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4th Winchester CRAFT & VENDORS FAIR Sat. Oct 17th

July 29, 2015 in Community News

Come be a part of the 4th Fair!

Saturday Oct 17th, 2015

10AM – 5 PM

APPLE BLOSSOM MALL (Indoors!) 1850 Apple Blossom Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
Funds to support Sign language Organization (SLO) & Access Independence Deaf Outreach Services

For directions to Vendors’ Fair, visit:
or calI 540-931-9124
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Who Are the Role Models Since Helen Keller?

July 29, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Janice S. Lintz

South Africa’s Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. The United Kingdom followed five years later with the Disability Discrimination Act. Yet where are all the great leaders championing access for people with hearing loss?

Nelson Mandela wore hearing aids but he is only known for overcoming apartheid in South Africa. Malala Yousafzai wears a cochlear implant, but she never mentions it when she speaks about educating girls. Academy Award Winner and actress Jodi Foster stood up at the Oscars to declare she was a lesbian but never mentioned that she wears a hearing aid despite its prominence in a Daily Mail photograph.

There are 360 million people worldwide with some form of hearing loss. How can an issue be so pervasive but with no recognizable role models or leaders? There are great advocates within the insular hearing loss community but no person who captivates the world.

Why are people willing to discuss their race, religion, gender, age and sexual orientation but unwilling to discuss their hearing loss? Is hearing loss so stigmatized that we have created what Dr. Julie Gurner, a leadership consultant, calls a “culture of shame”? She explains: “Prominent figures hide their hearing loss so perhaps other people feel maybe they should hide theirs as well.” The press ridiculed Prince Philip when he was first seen wearing hearing aids.

Read more  . . .  Role Models


Marlee Matlin to star in Deaf West’s production of ‘Spring Awakening’

July 27, 2015 in Community News



United Press International
By Karen Butler
July 26, 2015

NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) — Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin is to make her Broadway debut in the upcoming production of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik‘s Spring Awakening, producers announced.

“It’s been 30 years since I had the opportunity to be part of the groundbreaking [film] Children of a Lesser God and I couldn’t be more proud and honored to have been asked to join Deaf West Theatre’s innovative revival of Spring Awakening on Broadway,” Matlin said in a statement.

Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2007, will play a strictly limited Broadway engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previews are to begin Sept. 8 and opening night is set for Sept. 27.

Read More  . . . Marlee Matlin


Massachusetts testing program to clear way for deaf jurors

July 26, 2015 in Community News, Disability Law



Jul 24, 2015

Massachusetts is testing a program that would enable profoundly deaf people to serve on juries in state courts with the help of sign-language interpreters, in an effort described by advocates for the deaf as the most extensive in the United States.

The program, which has so far been tested in eight of the state’s 14 counties, aims to provide deaf Massachusetts residents summoned to jury duty with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters from the moment they arrive at a courthouse, through jury selection and trial, officials said on Friday.

The program is expected to go into full operation statewide next year, said Heidi Reed, who heads the state’s Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

“We wanted to ensure that affected jurors who used ASL would have the opportunity to go through the selection process and potentially serve on a jury,” Reed said.

Previously, deaf people who were summoned for jury duty in the state had to specially request assistance or defer service. The state estimates that 1 percent of the population is deaf, with about 400 deaf people called for jury duty in a typical year.

Read more . . . . Jurors 

To Friends of NVRC –
Announcement from Board Chair Bill Boyd

July 22, 2015 in Community News, NVRC Announcements



The Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC)

Board Selects Interim Executive Director

July 22, 2015 –

Following the recent retirement of the NVRC’s beloved Executive Director Cheryl Heppner, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Interim Executive Director, Bob Loftur-Thun. Bob is a partner with Carol Loftur-Thun in Sustainability Nexus, LLC a professional organization providing interim executive leadership and consulting services for nonprofits. Carol will serve as a consultant to NVRC. The Interim Executive Director will provide leadership for NVRC operations as we conduct a national Executive Director search.

This Transition will provide NVRC the opportunity to engage in critical strategic planning for the future, and to further sharpen our vison and mission to provide improved community services in our region. During this transition we will also seek input from the community, stakeholders, funders and partners to review and enhance our service delivery. Both Bob and Carol will work with our NVRC Staff and Board to build a stronger organization prepared for future opportunities and challenges. You may contact Bob at

A Celebration of Cheryl Heppner and her exemplary career will be scheduled for midSeptember 2015. Further details will be announced soon. Well wishes may be sent to Cheryl at: *Please write “Cheryl Heppner” in the subject line.

