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Webinar – Instruction of Deafblind Students-Oct 14th

October 6, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Instruction of Students Who are Deafblind: What is the State of Our Evidence?

A webinar presented by Dr. Susan Bruce, Boston College

October 14, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

What evidence do we have to support many of the common instructional practices used to teach students with deafblindness? Dr. Susan Bruce of Boston College, co-author of “Innovation Configuration for Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Sensory Impairments” (2014), reviews findings in 12 areas, including communication, social-emotional, literacy, life skills and transition and their application.

Target Audience: Educators who work with children with deafblindness (teachers, related service providers, instructional assistants, interveners, special education directors) and parents.

Please register for “Instruction of Students Who are Deafblind: What is the State of Our Evidence?” at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing connection information to join the webinar on October 14.

This one hour webinar can be accessed from any location. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who complete a short survey at the conclusion of the training.

Wednesday Webinars are sponsored by Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.

We hope you can join us!

DOWNLOAD – Instruction of Deaf-Blind Students_flyer

Students , parents, and professionals. Save the Date for Future Quest 2015

June 9, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach




Future Quest 2015 
SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday,  November 14, 2015
George Mason University in the Johnson Center (Fairfax campus)
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Future Quest is a FREE College and Career Forum for students with disabilities, parents, and professionals.

Pre-registration will begin in the Fall of 2015.   What to know more?  Visit

Participants will have the opportunity to spend time on Mason’s incredible Fairfax campus, select from a variety of workshops about Options After High School, Employment, Assistive Technology, and College and Career Planning.  The keynote speaker, Justin Graves will inspire participants to use their passion to help others by focusing on their abilities.  The Resource Fair will give participants the opportunity to browse community supports and services and better understand available resources as they transition to life.

What you can do to help advertise this event:

Contact us at

2015 Science Camp FREE for D/HH 4th to 8th graders

May 28, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach



FREE SCIENCE CAMP sponsored by Jefferson Lab, Newport News!

We are happy to announce that we will have our Science Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids again this summer!  Last year’s camp was amazing and we are looking forward to another great year.

Science Camp will be held at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Va., the week of August 10 – 14.

Science Camp is open to all deaf and hard of hearing rising 4th – 8th grade students.

This year, we are opening camp up to Children of Deaf Adults (CODA), as well as siblings of deaf children . . . again, rising 4th – 8th graders.

Monday and Tuesday will be ASL Only . . . No Voice.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be Voiced with ASL Interpreters.

Science Camp is FREE of charge.

Lodging is available on campus for out of town families.

Please see the attached flier for more information.

Questions? Please contact Brita Hampton at

DOWNLOAD – Science Camp Flyer 2015

Art of Aging – Life Begins @50 Event – June 10th 10-2:00PM

May 28, 2015 in Community Events, Families



ART of Aging     “Life Begins @ 50”
Education, Health and Recreational Activities for Senior Citizens

Come and learn at this great event we had 500 seniors last year.
Door prizes will be a available.

Sunday June 10, 2015
Fredericksburg Expo
2371 Carl D Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
10:00 – 2:00 pm

Event is free and interpreters will be provided by VDDHH.

Come and learn about your community



Register today for VAD 2015 Biennial Conference! June 25-27

May 7, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Interpreting & Transliterating



Register today for VAD’s 59th Biennial Conference at Roanoke, VA June 25-27, 2015!
The Conference will be held at Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke.

  • Read the attached Welcome Letter to know who worked hard to bring you this event!
  • Curious about the schedule? Read attached Tentative Program Agenda.
  • Order your ticket here! Combo Ticket Form
  • Need a place to stay? Hotel Reservation Form
  • Know some outstanding ASL performers? Invite them to VAD’s Got Talent Show! Attached flyer.

Have questions? Contact Theresa Farmer,

DOWNLOAD – VAD Conference Welcome Letter

DOWNLOAD – VAD Final Program Agenda

DOWNLOAD – VAD Talent Flyer

Imagination Stage: The Perfect Place for Summer Fun!

April 30, 2015 in Community News, Families


Looking for an Unforgettable Summer Experience? 
Register for a Summer Camp at Imagination Stage!

We’ve got you covered from June to August with 1, 2, 3, or 4-week camps in acting, musical theatre, dance, and filmmaking! Half or full-day options are available, giving you the ability to design your camp experience to what best fits your schedule and your interests.

See the full schedule or explore our search tool!



