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“Hearing Aids: Beware and Be Wise!”- Program – Sept 10th

August 13, 2015 in Community Events, NVRC Announcements



Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Time: 12:30—1:30 pm
Location: Lewinsville Senior Center
                  1609 Great Falls Street
                  McLean, VA 22101

For information: 703-442-9075

Thinking about getting hearing aids or know someone who is? Join Bonnie O’Leary from the Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) who will present a program about hearing aids from the consumer/wearer’s perspective. Her presentation will include a discussion about the impact of hearing loss on communication, the hearing evaluation, the differences between an audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist, types and styles of hearing aids, and how they can be used with other assistive listening devices.

Bonnie is a late-deafened adult who has been wearing hearing aids for 20 years. She is a Certified Hearing Loss Support Specialist and Outreach Manager for NVRC.

NVRC is a grant-funded, non-profit organization whose mission is “to empower deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement.” Our programs are free and for information only; there are no sales involved.

DOWNLOAD – September_2015_HA_program Flyer


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 execdirector@nvrc.org.

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: info@nvrc.org. *Please write “Cheryl Heppner” in the subject line.

Visit our website nvrc.org 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.



Cheryl Heppner, NVRC Executive Director Retires

July 1, 2015 in NVRC Announcements




July 1, 2015

After nearly 25 years of exemplary service as the Executive Director of Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, Cheryl Heppner has announced her retirement, effective July 10, 2015.

Cheryl took the helm of NVRC when it was a fledgling organization in 1991 and has successfully led it to become the premier organization in Northern Virginia, with national recognition, providing services to deaf and hard of hearing persons and families.

During Cheryl’s long tenure with NVRC, there were many presentations, rallies, protests and fund raising walks. She joined forces to advocate for TV & movie captions, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and emergency text to 911. She is known for her constant companions, her service dogs, Dana and Galaxy. Her accomplishments and legacy will continue to live on through the lives she has touched and friends she has made during her tenure.

She is greatly appreciated as a person, friend, and advocate. Cheryl’s work is recognized and appreciated by all in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

   More information will be shared as it becomes available.

NVRC Receives Award from Fairfax County

June 11, 2015 in Community News, NVRC Announcements


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NVRC was among 66 organizations to be honored by Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services at their annual Partner Recognition Ceremony on May 21st.  NCS recognized outstanding individuals and organizations who assisted NCS in fulfilling its mission “to bring people and resources together to strengthen the well-being of individuals and communities.” 

During the presentation, NVRC was honored for having “been a valuable partner to the South County Senior Center.  Through collaborative efforts, seniors of South County Senior Center have received valuable information and services.  NVRC provides on-going educational sessions and consultation at the Center.  The ‘I Can’t Hear You!’ program offered by NVRC is one of the highest attended at the center.  The program reduces the stigma of hearing loss and encourages participants to implement strategies that reduce frustration and social isolation.”

Bonnie O’Leary, NVRC’s Outreach Manager who developed the “I Can’t Hear You!” program and whose focus is Fairfax County, accepted the award for NVRC from NCS Agency Director, Chris Leonard.

Bonnie O’Leary, NVRC’s Outreach Manager who developed the “I Can’t Hear You!” program and whose focus is Fairfax County, accepted the award for NVRC from NCS Agency Director, Chris Leonard.


NVRC – Celebrate Communication 2015, May 16th -INFO&Sponsors

May 13, 2015 in Community Events, NVRC, NVRC Announcements, NVRC Calendar

UPDATED 5/1/2015

What: Information FairYellow_Dog_Hug
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time:  10 am – 2 pm

Northern Virginia Community College,
Ernst Center Gymnasium, Annandale campus

DOWNLOAD – Celebrate Communication Campus Map for NVCC

Find out how you could win a $50 visa card here!
DOWNLOAD – NVRC_CelebrateCommunication_Flyer

Our List of 2015 –  Sponsors  &  Exhibitors

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  • Celebrate Communication is an information Fair for Hard of Hearing and Deaf people and their families. Many Organizations, Businesses Educational Institutions and Community groups will share information to support better communication and understanding for people with hearing loss. All are welcome to learn, share, and meet other people with hearing loss.