Visit our website and also sign up for NVRC E-News to stay in touch for the upcoming announcements and opportunities that we will share during this important time of change. Thank you for your continued interest and support for our mission to serve people with hearing loss and people who are deaf.



VDDHH publishing Text to 911 Virginia area map

July 21, 2015 in Community News



To see the status of  the Text-to-9-1-1 Deployment in the Commonwealth of Virginia 

Commonwealth of Virginia PSAP Coverage Areas
Virginia Information Technologies Agency
Status of Text-to-9-1-1 Deployment Map

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July 16, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness


Beginner ASL (6 weeks) 

Beginner ASL is an introductory course to American Sign Language, the Community and the Culture. Students will learn fingerspelling, numbers, gestures, glossing and an introduction to ASL signs.

6-week Beginner ASL class – Wednesdays July 29-Sept. 2
DOWNLOAD Beginner ASL-July 2015 flyer

Conversational ASL (6 weeks)

Conversational ASL is a 6-week course focusing on fingerspelling, numbers, gestures, expressions and signs practiced through games, break out groups, role playing and songs.

6-week Conversational ASL class  – Thursdays July 30-Sept 3
DOWNLOAD – Conversational ASL- 2015 Flyer

No textbook is required

Classes will be held at : NVRC – 3951 Pender Drive,  Suite 130,  Fairfax, VA 22030

Learn More . . . Dates for ASL Classes





Help Wanted: female household assistant – needed ASAP

July 11, 2015 in Community News


HELP WANTED: Female seeking female household assistant for driving, shopping, light housework, household organization, and occasional cooking.   Must be a safe, experienced and confident driver; have a good working knowledge of the greater DC-area roads, and be able to problem-solve independently. Knowledge of sign language prefered. If interested please prepare resume with each of the following as appropriate to your situation: Full name;address; email; pager/text number; videophone number; and educational and work experience. No smoking or illegal drug use.   Send resume by email to asap.

Help wanted: Female seeking female household assistant most weekends for help with driving, light houswork and ocooking.  Must be a confident driver with basic knowledge of northern virginia, DC and suburban MD roads.  No smoking or illegal drugs.  Knowledge of sign language preferred.  If interersted send a resume dealing education and work history and current address, phone/videophone number, email and text number to:

ADA – Arlington Getting It Right Workshop – July 30-31

July 10, 2015 in Community Events, Community News





This workshop will provide tools and information to emergency managers, disability organizations and stakeholders who want to improve resources and services to people with disabilities and their families before, during and after a disaster. This workshop will encourage facilitation of full integration and inclusion in all aspects of emergency preparedness and response. We will also help you understand how to be in full compliance to avoid litigation. The speakers include representatives from FEMA, disability stakeholder organizations, a representative from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and those involved in the recent litigation of the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled v. City of New York.

Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford St.
Arlington VA 22203

July 30-31, 2015

Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch and all materials.   Register

Hotel Reservations
Group rates are available at the Hilton Arlington for this workshop. Click the button to the right or call the hotel at 1-800-HILTONS to make your reservation. The group code is PLS. Reservations must be made by July 10,2015 to receive the discounted rate.  Book Your Room

More Information
Go to our website for the agenda and more information about this workshop. Agenda

Good News! Trix Bruce is coming to Frederick, Maryland!-Sept. 11-12

July 10, 2015 in Community News


Trix Bruce

September 11, 2015, Friday 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lexical Non-Manual Signals: The “TH” signal   

This workshop has a focus on the non-manual “TH” signal. Interpreters will analyze and apply this grammatical marker in various contexts. Video clips and discussion will increase interpreters’ confidence. Contexts include: character development, structures, English idioms, conjunctions, adjectives, and more. (0.4 RID CEUs available) Demo: Video Clip: “Feeling Like A Fool!” )

Registration: $50 in advance or $60 at door

Registration Link:


September 12, 2015, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm

Face-Painting with Non-Manual Signals in ASL 

Non-manual signals (NMS) in American Sign Language enrich and clarify the meaning of manual signs.  Come and learn that art of painting your face with a full spectrum of NMS colors and designs. Non-Manual Signals include: 1) Non-Manual Adverbs 2) Lexical Non-Manual Behaviors 3) Non-Manual Grammatical Markers 4) Emotional States / Evaluative judgments 5) Prosodic Structure 6) Discourse Structure 7) Turn Taking 8) Backchannel Feedback 9) Grammatical ?Sound? Markers, and 10) Mouth Movements. This workshop will focus on developing accurate non-manual signals and markers as used in ASL. Demonstrations of each category of facial behaviors and head movements will be shown in context. Practice exercises will be offered.  By the end of this workshop, you’ll be an artist! (0.7 RID CEUs available!)

