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Online Cued Speech Class – Gallaudet – Center for Continuing Studies

August 25, 2016 in Community News



Don’t miss this great opportunity–register now!

What will you learn?
This course covers two critical areas in Beginner Cued Speech-skills development and context. The skills portion of this course covers all eight handshapes and phonemes used in the system then focuses on developing proficient expressive skills and beginning receptive skills. This course also covers related topics such as the various applications of cued American English and evidence based use with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Discussions on various ways how cued American English and American Sign Language can be immersed in a variety of settings will also take place.

Course: PST 125 Beginner Cued Speech (2 credits)
Tuition: $574
Instructor: Amy Crumrine
Dates: October 24 – December 16, 2016
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to start of class.

Learn more  . . . Cued Speech

After Deaf Man Is Killed by Cop in Traffic Stop, How Drivers With Hearing Loss Can Stay Safe

August 25, 2016 in Community News


by Inside Edition
August 24, 2016

The recent fatal shooting of a deaf driver by a police officer in North Carolina has raised questions about safety for hearing impaired motorists.

Jennifer Labriola, the principal of the New York School for the Deaf who drives to work each day, told Inside Edition through a sign language interpreter that if a hearing impaired driver is pulled over, “you tell the police officer you’re deaf and ‘I need to write this down.’ You point to your ear.”

She added: “It’s important to wait for your instructions and not do anything. Just wait and see. When they ask for my license and registration, at that point, I would take out the items asked for.”

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1 in 4 deaf people have quit their job due to discrimination

August 25, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Employment



ONREC – The Online Recruitment Resource
25 Aug 2016

The survey, created by totaljobs in partnership with five deaf charities, reveals that the majority (56%) of deaf or hard of hearing employees have experienced discrimination during their career. This has led to one in four (25%) deaf people leaving a job because of a difficult environment.

  • 72% of deaf people have received no support because of being deaf in finding a job
  • 65% believe developments in technology have made it easier to be deaf in the workplace
  • 56% have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to being deaf or hard of hearing
    • 62% from colleagues
    • 53% from management
    • 37% during a job interview
  • 25% have left a job due to discrimination
  • 19% have not told their employer they are deaf or have experienced hearing loss

Discrimination plays a large part in the working lives of deaf people and many are forced to quit their jobs because of it, according to a new survey.

Read more  . . . discrimination

Link to Survey Results – Deaf jobseeker and employee experiences survey report 2016

Life Without Captions By Gael Hannan

August 25, 2016 in Community News



Better Hearing Consumer
By Gael Hannan

Do you use captioning?  On TV, perhaps, or in the theater, or on internet videos?  Perhaps you enjoy CART (Communication Access RealtimeTranslation) at live events?

It’s not easy to explain the simple power of turning the captions “ON” for people who have difficulty hearing the spoken word. It’s the difference between dark and light, confusion and clarity, misinterpretation and understanding. Instead of being locked outside in a storm, we’re chatting with friends around a fire.

In whatever form we use it, captioning brings the spoken word to life. It turns blah-de-blah-de-ya-da into meaningful conversation. It gives us access to people, and that’s what we’re all here for, right? So what happens when we lose the words, when there’s no captioning to fill in the blanks?

Read More  . . . Captions

Women of the Wild a place to gather and grow – Oct 7th – 10th

August 19, 2016 in Community News

Women of the Wild 2016

Friday, Oct. 7th, 3pm to Monday, Oct. 10th, 12pm

Abrams Creek Drive
Elk Garden, WV
Check out some of the amazing workshops and offerings that will fill this magical weekend.

More information here Website 


-Yoga of the Wild
-Self Pleasures. Self Desires.
-Medicate. Writing and Poetry Workshop
-Nature Stroll
-Yoga Inclusivity
-Beginner Yoga in ASL
-Master the Wonders, Mysteries, and Full Potential of Your Vagina
-Your Para-Normal Self
-Mindfulness Meditation
-Yoga and Poetry: Flow and Let Go
-Body Positivity and Intuitive Eating
-Naked Moon Conjuring
-Radical Yoga
-Building Bridges Back to Yourself
-Transcendental Dancing
-Magic Women’s Sister Circle

Check out the full class/workshop descriptions here.

Women of the wild 2016 is accessible to the deaf community and will have ASL interpreters at all scheduled programs.

Registration is still open, though spots are filling up quickly!


August 18, 2016 in Community News

Hosted by the Statewide Interagency Team (SIT) of Virginia 

Friday, September 23
4- 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)
1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203 I Richmond, VA 23229


Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Fam,s Drive I Richmond, VA 23229

Learn about the many services and organizations designed to meet the needs of Virginians who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deafblind Watch demonstrations of the latest assistive communications technologies at VDDHH Meet representatives from participating agencies and organizations at OARS & VDDHH
Enjoy light refreshments and more!

