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Invitation DisAbility Resource Center – Open House – Dec. 7th

November 25, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

 

Join the disAbility Resource Center as it Celebrates the Holidays at its 16th Annual Open House

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
409 Progress St., Fredericksburg, VA  22401

At 4 p.m. we will provide recognition and appreciation of Arva Priola who is retiring after more than 20 years of service to the  dRC
and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

R.S.V. P.: 540-373-2559 or drc@cildrc.org

NVAD Holiday Luncheon – Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

November 25, 2016 in Community News

Happy Holidays! Join us for our delicious holiday luncheon.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00PM to 5:00PM 

Yard House at Springfield – Town Center
6791 Springfield Mall Springfield, VA 22150

Seating is limited to 30 guests – First Come, First Serve

RSVP to Paul Daniels at paulwdaniels@cox.net or VP 571-766-0725

by Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Menu: http://www.yardhouse.com/menu-listing/eat

Holiday Gift Exchange Game ~ $10.00 Gift Card

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

WMAU Radio Interview of Gallaudet University’s President Roberta Cordano

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

 

The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WMAU 
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET), Monday  11/21/2016

Interview with Gallaudet University Roberta Cordano

Gallaudet University inaugurated a new president in late-September. Roberta Cordano is the University’s first female, deaf president, and the third since the student-led “Deaf President Now,” movement in 1988. The new president inherits the school at a time of transition: Gallaudet and the surrounding neighborhood are in the midst of a large-scale development project, and Cordano sees the potential for it to become an “ASL tourist destination.” Kojo sits down with Cordano to talk about the legacy and future of Gallaudet University.

Watch signed/captioned video of interview

DOWNLOAD Caption Transcript – PDF 11-21-2016

 

Deaf musician plays viola with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

WMAR Baltimore
By WMAR Staff
Nov 16, 2016

Music isn’t just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She’s deaf — but plays the viola.

Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with professionals.

“I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much,” Cheng said. “The idea of playing it with a real orchestra was just too irresistible for me to pass up. Even though I have a hearing loss; I keep thinking, Beethoven would approve.”

Cheng, founder of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, has always been a musician. She lost her hearing after a bad fever when she was 2 years old. She started playing the piano at age seven and later began playing violin in college.

Read more  . . . See captioned video

Employment Workshop Presented by Volunteer FairFax

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Employment

 

 

When? December 1, 12-1:30 p.m.

Where? 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA 

RSVPexcel@ecnv.org or 703-525-3268, please let us know of any accommodation needs.

One of the best pathways to gaining meaningful employment is through volunteering, as it can help enhance your personal skill-set, make new contacts, build your network, gain in-debt knowledge about a specific career, and strengthen your resume.

So stop by ECNV on December 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. for an interactive employment workshop presented by Angela Saiza Starling of Volunteer Fairfax, where she will discuss how her organization can match you with your ideal volunteering position.
This presentation will cover:

  • What is a volunteer center?
  • Pathways to employment
  • Ways to engage
  • Trivia

Volunteer Fairfax, has been building better community through service for more than 40 years. They are the regional volunteer center serving Fairfax County and the National Capital region. They seek individuals, families, youth and corporate groups for service opportunities at a variety of nonprofit agencies. One-time special events or ongoing activities are available. In 2015, through various program and events, the organization engaged more than 23,000 volunteers who served nearly 83,000 donated hours. For more information, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org

NVRC Annual Meeting & Pancake Breakfast – Sat. – Dec. 3, 2016

November 17, 2016 in Community News

 

NVRC_pancake-breakfastSaturday – December 3, 2016
9:30 AM to Noon

NVRC’s Board & Staff would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 3rd at 9:30 AM for a complimentary pancake breakfast. Come and enjoy some great food and fun company.

At 11:00, we will have our annual business meeting where members will vote in our new Board members and can hear about the changes happening at NVRC and the road for the future.

Please be sure to RSVP and then join us for a morning of pancakes, business fun and friends!