Registration: $80 in advance or $90 at door

Registration Link:


September 10-11, 2015 ~ 8 am – 2pm

Your own private Mentor! As your mentor, Trix will focus on you, providing individualized feedback and instruction in English/ASL translation and Deaf culture. Under the direction of an expert instructor, your skills will soar! Email her for an appointment. Mentor appointments are not included the workshop registration. For a mentor appointment, there is a separate fee. (RID CEUs available!)

William R. Talley Recreation Center
121 North Bentz Street
Frederick, MD 21701 


BIO: Patricia (Trix) Bruce, from Seattle, Washington, is known nationwide as both a workshop presenter and an American Sign Language performer. Trix’s work has been warmly received everywhere, from local community centers, to state, regional and national conferences, Deaf Way II, interpreter conventions and more.  Wildly popular as a teacher of ASL storytelling and ASL interpretation, Trix impresses audiences at all levels of ASL skill, from novices to fluent experts. Trix has been profoundly deaf since she was 6 months old. She went through oral, mainstreaming, deaf classes, and online educational programs. Trix has been involved in the performing arts since 1980. After completing her college program, she became involved with interpreter training. Trix’s main area of study has been ASL Linguistics with a focus on ASL Performance.  She has developed a popular website: Whether writing, creating, improvising or starring in her many productions, Trix’s passion for the dramatic arts shines through.



Employment – Dining Facility Attendant Food Service Worker – Quantico, VA

July 10, 2015 in Community News




Rehabilitation Recruiter for ServiceSouce food service contracts has Job Opening.

They are  IMMEDIATELY hiring for Dining Facility Attendant Food Service Worker

DOWNLOAD – ServiceSource_job_description

DOWNLOAD – ServiceSource_How_to_Apply

AT&T Petitions FCC to Replace TTY with Real-Time Text for Hearing Impaired

July 9, 2015 in Community News



by Joshua Guyan

AT&T submitted a Petition for Rulemaking to the FCC, requesting that the Commission update its rules requiring support for text telephone (TTY) technology.  The petition asks the FCC to launch a proceeding to recognize real-time text (RTT) as an acceptable alternative to TTY under the Commission’s accessibility rules and, in the interim, AT&T is seeking a waiver to allow it to deploy IP (Internet protocol)-based voice services without support for TTY.

TTY technology has long been used to enable individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate by typing messages on TTY devices that are transmitted over telephone lines to TTY devices at the receiving end.  Currently, TTY compatibility is required for a variety of communications services under the FCC’s accessibility rules.  The petition argues that TTY technology is outdated and incompatible with increasingly prevalent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.  Newer RTT communication has the advantages of interoperability with IP networks and instantaneous transmission that allows for interactive conversations.

By developing RTT so that it is interoperable with TTY, and permitting RTT to be used as an acceptable alternative to TTY, the petition argues that service providers and device manufacturers would be able to choose the accessibility method that works best for their service.  The petition posits that ultimately, RTT will fully replace the use TTY.


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Signs & Sound – Baby Sign Language Workshop

July 7, 2015 in Community News




Learn language, stimulate intellectual development, & build his/her self esteem!

BEST AGES: 6 mos—3 years of age Parents welcome to learn,even when anticipating baby’s arrival!

Each 60 and 90 minute workshop will be filled with signs, songs, and activities that you can integrate into your daily life immediately!

Cost: $40 for 60 minutes, $60 for 90 minutes
2 parents/caregivers + 1 child included in session fee

Locations Available: Gainesville & Fairfax, VA

DOWNLOAD – Baby Sign Flyer

Signs of Life • Deaf Ministry Annual Picnic • August 22

July 7, 2015 in Community Events, Community News


When: DOWNLOAD - mbcPicnic2015Picnic_flyer
Saturday August 22, 2015
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Bull Run – Park Shelter 10
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centerville, VA  20121

Bring your food ! Potluck!

Dr. Gabriel Love

Download – mbc2015Picnic_flyer

Botswana’s hearing aid pioneers are betting on solar power to go global

July 7, 2015 in Community News



Quartz Africa
BY Sibusiso Tshabalala
July 6, 2015

Six years after developing the prototype of a solar-powered hearing aid, Deaftronics, a Botswana-based company, is readying to take its technology global.

Later this month, the company will pitch its pioneering solar-powered hearing aid at the Global Innovation Through Science and Technology (GIST Tech-I) in Kenya. The global contest–which takes place on the sidelines of US President Barack Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)–is an initiative of the US Department of State that seeks to find impactful science and technology companies making a difference in over 74 countries.

Since the launch of the company in 2009, Deaftronics has sold over  . . .

Read more  . . . Solar