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NVRC 2015 Annual Letter

November 25, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, NVRC

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Celebrate Communication 2015 was a Great Event!

May 21, 2015 in Community News

 

 

We celebrated communication and it was a wonderful day thanks to all of you who came to make it so successful.  The weather held, there was plenty of parking, lots of terrific exhibitors, a tasty snack bar, and fun for the kids with Yellow Dog, the face painter and the ASL Treasure Hunt.

For those of you who could not attend, we missed you and hope you will be with us next time.

Congratulations to our three Raffle winners:

  • The quilt – Beth Goss
  • $50 Visa card – Mary Mercer
  • $50 Mastercard – Lindsey Nelson

See Picture from event and see Sponsor and Exhibitor List.

THANKS! to the Celebrate Communication 2015 Sponsors + Exhibitors

May 20, 2015 in Community News

 

 

 

See Celebrate Communication Pictures here:
 Link to Facebook Picture Gallery 

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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.

Celebrate Communication 2015 Sponsors

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

( ** Not Exhibiting )   Our List of 2015 –  Exhibitors

vddhh_webVirginia Department for the
Deaf and Hard of

Hearing (VDDHH) 
varelay_web
Virginia Relay
captel_web
CapTel
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.

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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

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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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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.

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 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 – 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

Where: 
– NEW LOCATION –
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) 
    varelay_web
    Virginia Relay
    captel_web
    CapTel
    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_logo

    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.

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    wegmans-logo

    Wegmans
     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 – Celebrate Communication 2015 Exhibitors

    May 13, 2015 in Community News, NVRC

    Celebrate Communication 2015 Exhibitorswhite_spacer

     advancedhearinghealthcare_logo Advanced Hearing Health Care
     white_spacer Art by Ohs
     cci_logo Canine Companions for Independence
     cfi-logo Center for Family Involvement
     white_spacer Close to my Heart & Quilts
     white_spacer DeafPagers.com

     ESDHH

    Employment Solutions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, LLC  (ESDHH)  provides employment and limited interpreting services for individuals that are Deaf, Hard or Hearing or Deaf Blind.  We are an Administrative Employment Network through the Ticket to Work program and provide post-employment supports to individuals that are on SSI or SSDI. If you are currently looking for employment please contact us and we can refer you to the appropriate service providers for your area. Go to www.esdhh.com for additional information.
     Seal_of_Fairfax_County,_Virginia Fairfax County Disability Services Board
     Seal_of_Fairfax_County,_Virginia Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs
     Gallaudet Gallaudet University Peer Mentor Training Program
     Gallaudet Gallaudet University – Technology Access Program (TAP)
     white_spacer Grab a Gift Basket
     white_spacer Handmade by SB
     happyhand-logo-607x260 Happy Hands Deaf Seniors
     white_spacer Joan’s Knitted Dolls
    JR Health Education
    In collaboration with the American Red Cross, JR Health Education has developed and will offer Red Cross Certification training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid to members of the Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened community. The course, which is offered in ASL (American Sign Language), was designed by JR Health Education based on the CPR/AED/First Aid Certification training offered to Hearing members of the community by the Red Cross.Now, Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened adults (ages 17 and over) can become certified by learning how to save lives. The ASL Licensed Training provides CPR/AED/First Aid certification training teaches how provide emergency resuscitation to someone experiencing a heart attack or cardiac arrest, what to do if someone is choking, how to treat emergencies like serious cuts and burns, and more. Prepare yourself and improve the safety and health of our community. Contact JR Health Education for information on CPR/AED/First Aid Certification training schedules and registration.Jennifer R. Fraser, M.Ed.
    Owner/Licensed Training Provider
    Email: Jennifer_201@comcast.net
     white_spacer Laurie Mitchell Empowerment Center
     white_spacer Legal Shield
     massa_associateslogo Massa and Associates, Doctors of Audiology, specialize in the identification and treatment of disorders that cause hearing loss and or vertigo. Our Doctors of Audiology use the latest digital and Bluetooth technology to treat different types of hearing loss. Bluetooth technology connects you to all of your electronic devices such as music, TV, computer, smart phone or/cell phone as well as induction loop systems found in theaters. For a live demonstration and special offers, stop by our exhibit. www.MassaAndAssociates.com
    6355 Walker Lane, Suite 411, Alexandria, VA 22310 (703)922-4262
    2616 Sherwood Hall Lane, Suite 408, Alexandria, VA 22306 (703)780-8929
     white_spacer National Gallery of Art
    Get to know the National Gallery of Art!  Stop by the NGA table to learn more about the monthly ASL at the NGA  tours.  The tours introduce the Gallery’s collections and constantly change, so visit and visit again!  The tours, which are given entirely in ASL and are voice interpreted into spoken English, meet on the second Sunday of each month in the Rotunda of the West Building and last about an hour.  For more information, please contact Lorena Baines at asl@nga.gov.
     white_spacer Northern Virginia Community College Disability Services

