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Private Room + Private Bath in Beautiful TH available to share — $850 (all utilites incl).

April 22, 2014 in Community News


Falls Church — on bus route and within walking distance to Dunn Loring metro, a short distance to Mosaic District (great restaurants!) and Tyson’s Corner; close to 495/I-66/Rt 29/Rt 50 (very convenient)

Looking for a housemate to share huge 3-floor end-unit TH (2600 sq feet) with 3 bedrooms + 3.5 bathrooms and finished basement.

Rent — $850 including utilities (electricity, water, trash, FIOS)… Available this summer – move-in date negotiable.  Renter will have private room (135 sq ft) + private full bath; bedroom partially furnished with bed, bookcase, and desk (can be negotiated); 2 windows with good views.

Renter will share spacious TH with great features: 1) lots of natural light in all rooms; 2) recently renovated kitchen with lots of space, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances (incl. mw and dw), and, French doors to deck in the back; 3) two eating areas — breakfast nook and dining room; 3) 2 living rooms (one on main floor and one in the basement); 4) central air/heat; 5) washer/dryer; 6) fenced deck; and 7) private parking space

Looking for someone who is a non-smoker, responsible and clean.  Pets not accepted because we have a cat.  Short-term leases accepted.  If interested, please email



Office Space or Storage for Sublease in Fairfax Business Park

April 18, 2014 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

Office Space or Storage  Room with easy access to outside through double doors and back parking lot.

Large 539 sq. ft.

Ideal location close to the Intersection of Interstate 66 and Route 50 in Fairfax, VA.
For more information contact NVRC
703-352-9055 or email


Phyllis Frelich, Tony Award-winning deaf actress, dies at 70

April 14, 2014 in Community News


This 2004 photo shows actress Phyllis Frelich in New York. Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of ‘Children of a Lesser God,’ died Thursday at age 70.


Frelich was the inspiration for ‘Children of a Lesser God’ and won a Tony in 1980 for her Broadway portrayal of Sarah Norman, the deaf

woman at the heart of the play.

Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of “Children of a Lesser God,” has died. She was 70.

Frelich died Thursday at their home in Temple City, Calif., her husband, Robert Steinberg, said.

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Summer internships for college students with disabilities in Fairfax County Government

April 13, 2014 in Community News

Extended Submission Date

John Hudson Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

The John Hudson Internship Program is an internship program in Fairfax County Government for college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

Application Materials Due on EXTENDED TO April 20,2014

o    Policy and Implementation Intern

o    Information Technology Intern

o    Communications Intern

Jill Clark
Disability Services Planning and Development
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Voice: 703-324-5874     TTY: 703-449-1186
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Research Study on Benefits of Post-Implantation Training

April 13, 2014 in Community News, Research

Invites Adult Cochlear Implant Users to Participate

*Washington DC/ Maryland/Virginia Residents Only*

What is the Study’s Purpose?
This study is looking at the effectiveness of training for adults who have received cochlear implants. We would like to determine whether a special training program can help cochlear implant users improve their understanding of speech and communication in daily life.

Who Can Participate?
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, post-lingually deafened (onset of hearing loss after having learned spoken language), fluent in English, and have had their cochlear implant between three months and three years.

Participating in this study may improve your communication ability, further knowledge in this area, and help determine the best training method for cochlear implant users.

When and Where?
Participation will require eight weekly visits (90 minutes each) scheduled at your convenience. There will be two follow-up visits; one at two months and one at six months following the last training session (also running 90 minutes each).

You will be able to participate at one of several Washington Metropolitan area locations including Gallaudet University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the Hearing Loss Association of America’s national office in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Some of the training sessions are now available on site at the Northern Virginia Resource Center in Fairfax,Virginia 

To get more information on how to enroll in this study, please contact: Claire Bernstein, Ph.D,  Gallaudet University,at 202-448-7204, or send an email to:

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards at Gallaudet University and The George Washington University. Identifying information will be kept confidential.

2nd Biz Bootcamp and 4th Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf!

April 11, 2014 in Community News, Employment

Biz Bootcamp – May 28-29, 2014
Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf – Chicago  May 29-31, 2014

Are you working at a big corporate or business company in VA or DC area ?

There is a fast growing number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing corporate employees from Starbucks, RR Donnelley, Boeing, Airbus, Sinai Healthcare System, Ernest Young and others. They and we will work and focus on NEW BRAINPOWER, INNOVAITON, and COLLABORATION at national business event for the Deaf and HOH in Chicago, IL. May 28-31, 2014.

