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ADWAS Announces Expansion of the National Deaf Hotline

April 13, 2017 in Community News

 

 

ADWAS is excited to announce that the National Deaf Hotline Services has been expanded to 24/7. Our hours are no longer limited to Monday – Friday and from 9AM- 5PM (PCT). We would like to share this information to the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard-of-Hearing community by distributing and sharing this accessible resource that is readily made available for the survivors, family members & friends, and service providers.

VA Relay Survey – VDDHH and Hamilton Relay

April 13, 2017 in Community News

 

 

Seek your feedback on using Virginia Relay.
Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey here –www.hamiltonrelay.com/vasurvey

Lawmakers want hearing aids to be easier to get, but doctors object

April 13, 2017 in Community News

 

Boston Globe
By Victoria McGrane GLOBE STAFF
APRIL 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — Patricia Holland of Waltham suffered a panic attack during a vacation in Savannah, Ga., 13 years ago when she lost her hearing aid and had no way to quickly find a replacement. Almost two weeks later, when she finally got one, she teared up with joy even though she had to hand over $2,600.

“If you have hearing loss, it’s amazing how people make you feel like you’re inferior,” said the 79-year-old, who first learned she had age-related hearing loss in her 60s. “You’re made to feel that you’re not adequate, when you’re really highly intelligent.” Read more  . . . .

Exhibitor & Sponsors for Celebrate Communication 2017

April 6, 2017 in Community News

Exhibitor list for Celebrate Communication 2017 >>> Exhibitors 2017

Celebrate Communication – Sponsors 

NVRC extends its appreciation to its sponsors
for their generosity to make this event a success. 

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Virginia Department for the
Deaf and Hard of
Hearing (VDDHH) 

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Virginia Relay

The foundation of all programs at the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is COMMUNICATION, both as a service through sign language interpreters and assistive technology, and as a means of sharing information through training and education by a team of qualified Outreach Specialists.

VDDHH also serves as the oversight agency for Virginia Relay, the federally mandated telecommunications service for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled.

Contact or visit us to learn more about iCanConnect Virginia, a new program offering assistive technology to persons who are deaf-blind, and the TAP Veterans Program providing telecommunications equipment to veterans and returning servicemen and women who have a hearing loss.

VDDHH is located at 1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203, Henrico, VA 23229 with local Outreach offices around the state. For more information, contact us at 1-800-552-7917 v/t or frontdsk@vddhh.virginia.gov, and visit us at  www.vddhh.org www.varelay.orgwww.icanconnectvirginia.org or on our VDDHH and Virginia Relay Facebook pages.

 

Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Acquired by Sonova Holding AG and working with Phonak since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that restores hearing to those with severe-to-profound hearing loss.

With operations in over 50 countries and a track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB’s talented, group of technologists and professionals are driven to succeed, work with integrity, and stay firmly committed to quality while delivering unmatched customer service. https://www.advancedbionics.com
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The mission of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is to support the empowerment of deafened people. Late-Deafened Adults are people who have lost the ability to understand speech with or without hearing aids after acquiring spoken language. ALDA is committed to providing a support network and a sense of belonging by sharing our unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies, helping one another find practical solutions and emotional support, and working together with other organizations and service providers for our common good.
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Boston Properties Boston Properties, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), is one of the largest owners, acquirers and developers of office properties in the United States.  Founded in 1970, the firm owns and manages 151 properties containing more than 43.5 million square feet.  Its portfolio reflects a commitment to architectural excellence, innovative technologies and attention to the highest possible standards of service. Boston Properties maintains regional offices in Boston, New Jersey, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Contact: 202-585-0800 or www.bostonproperties.com

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Cochlear Americas Cochlear Americas
Hear now. And always As the global leader in hearing solutions, Cochlear is dedicated to bringing the gift of sound to people all over the world. With our hearing solutions, Cochlear has reconnected over 250,000 people to their families, friends and communities in more than 100 countries.Along with the industry’s largest investment in research and development, we continue to partner with leading international researchers and hearing professionals, ensuring that we are at the forefront in the science of hearing.For the hearing impaired receiving any one of Cochlear’s hearing solutions, our commitment is that for the rest of their life they will Hear now. And always www.cochlear.com
Duartek, Inc. was founded in June 1987 by Joseph C. Duarte. For more than 20 years, Duartek has taken the lead in providing assistive technology solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people. Duartek specializes in custom engineered systems to provide communications access solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people using Hearing Loops and other assistive technology platforms. Our services include: consulting, engineering, design, and installations of audio systems, hearing assistance systems, home entertainment systems, security systems, and visual notification systems. http://www.duartek.com