    WMATA – METRO will be present to help obtaining Metro Reduced Fare SmarTrip card that offers discount rides to people with disabilities.  To automatically qualify, please bring proof of Medicare card, audiogram tested by an audiologist within the last 5 years, Veterans with 60% or greater VA disability letter.  If documentation is not available, applicants must submit application (See link below) signed by Physician, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Audiologist (hearing loss only), Optometrist (visual disabilities only), Podiatrist (foot and ankle disabilities only), Licensed Clinical Psychologist (psychiatric disabilities only) or Certified School Psychologist. wmata.com/accessibility/doc/Reduced_Fare_Application.pdf

    Celebrate Communication 2015 Sponsors

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

    ( ** Not Exhibiting )

    vddhh_webVirginia Department for the
    Deaf and Hard of

    Hearing (VDDHH) 
    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.org, www.icanconnectvirginia.org or on our VDDHH and Virginia Relay Facebook pages.
    advanced bionics Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. AB offers the most sophisticated cochlear implant system on the market, the HiResolution™ Bionic Ear System, with five times more sound resolution than its competitors, designed to help recipients hear in noisy settings and enjoy the full dimensions of music. Tolearn more about AB and its innovative cochlear implant technology, please visit www.advancedbionics.com.


    ALDA (Association of Late-Deafened Adults) Potomac Chapter – ALDA was formed in Chicago in 1987 after a meeting where most of the attendees were total strangers who had never met or talked to another deafened person. They found themselves wonderfully comfortable with one another’s unspoken feeling of understanding and patience with communication difficulties. Their social and self-help gatherings evolved into an international organization working to meet the needs of late-deafened adults. The Potomac Chapter serves Virginia, Maryland and D.C., following the founders’ tradition of parties and social gatherings mixed with educational programs and advocacy activities. A warm welcome is extended to everyone, late-deafened or not, who supports ALDA’s goals. Anne Bryant, President annetbryant@comcast.netwww.alda.org


    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.
    cochler_Logo 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 Logo 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
    euro_cafe_v2 EuroCafe
    Lions_International Lions International
    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
    www.NVRC.org NVRC Technology Assistive Devices 
     PAH_Logo PAH, Inc. – Providing Access to Healthcare and Community Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing – PAH offers individualized advocacy services and community trainings to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind that live in Prince William County. These services include: assistance applying for community services including Medicaid, advocating for interpreters, and referrals to additional services. PAH also offers informational workshops to the community and training sessions for the medical community interested in improving services to the Deaf Community.  For more information please contact CW Tillman at  info@pahdeaf.org.
     Purple Logo PURPLE – At Purple, we’re dedicated to developing fast, easy and convenient communications solutions and services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and businesses using a variety of different platforms. As a leading provider of on-site interpreting services, video relay services (VRS), and video remote interpreting (VRI), Purple has built an excellent reputation for developing products and services that open communications between all people, regardless of differences in abilities, languages and locations. http://www.purple.us
      Sorenson Communications  – Mission: Sorenson Communications is committed to providing the highest-quality communication products and services to all deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. http://www.sorenson.com
    cart_reporter  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.



     header_NewMLogo Washington Metro Area Transit (WMATA)Metro Reduced Fare SmarTrip card offers discount rides to people with disabilities.  To automatically qualify, please bring proof of Medicare card, audiogram tested by an audiologist within the last 5 years, Veterans with 60% or greater VA disability letter.  If documentation is not available, applicants must submit application (See link below) signed by Physician, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Audiologist (hearing loss only), Optometrist (visual disabilities only), Podiatrist (foot and ankle disabilities only), Licensed Clinical Psychologist (psychiatric disabilities only) or Certified SchoolPsychologist. wmata.com/accessibility/doc/Reduced_Fare_Application.pdf
      ZVRS – The Z® offers the best videophone technology, providing equipment and application options to meet customers’ individual needs and offering features not available through other VRS providers. Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of service excellence above and beyond Federal Communications Commission requirements. Dedicated to a spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence, The Z continues to set the standard as the nation’s premier VRS provider, particularly in the field of mobile VRS. For more information, go to www.zvrs.com. Don’t have a Z phone? You can still join The Z Life by calling 888.888.1116 to connect to ZVRS from any videophone!


