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November 11, 2014 in Community Events, Education & Outreach

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Our recent volunteer efforts focus on youth
education, engagement & empowerment!

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)

UPDATES

  • In honor of International Week of the Deaf, D.C. United honored HEARD as “Nonprofit of the Match.”  We organized this event to give our volunteers time to take their minds off of the mentally, physically and emotionally draining work that they do daily.  Deaf returned citizen Jason “JT” Tozier signed the National Anthem and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., showed up with friends and family in a humbling act of solidarity.  We were honored by the outpouring of support shown by hearing and deaf communities alike.

Read more about Heard’s recent achievements.

HEARD WEBSITE: www.behearddc.org

 

Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling – Workshop Nov. 5th

October 24, 2014 in Community Events, Families

 

 

Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling

with America’s Calm Coach Kirk Martin & his son, Casey

 

Kirk will demonstrate 10 ways to:
• Get your kids to listen the first time. • Stop defiance, disrespect and yelling.
• Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights.
• Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.
• Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.

 

“Practical, life-changing and laugh-out-loud funny”

Wednesday, November 5
7:00pm – 9:00pm

(Interpreters will be provided for the Wednesday lecture.)

Thursday, November 6

 10:30am – 12:30pm

– Perfectfor parents with kids ages 2-22.
– Both workshops cover the same content.

 

Parkwood Baptist Church
8726 Braddock Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003

The workshops are graciously sponsored by the Parkwood Wee Center.

The events are free and opened to the community.

Watch the Video at www.CelebrateCalm.com

 

Contact Brett with any questions. 888.506.1871
Brett@CelebrateCalm.com

Download Celebrate Calm Flyer

 

PAH Workshop at Circle of Support Conference – Saturday, November 8th

October 17, 2014 in Community Events, Families

 
PAH will be providing a workshop at the Circle of Support Conference sponsored by the ARC of Greater Prince William on Saturday, November 8th.

The Circle of Support Conference is for families of those with special needs and the professionals that work with them. PAH’s presentation is titled, “A Survival Guide for Parents of Children that are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.” Other sessions at the conference focus on Medicaid waivers, behavioral interventions, and advocacy.

The conference is from 8 am – 3 pm with registration due by October 31st and will be held at Hylton High School near Woodbridge, VA. Learn more about Circle of Support and register online at: http://arcgpw.org/event-view/the-20th-circle-of-support-conference/

Saturday, November 8th.
8 am – 3 pm
registration due by October 31st

Hylton High School
14051 Spriggs Rd
Woodbridge VA 22193

 

 

Virginia Guide By Your Side Program is hosting a regional Meet & Greet for families

October 14, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Families

 

 

The Virginia Guide By Your Side Program is hosting a regional Meet & Greet for families of young children (0-10 years old) who are deaf/hard of hearing on Saturday, October 18 at John Tyler Community College, Chester campus from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you know of any families whose children are deaf/hard of hearing and under 10 years of age, and especially those who live within driving distance to Chester, please share the attached flyer.

At this free Meet & Greet, families can:

  • Meet other families,
  • Visit local and state exhibitors, including HankMillard, Coordinator of Special Education and Parent Involvement at VDOE
  • Pick up free resources and materials,
  • Learn more about (and play with) service dogs,
  • Get expert advice on communication modalities,
  • Snack on refreshments, and
  • Enjoy seeing their children play with other children who are d/hh!

Meet & Greet events in Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach were each attended by 20+ families.  GBYS must have at least 15 families register by October 10 or this event may be cancelled.  Please encourage families to RSVP by October 15, 2014.  

Parents may register by emailing Irene Schmalz at ischmalz@vcu.edu or by calling Daphne Miller at 1-866-493-1090 

Additional questions can be directed to Irene Schmalz at ischmalz@vcu.edu.

Learn more about the GBYS program and its resources by visiting www.centerforfamilyinvolvement.org (click on Family to Family Network tab; click on Guide By Your Side link on left).

Videos of families participating in the previous Meet & Greets can be found at www.centerforfamilyinvolvement.org (click on Resources tab; click on Videos link on left; scroll down to Hearing Impairment videos; use the blue arrow buttons to advance to more videos).

