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Celebrate Communication – Sponsors & Exhibitors

February 13, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

UPDATED 2/13/2016 – More to come as registered


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Exhibitors 2016



Celebrate Communication – Sponsors

NVRC extends its appreciation to its sponsors
for their generosity to make this event a success. 

( ** Not Exhibiting )

vddhh_webVirginia Department for the
Deaf and Hard of

Hearing (VDDHH) 
Virginia Relay
The foundation of all programs at the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is COMMUNICATION, both as a service through sign language interpreters and assistive technology, and as a means of sharing information through training and education by a team of qualified Outreach Specialists. VDDHH also serves as the oversight agency for Virginia Relay, the federally mandated telecommunications service for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled. Contact or visit us to learn more about iCanConnect Virginia, a new program offering assistive technology to persons who are deaf-blind, and the TAP Veterans Program providing telecommunications equipment to veterans and returning servicemen and women who have a hearing loss. VDDHH is located at 1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203, Henrico, VA 23229 with local Outreach offices around the state. For more information, contact us at 1-800-552-7917 v/t or, and visit us at or on our VDDHH and Virginia Relay Facebook pages.
MEDELsq MED-EL – Since its founders developed the world’s first microelectronic, multichannel cochlear implant in 1977, MED-EL has set new standards in hearing implant technologies, developing and manufacturing technologically advanced hearing solutions for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. MED-EL hearing implant systems, currently used in over 100 countries, combines the latest scientific advances, engineering and manufacturing techniques for performance, safety and reliability. Products available in the United States include the MAESTRO cochlear implant system and the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE®, the first FDA-approved implantable middle ear prosthesis. Contact us: ; NVRC Outreach NVRC Technology Assistive Devices 






Exhibitor List 

  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • DFS – Disability Services
  • Silent meadow
  • Handmade Quilts & Greeting Cards
  • National Gallery of Art
  • ASL Access
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Family Hearing Services


UPDATED 2/13/2016 – More to come as registered


February 12, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

Saturday, April 16, 2016 • 10 AM to 2 PM

Click on one of the following to learn more.

Information Flyer Sponsor-Exhibitor Workshop directions



Check back we will have more information posted as we get closer to the event.


Uber Just Made It Easy To Be A Deaf Driver In India

February 11, 2016 in Community News, Transportation


By Adrija Bose

When Salman, an Uber driver in Mumbai, could not take calls from passengers, customers would cancel his ride. He would also have to text every rider to let them know that he’s deaf, which caused delays when picking up his riders.

Uber just made life easier for him and several drivers across the world who are deaf or hard of hearing.

An update to the taxi-hailing app, which was launched in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., has now gone live in India.

While there has been no official announcement on this yet, Uber has confirmed this development in India.

So, how does the app work?

NIOSH study shows prevalence of work-related hearing loss, tinnitus

February 4, 2016 in Community News, Research



Safety + Health
February 3, 2016

Washington – Increased awareness and targeted interventions may help protect workers from experiencing hearing loss and/or tinnitus, according to a recent study from NIOSH.

Researchers analyzed national data on hearing conditions among workers who were exposed to elevated levels of occupational noise, as well as workers who were not exposed to such noise.

Researchers emphasized several key findings, including:

  • Workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting faced “significantly higher risks” for hearing difficulty, tinnitus and the occurrence of both conditions.
  • Workers in manufacturing faced significantly higher risks for tinnitus and the co-occurrence of hearing difficulty and tinnitus.
  • Workers in life, physical and social science occupations faced a significantly higher risk for hearing difficulty.
  • Workers in architecture and engineering roles faced a significantly higher risk for tinnitus.

Twenty-three percent of workers exposed to occupational noise had hearing difficulty, compared with 7 percent of workers who had hearing difficulty despite not being exposed to occupational noise, NIOSH stated.

Read more  . . . work-related hearing loss

Deaf Talent Everywhere! Part III

February 4, 2016 in Community News



The Huffington Post
Lydia L. Callis

Too often, young people who are deaf are discouraged from following their dreams. They are told “you can’t…” or “you won’t be able to…” and they are pushed to into careers that they are not passionate about.

In reality, however, there are very few jobs Deaf people can’t do, especially once small adjustments are made to accommodate their specific skills and abilities. At the end of the day, our society limits people more than the actual experience of deafness ever could.

#DeafTalent is a cultural movement that is gaining traction in all areas of life. Talented Deaf individuals in fields across the board are working to defy social expectations, remove barriers, and prove that there are NO limits to what people who are deaf can do.

Read More  . . .#DeafTalent

Lawmakers Could Make ‘Driving While Deaf’ Safer

February 4, 2016 in Community News



FEB 2, 2016

For many people, interactions with law enforcement can be stressful. But for people who have difficulty communicating, these interactions can lead to grave misunderstandings. Some lawmakers are trying to make those interactions safer.

You’re driving down the road, maybe a hair over the speed limit, when you hear those sirens. It’s the cops. We all know that sinking feeling. But imagine if you can’t hear those sirens. For the deaf and hard of hearing, miscommunication with the police is a real concern. But some state lawmakers are trying to fix that. Representative Victor Torres of Orlando wants to mark driver’s licenses with a symbol signifying the driver is deaf.

“This symbol on the license will alert the officer to the fact that the driver is hard of hearing or deaf, and assist them when identifying how best to communicate with the driver,” he said.

Read more . . . ‘Driving While Deaf’

Support group helps deaf addicts work toward recovery

February 4, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



The Columbus Dispatch
Columbus, Ohio
By Rita Price

Feb 01, 2016

The words, no matter how wise or well-intentioned, couldn’t reach his pain. Even a careful translation from English to American Sign Language did little to help him grab hold of the 12-step program and follow it to sobriety.