Ever wonder what performing in a live production would be like at Imagination Stage? Our Musical Production Camps provide the perfect opportunity to experience this first-hand!

This Summer, we are producing the whimsical tale
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (gr. 2-4), the classic musical Guys  and Dolls (gr. 5-9), and the musical 
(and big screen!) favorite Legally Blonde (gr. 5-10), 
among others.

Read more about these exciting offerings, and register for a Musical Production Camp online today!


Fairfax County Creative Aging Festival and More, May 2015

April 17, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness




Have fun, learn something new, and unleash your creative spirit! Fairfax County, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and AARP Virginia invite you to celebrate the Creative Aging Festival in May 2015. This month-long festival features over 100 events including art exhibits, dance, musical performances, poetry readings, lectures, wellness programs and classes in watercolor, woodworking, knitting, clogging, tap, piano, photography, & more! Find the events calendar at and click on Creative Aging Festival!

Fairfax County presents Legal Tools for Caregivers: WEBINAR. As a family caregiver you may need to make legal and health care decisions for a loved one. This free Webinar will cover durable powers of attorney, trusts, guardianship, and advanced medical directives. Join us on Wednesday, May 6, Noon-1 p.m. Find out more and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Fairfax County will sponsor Strategies for Managing the Stress of Caregiving on Tuesday, May 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls ChurchFind out more about this free event and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Fairfax County presents “Alive Inside” Movie and Discussion on Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-NoonThis free movie focuses on the Music & Memory program’s ability to combat memory loss and restore meaning to the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Dr., Ste. 100, FairfaxFind out more and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Get the facts about health insurance for older adults at Fairfax County’s free presentation on Medicare 101. Tuesday, May 19, 3-4:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Register beforehand at

Learn about Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and receive expert assistance in choosing and signing up for a plan for you or your loved one. Wednesday, May 20, 3-4:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. Register beforehand at

Fairfax County is offering a free Independent Living Project Series (Sessions are 8 weeks). Programs start Friday, May 1, 1-3 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria and Friday, May 22, 10 a.m.-Noon. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna. Register at



Imagination Stage – Upcoming ASL-Interpreted Sunday Fun-Days!

January 16, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Families, Interpreting & Transliterating


Don’t Miss These ASL-Interpreted
Sunday Fun-Day Workshops  For Your Little One!

Tailored to ages 1-3, our Sunday Fun-Day Workshops invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home.

Upcoming ASL-Interpreted Sunday Fun-Day Workshops include:

  • Jan. 25Ferdinand the Bull
  • Feb. 1: Building a House
  • Feb. 8: The Rainbow Fish
  • Feb. 15: My Heart is Like a Zoo
  • Feb. 22The Little Engine That Could
  • March 1Where the Wild Things Are

Classes are 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m., and registration is $10.

For more information, visit us online or contact Early Childhood Program Manager Julia Krebs Patterson.

                               Register today before space fills up!

New Mexico – School for the Deaf museum small but packed with history

January 16, 2015 in Community News, Education & Outreach



TEEN Santa Fe New Mexican
By Raina Wellman
January 15, 2015

The Kenneth E. Brasel Centennial Museum is a small but packed museum adjacent to the library at the New Mexico School for the Deaf on Cerrillos Road. After walking through the glass door entrance, a portrait of the school’s first superintendent, Lars Larson, greets the visitor. In 1885, Larson came to New Mexico and founded the “Territorial Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb,” as the school was then known. Larson began his school with six students. In the log of the first students to enter the original NMSD — which is among the museum’s exhibits — it documents the hometowns of students, including some locations that no longer exist. Many students were born deaf but some came due to illnesses like scarlet fever and smallpox.

The school states that the museum “is dedicated to the history in honor of our hearing impaired students of yesterday, today, and tomorrow … so that they may know and be proud of their history.” The museum is a celebration of deaf students’ story and the long way that deaf education and equality for the deaf has come. Larson is quoted as saying, “It cannot be denied that the deaf and the blind have the right to receive education just as their other brethren do.”

Read More  . . .


HEARD Recent Updates

November 11, 2014 in Community Events, Education & Outreach



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

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


  • 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.



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


Contact Brett with any questions. 888.506.1871

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:

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 or by calling Daphne Miller at 1-866-493-1090 

Additional questions can be directed to Irene Schmalz at

Learn more about the GBYS program and its resources by visiting (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 (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

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 :,
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



Language AlleyASL

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