    NVAD

    Northern Virginia  Association of the Deaf


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    Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association (NVCSA)
      SEACRET – Byron Hampton
    Seacret Agents will give a free party or one on one for people who signup for this exciting event. We also will give discounts and free items on SEACRET products.
    Email: shamptonb@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.seacretdirect.com/byron
    BBB: SEACRET Direct Accredited Business
     white_spacer Silent Meadow LLC
     TDI Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.  (TDI) is a consumer advocacy organization that provides leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for 48 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI publishes the TDI World quarterly magazine and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide, also known as the Blue Book. In odd numbered years, TDI hosts a biennial conference where consumers, industry leaders and government officials gather to discuss accessibility trends in technology. For more information about TDI and to support its work, visit TDI’s website at www.tdiforaccess.org.
     vadlogoblue Virginia Association of the Deaf (VAD)
      The Virginia Association of the DeafBlind, Inc.
     white_spacer Virginia Deaf-Blind Project
     dbvi Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

     VSDB

    Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind

    VDDHH Legislative Report for 2015 Virginia General Assembly

    January 29, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Disability Law

     

    VDDHH Legislative Tracking 2015 General Assembly

    Each tracking report will include the basic information on the bill as it appears on the Legislative Information System (LIS) plus a section on VDDHH Comments, if any, to explain our interest in the bill. For each bill, we have provided a link to the actual LIS page for that bill so that you can see the actual bill language and track the bill yourself. After the initial report on any bill included here, the information provided will be limited to the bill number (linked to the LIS) and a brief update statement.

    Bills included in the VDDHH tracking report will be separated into groups of bills as follows:

    1.     VDDHH – Lead Agency: These are bills which directly impact VDDHH and for which VDDHH is the primary contact agency for the administration. There should only be a few bills in this category.

    2.     VDDHH – Actively Tracking/Commenting: These are bills that VDDHH will actively track and will provide specific, factual information and comments on to ensure that issues in the bill which relate to this agency and the consumers we serve are identified. “Actively Tracking” means that VDDHH will consistently check on the status of these bills. The agency may, if necessary and appropriate, testify at committee meetings on these bills or provide input to either the patron of the bill or to the LEAD agency responsible for the bill. VDDHH is NOT the lead agency on these bills and our level of involvement may be limited.

    3.     VDDHH – Not Actively Tracking/General Interest: These are bills that may be of general interest to consumers, family members or professionals who receive our tracking reports.   VDDHH is not actively tracking these bills and will not be providing comment or attending committee meetings on these bills.

    PLEASE NOTE: VDDHH will only report a “position” on a bill when the Governor’s office has taken a position on that bill. Please do not assume that VDDHH “supports” or “opposes” a bill based on the information provided in this report. This report is only intended to provide the facts of a bill as VDDHH knows them.

    If a bill is “killed” during the session, it will be removed from the tracking list. VDDHH may also remove bills from the list if changes are made to the bill which eliminate the specific issues of interest to this agency or the consumers we serve.

    DOWNLOAD PDF – VDDHH Legislative Tracking Report 1 27 15

    DOWNLOAD MS word- VDDHH Legislative Tracking Report 1 27 15

    How (British) Deaf People Could Win the 2015 General Election

    September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

     

     

    From The Limping Chicken, “The UK’s independent deaf news and blogs website” 9/26/2013british-flag

    Last week at the Liberal  Democrat conference, David Buxton, the British Deaf Association Chief Executive, took centre stage and successfully convinced delegates to support British Sign Language. It was good to see. Not only because of what he had to say, but because it’s very rare that deaf issues take centre stage in political debate. In fact, I don’t remember that they ever have.

    For those who want to see deaf people better represented by our political parties or government, the next general election could be a golden opportunity to advance the cause further than ever before. An opportunity for deaf issues to, at least locally, take centre stage but at the same time, potentially make a huge difference nationally.

    The 2015 election is tipped to be very close and in close elections, relatively small groups of people can become crucial to the outcome by wielding a disproportionate level of influence over the result. Just as the Liberal Democrats became kingmakers 2010, deaf people could play a similar role in some key marginal constituencies in the run-up to the 2015 vote and politically punch above their weight.

    More time, money and effort will be spent by political parties on marginal constituencies than in others. In these constituencies Cameron, Clegg and Miliband know that a few hundred votes going one way or another could decide, not only who gets to be the local MP, but essentially, who occupies Number 10. These are the places where deaf people could influence the election result and use that influence to bargain for better rights.

    There are 28 marginal battleground constituencies where the sitting MP has a majority of less than 1,000 votes (plus Ed Balls’ constituency). The MPs and rival candidates are very keen to impress the voters – these are far from being safe seats.

    In these constituencies, an alliance of only a few deaf hundred people and their supporters is all that’s needed to have the potential to sway the result and get the candidate’s full attention. What if the local deaf club, lip reading class, sign language class or deaf children’s society formed an alliance? Maybe that could be enough to make an impact and get the candidates and parties listening. It could be enough to get deaf people’s rights into a manifesto, if the alliances made their presence felt early enough.
    Read the rest of the story with its Deaf Hit List 2015 at: http://tinyurl.com/ncjzaqc


    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.