 

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Family Hearing Services, Inc. is a private practice that offers comprehensive audiology and hearing aid services to people of all ages in Washington metro area. We are committed to making a difference and improving our patient’s quality of life. Our diagnostic standard is thorough and extensive, and our treatment philosophy is to value the patient’s quality of life above all else. http://familyhearingva.com
Hull Hearing Aid Service – “Better Living Through Better Hearing” For over 75 (Y)EARS Hull Hearing Aid Service, Inc. has offered uncompromising excellence to our hard of hearing family of friends. Our services range from sophisticated testing, at no charge to you, in a sound treated booth that can include tone and speech testing, middle ear analysis and real ear measurement. We provide a personalized fitting based on ear canal size, hand dexterity audiogram and specific environments of most concern to you. www.hullhearing.com

 

 

InnoCaption is being provided by MEZMO Corporation. MEZMO has been doing Research and Development for wired and wireless communication technologies and owns a lot of patents for Internet Protocol-Captioned Telephone Service (IP-CTS). MEZMO also developed related applications on the Android app and iPhone app along with a server and system for service operation and management of this technology.

MEZMO’s goal is to improve or give back hearing equivalency to anyone faced with a hearing loss through the development of new mobile communication technologies. We are very passionate and excited about getting to offer this product.Thank you in advance for the opportunity to serve you. http://www.innocaption.com

MEDELsq MED-EL – Since its founders developed the world’s first microelectronic, multichannel cochlear implant in 1977, MED-EL has set new standards in hearing implant technologies, developing and manufacturing technologically advanced hearing solutions for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. MED-EL hearing implant systems, currently used in over 100 countries, combines the latest scientific advances, engineering and manufacturing techniques for performance, safety and reliability. Products available in the United States include the MAESTRO cochlear implant system and the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE®, the first FDA-approved implantable middle ear prosthesis. Contact us: implants-usa@medel.com ; www.medel.com

 

 www.NVRC.org NVRC Outreach

 

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NVRC Technology Assistive Devices 

 

 

Sorenson Communications® (www.sorenson.com) is a provider of industry-leading communication products and services for the deaf. The company’s offerings include Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®), the highest-quality video interpreting service; the Sorenson ntouch® VP videophone, designed especially for use by deaf individuals; ntouch® PC, software that connects users to SVRS by using a PC and webcam; ntouch® for Mac®, software that connects users to SVRS by using an Apple® computer; ntouch® Tablet, which turns the Apple iPad® with a front-facing camera into a larger-screen mobile VP; and ntouch® Mobile, an application empowering SVRS communication via mobile devices.

 


Verbatim

Verbatim Captioning
Beverly Early, CSR, is a proud sponsor of Celebrate Communication. Beverly Early, a licensed Certified Shorthand Reporter for 28 years, has been providing Verbatim Captioning Services across the United States since 2000.  Contact: 703-628-7789 or CAsomer@aol.com  for more information about closed-captioning, webcasting or CART services.

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Exhibitor List 

  • ASL Access
  • Bridging Hands Camp
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Center For Family Involvement
  • Colorfulcreations00
  • DC Deaf Moviegoers
  • Direct Cellars
  • Fairfax County, Department of Family Services
  • Fairfax County, Office of Human Rights
  • Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office – FREE child identification and fingerprinting
  • Gallaudet University – Office of Admissions and Outreach
  • Gallaudet University – Peer Mentor Program
  • Happy Hands – Deaf Seniors
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Joan’s Knitted Dolls
  • Lesner Hearing Center
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc
  • Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association
  • Otolaryngology Associates
  • RAZ Mobility
  • Silent meadow
  • Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc
  • Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness – Va Deaf-Blind Project
  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • Yellow Leaf Yoga

Updated April 6, 2017

NVRC Rehoboth Beach Vacation RAFFLE

April 1, 2017 in Community Events, Community News

Raffle tickets on sale now through
Celebrate Communication on April 22.

$5.00/ TICKET or FIVE TICKETS for $20.00

Tickets SOLD ONLY at NVRC Office and at
CELEBRATE COMMUNICATION
DRAWING WILL BE at 1:15 pm on April 22nd

You do not need to be present to win!

