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Celebrate Communication 2015

March 28, 2015 in Community News, NVRC

 

Celebrate Communication 2015 Exhibitors

 advancedhearinghealthcare_logo Advanced Hearing Health Care
 cci_logo Canine Companions for Independence
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 happyhand-logo-607x260 Happy Hands Deaf Seniors
Joan’s Knitted Dolls
JR Health Education
 massa_associateslogo Massa and Associates, Doctors of Audiology, specialize in the identification and treatment of disorders that cause hearing loss and or vertigo. Our Doctors of Audiology use the latest digital and Bluetooth technology to treat different types of hearing loss. Bluetooth technology connects you to all of your electronic devices such as music, TV, computer, smart phone or/cell phone as well as induction loop systems found in theaters. For a live demonstration and special offers, stop by our exhibit. www.MassaAndAssociates.com
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Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association
 www.NVRC.org NVRC Outreach
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Pratuch Quilts
Silent Meadow LLC
 TDI Telecommunications for the Deaf (TDI)
Thirty One Gifts and Quilts
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Virginia Deaf-Blind Project
 dbvi Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

 VSDB

Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
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Wilbur Cross High School’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ accessible to sight and hearing impaired

March 27, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

New Haven Register
By Shahid Abdul-Karim, New Haven Register
POSTED: 

NEW HAVEN >> Wilbur Cross High School senior Brianna Rigsbee has never experienced a viewing of a live theater performance.

That’s because she is legally blind.

But on Saturday, Rigsbee, 18, will have her chance to enjoy an audio description performance of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

“Youth with exceptional needs will no longer have feelings of isolation, they can create meaningful connections with their family, friends, and school community,” said Rigsbee’s mother, Angela Russell.

“And for the first time for most, they will able to follow a live performance and enjoy it for themselves,” said Russell.

The high school’s drama class is presenting the play at 7 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Saturday’s performance will have a certified American Sign Language interpreter and audio descriptiopns for those with visual and hearing disabilities.

Creating Kids Connecticut Children’s Museum Director Sandra Malmquist said the inspiration for Saturday’s performance came from Rigsbee.

Read entire Article . . . . Fiddler

Hearing Health Foundation – March E-News – Closed Captions

March 27, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

HHF March E-News

Where in the World are my Closed Captions?

Have you noticed the recent buzz about closed-captioning? Just last week, the FCC introduced quality rules for closed captions (CC) on television: TV broadcasters and other video programming distributors now must ensure that captions meet the following quality standards:

  • Accuracy: Captions must be grammatically correct and provide essential non-verbal information.
  • Synchronicity: Captions must coincide as closely as possible with the audio.
  • Completeness: The entire program should be captioned.
  • Placement: Captions should be viewable, legible and not block important on-screen information.

While a great step forward for TV, the Internet still lags behind. In a recent Time article, Steve Friess a hearing impaired journalist wrote a complaint against the Internet’s inaccessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing. As Steve watched the live-stream unveiling of the new Apple Watch, he realized there were no captions and was frustrated because Apple is often admired for creating devices that break down barriers for people with disabilities. By not providing CC, millions of people with hearing loss could not watch the event in real-time. Next month, HHF is meeting with Apple executives to discuss ways they can offer support for people with hearing loss and promote prevention. If you have a message you would like us to share directly with Apple, please email us.

Similarly, The New York Times thinks requesting CC for NYT.com’s videos is “an extremely reasonable request” and plans to roll out CC in the coming months. To read about one person’s recent challenge with CC at the movies, check out a blog post
written by HHF Board Chair, Shari Eberts.

Other Articles In This Issue of HHF March E-News

The “Designer” Mouse
Where are my Closed Captions?
Make Listening Safe
HRP Transitions into Phase II
Use It Or Lose it!
Kidneys and Hearing Health

 

 

 

Meet the Easter bunny THIS Saturday! – Deaf Camps, Inc. Easter Party

March 26, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Deaf Camps, Inc. Easter Party

Saturday, March 28

easter basket5:00-7:30pm
*Easter egg hunt begins at 5:45pm.*
Christ Deaf Church
1040 S Beechfield Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229All ages welcome!
Admission: $6 per person
Children under 12 will receive a FREE picture with the Easter Bunny.  Additional pictures $3 each.
Admission includes:

  • Pancake supper
  • Signing Easter Bunny
  • Easter egg hunt
  • Crafts
All proceeds will benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2015 scholarship fund.
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Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

 

Job Announcements: Disability Integration Advisor Positions

March 26, 2015 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Employment

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for two open positions: (1) Disability Integration Advisor; and (2) Disability Integration Advisor with a specialty in American Sign Language (ASL). The open period for these announcements is from Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015. For full information, including a description of duties, please review the job summaries below.

