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Deaf Boomers, a new organization

March 3, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Happy Hands



Deaf Boomers, a new organization committed to building Deaf retirement communities throughout the country. Our first location is targeted for the Washington DC and Baltimore metro area. This community will be created to foster the Deaf culture, providing the best possible care and stress-free environment through the latest in high-tech features and amenities.

Imagine…a community built to your specific needs and desires, surrounded by your family and friends daily. You have cultivated these close relationships throughout the years – through school, work and other activities. Our communities will enable those bonds to continue. As a central gathering place for the area’s entire Deaf community, not just our seniors, our communities will be vibrant with daily activity.

Read More . . .

Visit Deaf Boomers website

MWADB Announcements

March 3, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


February 27, 2015

Spring Love Celebration Party

The Celebration Party is coming soon.
We have food, drink and tons of FUN.

When: March 7, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Gallaudet University – Ole Jim
Admission: $10.00
SSP: $2.00 (to help us cover the cost)

Please RSVP at and register yourself to prepare for transportation, SSP and food.

If you cannot open it or it’s not accessible to you please work with our event coordinator Jada by sending her an email to

If you can offer SSP or can provide ride please fill the form out and contact our SSP coordinator Rachel at


Webinar: Understanding the Travel Needs of People with Disabilities
From ICDRinfo

When: March 3, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

You are invited to participate in an Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) webinar: Understanding the Travel Needs of People with Disabilities.

Your participation will assist us in developing solutions to enhance mobility of traveler with disabilities. Also, you will enable them to reliably, safely, and independently plan and execute their travel.

ATTRI is a joint US Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiative, co-led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Webinar attendees will be asked to respond to the flowing questions:
1.      What are your transportation needs and barriers to independent travel?
2.      How do you use technology now? and
3.      How can technology help you get to the places you need to go in the future?

To participate in this webinar, please go to the online registration site at
to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Wilder at:; phone: phone (202)366-1077, or FAX


Rescheduled ODHH Legislative Awareness Day

When: March 23, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Legislative Services Building, Annapolis, MD

Please RSVP by March 13 at


If you have news or announcements to share with MWADB, or no longer want to receive MWADB e-news, please send an email to

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Eight ways to save your hearing

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



Longevity Live
FEBRUARY 26 , 2015 

Can’t hear the TV, a quiet conversation or your best friend on the phone? You’re not alone. Up to 52% of adults over the age of 50 may have hearing loss – half of it severe enough to interfere with everyday life. And the long-term complexities of hearing loss are far-reaching: new reports show that it triples the risk for dementia. That’s because not hearing what others say can cut you off from the world and deprive you of stimulation.

That’s bad news for your mood and your mind. Isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, foggy memory, slowed-down thinking and even brain shrinkage. Compromised hearing can make walking more difficult (you miss tiny clues that help you to stay balanced), and falls become more likely. The things that can damage the delicate, sound-sensing machinery in your inner ear include everything from aging and genetics to autoimmune disorders, ear infections, head injuries and loud noises. Some factors are beyond your control, but not all.

Read More  . . . Save Your Hearing

Hearing Health Forum on Capitol Hill – AG Bell eNews

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


 From: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – eNews  2/26/2015





terpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

February 26, 2015 in Community News


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Treeva Gibson Overcame Hearing Loss to Audition For “The Voice”

February 26, 2015 in Community News



Treeva Gibson Overcame Hearing Loss to Audition For “The Voice” & That Accomplishment Is Better Than Any Trophy
February, 23, 2015

There’s one thing I love more than the talent on The Voice — and no it’s not Adam Levine — it’s the incredible stories of the contestants. Sure, a story can only get you so far. But since every contestant that makes it to The Voice Blind Auditions is talented, their stories only put the cherry on top and make them stand out even more. To overcome a difficult or challenging past and still have the confidence to pursue a career in music is a pretty amazing thing, and I’m glad The Voice highlights these contestants and their accomplishments. One contestant who is an excellent example of overcoming challenges is 16-year-old Treeva Gibson. Both of Gibson’s parents are deaf and she suffers from minor hearing loss herself. Despite this, she taught herself all about music and managed to score a spot on Team Christina for season eight.

Read more  . . . The voice

Internet slang meets American Sign Language

February 26, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Interpreting & Transliterating



How do you sign “new” words? The Deaf community works as a network, collectively brainstorming new sign language terms over the web, until dominant signs emerge.

As language evolves, the powers that regulate language tend to shift. Just look at the Oxford English Dictionary, who added terms like “duck face,” “lolcat,” and “hawt” to their prestigious lexicon this past December. For the English-speaking world, these additions are anywhere from ridiculous to annoying but at the end of the day, the terms are accepted and agreed upon.

But how do these new, internet-laden turns of phrase enter the sign language community? Was there a way of expressing “selfie” in ASL, was there a sign for “photobomb?” Our simplistic question turned into a larger conversation about the nature of communication.

See interactive page & read more . . . Internet slang
(Loads very slow be patient – requires Adobe Flash)

WISE Webinars – Employment Info

February 26, 2015 in Community News, Employment



WISE webinars are live, free and accessible online events for those interested in learning about Ticket to Work, Work Incentives and other disability employment related topics. Social Security and disability employment experts will be available to answer your questions. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

View Details and Register »

Leadership Opportunities for Teens Program (LOFT) Deadline,March 5!

February 24, 2015 in Community News


LOFT is a five-day sleep-away program for high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language as their primary mode of communication. LOFT is an excellent opportunity for high school and college-bound teens interested in an enlightening and confidence-building experience away from home with their peers.

