.

The public affair “Sip, Shop, and Social Night,” is a hotly anticipated networking event for deaf professionals on the first night of the Power Of Me Retreat, which is open to the public on May 1st, 2015 from 7pm to 11pm. Wayne Betts, Jr. kicks off the affair with his speech, “Finding Your Heart,” about understanding your true entrepreneurial passions. At the Power of Me Retreat, Trudy Suggs will be giving two workshops, “Awaken Your Business,” and “Say It Right: Five Tips For Successful Business Communications.”

Wayne Betts, Jr., and Trudy Suggs are amazing entrepreneurs! Wayne is a true business visionary, and he has successfully branded Convo Relay to appeal to a mass market deaf audience, and I cannot be more excited for him to share his entrepreneurial knowledge with the deaf professional community at Sip, Shop, and Social Night!” said Sofia Seitchik, founder of Global Deaf Women, and host of Power of Me Retreat 2015. “Trudy Suggs, with her amazing knowledge of business practices and business communications, will be sure to thrill our attendees with her business tips and best business practices.”

The 6th Annual Power Of Me Retreat features the following workshops from an amazing array of speakers:

  • Sofia Seitchik, founder of Global Deaf Women

“Awaken Your Inner Gifts to Gain Confidence, Clarity, And Attract Clients”

“7 Steps to Design Your Own Marketing System to Convert Paid Clients”

  • Trudy Suggs, T.S. Writing Services

“Awaken Your Business”

“Say It Right: Five Tips For Successful Business Communications”

  • Nikki Reinick, Your Desk’s Assistant

“5 Simple Steps To Doubling Your Income With Outsourcing”

  • Mellini Taylor, Deaf Future Works

“What Every Woman Business Owner Needs To Know About Social Security Benefits & Self Employment”

For more details about the 2015 Power Of Me Retreat including agenda details, ticket prices, vendor booths, and lodging can be found on the website at

Media inquiries can be directed to Irina Normatov at, and any questions about attending the retreat can be sent to Sofia Seitchik at

DOWNLOAD – GlobalDeafWomen_Press_release


Assoc. of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) Potluck Luncheon Sat. March 21

February 24, 2015 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness



The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) will be having a potluck luncheon on Saturday, March 21 from 12 pm to 2 pm at NVRC, the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons.  Bring your favorite dish or dessert.

RSVP to Anne Bryant ( to let her know if you are coming.

Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130,
Fairfax, VA 22030

DC Area Black Deaf Advocates – General Meeting March 28th

February 24, 2015 in Community Events

You are Invited to

DCABDA General Meeting

Saturday, March 28,2015

This is Free. Refreshments will be served.

12 Noon – Mix & Mingle
12:30 PM  – Kimberly Lucas – Eastern Regional Representative
1:00 PM – Business

Gallaudet University
Jordan Student Center – RM-1210
800 Florida Ave. NE
Washington , D.C.

Should you have questions:

President Niesha Shepard –
Secretary Julia Wallace –


AFI Silver Theatre provides open captioning for select films – Sunday, Feb. 22

February 19, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


Open Captioned Screenings for Sunday, Feb. 22:


  • BIRDMAN (OC) 7:05



Check for upcoming Open Caption Screenings!

AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Rd.,
near the intersection of Colesville Rd. and Georgia Ave.
For daily listings call 301-495-6700

Key: (!)  Pass Restricted

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301.495.6700 (for showtimes, press 2)
301.495.6720 (for reception, call M-F, 9AM-5:30PM)

The GWADA Lunar New Year Dinner & 20th Anniversary Celebration.

February 19, 2015 in Community Events



Greater Washington Asian Deaf Association 
Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner/20th Anniversary

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 6:30 P.M. to Midnight.
WHERE: Far East Restaurant
5055 Nicholson Lane, Rockville MD 20852

Contact: John Grannan, “
Arisa Nakamori, “
Website and Flyer:



Free Tax Preparation on February 28th!

February 13, 2015 in Community Events



For the 8th 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 $53,000 in 2014.  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.orgLEARN MORE.

  • WHO: Individuals and families who made less than $53K in 2014.
  • WHAT: Deloitte will participate in  its 8th 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 2014 Federal tax returns for households with a total income of $53,000 or less. Free food, parking and onsite childcare is available to participating families.  For more information about VITA, please visit
  • WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 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

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.


Disability Employment Expert Presents on Thurs., Feb. 19, 1- 3 p.m.

February 12, 2015 in Community Events, Employment




Do you work with individuals with disabilities actively seeking employment or preparing to transition into independent living?

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is featuring disability employment expert Dale Brown at our next

EXCEL! Networking meeting on Thursday, February 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Topic: “Informational Interview Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities”

Dale is a published author, employment specialist, national presenter. This information-packed seminar will explain:

  • Benefits of interviewing professionals in your field, or in a field you are trying to break into
  • How to use informational interviews to get influential references
  • How gaps in work history and other obstacles may be overcome by the right contacts
  • What to ask and how

The seminar is at:
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201
To RSVP, call (703) 525-3268 or email

Please see the  flyer for more information.
Also let us know if you wish to be added to our e-mail list for educational and social events.

About the Presenter

Dale Brown, a nationally known disability employment specialist, will lead an Excel workshop on informational interview strategies Thursday, February 19, 1-3 pm at ECNV.  Dale is an author, speaker, and strategic leadership consultant. Her most recent book is Steps to Independence for People with Learning Disabilities.

She also coauthored Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People who have Disabilities with Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? 

She has written three other books;

Dale has worked for the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor.  She has spoken at over one thousand national, state, and local conferences and symposia on disability issues. Topics include employment, job accommodation, self-help, and other related issues.

And much more!



Join WSJD at its Happy Hour

February 12, 2015 in Community Events



Drop in to see old friends and meet new friends! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015 
5:30 p.m. – ?

Denizens Brewing Co. 
1115 East-West Highway 
Silver Spring, MD 20910

German-style brews & BBQ from food truck.

No registration required. Just show up and schmooze.

For more information,
email Kelby Brick at


Washington Society of Jewish Deaf
P.O. Box 10473
Burke, Virginia 22009