Apply using the following links via the USAJobs.gov portal:

  1. Disability Integration Advisor
  2. Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Blair at shannon.blair@fema.dhs.gov or by phone number 800-879-6076.

Job TitleDisability Integration Advisor
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-020-RSV
Salary Range: $40.37 to $40.37 / Per Hour
Open Period: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:

As a Disability Integration Advisor in FEMA’s Reservist Program, some of the duties you will be responsible for include:

  • Participating as part of a team in facility site evaluation for Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) within 48 hours of a validated State’s request.
  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to External Affairs, Community Relations, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities and/or other access and functional needs, have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, IT and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center locations.
  • Advising Support Services Branch and Equal Rights Advisors in the identification and evaluation of disability laws and regulations as they relate to space compliance in the various field locations.

Job TitleDisability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-019-RSV
Salary Range: $40.37 to $40.37 / Per Hour
Open Period: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:

As a Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty) in FEMA’s Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:

Providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors, FEMA employees, and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters.

Providing guidance regarding effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

Providing interpreting services to achieve equal access to effective communication between Disability Integration Advisors, Disability Advisor Leads and Command and General Staff including:

  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to Federal Coordinating Officer, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, External Affairs, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, Information Technology and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center and other field locations.

 

NBC Universal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship Accepting Applications

March 25, 2015 in Community News

 

aapd-logo

2015 NBC Universal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship Accepting Applications

The American Association of People with Disabilities is pleased to announced that we are accepting applications for the 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship.  We are offering four scholarships, which can be used for for the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2015, to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing communication or media-related degrees.  Each recipient will receive $5,625 for the tuition and fees at their college or university.

Students will need to provide us the following items to apply for the scholarship:

Completed 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship application (download from the AAPD website here)

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Two 300-350 word essays answering the following questions:
    • What inspired you to pursue a communications/media related degree?
    •  How will you use your degree to positively impact the disability community?
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor, academic advisor, or mentor

All applications and supporting materials should be emailed to scholarship@aapd.com by 5:00PM on Friday, April 24, 2015 in an accessible format.

A Sign of the Times for Hearing Impaired Patients

March 25, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

newswise
HarrisHealthSystem
March 23.2015

Newswise — Harris Health System is now using sign language video technology to better communicate with its hearing-impaired and hard-of-hearing patients. Connecting patients with physicians and nurses in a timely and convenient manner is one of the driving forces behind the new portable interpretation service.

New iPad®-equipped wheeled carts (similar to rolling blood-pressure stands) act as in-person translators of American Sign Language for patients and staff at a moment’s notice. The program has four such carts complete with speakers and audio enhancement capability at Harris Health’s Ben Taub, Quentin Mease and Lyndon B. Johnson hospitals.

“One of the greatest advantages of using this new technology in clinical settings is its on-demand availability,” says Graciela Zozaya, manager, Harris Health Interpretation Services. “This means less waiting time for patients and better time management efficiency for providers and staff.”

In the past, Harris Health used a service that provided in-person interpreters at a cost up to $105 an hour. The higher cost was assessed for calls requested urgently, during off-business hours or on weekends. All requests were charged a minimum of two hours.

Read More  . . . Hearing Impaired Patients

Update: Many Children’s Television Programs Now Accessible

March 25, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Disability.gov Update: Many Children’s Television Programs Now Accessible for Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

Many Children’s Television Programs Now Accessible for Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has made dozens of children’s television programs available online for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. The shows include closed captioning and video descriptions and can be viewed for free through the Department’s Accessible Television Portal project. Available shows include “Magic School Bus” and “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” This project is part of the Described and Captioned Media Program.