RSVP BUTTON

 

NVRC – Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room
3951 Pender Drive, 
Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030

Police contacts with deaf subjects: Tips and resources to keep everyone safe

November 10, 2016 in Community News

 

Federal law requires that law enforcement agencies must provide the communication aids and services needed to communicate effectively with people who are deaf

PoliceOne.com
Nov. 8, 2016
by  Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor at Large

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost one in 10 people in the U.S. could benefit from hearing aids. About two percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64, to 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74, and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older.

Police interactions with deaf subjects are fraught with the possibility that one side or the other — and possibly both — misunderstanding the person in front of them. It is uncommon for law enforcement officers to know American Sign Language, and there is woefully little instruction done in our schools about how individuals — deaf or otherwise — should respond to the lawful commands of police officers.

Read more . . . Police

Hard of hearing? It’s not your ears, it’s your brain

October 19, 2016 in Community News, Research

 

 

Date:
October 18, 2016
Source:
University of Maryland
Summary:
The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing. Researchers have determined that something is going on in the brains of typical older adults that causes them to struggle to follow speech amidst background noise, even when their hearing would be considered normal on a clinical assessment.
“Could you repeat that?” The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing. Researchers at the University of Maryland have determined that something is going on in the brains of typical older adults that causes them to struggle to follow speech amidst background noise, even when their hearing would be considered normal on a clinical assessment.
In an interdisciplinary study published by the Journal of Neurophysiology, researchers Samira Anderson, Jonathan Z. Simon, and Alessandro Presacco found that adults aged 61-73 with normal hearing scored significantly worse on speech understanding in noisy environments than adults aged 18-30 with normal hearing. The researchers are all associated with the UMD’s Brain and Behavior Initiative.
Read more  . . .  it’s your brain

Actress Marlee Matlin Responds To Trump’s Insults To The Deaf Community

October 19, 2016 in Community News

 

 

SELF/Culture
October 17, 2016|
By Claire Hannum

Last week, three former Celebrity Apprentice staffers revealed to the Daily Beast that Donald Trump, who hosted the show, regularly mocked former contestant Marlee Matlin on set. The Oscar-winning actress, who is deaf, appeared on the series in 2011 and ended the season in second place.

The staffers shared that, horrifically, Trump’s insults focused on the fact that Matlin is deaf. “He took her deafness as a some kind of [mental] handicap,” one source explained to the Daily Beast, describing that Trump would talk down to Matlin during boardroom scenes on the show. In a scene that did not air on the final cut of the series, Trump allegedly made an offensive comment to Matlin’s face about her being deaf. Reportedly, Matlin boldly stood up for herself, but it’s unfortunate that she was in a position in which she even had to.

Read more  . . . Marlee Matlin Responds

NVAD GENERAL MEETING / ELECTION Saturday – Nov. 5th

October 19, 2016 in Community News

 

 

NVAD GENERAL MEETING / ELECTION Saturday – November 5, 2016
General Meeting: 9:30AM
At: Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030

For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall
missgraffie@gmail.com (email) or 571-766-0671 (VP)

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Art Signs: Programs in American Sign Language – Nov. 20th

October 13, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

 

Gallery Talks

Art Signs gallery talks are presented in American Sign Language by Deaf gallery guides. ASL interpreters voice information and observations allowing hearing and Deaf audiences to discover art together under the leadership of a Deaf guide.

View schedule of upcoming Art Signs gallery talks

Sunday, November 20, 1 p.m.

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC

Metro:  Gallery Place

To join our Art Signs mailing list and receive e-mail updates on upcoming programs and special ASL events at SAAM, email WilsonCL@si.edu

Art Signs: Programs in American Sign Language – Oct 23rd

October 13, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

 

Gallery Talks

Art Signs gallery talks are presented in American Sign Language by Deaf gallery guides. ASL interpreters voice information and observations allowing hearing and Deaf audiences to discover art together under the leadership of a Deaf guide.

 

View schedule of upcoming Art Signs gallery talks

Sunday, October 23, 1 p.m.

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC

Metro:  Gallery Place

Upcoming Art Signs dates:
Sunday, November 20, 1 p.m.