     Our List of 2015 –  Sponsors  &  Exhibitors

    NVRC Holiday Hours

    December 22, 2014 in Community News, NVRC Announcements



    NVRC will be closed on the following days:

    Wednesday 12/24 thru Sunday 12/28
    Wednesday 12/31 thru Sunday 1/4/2015 reopening on Monday 1/5/2015


    SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 18th

    August 26, 2014 in Community Events, NVRC Announcements



    NVRC Launches Speaker Series,

    Saturday, October 18th
    10 am – noon

    Guest speaker: Steven Gordon,
    Assistant United States Attorney

    Topic: Health Care and the ADA

    Details coming soon!




    Free Hearing Screenings – Arlington Lee Senior Center

    April 23, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

    Arlington LogoArlington, Virginia

    Free hearing screenings will be provided by Outreach Specialist, Marla Dougherty at:

    Lee Senior Center
    5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington
    Wednesday, July 9; 10:00-11:30
    RSVP required – 703-228-0555


    NVRC does not sell hearing aids or assistive listening devices.


    Free Hearing Screenings – Culpepper Gardens Senior Center

    April 23, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

    Arlington LogoArlington, Virginia

    Free hearing screenings will be provided by Outreach Specialist, Marla Dougherty at:

    Culpepper Gardens Senior Center
    4435 N. Pershing Dr, Arlington
    Wednesday, June 11; 10:00-11:30
    RSVP required – 703-228-4403


    NVRC does not sell hearing aids or assistive listening devices.


    An Overview of Hearing Loss and the Communication Challenges , Alexandria

    April 23, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

    Alexandria, Virginia
    An Overview of Hearing Loss and the Communication Challenges
    will be presented by NVRC Outreach Specialist, Marla Dougherty
    at Charles Beatley Library on Monday, May 12; 11:00-noonDownload Flyer

    Schedule for Fall 2014 to come later this summer!



    NVRC does not sell hearing aids or assistive listening devices.








    Marla Dougherty

    Marla Dougherty, Arlington/Alexandria Outreach Specialist

    Marla Dougherty is a late-deafened adult who started to lose her hearing in her early twenties. Her personal experience with the effects of hearing loss on daily communication and advantages of hearing aid use, provides a foundation for offering support and encouragement to others.

    As part of NVRC’s outreach program, Marla invites hearing people, as well as those who are hard of hearing, to join her program.

    Alexandria Articles



    Free Hearing Screenings – Walter Reed Senior Center

    April 23, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

    Arlington LogoArlington, Virginia

    Free hearing screenings will be provided by Outreach Specialist, Marla Dougherty at :

    Walter Reed Senior Center  2909 S. 16th St., Arlington
    Wednesday, May 14;  10:00-11:30
    RSVP required – 703-228-0955


    NVRC does not sell hearing aids or assistive listening devices.


    What a Fantastic Spring Fling! It was great seeing you!

    April 9, 2014 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

    NVRC Logo

    Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons


    April 8, 2014
    Spring Fling & Community Forum 2014 
     Thank you to all who joined us for a Super Spring Fling.  

    It was a wonderful, heartwarming show of support as we wrapped up our 25th Anniversary celebrations.

    Thanks to our sponsors and all of you who participated, over $4,500 was raised for the NVRC Communication Access Fund. The raffle alone brought in $700. Many, many thanks for all your raffle gifts.


    Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers for not only spreading general good cheer, but for collecting lunch money, selling raffle tickets, helping with the NVRC Milestones Game, and slaving in the snack bar. We appreciate your hard work!

    Our Four Chefs.
    A special shout out to our Fab Four Grillers – Chef Tom, Chef Ray, Chef Fred and ChefTony who not only cooked delicious burgers and hot dogs, but raised over $90 in the Tip the Chef competition! Woo hoo!


    And especially thank you to our fantastic Board of Directors who provided the food and also came to volunteer.  We couldn’t have done it without you!


    Please answer our event survey.

