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Needed: TTY users or family/friends of TTY users

April 17, 2015 in Community News, Research, Technology



The Technology Access Program (TAP) at Gallaudet University is looking for individuals to participate in a study that will allow TTY users to communicate with friends and family members who do not use TTYs.  The study will last for up to 8 weeks, with participants making at least one call per week.

Participants who do not have TTYs will be given software to use to call their friends and family members who have TTYs, and each other.  Participants will be instructed how to use the software, and will be contacted periodically by TAP staff to answer any questions you may have.  At the end of the study, you will be interviewed about your experiences by TAP staff.

If you are interested in participating, or have questions about the study, please contact Paula Tucker by email at, or by phone (voice or TTY) at 202-651-5049. To call using VP, contact Christian Vogler at 202-250-2795.


Cancelled- NVAD General Meeting on Saturday, May 9th

April 16, 2015 in Community News



The May 9 NVAD general meeting has been cancelled due to Mother’s Day weekend. Flyer for NVAD’s traditional Strawberry Festival and cookout is in the works.

Fairfax County – Human Services Needs Assessment – Take Survey

April 16, 2015 in Community News



The Fairfax County – 2015 Human Services Needs Assessment will help us identify human service needs and potential solutions in communities throughout Fairfax County. Your input is critical to help strengthen opportunities for individuals and families to be safe, healthy and realize their potential.

We’re interested in your thoughts on topics such as:

  • Availability of physical, dental and behavioral health services
  • Accessible and affordable housing opportunities
  • Resources to promote financial stability
  • Opportunities and resources for children and youth
  • Resources for older adults that promote positive living and independence
  • Opportunities for community engagement

Please share this printable flyer PDF Icon with your friends.  We want their input too!

Participation is Easy! (March 30 – June 1)

Take our online survey! We’re interested in hearing feedback from individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It only takes a few moments to answer some key questions and share your thoughts to help shape the future of human services in Fairfax County.

Visit Fairfax County –  Human Services Needs Assessment  page

Take the 2015 Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Survey!

April 16, 2015 in Community News



Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can be received on cell phones across the country. These alerts are automatic, provide AMBER alerts, and weather emergency notifications. Unlike text alerts you may receive from your city, county, or institution, you do not have to sign-up to receive WEA messages.

Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy is interested in your level of awareness of WEA messages. This survey will also help us understand how accessible and useful you think they are.  Your responses will be used to craft recommendations for improving the system that sends WEA messages and the mobile/cell phones that receive WEA messages.

This research is being funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate. The Research team’s goals are to (1) ensure the same timely and effective access to alerts and warnings for people with disabilities and (2) improve understanding of public response to mobile alerts and warnings.  The survey is open to both people with and without disabilities.  We encourage you take the survey yourself and share it with friends, family and colleagues so they too can provide their responses.

Start the Wireless Emergency Alert Survey!


As an incentive for taking our 2015 WEA survey you will have a chance to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you wish to take the survey over the phone, please email Salimah LaForce or call her at 404-894-8297.



American School For The Deaf Opens 1920 Time Capsule

April 16, 2015 in Community News



Suzanne Carlson
April 11,2015

WEST HARTFORD — Newspapers, coins, and documents buried in a time capsule at the American School for the Deaf saw the light of day for the first time in 95 years Friday.

“I’m speechless, honestly. It represents another historic milestone for the school,” said Executive Director Jeffrey Bravin.

Bravin said the faculty who buried the capsule in 1920 had hoped the school would continue for 100 years, and “I hope we’ll continue for another 100 years and history will repeat itself.”

Bravin and several students removed the items from the metal time capsule in front of a crowd of about 200 staff, students, and alumni at a celebration of the school’s Founders’ Day. The capsule was buried under a cornerstone of Gallaudet Hall during its construction. The new, cutting-edge Gallaudet-Clerc Education Center was built in 2013 and the aging 170,000-square-foot Gallaudet Hall was torn down in 2014. The capsule was uncovered on March 5.

The first item to emerge was a copy

Read more  . See pictures. . Time Capsule



Schedule for Art Signs: Gallery talk in ASL at American Art Museum

April 16, 2015 in Community News



Please  –  Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the following dates (See Below) for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL. 

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL.  Art Signs guide Tracey Salaway will get us in the mood for spring with the painting “Spring Dance” by Arthur Mathews; Emily Blachly will discuss the ages and stages of life in Helen Lundeberg’s “Double Portrait of the Artist in Time.”


Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, at 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m.
Thursday,  July 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 13, at 5:30 p.m.

Where:      Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Meet at the F Street Information Desk


Baltimore Deaf Happy Hour-April 17th

April 14, 2015 in Community News



Next BDHH event is on April 17th!  5:00 PM -> on
It will be at NEW place of BDHH sites..
Its called Reckless Ric, the address is
1702 Furnace Dr. Glen Burnie, MD 21060

… Enjoy the new place!

Searching for the Deaf history of Martha’s Vineyard

April 14, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Mike Mantin

The island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts has a legendary place in Deaf history. Known by most as an affluent resort where the kinds of people who use ‘Summer’ as a verb go to Summer, it is also hugely important as an island which from the 17th century to the 1950s had an unusually high number of Deaf residents.

In places like Chilmark, up to one in twenty-five people were Deaf, and the small town of Squibnocket had one in four, all of whom were well known and respected members of the community. As such, both Deaf and hearing residents incorporated the specific Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language into their daily lives. This effectively eradicated many of the social and linguistic boundaries which Deaf people continue to experience in society today.

Read more. . . view pictures . . . Martha’s Vineyard

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Deal With Lingering, Invisible Injury: Tinnitus

April 14, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



WGBH – Boston
April 13, 2015

Dave Fortier was about to finish his first marathon.

