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Position Announcement – Older Adult Specialist – Helen Keller National Center

September 27, 2016 in Community News, Employment


We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to work as our Older Adult Specialist. Position location is flexible nationally. The Older Adult Program Specialist provides, provide consultation, technical assistance, training, advocacy, resource materials and program development on behalf of senior adults, ages 55 and better, who are experiencing combined loss of vision and hearing on a national basis.

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Submit resume to:                       

FAX:                (516) 767-2302
Mail to:            Helen Keller National Center
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, New York 11050
Attn: Human Resources Department
Job Code – OAP

Beginning Cued Speech Class Taught in ASL, October 6-9!

September 27, 2016 in Community Events, Community News



Cue Camp Virginia is offering the adult Beginning Cued Speech taught in American Sign Language by Hilary Franklin, a NCSA*- Certified Instructor. Cued Speech is not a language; it is a finite system that you can learn in one weekend. See how manual cues combine with the mouth movements of spoken American English to visually represent all the sounds of the language. Cued Speech clearly and unambiguously shows all consonant and vowel sounds, as well as the rhythm, stress and prosody of spoken American English.

Discover how Cued Speech can enable your deaf/HoH child to access spoken language and literacy. Attend a fun-filled family learning weekend at Cue Camp Virginia. Connect with other families, professionals and deaf adults to learn about research documenting the many benefits of this phonemic system. Camp is October 6-9, 2016 (Columbus Day weekend) and is held at the beautiful Jamestown 4-H Educational Center on the James River in Williamsburg, VA. For more information, see the website of the Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association,, and click on the Cue Camp 2016 tab at the top right.

(*National Cued Speech Association)

Fall 2016 Free Seminars for Family Caregivers

September 27, 2016 in Community News, Families


The Fall 2016 free Seminars for Family Caregivers will begin on Wednesday, October 5. These seminars are designed to help people that support older adults and/or adults with a disability stay in their own homes or communities manage the day‑to‑day issues that caregiving presents. Register online, email, or call 703‑324‑5205.  To request an ADA reasonable accommodation, call 703-324-5868, TTY 703-449-1186 or e-mail

Fairfax County’s  Area Agency on Aging hopes you can join them for one or more of these seminars!

Thanks to Access Fairfax: News and Events for People with Disabilities

Workplace Accommodations: “Low Cost, High Impact”

September 27, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News



The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently released the annual data for its ongoing study on the cost of workplace accommodations, revealing that the majority (59 percent) of workplace accommodations cost nothing, while for those that do, the typical small expenditure pays for itself multiple-fold in the form of reduced insurance and training costs and increased productivity and morale. JAN, which like EARN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, has reported the Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact study each year since 2004.

Thanks to Access Fairfax: News and Events for People with Disabilities

Fairfax County’s ‘Yellow Dot’ Program Could Save Your Life

September 27, 2016 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Transportation



There’s a “golden hour” after a vehicle crash or emergency.

Medical help may be required, but first responders need to know what medical conditions people might have, especially if they are unconscious or unable to talk.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s new “Yellow Dot Program” could save your life, and enrollment is simple:

  1. Visit your local fire station for a kit.
  2. Fill out the booklet in pencil (so you can make future updates).
  3. Attach a current photo into the booklet.
  4. Place the booklet in your glove compartment.
  5. Place the yellow dot decal in the lower left of your rear windshield to alert first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information. Tip: place the sticker no higher than three inches from the bottom.

NVAD Workshop on Medicare: Saturday, Oct. 1

September 27, 2016 in Community Events, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Come join us to learn about the ABCs of Medicare! Learn about Low Income Subsidy Programs! Learn how to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud!

JulieAnn Chavez Medicare Benefits Specialist

DATE: Saturday, October 1, 2016 10:00AM to 12:00PM
PLACE: Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall: 571-766-0671 (VP) or (email)

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10-Minute Online Survey on Home Alerting Devices for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

September 22, 2016 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Research


The Technology Access Program (TAP) at Gallaudet University is conducting a brief online survey to learn about the types of alerting devices deaf and hard of hearing people might prefer to notify them to common sounds around the home (doorbell ringing, videophone call, baby crying, etc.), and emergency alerts (fire alarms, emergency weather alerts, etc.). Your responses to this short survey will help us in the development of better notification options for these common sounds and emergency alerts.

To take this survey you must be 18 years or older.

The Gallaudet Institutional Review Board has approved this study. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Christian Vogler or Paula Tucker

Please click to begin the survey.

The survey will close on October 31, 2016.

VUCA Health – Medication Administration Training in American Sign Language

September 22, 2016 in Community News

VUCA created  videos for deaf patients to demonstrate “How To Use” certain medications ( injected, inhaled, etc).