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ASL: IRS Tax Payment Options (Captions & Audio Video)

March 25, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Find out how you can pay your federal income taxes without having to go into an IRS office. Go to IRS.gov and click the Pay Your Tax Bill tab. https://youtu.be/dW7f2Di7ZPI

Being deaf doesn’t mean you don’t care about music

March 24, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Toy’s London show is a breakthrough for hearing-impaired fans – it will be captioned. Why can’t more gigs cater for fans whose love of music hasn’t been stopped by deafness?

theguardian
Tuesday March 24
Lee Walker

I was born in the middle of the 70s into a family and world swirling with music. One of my earliest memories is sitting cross-legged in awe of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 video on Top of the Pops, trying to decide whether I liked tomato ketchup more than brown sauce (I still haven’t decided). Fast-forward a few years, to the middle of the 80s, and everything was suddenly silenced. An attack of meningitis left me with permanent hearing loss. When I emerged from a coma, the first words to my mother were: “Tell me later mum, I can’t hear you.”

Coming to terms with my hearing loss was hard and frustrating. Learning to lipread enabled me to communicate with the so-called mainstream world and helped build my confidence and independence. I didn’t learn to sign, but I never gave up on music – religiously buying Smash Hits for the lyrics and watching Top of the Pops with the Teletext subtitles turned on.

Read More  . . . Music

 

Do-it-yourself healthcare is closer than you think

March 24, 2015 in Community News, Technology

 

Extreme Tech
By Ben Algaze
March 20, 2015

AUSTIN–Healthcare-related innovation was everywhere at South by Southwest Interactive this year. There were sessions on healthcare IT, big data, wearables, and innovative startups that are using technology to upend the status quo. For example, Tim O’Reilly gave a talk about adapting the same experience-focused approach used by companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber to reimagine health care delivery.

And if there is any industry ripe for disruption, it is healthcare. According to federal government statistics, healthcare expenditures in the U.S now exceed $3 trillion and represent 17% of the nation’s GDP. Yet despite consisting of such a huge slice of the economy, and incorporating large amounts of new technology for diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the past 30 years, the industry has failed at delivering cost-effective care. Compare that with the computing industry, where the million-dollar supercomputer of 20 years ago now fits in your pocket and costs $600 unsubsidized.

Read More  . . . Wearables

Disability.gov Update: Working from Home & Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program – March 25

March 24, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Community News

 

 

Working from Home & Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program – March 25

If you receive Social Security disability benefits and want to become financially independent and make more money by working, Social Security’s Ticket to Work (TTW) program can help. Register for this free Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) that will be held on March 25, 2015 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You’ll learn how the TTW and other work incentives may let you keep your benefits while you look into the possibility of working from home. Register online or call 866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY).

(Note: If you’re interested in learning more about self-employment, another webinar, “Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work!”, will be held on April 22, 2015.)

Have more questions about Social Security disability benefits, how going back to work may affect your benefits, or how to appeal a decision on your application? Check out Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Benefits.

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/f98d23

Inside Hollywood: Lou Ferrigno embraces fame for Hearing Loss, Muscular Dystrophy awareness

March 24, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Westsidetoday.com
March 20, 2015

by:  Brenton Garen

When you meet 6’5” Lou Ferrigno, aka the Hulk from the 1977-82 television series “The Incredible Hulk,” it doesn’t take long to realize the Santa Monica resident is a gentle giant, using his long lasting stardom to support charities close to his heart.

The 63-year-old, who lost 75 to 80 percent of his hearing in the first few years of his life, has close ties with The Starkey Foundation and L.A. Muscular Dystrophy Association.

In an exclusive interview with Westside Today, Ferrigno said The Starkey Foundation has fitted more than one million hearing aids to people in need around the world – a charity he is proud to support year round.

Read Interview  . . . Lou Ferrigno

NVAD General Meeting – SAT. April 11,

March 24, 2015 in Community Events, Community News

 

Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf (NVAD)
NVAD General Meeting

DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2015
TIME: 9:30AM
Meeting starts at 10:00AM.

Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

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

DOWNLOAD – NVAD_General Meeting Flyer

Red Cross Video: Preparing to go to a Shelter

March 24, 2015 in Community News

 

Red Cross Video: Preparing to go to a Shelter

Turn on for Closesd Captions.

Alternative Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izwCXt7B6sc

From the  Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Center, Inc. eNews