“As I was looking at the arches and looking where I was going to be going, that’s when everything changed,” he said.

As the first bomb went off, he saw a huge flash of light off to his left.

“I was knocked sideways,” he said. “I ended up on the ground over near the grandstands, with just this muffled noise and this ringing in my ears.”

He could see people screaming. But he couldn’t hear them.

“I did see the second explosion,” he said. “I did feel it, but I really couldn’t hear it. It sounded like a distant gunshot.”

At some point, Fortier looked down and saw a pool of blood forming around his foot. He’d been hit by shrapnel. He was taken to the hospital.

“They were sewing me up, and I still remember talking to the doctors about my — about the noise, this ringing, when does it go away?” he said. “And they said, ‘Yeah, it should be gone within a couple of days.’ And it is still as loud today as it was two years ago.”

Read more . . .  Boston



Advanced Style and Audicus Announce Fashion-Forward Line of Hearing Aids

April 14, 2015 in Community News



NEW YORKApril 13, 2015 /
PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Advanced Style and Audicus ( have partnered to design a collection of limited edition fashionable hearing aids in vivid patterns. This collaboration furthers Audicus’ mission of destigmatizing hearing aids and Advanced Style’s mission to showcase a creative and vital image of aging.

The Advanced Style x Audicus collection includes leopard, pink glitter, silver hologram and black-and-white polka dot hearing aids. These designs transform traditional hearing aids into fashionable accessories.

“We’re excited for this collaboration with Advanced Style, as it highlights our commitment to innovation when it comes to hearing aids,” said Patrick Freuler, founder and CEO of Audicus. “We hope to appeal to sophisticated and style-conscious people who would like to hear better.”

Read more  . . . Advanced Style

Mayo, Target among those developing Apple Watch apps

April 14, 2015 in Community News, Technology



Twin Cities•COM
By Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Someday soon, when workers at Minneapolis advertising agency Space150 leave their key fobs at home, they will have another way to gain office access: the Apple Watch on their wrists.

Apple’s much-publicized smartwatch, due for release later this month, will become a kind of key for unlocking the doors with a screen tap or a wrist flick. (Intoning “Open Sesame” will be optional.)

Space150, like thousands of other companies in Minnesota and around the world, are hard at work on apps for the Apple Watch in the belief that the shiny wrist device .  – – – – –  Read entire Article  – – –

– – – – –  For Eden Prairie-based Starkey Hearing Technologies, developing for the Apple Watch is a no-brainer because a number of the company’s hearing aids already interact closely with the iPhone.

Users of such hearing aids can fine-tune their audio using a Starkey app on the iPhone, and select noise-filter presets for different environments, such as cars and restaurants.

Now they will able to make a number of those adjustments and selections on the Apple Watch as well, said Dave Fabry, Starkey’s vice president of audiology and professional relations.

Additional Apple Watch-related possibilities may exist, Fabry added, but the company won’t know for sure how these will develop until it gets the the watch later this month.


Fort Wayne airport adds video phone for deaf travelers

April 14, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Transportation


April 11, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A new video phone that allows the deaf to communicate with other deaf people over a video link has been installed at the Fort Wayne International Airport.

The Journal Gazette reports that the phone’s video relay service allows deaf users to communicate by signing directly to another deaf person.

It can also connect deaf callers to American Sign Language-trained translators who translate their signed words into spoken English and relay it to a hearing person on the line.

Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority spokeswoman Jessica Miller says the technology is a welcome addition to the airport.

The video phone’s many uses include allowing deaf travelers to warn family and friends when their flights have been delayed.

Original Article  . . . Video Phone

HLAA-DC Program — Classical Guitar Concert Featuring Charles Mokotoff-MAY17

April 14, 2015 in Community Events, Community News



WHEN: Sunday, May 17, 2015, 3 – 4:30 pm

WHERE: Calvary Baptist Church
                755 8th St., NW
                  Washington, DC 20001

Further information about this program, and about Mr. Mokotoff — his artistry and his hearing loss story — can be found in the attachment, and in a Hearing Loss Magazine article at

This will be a real treat   But space is limited. So please RSVP to as soon as possible to reserve your place.



WSJD Board Nominations Wanted

April 13, 2015 in Community News



What? The Nomination Committee of the Washington Society of Jewish Deaf  is seeking nominations to fill two member-at-large positions.

How? Nominate yourself. Nominate someone.

Email the Nominating Committee the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address and videophone number
  • Tell us about yourself.
  • Share your vision for WSJD.
  • Let us know what skills you can share with the WSJD Board and community.
  • Why should the WSJD Board of Directors and community  consider your nomination?

For more information and/or to email your nomination, contact Stephanie Summers, Chair, Nominating Committee


Deadline date: May 15, 2015


Interpreted show, Fox on the Fairway, at Reston Community Theater-MAY 1

April 13, 2015 in Community News


ASL performance on
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

All RCP mainstage performances are in the CenterStage theater at the

Reston Community Center,
2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston,
Virginia 20191

(in the Hunters Woods Village Center).
The theater is accessible to the physically handicapped and is equipped for the hearing impaired.

Fox on the Fairway is a tribute from Ken Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s.  Fox On The Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with… golf.

Tickets for Fox on the Fairway can be purchased at the CenterStage box office any Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4-9pm; Saturday from 1-5pm; and 2 hours before any ticketed performance.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling the CenterStage box office at 703-476-4500, then press 3 for the 24-hour ticket ordering system.  An online option is available on the Reston Community Players web site,  Click tickets and then the link for the specific performance desired.  RCP uses secure online ticketing through Reston Community Center and