Medication Administration Training in American Sign Language

They have created a library of videos for the deaf and hearing impaired in American Sign Language.  Specifically, these videos are focused on educating patients and families on how to administer their medications (like inhalers, insulin injections, etc) in American Sign Language ( ).  Think about how a pharmacist would explain to a deaf mom on the appropriate use of an inhaler with a spacer and mask for their child—not easy!

VUCA partnered with a college professor who teaches advanced ASL and hired a deaf actor to deliver the information.

October – First Folio Month at Gallaudet University

September 22, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

CHECK OUT the following links:

FIRST FOLIO Information (ASL + Captioned Video)

Event Calendar

In October 2016, Gallaudet University hosts a month-long program for the traveling exhibit First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, with a copy of the First Folio provided by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Shakespeare First Folio
The First Folio will be on display in the Washburn Arts Building (WAB), and programming throughout the month will offer the public a variety of ways to engage with Shakespeare in visually oriented ways. Six panels provided by the Folger Shakespeare Library will cover the history of Shakespeare and the First Folio alongside four companion panels developed by Gallaudet University focusing on the history of Shakespeare in the Deaf community and translations of his works in American Sign Language (ASL).

From: Manager of Accessible Programs – National Gallery of Art

September 15, 2016 in Community News, Employment



Hi everyone,
We’re looking for a contractor fluent in ASL who has experience working with families and children to contract with the National Gallery of Art on an ongoing basis.

For more information:
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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Day at Ferry Farm – Oct. 2nd

September 15, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

George Washington’s Ferry Farm
Sunday, October 2, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The George Washington Foundation would like to remind you of our upcoming annual event for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Every year we host a tour of Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Boyhood Home.

The tour is led by Archaeology Lab Supervisor Melanie Marquis and translated by ReBecca Bennett using American Sign Language. 

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 2 with the tour beginning at 2:00 p.m. Please see attached poster for more information.

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Coming: October 1, 2016 • Gallaudet Conversations Across Nations (Gallaudet CAN)

September 15, 2016 in Community News


Gallaudet Conversations Across Nations (Gallaudet CAN) is the manifestation of our University’s broader mission to serve our institution, our country, and our world through engagement. Gallaudet CAN are gatherings of people for self-guided discussions on topics important to our community and will be hosted on campus and by Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) chapters in their local communities.

The first Gallaudet CAN will take place in conjunction with the inauguration celebrating Gallaudet’s 11th and first deaf woman president, Roberta J. Cordano. Find the Gallaudet CAN location nearest to you here.

Join the Conversation

Use #GallaudetCAN on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@GallaudetU)!

Watch (signed, captioned) Video 

WEBINAR “Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing “

September 8, 2016 in Community News



Outreach Services, VSDB Wednesday Webinar
Sept. 28, 2016, 4:00- 5:00 PM EDT

Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Presenter:Johnett Scogin, M.Ed. 

Please register for Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing webinar at:

Presenter:  Johnett Scogin has worked in the field of Deaf Education for many years as a teacher and reading specialist.   She is currently working at the Texas School for the Deaf as Supervisor of Curriculum.

No prerequisites for this webinar: This webinar follows the Spring, 2016 webinar in which Dr. Daniel Koo of Gallaudet University presented his research on working memory of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Attendance at Dr. Koo’s webinar is not a prerequisite for this webinar.

Webinar Description:  Evidence suggests that challenged working memory skills create a high risk factor for educational underachievement, and that working memory impacts all areas of learning and thinking.  Ms. Scogin will briefly review the function of working memory in daily life and academics, and discuss how one might identify children with challenges in this area.  She will then share ideas for setting up the learning environment to support working memory, and strategies to help facilitate and accommodate working memory performance.

Target Audience: Teachers and related service providers working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing; family members.

This Webinar is sponsored by Outreach Services, Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at :

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with connection information for joining the webinar.

Registration is now open for FREE First Folio Family Day Oct. 8th at – Gallaudet Univ.

September 8, 2016 in Community News



Workshops on 10/8 at Gallaudet University!

Space is limited, so get your kids signed up now!!
Kids not interested in workshops?
We have free performances too!

Check out the workshop descriptions


Celebrating the 40th Year Anniversary of Happy Hands – Sept. 21st

September 8, 2016 in Community News



September 21, 2016Celebrating 40th Year Anniversary of Happy Hands!
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location:  Clyde’s Willow Creek
42920 Broadlands Boulevard
Broadlands, VA 20148
Presentation will be provided by:
Eve Christian, Elaine Shaffer and Patricia Beech

Information: Cheryl & Rocky Rockburn at

Please RSVP by September 16, 2016 – attached is 40th Year Anniversary form

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