NVRC Speaker Series begins – Steven Gordon, Assistant United States Attorney, Oct. 18th , 10 AM

September 12, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Education & Outreach

 

NVRC Speaker Series www.NVRC.org

Ensuring Equal Access in Health Care Settings
Steven Gordon, Assistant United States Attorney

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
10 am – noon
Reuben Altizer meeting room
Admission: FREE
CART and interpreters will be provided

Please RSVP / Register in advance

For more information call or email:
Office email : info@nvrc.org,
Phone (Voice) : 703-352-9055
Office Videophone : 571-350-8656 ,
TTY : 703-352-9056
FAX : 703-352-9058

NVRC launches its much-anticipated Speaker Series by welcoming Steven Gordon, Assistant United States Attorney, who will give a program about Discrimination in Health Care Settings. During his presentation, Mr. Gordon will discuss the obligation of health care providers to provide effective communication to patients (and companions) who are deaf or hard of hearing, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Additionally, Mr. Gordon will discuss recent enforcement actions and settlements including those in Northern Virginia.

Steven Gordon has been with the Department of Justice since 1995.  He is currently the Coordinator of the Civil Rights initiative for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  His civil rights docket includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Fair Housing and Lending cases.  Mr. Gordon has recently settled ADA effective communication cases with a skilled nursing facility, a psychiatric hospital and an orthopedic practice.

Light refreshments will be provided.

ASL Classes online – via web By Communications Consulting Group

September 8, 2014 in Education & Outreach, Families, Technology

 

 

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By Communications Consulting Group, LLC,

Drop in and pick up a few signs!

Themed ASL Classes

New Topics and Dates
Our themed ASL classes are the drop-in kind where you only need to join us for one hour on a Saturday. Classes begin at 12:00 pm and end at 1:00 pm.

  • October 4: Falling into Sign The fall season welcomes several holidays, each with a few different ways to sign them. (This class will also have a Wednesday evening session on October 8, from 7 to 8 pm ET)
  • November 4: Mommy, Daddy, and Me Introducing basic signs for you to teach your babies and toddlers
  • November 22: Sports Signs It’s football and basketball season! Includes a variety of sports and positions.
  • December 13: ASL Idioms Idioms in English often don’t translate well into ASL, but ASL has its own idioms.

Classes are one hour long and will be $10 per person. You must have a webcam to participate.

Click here to register!

View Communications Consulting Group Original email posting

We will connect on video using the Adobe Connect platform. Make sure that you have the most recent version of Flash installed.Click here to download Flash.

We also have Beginner ASL 2, which covers the second part of Signing Naturally’s Units 1-6 textbook!

Beginner ASL 2: Meets online every Tuesday from October 14 to December 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm CT

 

The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss

August 26, 2014 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness

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Finding great books about children who are deaf or hard of hearing can be difficult. Many books are out of date with current technology, or are targeted to an adult audience. As the mother to a five year old boy who wears hearing aids, I was disappointed to find outdated books about hearing loss in our local library. One book described a boy as having “weird words” and another featured a girl wearing an outdated body-worn hearing aid system from the 1970’s. Fortunately, there are many new, wonderful books that explore current technology and provide a positive outlook for children with hearing loss. Books with an auditory/verbal approach (containing references to hearing aids, cochlear implants, and “learning to listen”) are listed in the first section. Books about ASL and Deaf culture are listed in the second section. See listed books

CODA Pride – YouTube Video

August 5, 2014 in Community News, Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

CODA Pride is a documentary about Children of Deaf Adults, our relationships, our experiences, and our proud bilingual community. The video was created by Rachael and Jacob Baer who are both CODA’s. 
 

Reserve tickets NOW for “NO Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie” Aug. 14 @ 8:30PM

August 5, 2014 in Community Events, Families

 

 

When a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy to redefine what “being normal” means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself.

This event has been confirmed for August 14 at 8:30 PM
Reserve Tickets online: http://www.tugg.com/events/10142

NO Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movieno_ordinary_hero

At AMC Tysons Corner 16 on August 14 at 8:30 PM

Director: Troy Kotsur
Starring: John Maucere, Michelle Nunes, Marlee Matlin, Ashley Fiolek, Peter Hulne, Zane Hencker
2014, 78 min.
Drama, Family

SUPERDEAFY must reveal the man behind the cape to find true love and inspire a young deaf boy to believe in himself. The movie follows the evolution of this unique hero. A beloved character and role model, SuperDeafy has a worldwide following. He has been turned into t-shirts, posters and dolls… and now a movie. This film marks the first time in cinematic history that a SAG commercial feature film is being executive produced exclusively by deaf executive producers and directed by a deaf director. The film will be 100% open captioned every screening.

Reserve Tickets online: http://www.tugg.com/events/10142

Learn more in ASL about movie, hosting and Tugg

Pit bull saves deaf teen from house fire

July 31, 2014 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

‘Ace’ licked the face of sleeping teen to alert him to fire

A teen is alive thanks to the family’s pit bull, who woke him up from a nap when his house caught fire.