The audience with various backgrounds: they are business managers, administrators, college professors, professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, starters, students who never let their deafness or hearing loss stop them from pursuing their dreams. Every attendee comes from diverse field in business, education, marketing, science, sales, technology, hospitality, culinary, finance and many other areas.  There are expected 20 workshops and 10 business trainings.

You are welcome to register and participate the NEW BRAINPOWER MEETING for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Chicago, IL. Domestic, local, national, and international participants are looking for this SUPER business event.


VISIT WEBSITE for more information:




What a Fantastic Spring Fling! It was great seeing you!

April 9, 2014 in Community News, NVRC Announcements


Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons


April 8, 2014
Spring Fling & Community Forum 2014 
 Thank you to all who joined us for a Super Spring Fling.  

It was a wonderful, heartwarming show of support as we wrapped up our 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Thanks to our sponsors and all of you who participated, over $4,500 was raised for the NVRC Communication Access Fund. The raffle alone brought in $700. Many, many thanks for all your raffle gifts.


Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers for not only spreading general good cheer, but for collecting lunch money, selling raffle tickets, helping with the NVRC Milestones Game, and slaving in the snack bar. We appreciate your hard work!

Our Four Chefs.
A special shout out to our Fab Four Grillers – Chef Tom, Chef Ray, Chef Fred and ChefTony who not only cooked delicious burgers and hot dogs, but raised over $90 in the Tip the Chef competition! Woo hoo!


And especially thank you to our fantastic Board of Directors who provided the food and also came to volunteer.  We couldn’t have done it without you!


Please answer our event survey.

Click here to watch the video




Please Note:

    – For those who purchased raffle tickets but weren’t able to attend, 

       winning numbers can be found here and are posted on our website.


    -108 people took the survey; results can be found here or from our website.


Improving Communication, Changing Lives




Spring Fling Winning Raffle Numbers

April 5, 2014 in Community News

Below are the winning numbers for the Spring Fling Raffle.

If you have the ticket for any of the winning numbers.
please contact the NVRC office to claim your prize.

Claimed Trader Joes 5556890
Not Claimed Yet Bed Bath and Beyond 5556944
Claimed The Container Store 5556970
Not Claimed Yet Godiva Easter Basket 5557011
Claimed Sephora 5557080
Claimed Knitted monkey 5557099
Claimed Olive Garden – Great American Rest. 5557117
Claimed Quilt 5557161
Claimed Zoe Hair Salon 5557274
Claimed  eggspectation cafe 5557276
Claimed  Nando’s Restaurant 5557283
Claimed  Family Movie Night 5557330
Claimed  Knitted elephant 5557357
Claimed  “Hark” the Deaf Gnome 5557367
Claimed Zephyr Ear Dryer 5557421
Not Claimed Yet 2 knitted bears 5557426
Claimed Great American Rest. – Woodlands Indian Rest. -  Paolo’s Ristorante 5557482
Claimed Barnes and Nobel 5557556

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 .


Text-to-9-1-1 in Emergencies

April 4, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

Text-to-9111: What is Your Emergency?

April WOW Policy Point

CTIA (The Wireless Association) is an international nonprofit association that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984.

Over the past decade, texting has become an integral part of how we communicate with friends and family, but it also plays a vital role in emergencies, especially for those with disabilities. Learn about the development and adoption of text-to-911 service, and what it means for consumers by watching captioned video

Hearing Loss Affects Personality Among Elderly

April 4, 2014 in Community News, Research

From IANS, 4/2/2014
Read Original Article

 Hearing loss among old people leaves a deep impact in their personality as well, research finds.

The researchers studied 400 people in the age group of 80-98 over a period of six years.

They were assessed in terms of physical and mental measures as well as personality aspects such as extraversion, which reflects the inclination to be outgoing and emotional stability in every two years.

The results show that even if the emotional stability remained constant over the period, the participants became less outgoing.

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Prince William County Budget Hearing – April 8th at 7:30 p.m.

April 3, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community News


The Prince William County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on April 8th at 7:30 p.m. to answer questions about the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. Please come and provide your feedback on services and programs that are necessary to support Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind individuals residing in Prince William County. ASL Interpreters will be available for this event. It will be held at McCoart Administration Building, Board Chambers, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge VA.