To join our Art Signs mailing list and receive e-mail updates on upcoming programs and special ASL events at SAAM, email WilsonCL@si.edu

Joan Cassidy – NVRC contractor retires after 18 years

October 11, 2016 in Community News

 

 

Joan Cassidy Retires 

After 18 years as NVRC’s Loudoun County Outreach Contractor, Joan Cassidy has retired.  Most everyone in our community knows Joan and has had the chance to chat with her at our Annual Meetings and other community events, especially Celebrate Communication where she is famous for her beautiful display of Joan’s Knitted Dolls.

Joan was born in Yorkshire, England and her family moved to Port Elizabeth, South Africa when she was 10.  It was in Port Elizabeth where Joan met a dashing young American, Neil Cassidy.  While Neil served in the US Army, they lived in Stuttgart, Germany, then came to the States in the 1960s, spending time in Ohio and Michigan.  Joan and Neil moved to their current home in Sterling, Virginia in 1976, where they raised their two children.  She and Neil are avid lovers of cruising – having cruised all over the world! – and Joan loves to watch her British TV shows while she knits her amazing creations.

Joan learned that she had a hearing loss when she was 18 years old but it was a few years before she started wearing hearing aids.  Joan eventually got a Cochlear Implant in 1998, the same year she began contracting with NVRC, and she used her personal experiences with hearing loss to help thousands of Loudoun County residents by giving them information and encouragement, mentoring, introducing them to hearing assistive technologies, bringing them to NVRC to visit our demo room and learn about all the help available.  Joan represented NVRC at many meetings of the County’s Board of Supervisors during the annual budget hearings, advocating for deaf and hard of hearing individuals and securing additional funding for NVRC.  She was the go-to expert at senior centers, retirement communities, libraries, and health fairs, sharing NVRC’s mission with everyone she served.

We will miss Joan more than we can say, but she promises to visit NVRC often and visit old friends at our upcoming Annual Meeting, and – we hope! – bring her knitted dolls to Celebrate Communication next year.  So many of us have one of her treasures!  We thank Joan for her years of dedicated service, and we wish her many happy and healthy years in her well-earned retirement.

Police unit helps build trust in DC’s deaf community

October 11, 2016 in Community News

 

 

Washington Post – Local

October 11

WASHINGTON — Police departments across the country have recently put extra emphasis on their community policing efforts, working to improve relations with the black community and other minority groups.

In the same way, in Washington, a special Metropolitan Police Department unit has been working for more than a decade to build trust with another local community.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit is the only such unit in the country. The unit’s two officers — Myra Jordan and Tayna Ellis — both learned sign language outside MPD.

“We are on call 24 hours, seven days a week,” said Ellis.

“And it’s not work to us because it’s something we truly, truly enjoy doing,” Jordan said.

Jordan helped create the unit nearly 15 years ago. Since then, it’s become a major resource for the local deaf community.

Last year alone, the unit responded to more than 300 calls for service.

Shayninna McCoy, a specialist with the local advocacy group Deaf Reach, said, “The deaf community feels confident that their communication will be understood by the police.”

The Washington region is said to be home to the highest concentration of deaf people in the world. Many attend Gallaudet University then stay here for their careers.

Read more  . . . Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit 

Read More  . . . MPDC Related Links:

Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Liaison Unit
http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/deaf-and-hard-hearing-liaison-unit

Meet Officers Ellis and Jordan MPDS
http://mpdc.dc.gov/release/meet-officers-ellis-and-jordan-mpds-deaf-and-hard-hearing-liaison-unit

Communication Rights Deaf or Hard of Hearing
http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/communication-rights-deaf-or-hard-hearing

PDF Brochure Download – http://mpdc.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mpdc/publication/attachments/DHHU%20Brochure%202014.pdf

NBC4 TV coverage Oct. 7th
NBC 4 Story & un-captioned Video

 

DeafVote.com – website with information for Deaf Voters

October 7, 2016 in Community News

 

deafvotelogo2016

This Website has been set up especially for Deaf citizens—specifically, those who may never have voted before but are curious about the Presidential campaign and the parties’ positions on issues that concern Deaf people. It’s for anyone would like to know how to register to vote.

LINK to DeafVote.com