Nick Lamb, 13, who was born deaf, was home alone and sleeping without his hearing aids when the fire began, reports The Associated Press and WXIN. Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith says Lamb was unable to hear the smoke alarms going off.

Read more 

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) – May 6, 2014

April 29, 2014 in Community Events, Families

“Transition Planning Topics” Workshop, by Julie Triplett,

It’s never too early to start thinking about Transition Planning. Please join Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) as we welcome Julie Triplett of the Disability Law Center of Virginia for a workshop on this important topic!

 

Read More . . . 

Models/Peers for Total Communication Preschool – Fairfax County

March 11, 2014 in Community News, Families

Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for young applicants to be models/peers in our Total Communication preschool for next year.

We are looking for signing CODAs who also have age appropriate speech and language.  We are interested in 3 year old applicants but also specifically really  need a girl who is 4 – 4 ½ years old to be a peer / model for one of our students.

You must live in Fairfax County to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Courtney Korb at cbkorb@fcps.edu for an application and further information.

Please spread the word.

Thank you,
Jan Pry
Preschool TC teacher

No. Virginia KODA group Halloween Party, Oct. 27th 1-3PM

October 25, 2013 in Community News, Families

1st Annual No.Va. KODA Halloween Party!
(KODA: Kids of Deaf Adults)

Sunday, October 27
1 pm to 3 pm
Burke Lake Park
Fairfax Station, Virginia

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelakepark/

($10 entrance fee for non-Fairfax County residents)
Deaf & Hearing Goblins of all ages are welcome!

Activities:

  • Games
  • Costume Show (adults, too!)
  • Treats for the kids (Please being a bag of treats to share)
  • Playground on premises
  • Burke Lake Park’s special annual Ghost Train (at your own expense, you can buy tickests fromt eh train depot for $4 per person)

$5.00 per family requested and greatly appreciated.  A professional quality family picture taken at the park will be included as part of the fee.  The money would go to cover the party expenses and to support future KODA activities in No. Virginia.

Please RSVP by 10/24 via Facebook or by email at NoVirginiaKODA@grmail.com for accurate head-count.  Thank you!

  

 

!st Annual No. BA KODA Halloween Party


Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. You do not need permission to share this information, but please be sure to credit NVRC.  This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Schools Sound Tour from NIDCD

September 18, 2013 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

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From National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Returning to school can be an exciting time for children as they reconnect with friends, meet their new teachers, and explore new subjects. As your children settle back into the school day routine, help them become aware of noise levels in their school environment.Talk with your children about noise levels at school and the importance of quiet spaces. Ask them to identify the noisiest and quietest spots they’ve noticed during their school day. Give them examples of places that might be loud (gym, crowded hallways, cafeteria) and quiet (classroom during reading time, art class, library).

With teacher and principal approval, your children can take a decibel meter to school to measure noisy and quiet spaces and share what they find with friends. Discuss the findings with your children and explain the dangers of prolonged or repeated exposure to any noise at or above 85 decibels. Sound meters can be purchased from an electronics store or through websites. Downloadable sound meter apps are also available for most smartphones.

For more information on teaching your tweens about noise levels, go to the Noisy Planet website to read Teachable Moments About Healthy Hearing, and take a look at our Interactive Sound Ruler. You can also post your children’s experiences on our Noisy Planet Facebook page.

 


Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. You do not need permission to share this information, but please be sure to credit NVRC.  This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Marvel Comics’ Hawkeye and the Blue Ear Help a Mother and Her Hearing Impaired Son

June 19, 2013 in Families, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

Published May 23rd 2012 By: Graeme McMillan

Marvel Comics’ Hawkeye is now teaming up with fellow hearing-impaired hero the Blue Ear to help boost one real life kid’s confidence and inspiring him to wear his hearing aid. Pretty good for an archer, right?

The kid in question is four-year-old New Hampshire resident Anthony Smith, who was refusing to wear his “blue ear” hearing aid because, he explained, superheroes don’t wear hearing aids. Desperate for help, Anthony’s mother Christina D’Allesandro wrote to Marvel, hoping to discover a superhero that proved him wrong – and that’s where the man with the bow, arrows and penchant for purple clothing comes in (Maya Lopez a.k.a. Echo is another hearing-impaired character in Marvel’s stable of heroes, although unlike Hawkeye, she is completely deaf and wouldn’t benefit from a hearing aid).

NVRC note: Unfortunately the video along with story is not captioned.

 
Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/05/23/hawkeye-blue-ear-help-child-wear-hearing-aid/#ixzz2WfohRAX0

 


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