CW Tillman

Outreach Director
Providing Access to Healthcare for the Deaf Community (PAH)

703-594-1104 (direct/text)
703-496-7773 (office VP)

VBPD – Summer Leadership Training for Students with Disabilities – Deadline Extended

April 1, 2014 in Community News

April 1 , 2014


One More Chance: YLF Open Through April 15

With all the snow and cold this year, it’s hard to think about summer-but 25 Virginia students will be attending the 2014 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) from July 28-August 1. Who will they be? Rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities-and they attend either home school, public school, or private school. Students with autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, brain injury, hearing loss, blindness, mental disabilities, or physical disabilities spend 5 days preparing for their futures. The program is free; students must complete an application and submit two letters of reference by the deadline.

Don’t delay-the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a life-changing experience for students and their families. To learn more, watch or and tell a student to apply today!

     Note: Although the online applications indicate March 31 as the deadline, it has been extended to Tuesday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m.

NVRC Spring Fling & Community Forum – April 5th

March 31, 2014 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

NVRC Spring FlingIt’s Almost Spring Fling Time!

NVRC posted 2/6/2014
updated 3/13/2014
updated 3/26/2014

For NVRC’s Spring Fling and Community Forum!


Plans are finalized for the Spring Fling and Community Forum! Please be sure to take our online survey and let us know what kinds of programs you would like to see in our accessible meeting room.  The results of the survey will be discussed at the Forum, (10:00-11:30). 

RSVP here for Lunch which will be available for $10.00 per person (children 6 and under eat free), including a drink from our snack bar. (12 noon – 2:00)

Community Information and Services Tables

Special Thanks to:
for supporting
our Spring Fling event

The following sponsors will have printed information available all day during the event:

1. ALDA 8. Deaf Access
2. Harris Communications Catalog 9. NVAD
3. Lesner Hearing Center 10. Northern VA Cued Speech Assoc.
4. AT&T Virginia Relay 11. Providing Access to Healthcare (PAH)
5. Statewide Interagency Team (SIT) 12. Sorenson Communications
 6. VDDHH – VA Relay CapTel 13. Cochlear
7.  HLAA  14. Happy Hands

Door Prize  

Play the NVRC Milestones door prize game and enter your answer card
for a chance to win a computer desk from Office Depot.

Desk door prize


Raffle Items

Here’s a list of what you have a chance to win:
Tickets for raffle items will be  $1 each.
Drawing starts at 1:30 PM Sat. April 5th.

1. Quilt 10. Zephyr Hearing Aid Dryer
2. $50 Sephora gift card 11. Movie gift basket
3. $50 Trader Joes gift card 12. “Hark” the Gnome
4. $50 Container Store gift card 13. $25 Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card
5. $50 basket of Godiva Easter chocolates 14. $50 Nando’s Restaurant gift card
6. $120 restaurant gift cards 15. $50 eggspectation  Restaurant gift card
7. A pair of knitted bears 16. $75 Haircut at Zoe Salon & Spa
8. Knitted monkey 17. $25 Barnes and Noble gift card
9. Knitted elephant 18.  $50 restaurant gift cards($25 Great American Rest., and $25 Olive Garden)
KnittedDolls Quilt_raffle ALDAraffle


Hope to see you here!

Meeting Room Entrance

Event Location:
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030

Siemens Gives $1 Million Worth of Hearing Aids for Cancer Patients Suffering Hearing Loss

March 31, 2014 in Community News

From the Orlando 3/31/2014

Siemens is donating $1 million worth of hearing aids to cancer patients suffering from hearing loss, the company announced last week in Orlando at the American Association of Audiology conference.

Siemens will donate the hearing aids to adults and children who have incurred permanent hearing loss due to the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or other cancer treatment regimens, said Scott Davis, CEO of Siemens Hearing Instruments. Hearing loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment.

Siemens is partnering with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a national voluntary health nonprofit, and CancerCare, a leading national organization providing free support to those facing the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

Together the partners will bring hearing aids and audiology services to cancer patients across the country as part of The Baton Pass, a grass-roots fundraising campaign for Stand Up To Cancer, a national cause working to accelerate cancer research.

“Children and adults undergoing treatment have enough to worry about,” said Davis. “By partnering with these two organizations and their network of leading cancer institutions, we’re able to provide the gift of hearing to as many patients as possible.”

Left untreated, hearing loss in adults has been associated with cognitive decline, depression, dementia, heart disease and diabetes. In children, untreated hearing loss may result in poor cognitive and psychosocial development and delayed or compromised speech and language skills. or 407-420-5158