“I was ready to die,” the deaf man said, signing passionately as he recalled his despair. “It was like walking to my death.”

Recovery finally took root for Kijana D. when he became a regular at Deaf Think Positive, a local nonprofit organization that, organizers say, is one of fewer than 10 centers nationwide providing accessible addiction treatment for the deaf and deaf/blind. It’s the only one so far that has licensed chemical-dependency counselors who also are deaf, they said.

Read more  . . . Support group 

Draper device could help develop drugs for hearing loss

January 28, 2016 in Community News


Boston Globe
By Nidhi Subbaraman
Jan 26, 2016

A battery-operated device a little larger than a golf ball could one day help treat people with hearing loss by delivering medication directly into the cavity in their ear.

Engineers at Draper, a non-profit research company in Cambridge, have been developing the device along with collaborators at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

This month, they showed that the device is safe to be used in guinea pigs — mammals with sufficiently similar ear anatomy to ours. The next step, they say, is to test it in people.

Read More  . . . Device

Court rules Hopkins wrongly rescinded job offer to deaf nurse

January 27, 2016 in Community News, Disability Law, Employment



The Baltimore Sun
by Meredith Cohn – 
Contact Reporter
January 25, 2016

Hopkins rescinded a job offer of deaf nurse because of the cost of full-time interpreters.

Johns Hopkins Hospital violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act when officials rescinded a job offer to a deaf nurse after she requested a sign-language interpreter, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last week.

Joseph B. Espo, a lawyer for the nurse, Lauren Searls, called it an “important victory” that could send a message to other medical institutions about the capabilities of deaf workers.

Hopkins had told Searls it was a cost issue in a letter, but in its response to the lawsuit, officials called her employment both a financial hardship and a threat to patient safety, Espo said. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake rejected those arguments, he said.

Read More  . . . Deaf Nurse

NVAD no General Meeting in February

January 22, 2016 in Community News



There will be no General Meeting in February,

We will have Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

NVAD President
Donna K. Graff-Viall

The Audiology Elephant – By Angela Loavenbruck

January 21, 2016 in Community News, Legislation



Hearing Health & Technology Matters
By Angela Loavenbruck

In my last entry, I examined the mythical elephant PCAST created in its examination of the hearing healthcare system. The creature seemed to be purely product – no professional services needed – and closely resembled the vision of the Consumer Electronics Association and PSAP manufacturers.

In many ways, the PCAST report is the epitome of the commoditization of hearing healthcare.

The word audiologist was barely used in the report while the more generic “dispenser” and “hearing health care provider” were used more often. Without any evidence whatsoever, the PCAST vision delegated those with mild to moderate hearing loss – the largest category of hearing impaired individuals – into a category where self-diagnosis, self-fitting and self-adjusting are all that is needed.

Read More . . . hearing healthcare system

Lead found in water at Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint

January 21, 2016 in Community News



By Roberto Acosta
January 20, 2016

FLINT, MI – A building on the campus of the Michigan School for the Deaf has tested positive for the first time for lead in the water, according to a letter issued by the school Wednesday, Jan. 20 to parents and guardians.

“Yesterday (1/19/16), we received the first lead positive water test for the Stevens Hall dormitory (the school building continues to show no lead detected),” reads the letter from Michigan School for the Deaf principal Cecelia Winkler and administrative manager Mark Bouvy.

Read more . . . Michigan – Lead

Book on deaf education in Va. dedicated at VSDB

January 21, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Megan Williams
January 20, 2016

STAUNTON — It took only one person to write the history of deaf education in Virginia from 1839 through 1948. But it took 10 people, 10 years to write the continuation of that history through 2014.

It may have taken a long time, and a lot of hard work, said Rachel Bavister, a member of the deaf alumni association and former teacher, but the history of deaf education at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is an important story to tell.

“This was not my book,” Bavister said. “It was a team of people who did all the hard work.”

On Wednesday, the book, titled “History of the Education of the Deaf in Virginia,” was dedicated to alumni, past and present, at a ceremony in the auditorium at VSDB in Staunton.

Read more  . . . VA Deaf Education.

Don’t Focus on Your Tinnitus – by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

January 19, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Center for Hearing Loss Help
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
January 3, 2016

If you have tinnitus you need to stop focusing on your tinnitus. Constantly and repetitiously mulling over your tinnitus will only make your tinnitus worse. Therefore, you need to consciously choose notto dwell on it.

Instead, focus on living a happy productive life. Get involved in fun activities, productive projects, and the loves of your life. When you are thoroughly wrapped up in something that is exciting or enticing to you, your tinnitus will not be important enough for your brain to even bother decoding it.

As I have said numerous times to people with tinnitus, “Did you ever notice that when you are passionately kissing your spouse, you don’t hear your tinnitus?” They all get a surprised look on their faces, followed by a knowing look as they realize this is true.

Read more  . . . Tinnitus

Dr. Allen Sussman: Pioneer in the Deaf Mental Health Field

January 19, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News



 Deaf Counseling Center

It is with sadness that Deaf Counseling Center bids adieu to Dr.  Allen Sussman, one of the very first licensed Deaf psychologists, a remarkable pioneer who paved the way for future generations of Deaf mental health professionals. Dr. Sussman died on January 8, 2016.

Dr. Sussman, who received his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University in 1973, was a strong advocate for accessible mental health services for Deaf people.

Read More . . . Dr. Allen Sussman