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ARLINGTON VA, Text-to-911 – Coming Soon

January 19, 2016 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Technology

 

 

In an emergency, we always want you to call 9-1-1, but for those instances when you’re unable to call, Arlington County will soon offer a text-to-911 capability. You’ll be able to send a text message to our Emergency Communications Center if you can’t call 9-1-1.

When is texting helpful?

The new service allows people who are unable to speak to reach 9-1-1 and request emergency services. This might include those who are:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • unable to speak
  • in a situation where it’s unsafe to speak

When is this available?

We’re working now on implementing this capability in Arlington; our target timeframe is early 2016.

A deaf man’s jail ordeal in Arlington: ‘I felt stuck. I was stuck.’

October 1, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Disability Law

 

 


September 30

The way Abreham Zemedagegehu tells it, the six weeks he spent in the Arlington County, Va., jail nearly amounted to torture.

A deaf Ethio­pian immigrant with limited ability to speak or write English, Zemedagegehu says he missed two or three meals a week because he could not hear the announcement that it was time to eat. He says he went his entire stay without medication for back pain, struggled to communicate with jailers and was unable to make phone calls to friends outside.

In one particularly harrowing encounter, Zemedagegehu alleges, a jail staffer forced a needle into his arm — a tuberculosis test, he would later learn — after he refused to sign a medical consent form that he could not read.

“I felt stuck. I was stuck,” Zemedagegehu said, communicating in sign language through an interpreter. “There was no one to talk to me.”

Read more  . . . deaf man’s jail ordeal 

Arlington County Affordable Housing Needs Study Work Group Meeting

April 21, 2015 in Advocacy & Access

 

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Arlington County Affordable Housing Needs Study Work Group Meeting
Central Library, Auditorium
1015 N. Quincy Street
Arlington, VA

This is the monthly meeting of the work group that compiled the draft plan.  Public comment available at beginning of meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

PLEASE BE THERE TO SPEAK OUT and SHARE THIS ALERT WIDELY!

Arlington, VA – Affordable Housing Study Public Meetings – Tues. April 21

April 10, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events

 

 

Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin-Affordable Housing Study Public Meetings

Issue: #43
Date: April 9, 2015

Help us build a solid foundation for the future of housing in our community

On Tuesday April 21, 2015, the Arlington County Disability Advisory Commission will host a presentation on the Affordable Housing Study. The Affordable Housing Masterplan is of importance to the disability community and the community is invited to the meeting. The meeting is at 7pm in room 311 at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.  More information about the Affordable Housing Study is below.

The County is seeking a comprehensive approach to providing the full range of housing affordability in Arlington. Ensuring a range of housing options, affordable to persons of all income levels and needs throughout the County, creates community sustainability because it supports our people, improves our neighborhoods and strengthens our economy.

Due to rising property values many households can no longer afford to buy or rent in Arlington, and the County has seen a dramatic decrease in its affordable housing stock even as the County has experienced more success in creating committed affordable units than most surrounding jurisdictions. Median incomes have not kept pace with the steadily rising housing costs. Between 2000 and 2013, average home sale prices increased by 140.3% while the average rent increased by 90.9%. Over the same timeframe, the County lost 13,500 affordable housing units, primarily to rent increases.

An 18-member  Working Group appointed by the County Manager has been working for over two years  to develop the community’s affordable housing vision and policy. Together with County staff, the group has drafted an Affordable Housing Master Plan and will seek Board approval in July 2015 to include it as an element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

The next steps for the working group and staff team will be an extensive civic engagement effort that will foster community discussion around the proposed policies and tools. Through a series of meetings, events and online engagement, staff will hear from commissions, advisory boards, associations and residents. The feedback will guide revisions to the Affordable Housing Master Plan, which the Board will consider for adoption in July 2015. At that time, the Board also will consider acceptance of the Implementation Framework.

More information can be found at http://housing.arlingtonva.us/affordable-housing-study/

Learn more about affordable housing in Arlington.

Rental Assistance
To apply for rental assistance, contact the Arlington Department of Human Services at
703-228-1350 ordhs@arlingtonva.us

Arlington County Office of Human Rights, EEO, and ADA
703-228-3929

 

Arlington approves 60 new wheelchair-accessible taxicabs

December 19, 2014 in Advocacy & Access

 

 

The Washington Post
By Patricia Sullivan
December 13

Sixty new wheelchair-accessible taxicabs, most operated by a new company with a fleet of vans serving people with disabilities, won the right Saturday to operate in Arlington County.