LOFT is about cultivating and unleashing teens’ leadership skills by providing a supportive and structured environment where participants can increase self-confidence, self-advocacy skills and their understanding of their own strengths and abilities through individual and group activities.

Learn more about . . . LOFT

Applications must be received by AG Bell by March 5, 2015. We are strict about the deadline. You can submit your application in one of two ways:

  1. Scan the complete application with all required attachments into one PDF document and email to: Wendy Will at (this is the preferred form for application submission).
  2. Or, you may mail the application to: Wendy Will – LOFT 2015
    8745 Gary Burns Drive, Suite 160-504
    Frisco, TX 75034


White House staffer Leah Katz-Hernandez is a pioneer on the reception desk

February 24, 2015 in Community News



Fox News Latino
By Pablo Manriquez
February 23, 2015

In the West Wing of the White House, Leah Katz-Hernandez communicates with the first couple in a way that few others, even the president’s most trusted advisers, ever do.

Katz-Hernandez, who is deaf, is the new receptionist of the United States, or what those in Washington like to abbreviate as ROTUS (a play on POTUS – president of the United States). She grew bicoastal, raised by a Jewish mother and a Mexican-American father in Connecticut, frequently visiting her father’s family in California.

After working in the Chicago headquarters of Obama’s re-election campaign, she moved to Washington, D.C., and was hired as an assistant in the first lady’s office.

“It was my first week on the job,” Katz-Hernandez, 27, told Fox News Latino. “I was having lunch at my desk when a staffer from the West Wing came by and said, ‘I want to introduce you to the First Lady.’ The next thing I know the First Lady is standing in front of me. She said, ‘Hi, my name is…’ and then she finger-spelled her name. It was really a wonderful moment. I knew I’d arrived in a great place and felt really motivated to work hard for her.”

Read entire article   . . . White House

Sign Language Summer Camp

February 24, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness


Summer Camp Opportunity

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner and we’re looking for campers for our 7th annual Sign Language Camp.  The camp is a one week residential program for children who have completed grades 3-8.  We are looking for both Deaf children and hearing children who are interested in learning sign.

July 19th – 24, 2015

Deb Shapiro
Sign Language Camp Program Coordinator
Camping for All

DOWNLOAD – SignLanguageCampflyer2015

Cochlear Recipient to Compete on This Season of Survivor!

February 24, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News





It’s time to find your inner adventurer (or at least your inner cheerleader) because one of our very own recipients is set to participate in this season of the hit CBS show ‘Survivor’.

Los Angeles-based Cochlear™ Nucleus® 6 System recipient Nina Poersch is breaking stereotypes for all people living with hearing loss and is showing the world that nothing should hold you back from anything you set your mind to. She is not only able to “survive” thanks to her Nucleus 6 Sound Processor, she is able to thrive both at home and in the wild. Read Nina’s ‘Survivor’ cast profile here.

We encourage you to support Nina by tuning into the show – and ask your friends and family to do the same! It airs on CBS every Wednesday, starting February 25th. Check your local listings for correct stations and times in your area, and don’t forget to set your DVRs!

Stay in touch with Nina’s adventures through weekly updates on our Cochlear Facebookand Twitter pages and be sure to follow the hashtag #TeamNina.

Congratulations Nina and best of luck on the show!

Original Posting

Nina Poersch Profile

Let’s See More #DeafTalent in Hollywood

February 20, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News



Huff Post Entertainment
by Lydia L. Callis
Feb 17, 2015

Over the past couple weeks, the #DeafTalent movement spread like wildfire across social media. Using this hashtag, members of the Deaf community publicly spoke out against the cultural appropriation of deafness in movies and TV. With so many talented deaf/HoH performer working to catch their big break in Hollywood, it is inexcusable that hearing actors and actresses continue being cast for these roles. Deaf parts belong to deaf performers — people who understand the experience of hearing loss and can accurately portray deaf characters. Just as blackface is not an acceptable way to depict a black character, having a non-deaf actor pretend to be deaf is irresponsible, unethical, and offensive.

The #DeafTalent hashtag began making waves after a NY Daily News interview with Catalina Sandino Moreno raised red flags in the Deaf community. Moreno, a hearing actress, was cast to play a deaf woman in the leading role of her new film Medeas. But in the NYDN interview, it became clear that Moreno has had very little exposure to deafness or Deaf culture.

Read More . . . #DeafTalent

Hearing Loss Association of America e-News – February 11

February 20, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News


February 11, 2015

Here is what HLAA is doing for you, a person with hearing loss. Comments and news items can be sent to Lise Hamlin, HLAA director of public policy. You can learn more about our advocacy efforts by visiting HLAA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Agenda pageEncourage your friends to sign up for this free e-News today.

See entire original HLAA e-News email


Petition • Pay Innocaption for +100,000 minutes of captioned phone calls

February 20, 2015 in Community News, Technology




This petition will be delivered to: FCC

Pay Innocaption for +100,000 minutes of captioned phone calls for the deaf!

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is not paying Innocaption for the more than 100,000 minutes of services provided by them to support deaf and hard-of-hearing people to make and receive captioned telephone calls on cell phones.

Innocaption is a brand new company that has engineered new technologies to provide captioning to cell phones. The benefits of this technology has never before been experienced by hearing-impaired people: lightening fast captioning with almost no delay, mobile captioning on the go, captioned voice mail, and the abilty to both make and receive calls.

When this company started, FCC agreed to support them by paying for the minutes of captioning services. This way, deaf and HOH folk using the app don’t have to pay for anything more than what hearing people pay for to use cell phones.  

READ MORE  Sign this petition. . . Innocaption