RAFFLE Includes 3 Nights at a Private Rehoboth Beach Delaware Condo and 1 Large Gift Basket.

Description of Condo:

  • Spring Lake Condominiums – Sussex County, DE
  • 3.5 hours drive from Washington DC area
  • Located off of Coastal Hwy One between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.
  • 15 minute walk to ocean, 15 minute walk to downtown Rehoboth Beach ( 5 minute drive)

Rehoboth has many activities for all ages.  Restaurants, Boardwalk, Beach Walks, Bike and Scooter rentals, Kite Rentals, Outlet Malls, Art Galleries, Concerts, Visitor Center. Ferry service to Cape May New, Jersey from Lewes.  45 minutes north of Ocean City

Cozy ground floor end unit (no stairs).  Free and ample parking.  Exterior patio faces beautiful pond.

One Bedroom (King bed), Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living Room.  1 and ½ Baths with walk-in shower.  Fully furnished kitchen and laundry facilities. Two TVs with cable.  Wifi available.  Swimming pool use available in season. Electric outdoor grill. Beach chairs, towels and sheets provided.

Winner can reserve condo as available between May – December 2017

BEACH BASKET :

  • Beverage & Glasses
  • Maps and Tourist Information for Rehoboth
  • Dolled Candy
  • Sun Lotion
  • Beach Towel
  • Calendar
  • Notecards
  • and more  . . . . . .

All raffle proceeds for Northern Virginia. Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons.

 

DOWNLOAD – Rehoboth Beach RAFFLE Flyer

Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) Assessment Day 

March 9, 2017 in Community News, Hearing Aids, Technology, Wearables

February 24, 2017

Gallaudet University’s Doctoral Degree in Audiology Program will hold a “Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) Assessment Day” at the University at 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC in the Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC) building on Saturday April 1, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

The purpose of the day is to help you assess your communication needs and “test drive” Hearing Assistive Technologies that can improve your communication at home, work, and leisure.

There is no cost for participation in this program, and no obligation to purchase anything from Gallaudet. However, you must pre-register for the program to participate. Register quickly: maximum capacity will be 15: five participants for each of the three sessions.

You can sign up for one of three 90-minute sessions at 8:30 am, 10:30 am or 12:30 am on Saturday April 1. Each session will begin with coffee, snacks and an informal introduction. A team of two students will work with you for up to 60 minutes to explore your communication needs and technology options.

As an added bonus, each participant will be provided with handouts of basic HAT information and an opportunity to order the purchase of desired hearing assistive technology items “at cost” to Gallaudet.

All of the students and faculty will be able to communicate with you in either ASL or spoken English, and an FM will be provided upon request.

For more information, or to register, email matthew.bakke@gallaudet.edu or call 202-651-5335 and leave a message.

Eastern Deaf Timberfest 2017 – July 12-15, 2017

February 22, 2017 in Community News

 

 

Eastern Deaf Timberfest 2017

July 12 – 15, 2017

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp – Resort

in Hagerstown, Maryland

http://www.easterndeaftimberfest.org/#Timberfest2017

Hearing Loss Association – DC Chapter – Jan 29th • 2:00 PM

January 12, 2017 in Community News

 

 

HLAA-DC is pleased to announce a program in which Dr. Carrie Nieman will discuss a program developed and pilot-tested in Baltimore that provides accessible and affordable hearing care. This program could be an important development, especially for low-income and vulnerable older adults for whom the cost of traditional hearing care is a major barrier.

Dr. Nieman is a resident in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and founding Executive Director of Access HEARS, a social enterprise committed to making hearing care accessible and affordable.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 29 at 2:00pm
Place: DC Public Library at Tenleytown (large meeting room), 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (less than a block from the Tenleytown Station on Metro’s Red Line).

Please see the PDF announcement attached below.

Please note that this invitation is open to all. Feel free to pass information about it to friends, colleagues, students, clients and others who you think may be interested.

DOWNLOAD PDF Announcement

Eastern Deaf Bikers Holiday Party – Saturday, Jan. 28th

January 10, 2017 in Community Events, Community News

January 28, 2017 Saturday
Time: 12 Noon

Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030

EDB will provide ham.  

Please follow  your last name A-Z.
A – F: Desserts
G – L: Appetizers
M – S: Cold Salads
T – Z: Hot Dishes

Please inform Darrell Dall at president@EasternDeafBikers.org what dish(es) you will bring to prevent duplicates and the number of people coming to the party.

