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Ingrid Michaelson Recruits Deaf and Hard of Hearing Actors to Perform ASL in New ‘Hell No’ Music Video

July 21, 2016 in Community News



Ingrid Michaelson got particularly hands-on for her latest music video.

The indie pop artist released the official clip of her new breakup single “Hell No” in April, and it was the first music video completely filmed on Snapchat. But after seeing the Deaf West theater company’s Spring Awakening cast perform on the Tony Awards last month, she was inspired to recreate the music video for a wider range of viewers.

So, Michaelson tapped six actors from the theater company who range from hard of hearing to deaf, and they appear in her new “Hell No” music video performing the lyrics translated to American Sign Language – and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the music video.

Read more  . . . See video . . .  Ingrid Michaelson

Detroit Deaf Heritage Book – by Kathleen Brockway

July 21, 2016 in Community News


Discover the History of Detroit’s Deaf Heritage
Deaf author releases second book feattuing stunning, vintage images

Telling a story in pictures is Detroit’s Deaf Heritage, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author Kathleen Brockway, who was recently inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, is set to release on June 20, 2016. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the deaf community in the Michigan city.

Download Press Release Detroit Deaf Heritage

Learn more  . . . . Detroit’s Deaf Heritage


NVRC mourns the passing of Board Member Donna Grossman

July 15, 2016 in Community News


Donna Grossman – Long Time NVRC Board Member

Donna GrossmanThe NVRC staff and board members are so very sad to learn of Donna’s passing.  Our condolences to Donna’s family in this great loss for all of you, her many friends, colleagues and the community.  She gave so much to all of us.

Donna passed away in her sleep while on vacation in Vancouver, BC on Tuesday, July 12th.

There will be a memorial service for her

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 11:00 AM
Northern VA Hebrew Congregation
1441 Wiehle Avenue
Reston, VA 20190

Info and condolences

Notice in : The Washington Post on July 16, 2016 

Deaf people encounter troubles with medical care

July 14, 2016 in Community News


The Sacramento Bee |
JULY 11, 2016

When you’re hospitalized or in pain, understanding a doctor’s diagnosis or a nurse’s instructions is hard enough. But when you’re deaf, it can feel like being shut out.

Ellen Thielman, a retired computer programmer, found that out twice this year. Deaf since infancy, the Sacramento resident has navigated the hearing world for years – graduating from college, raising two children and working more than 20 years for several California state government departments.

But when Thielman, 67, landed in the emergency room last January with what she thought might be symptoms of a stroke, she was frustrated by the lack of adequate sign-language interpreters and her inability to effectively talk with medical staff.

“I was furious, upset and a bit traumatized. I felt really alone,” said Thielman, who lives independently but needs a service dog to hear even her own doorbell.

Thielman wasn’t misdiagnosed, mistreated or given improper medications. Still, in two emergency room visits and subsequent hospital stays this year at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, she said she frequently felt isolated and unsure why she was getting certain injections or exactly what her medical status was. Both times, she said, it took three to four hours for a trained interpreter to arrive in the emergency room. Later, in the hospital, she was unable to schedule an interpreter to meet with her doctors.

During her multi-night hospital stays, her primary means of conversation was to scribble back-and-forth notes with her nurses and doctors.


Read more  . . . medical care

Art Signs:  Gallery talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum – Aug 18th

July 14, 2016 in Community News



Join us this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for Art Signs gallery talks in ASL at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Enjoy conversation and learn something new!

Thursday, August 18, 5:30 p.m.
Meet at the F Street Information Desk
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC
Metro:  Gallery Place


InnoCaption is relaunching July 7, 2016!

July 7, 2016 in Community News


Live captioning phone calls for your smartphone.
Going live at 7:00 AM Central Time.

Brit – Greg Rutherford risks permanent hearing loss if he continues competing

July 7, 2016 in Community News


  • Olympic champion still plans to go to Rio this summer

  • Rutherford says there is a one in four chance he will have lifelong affliction

Greg Rutherford, the Olympic long jump champion, has claimed he is risking permanent hearing loss in his left ear by continuing to compete.

The 29-year-old said the whiplash injury he suffered in his last competition – the Birmingham Diamond League a month ago – had caused a severe inner ear condition.

And he admitted that were it not Olympic year, with the chance in Rio to defend the title he won at London 2012, he would probably be taking time away from the sport to get the problem fixed.

Rutherford said there was a one in four chance the problem, called cochlear hydrops, would become a lifelong affliction.

Read more . . . Greg Rutherford

Testicular cancer survivors may have hearing loss after cisplatin therapy, study shows

July 5, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research



Science Daily
Date: June 27, 2016

Source: Indiana University

Summary: Many testicular cancer survivors experience hearing loss after cisplatin-based chemotherapy, according to researchers who studied, for the first time, the cumulative effects of cisplatin-based chemotherapy on hearing levels in testicular cancer survivors through comprehensive audiometry measurements. They found that increasing doses of cisplatin were associated with increased hearing loss at most of the tested frequencies, involving 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 kHz.