    Click here to watch the video




    Please Note:

        – For those who purchased raffle tickets but weren’t able to attend, 

           winning numbers can be found here and are posted on our website.


        -108 people took the survey; results can be found here or from our website.


    Improving Communication, Changing Lives




    Fun Facts about NVRC Spring Fling!

    April 1, 2014 in NVRC Announcements

    NVRC Logo
    Northern Virginia Resource Center for 

    Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons



    FUN Facts    About NVRC  SpringFling 

    90_num 25_num

    The number of NVRC Milestones
    historical facts

    The number of people who took the NVRC online survey + 15 more . . . 105 total





    The number
    Grill Masters
    that will be grilling





    Awesome Door Prize



    18_numThe number of
    amazing raffle items

    The Price for a
    Lunch Ticket






    The price of a raffle ticket

    The number of exhibitors at the Community Information and Services Table


    Hope to see you here!

    This Saturday – April 5th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    NVRC Spring Fling

    NVRC Spring Fling

    Event Location:

     3951 Pender Drive,  Suite 130,  Fairfax, VA 22030

    Improving Communication, Changing Lives




    NVRC Spring Fling & Community Forum – April 5th

    March 31, 2014 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

    NVRC Spring FlingIt’s Almost Spring Fling Time!

    NVRC posted 2/6/2014
    updated 3/13/2014
    updated 3/26/2014

    For NVRC’s Spring Fling and Community Forum!


    Plans are finalized for the Spring Fling and Community Forum! Please be sure to take our online survey and let us know what kinds of programs you would like to see in our accessible meeting room.  The results of the survey will be discussed at the Forum, (10:00-11:30). 

    RSVP here for Lunch which will be available for $10.00 per person (children 6 and under eat free), including a drink from our snack bar. (12 noon – 2:00)

    Community Information and Services Tables

    Special Thanks to:
    for supporting
    our Spring Fling event

    The following sponsors will have printed information available all day during the event:

    1. ALDA 8. Deaf Access
    2. Harris Communications Catalog 9. NVAD
    3. Lesner Hearing Center 10. Northern VA Cued Speech Assoc.
    4. AT&T Virginia Relay 11. Providing Access to Healthcare (PAH)
    5. Statewide Interagency Team (SIT) 12. Sorenson Communications
     6. VDDHH – VA Relay CapTel 13. Cochlear
    7.  HLAA  14. Happy Hands

    Door Prize  

    Play the NVRC Milestones door prize game and enter your answer card
    for a chance to win a computer desk from Office Depot.

    Desk door prize


    Raffle Items

    Here’s a list of what you have a chance to win:
    Tickets for raffle items will be  $1 each.
    Drawing starts at 1:30 PM Sat. April 5th.

    1. Quilt 10. Zephyr Hearing Aid Dryer
    2. $50 Sephora gift card 11. Movie gift basket
    3. $50 Trader Joes gift card 12. “Hark” the Gnome
    4. $50 Container Store gift card 13. $25 Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card
    5. $50 basket of Godiva Easter chocolates 14. $50 Nando’s Restaurant gift card
    6. $120 restaurant gift cards 15. $50 eggspectation  Restaurant gift card
    7. A pair of knitted bears 16. $75 Haircut at Zoe Salon & Spa
    8. Knitted monkey 17. $25 Barnes and Noble gift card
    9. Knitted elephant 18.  $50 restaurant gift cards($25 Great American Rest., and $25 Olive Garden)
    KnittedDolls Quilt_raffle ALDAraffle


    Hope to see you here!

    Meeting Room Entrance

    Event Location:
    3951 Pender Drive,
    Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Parents looking for a Nanny that signs- Manassas, VA

    January 18, 2014 in Employment, NVRC Announcements

    Manassas VA- looking for a Nanny that signs

    Parents of a Deaf Blind infant looking for FULL TIME CAREGIVER THAT SIGNS Hours would be 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday. MUST be punctual and have a heart for working with children with medical issues. Contact Beth Klein at Providing Access to Healthcare for more info either through Facebook or at beth@pahdeaf.org

    Beth Klein, Owner
    Employment Solutions for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, LLC
    540-207-7051 cell/text
    703-496-7773 video phone