After the Holiday Party, there will be a meeting. According to EDB bylaws, we are required to have a membership meeting twice a year.

DOWNLOAD – Eastern_Deaf_Bikers_Flyer

2017 Celebrate Communication – APRIL 22, 2017

December 15, 2016 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 • 10 AM to 2 PM

LOCATION:  Northern Virginia Community College • Ernst Community Cultural Center/Gymnasium • 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

Celebrate Communication is the area’s premier information fair for anyone with an interest in or connection to hearing loss.

Last year we had over 40 vendors will be offering free information on a wide variety of resources including State and local government programs, cutting edge technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, ASL and Cued Speech, hearing dogs, and many more.

READ ABOUT – Rehoboth Beach Vacation Raffle

Share the CELEBRATE COMMUNICATION 2017 Flyer 

Click on one of the following to learn more.

CC Info 2017 Sponsor-Exhibitor directions
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The National Gallery of Art – Tour Information – Next event Dec. 11th

December 8, 2016 in Community News

 

The National Gallery of Art
ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection, EAST BUILDING

The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 pm.  The tour meets by the information desk in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.  http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/calendar/guided-tours/accessible-programs/american-sign-language.html

All are welcome!
Please let me know if you have any questions about this program.


NEW! 
ASL Video Tour of the East Building Highlights
We now have a free self-guided ASL video tour available for use in the East Building galleries!  Explore the Gallery’s modern and contemporary collection using these videos.  Watch the videos on your own device or borrow an Acoustiguide device and receive written instructions about accessing the tour at the information desk in the atrium of the East Building.
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/audio-video/video/collection-highlights-east-building-asl.html

These videos join our existing West Building highlights ASL video tour:
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/audio-video/video/asl.html

Assistive Listening Devices Available
ALDs are available for use on any public tour with three weeks’ advance notice if possible.  To view a full listing of tours visitwww.nga.gov and click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Bradford at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905 to arrange the use of ALDs.

Invitation DisAbility Resource Center – Open House – Dec. 7th

November 25, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

 

Join the disAbility Resource Center as it Celebrates the Holidays at its 16th Annual Open House

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
409 Progress St., Fredericksburg, VA  22401

At 4 p.m. we will provide recognition and appreciation of Arva Priola who is retiring after more than 20 years of service to the  dRC
and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

R.S.V. P.: 540-373-2559 or drc@cildrc.org

NVAD Holiday Luncheon – Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

November 25, 2016 in Community News

Happy Holidays! Join us for our delicious holiday luncheon.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00PM to 5:00PM 

Yard House at Springfield – Town Center
6791 Springfield Mall Springfield, VA 22150

Seating is limited to 30 guests – First Come, First Serve

RSVP to Paul Daniels at paulwdaniels@cox.net or VP 571-766-0725

by Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Menu: http://www.yardhouse.com/menu-listing/eat

Holiday Gift Exchange Game ~ $10.00 Gift Card

DOWNLOAD – nvad-holiday-luncheon_saturday-december-10-2016

For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall:
571-766-0671 (VP) or missgraffie@gmail.com (email)

WMAU Radio Interview of Gallaudet University’s President Roberta Cordano

November 21, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WMAU 
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET), Monday  11/21/2016

Interview with Gallaudet University Roberta Cordano

Gallaudet University inaugurated a new president in late-September. Roberta Cordano is the University’s first female, deaf president, and the third since the student-led “Deaf President Now,” movement in 1988. The new president inherits the school at a time of transition: Gallaudet and the surrounding neighborhood are in the midst of a large-scale development project, and Cordano sees the potential for it to become an “ASL tourist destination.” Kojo sits down with Cordano to talk about the legacy and future of Gallaudet University.

Watch signed/captioned video of interview

DOWNLOAD Caption Transcript – PDF 11-21-2016

 

Deaf musician plays viola with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

WMAR Baltimore
By WMAR Staff
Nov 16, 2016

Music isn’t just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She’s deaf — but plays the viola.

Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with professionals.

“I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much,” Cheng said. “The idea of playing it with a real orchestra was just too irresistible for me to pass up. Even though I have a hearing loss; I keep thinking, Beethoven would approve.”

Cheng, founder of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, has always been a musician. She lost her hearing after a bad fever when she was 2 years old. She started playing the piano at age seven and later began playing violin in college.

Read more  . . . See captioned video