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Save the Date – Dec. 2nd – for NVRC Annual Meeting & Pancake Breakfast

September 21, 2017 in Community News, NVRC Announcements, NVRC Calendar


Saturday – DECEMBER 2, 2017

NVRC’s Board & Staff would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30 AM for a complimentary pancake breakfast. Come and enjoy some great food and fun company.

At 11:00, we will have our annual business meeting where members will vote in our new Board members and can hear about the changes happening at NVRC and the road for the future.

More information and RSVP soon!

Location at :
NVRC – Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room

3951 Pender Drive, 
Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030




NVRC 2018 Gala – Information- details to come

August 17, 2017 in Community Events, NVRC, NVRC Announcements, NVRC Calendar


We are very excited and busy gearing up for the NVRC Gala!

The Gala has been rescheduled to Spring 2018 to make it even bigger and better!

We will be sending out a Save the Date announcement this Fall, so please be looking for it. Thank You!

Watch for Updates HERE!


2017 Celebrate Communication – APRIL 22, 2017

December 15, 2016 in Community News, NVRC Announcements



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


Click on one of the following to learn more.

CC Info 2017 Sponsor-Exhibitor directions
vddhh_web Virginia Relay

SAVE THE DATE – NVRC Annual Meeting – Dec. 3rd

October 7, 2016 in Community Events, NVRC Announcements



Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons

Please Save the Date for the NVRC Annual Meeting

More information to come  . . . . .

  • December 3, 2016
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030

NVRC Announces RAFFLE – You Could Win Three Free Nights at Rehoboth Beach Delaware Condo

March 18, 2016 in NVRC Announcements

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

NVRC  Rehoboth Beach Vacation RAFFLE:
Raffle Tickets to be sold & drawn during Celebrate Communication April 16, 2016

$5.00/ TICKET – 5 for $20.00

DRAWING WILL BE at 1:15 PM April 16th
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, DErbeachCondo
  • 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.

BEACH BASKET :rBattractions

  • Large Basket
  • One Bottle Red Wine, Two Wine glasses
  • Maps and Tourist Information for Rehoboth
  • Box Salt Water Taffy
  • Blue Candle
  • Aloe Vera After Sun Gel
  • Beach Towel
  • Body Cream
  • Notecards
  • Rehoboth Hat



PICTURES from NVRC’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Pancake Breakfast

December 9, 2015 in NVRC Announcements


Click here to see pictures
from the 2015 annual meeting.

NVRC’s Annual Meeting & Pancake Breakfast • Dec. 5th

November 17, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, NVRC Announcements

NVRC Annual Meeting NVRC_pancake-breakfast
& Pancake Breakfast

December 5, 2015
9:30 AM to Noon

NVRC would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 5th at 9:30 AM for a complimentary pancake breakfast. Come and enjoy some great food and fun company.

At 11:00, we will have our annual business meeting where members will vote in our new Board members and can hear about the changes happening at NVRC and the road for the future.

Please be sure to RSVP and then join us for a morning of pancakes, business fun and friends!

NVRC – Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room
3951 Pender Drive, 
Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030


“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

Countdown to:

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
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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.