For more infonnation contact: (804) 662-9502 (voice/TTY) I

Northern Virginia Tinnitus Support Group – Kickoff Session – Sept 20th

August 11, 2016 in Community News, Tinnitus


Join our Kickoff Session:
Northern Virginia Tinnitus Support Group

Date:        Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7PM
Location: Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons

3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030

Directions to NVRC:

Share your personal experiences
Coping strategies
Symptom triggers
Management techniques
Current Treatment options

The Future ….

For additional information, please contact:

Elaine Wolfson,
Marian Patey,
Debbie Jones,

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – YOU-TUBE Channel

August 11, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News



Dear Friends of VDDHH,

VDDHH now has a YouTube Channel.

We hope to start posting videos in ASL with voice/captions to share VDDHH events & news.

Please become a ‘subscriber’ to follow VDDHH!

And here’s the latest video introducing myself:

Please share,

Eric Raff, Deputy Director

JAMES A. POLK Passed Away on July 13, 2016

August 11, 2016 in Community News



Born on 09/26/1956
Departed on 07/13/2016James-Polk-photo
Resided in Woodbridge, Virginia

James Andrew Polk, 59, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Marian Manor Alzheimer’s Care facility in Stafford.

James was born Sept. 26, 1956, in London, England to William E. Polk and Joy Lomax Polk. He attended both the Potomac School in McLean, VA, and the Kent School in Kent, CT, where he earned his high school diploma in 1974.

A memorial service celebrating James’ life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 13, at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke, VA 22015.

Obituary  . . . James Andrew Polk


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


The Better Hearing Consumer
By Gael Hannan
Don’t you just love those headlines that promise you the world?

5 Simple Tricks You Can Do TODAY to Revive Your Love Life!
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Celery—But Should!
3 Neat Ways to Pick the 5 People You’ll Meet Up There!

These are examples of a listicle—a combination of an article and a list which offers advice to help you solve a problem, make you a better person, or make you prettier, smarter, richer or all three at one go.  Writers like listicles because using bullet points means less grammar and punctuation to worry about.  Readers like them because it’s about their problemgetting to the point without a lot of yah-de-ya-da (which is what you’re reading right now).

Read more  . . . 20 QUESTIONS & 5 STEPS

No limits: Olympic athletes thriving with hearing loss

August 4, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News



 Healthy Hearing 
Contributed by Lisa Packer, staff writer
Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Full of drive and determination, Olympic athletes and Olympic hopefuls are admired role models who remind us of the amazing human potential. All eyes will be on our heroes in Rio de Janeiro this month as they strive for the pinnacle of athletic success: a gold medal. Being an elite athlete is no easy feat. Athletes regularly contend with injuries, grueling hours of training and sacrifices too numerous to mention, and some are competing with another challenge: hearing loss.

Read more . . . Olympic athletes

Pakistan – Coke Studio used technology and created music for the deaf

August 4, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



TECH Juice – Pakistan
By Muneeb Ahmad
August 2, 2016

Ahead of the launch of Coke Studio’s Season 9, Coca-Cola has partnered with Deaf Reach Schools and Training Center to make history and has created music for the deaf or the people with some kind of hearing impairment. Advanced technologies are being employed to create an environment for the deaf community allowing them to feel what it actually is like to hear music.

The initiative titled as “Coke Studio for the Deaf”, was launched by Coke Studio just recently. In a bid to provide music to ‘everyone’, Coca-Cola created Coke Studio for the 9 million people in Pakistan bearing a full or partial hearing loss.

Read more  . . . See captioned / translated video

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

August 4, 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 1, 2016 – attached is 40th Year Anniversary form

ECNV’s Voter Registration Drive – Aug 16th – 18th

August 4, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Community News


ECNV’s Voter Registration Drive 

When? August 16 and 18, 2-4 p.m.

Where? ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA 

Stop by ECNV on August 16th and 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for our Voter Registration Drive where staff will work with you one-on-one to help you prepare and register for the November elections. 

The Voter Registration Drive will provide individuals with disabilities residing in Northern VA with:

•       Registration forms and an overview on how to fill them out

•      Help consumers find the closest voting locations

•       Review the proper documents REQUIRED to vote

•       How to obtain an Absentee Ballot

•       And any other questions that you may have!

Note: Please contact ECNV at or 703-525-3268 if you are unable to attend the above dates and times and we will be glad to set up an appointment to meet with you on a different date.

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Gallaudet Students in Philadelphia for the Democratic Convention

July 28, 2016 in Community News



The Democratic Party foresees a total of 50,000 attendees at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The DNC will be held July 25th through the 28th. Nine lucky Gallaudet University students will be participating in the 2-week Washington Center’s Democratic Convention Seminar, through Temple University.

The two-week seminar will include: formal instruction, guest lectures, and fieldwork assignments, allowing interns to experience the DNC, from behind the scenes. During the second half of the program, students will volunteer at the Wells Fargo Arena, where they will work with their fieldwork assignments, based on the organization to which they are assigned.

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