Read more  . . .  Study Shows 

ASL-Interpreted Performance of McLean Community Players’ “Footloose” is July 23

June 30, 2016 in Community Events, Community News


Join us in the Alden Theatre on Saturday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.

This performance of “Footloose, the Musical” will be ASL-interpreted by First Chair Interpreted Productions, LLC. Based on the movie of the same name, “Footloose” tells the story of Ren, a high school student who is forced to move with his mother from Chicago to Bomont, a small farming town, after his father abandons them. Ren expects to have the usual problems in adjusting to a new school, but he does not expect the repressive atmosphere of Bomont, where a powerful minister has persuaded the town council to ban dancing and rock music. Please see the Accessibility page on MCP’s website  for more details. “Footloose” will be performed at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA 22101. Tickets are $23-$25.

No handicap: Deaf swimmer finishes 6th in trials race

June 28, 2016 in Community News



– Associated PressMark_Titus
June 27, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – When Marcus Titus is gliding through the water, his head bobbing up and down, he doesn’t hear the roar of the crowd.

Or anything else, for that matter.

Deaf since birth, Titus swims in a quiet isolation that he believes actually gives him an edge over those in the other lanes, who can hear everything going on around them.

“I don’t have to hear the crowd, the noises, the distractions,” Titus said. “I can just focus on my race.”

Now, Titus is serving as an inspiration to others with so-called disabilities. He made it all the way to the 100-meter breaststroke final at the U.S. swimming trials, but finished sixth Monday night to fall short of his first Olympics at age 30.

Read More  . . . Deaf swimmer

Cards assist law enforcement, drivers with hearing loss

June 23, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness




The communication card is designed to be stored on a sun visor, in a bag or backpack, or on a passenger seat for easy use. To download the card, visit (Image provided by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights)

C&G Newspapers – METRO DETROIT
Posted June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has released a new communication tool that will ease communication between law enforcement and individuals who are deaf or have partial hearing loss.

Supported by statewide law enforcement organizations — including the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police — the communication card is designed to be stored on a sun visor, in a bag or backpack, or on a passenger seat for easy use.

One side of the card notifies law enforcement that the person is either deaf or has partial hearing loss. It offers quick tips to facilitate communication, including, but not limited to, “Get my attention first,” “Make eye contact when you speak,” and “I cannot lip-read everything you say.”

Read more . . . Cards



VA-Residents skeptical about commercial Dev. of deaf and blind school property

June 23, 2016 in Community News



Daily Press, Hampton, VA
By Ryan Murphy
June 22, 2016

A potential new direction for the site of a defunct state school for the deaf, blind and multidisabled off of Hampton’s Shell Road was met with skepticism and frustration from many local residents at an informational meeting Tuesday evening.

The city of Hampton bought the school property in 2010 from the state in the hopes of redeveloping the site. In 2013, city staff held meetings with the public to get their thoughts on what should go in there, after which the aim was to draw in a mixed-use residential development.

However, Hampton’s community development director, Terry O’Neill, said the concept has shifted as the city has failed to attract a mixed-use developer and potential buyers with commercial aspirations have been eyeing the property.

Read more  . . . See Video, . . .School Property

Orlando shooting underscores need for text-to-911 system in Arizona, attorney says

June 23, 2016 in Community News



Jun 14, 2016 2:59 AM EDT

In Orange County, Fla. — and in every 911 call center throughout Arizona — people cannot send text messages to dispatchers. However, a lawsuit filed in Arizona federal court is demanding that the state adopt the new technology.

The lawsuit, filed by the National Association of the Deaf and the Arizona Center for Disability Law, claims the state’s current 911 system is discriminatory.

“What we’re claiming is that people with disabilities are not provided equal access to 911, which is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehab Act,” said attorney Asim Dietrich.

Read more  . .  Watch Video . . . text-to-911




June 23, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



The energetic youthful campers at the Aspen Camp in Snowmass, Colorado, partake in a wide variety of team building and outdoor activities that have been funded by generous donations, and grants from organizations such as Sertoma. Sertoma’s recent grant helped Aspen Camp fund new scholarships and camp activities.

June 17, 2016

Ah, the sweet essence and experience of summer camp. It is place where freedom and adventure intertwine, new relationships grow and comfort zones dissolve.

For those attending Aspen Camp in Snowmass, Colorado, it is a special opportunity for both Deaf* children and Deaf* adults to explore new realms, relationships and the outdoors.

Read more  . . . about Deaf Camp 

FCC Reinstates InnoCaption Conditional Certification for IP CTS

June 23, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology



The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lifted the suspension of the conditional certification of InnoCaption to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS).

In April of 2015, CGB suspended InnoCaption’s conditional certification to provide IP CTS because InnoCaption failed to provide 911 calling to emergency services as required by the FCC’s rules.  During the period of suspension, InnoCaption took steps to fix its service so it could handle 911 calls.  In the Order adopted today, CGB concludes that InnoCaption is now capable of handling 911 calls through its IP CTS service in compliance with the FCC’s rules.  As a result, InnoCaption is permitted to resume providing IP CTS.

The link(s) for the document are as follows:

For further information contact Eliot Greenwald at or 202-418-2235.