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Deaf Jam Film Screening, Poetry Slam and Gallery Tours – Nov. 6th

October 13, 2016 in Community Events, Education & Outreach


Join us for a special program with the National Portrait Galleryasl_tours

Sunday, November 6, 2016

In the documentary film Deaf Jam, director Judy Lieff follows a deaf teen who boldly enters the spoken word poetry slam scene. After the screening, join Lieff for a question and answer session, followed by a live presentation of American Sign Language poetry by Gallaudet University students. (70min.)

Gallery tours in ASL at 3 p.m. Meet in the G Street lobby

Film screening at 4 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium

Poetry slam will begin following film Q&A McEvoy Auditorium

Events are open to deaf and hearing visitors. ASL interpreters will be available. This program is a collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

Check out the event on our calendar.

Art Signs: Programs in American Sign Language

Fall 2016 Free Seminars for Family Caregivers

September 27, 2016 in Community News, Families


The Fall 2016 free Seminars for Family Caregivers will begin on Wednesday, October 5. These seminars are designed to help people that support older adults and/or adults with a disability stay in their own homes or communities manage the day‑to‑day issues that caregiving presents. Register online, email, or call 703‑324‑5205.  To request an ADA reasonable accommodation, call 703-324-5868, TTY 703-449-1186 or e-mail

Fairfax County’s  Area Agency on Aging hopes you can join them for one or more of these seminars!

Thanks to Access Fairfax: News and Events for People with Disabilities

Outreach Services, VSDB presents a family event – Where the Wild Things Are!

May 27, 2016 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness


Outreach Services, VSDB presents a family event – Where the Wild Things Are!
June 18, 2016, 9:30 – 1:00

with collaboration with VA Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired, VA Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, and VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness

Join us as the Wildlife Center of Virginia showcases some of their rescued animals, while teaching us about mammals, birds, and reptiles that roam at night! Related fun, educational activities will precede the show, and lunch for all will follow. This activity is open to students ages 4 through 18 who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired and their immediate family members.

Please compete the registration form (linked) and submit it to register your child and family for “Where the Wild Things Are”, June 18, 2016. All attendees must register in advance.

To REGISTER, go to:

This event will be held in Staunton, VA, and limited to the first 25 students and their families who register. Emails will be sent to let those who register know if they have been confirmed for the event, or if they will be on a waiting list. Questions should be sent to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at The deadline for receiving registrations is Friday, June 10, 2016.

Questions should be sent to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at or call 540-414-5249. Thanks! We hope to see you there!


DOWNLOAD – Agenda_for_Saturday_June_18

DOWNLOAD – Paper_Registration_Form_&_Agenda

Four Things Parents of Deaf Children Need to Know

May 24, 2016 in Community News, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness



HuffPost – Accessibility
The Blog
by Mark Drolsbaugh
Author, public speaker, and Deaf advocate


“Yep,” the audiologist confirmed. “Your son does indeed have a hearing loss.”

“That makes sense,” I said. “I’m Deaf, Melanie’s Deaf. I guess our kid’s not going to skip the family curse.”

Melanie and I smiled. After a brief pause, so did the audiologist. For a moment I wondered if she thought there was something wrong with us. It must have been odd for her to witness a nonchalant response along the lines of “How about that? Another Deaf Drolsbaugh.”


The audiology exam was the easy part. The hard part was the first IEP meeting the following school year. Melanie and I walked into that with no idea what to expect.

We got ambushed.

School staff, administrators, and representatives from the school district took turns telling us what to do with our Deaf child.


Read more . . . Parents of Deaf Children

Science with Jefferson Lab! May 21 – Register Now! (for grades 4 through 8)

April 21, 2016 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness


Science with Jefferson Lab!
Co-sponsored by Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and Outreach Services, VSDB

  • When?  Saturday, May 21, 2016.  9:30 – 2:30
  • What?  A day of fun science activities and a great opportunity to meet students from other school divisions who are also deaf or hard of hearing.

Special features:  Jefferson Lab Science Educator, Brita Hampton as instructor;
Jennifer McDonald of Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will show equipment from the Technical Assistance Program (alerting devices, special telephones, etc. for the home) for families, 1:30 – 2:30!

If problems, cut and paste this URL into your browser. Be sure to click on “submit” at end of registration! If problems, complete the form attached and email it to address below.

Deadline for submitting is May 4, 2016.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at  or (540) 414-5249.
Hope to hear from you!

Join Us! Understanding SSI / SSDI Workshop — April 28, 7 p.m. RUST Library

April 14, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Education & Outreach


Hosted by:
Loudoun ENdependence (LEND)
Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Rust Library – 
380 Old Waterford Rd NW, Leesburg, VA 20176

Please RSVP by April 22, 2016 to Tracee Garner

Space is Limited

Workshop Topics Include:
-> Key facts about WHO will qualify
-> Benefit amounts based on disability / other factors
-> Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) -> Receiving benefits while working
-> The Appeals Process
-> Walk Through the ENTIRE application

Intended audience:
  • Youth and adults with disabilities / Transitioning Youth
  • Parents/guardians and caregivers of people with disabilities
  • Human Service /Voc. Rehab professionals – serving people with disabilities and their families

Loudoun ENDependence (LEND) is a satellite of the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV), a 501c4.

ONLINE Cued Speech class – – Registration Deadline • Jan 5th

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



Don’t miss this great opportunity– Register now!

Registration deadline:  January 5th, 2016

Instructor Amy Crumrine, a native cuer, has taught both cued American English for 12 years and ASL for 5 years. She is also an itinerant high school teacher for the Deaf and an ASL teacher for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Her passions lie in providing quality education and support to deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing youth and their allies.

Course: PST 125 Beginner Cued Speech (2 credits)
Tuition: $558
Instructor: Amy Crumrine
Dates: January 19 – May 6, 2016
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to start of class.

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!