The County Board agreed to award 50 certificates to the new All Access Taxi company and 10 to Blue Top Cab. All Access officials say it is the first all-wheelchair-
accessible cab company in the region. They plan to have their first vehicles on the road by February, with most operating by April.

The action increases the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis available to Arlington customers from 37 to 97.

Read More . . .

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 – 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.

 

Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf (NVAD) – Tour at the Arlington House.

April 22, 2014 in Community Events

  

Saturday, May 3, 2014 (Rain or Shine) 9:00AM ~ 4:00PM

The Tour begins at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center at approximate 10:30AM; first stop will be at the John F. Kennedy gravesite, second at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Changing of the Guard) and third at Arlington House known as Robert E. Lee Memorial where our own Deaf Park Ranger Laura Bray will interpret.

Individual rate: $9.00 and Senior Citizen rate: $8.00. The limit for the tour is 20 people. Check payable to Gary Viall and Memo: Arlington House. The mailing address is 7004 Kenfig Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042.

NOTE: Wheelchair users limited to the main floor only. Reading scripts will be provided for JFK gravesite and the Tomb. Bring your own lunch for picnic tables outside of Arlington House at noon.

Meet at the Pentagon parking (free) next to the Pentagon Memorial, go to the Pentagon Metro, get off at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center. For wheelchair users, park at the Arlington National Cemetery parking lot with parking fee.

We may meet at the nearby restaurant (TBA) for dinner and fun.

Please RSVP to Gary Viall by text: 703-485-6557 or email: gviall@cox.net by Friday, April 25th

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Arlington Accessible Housing: The View at Liberty Center

September 28, 2013 in Advocacy & Access

Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin

www.arlingtonva.us

Issue: #027
Date: September 26, 2013

arlington_accessible_housing_bulletin

The View at Liberty CenterSteps from Ballston Metro, the View at Liberty Center brings stylish living together with modern life. With Arlington at your feet and DC minutes away, you’ll be surrounded by unrivaled amenities and breathtaking vistas.

  • Committed Affordable Units (CAFs) available
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and Housing Grants accepted*
  • Accessible CAF units for persons with physical disabilities
  • Maximum incomes are $45,120 to $64,380 depending on household size
  • Rents and Fees
    • One-bedroom $1,091.
    • Twp-bedroom $1,288.
    • Parking $100 per month
    • Security deposit varies with credit check
    • Application fee $50

Call the leasing office at 571.419.1312 for specific information on accessible features. 

​*Income limits do not apply to persons receiving rent assistance, such as Housing Grants and Section 8

 

Amenities

  • Steps to Ballston Metro and minutes to 66
  • Rooftop club room, plunge pools and fire pit
  • Rooftop viewing deck
  • Outdoor bar and kitchen area with movie screen
  • 24-hour concierge with valet services
  • Year-round pool and garage parking
  • 50,00 sq. ft of retail at ground level
The View at Liberty Center
P: 571.419.1312
4000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203
Theview.pm@kettler.com | www.kettler.com
Residences

  • Floor-to-ceiling window walls and exceptional views
  • Open floor plans with loft and studio options
  • Terraces and balconies for private entertaining
  • High-end GE appliance package
  • Quartz counter tops and wood floors throughout
  • Pet friendly

 

If you lease one of these units, or any unit advertised in this bulletin,
please let us know by 
emailing us

The landlord accepts Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) and Housing Grants rental assistance. Income limits do not apply to persons receiving rental assistance. For more information on rental assistance, contact the Arlington County Department of Human Services at 703-228-1450.

 

The Accessible/Affordable Housing Bulletin is a service of the Arlington County Office of Human Rights, EEO and ADA.

 

Arlington Office of Human Rights, EEO and ADA
703.228.3929
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 318Arlington, VA 22201

www.arlingtonva.us

For information about this bulletin, contact Anna Maynard at amaynard@arlingtonva.us

 

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.

Arlington Accessible Housing -The Larkspur Unit Available

August 9, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

 

Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin

www.arlingtonva.us

Issue: #025

Date: August 5, 2013

The Larkspur has an accessible unit available now!The Larkspur has an accessible unit available for leasing. The apartment units are newly renovated and ready to go!

Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin-The Madison @Ballston Station Now Leasing

June 29, 2013 in Community News

Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin
www.arlingtonva.us

Issue: #024

Date: June 28, 2013

The Madison at Ballston Station has accessible units available now!

The Madison at Ballston Station has market-rate, accessible units available for leasing. There are four 1-bedroom apartments available. Check out the Jackson floorplan on thewebsite for more details.

Rents
One-Bedroom Rent $1,707.00 to $1,770

This is a special rent promotion, so act fast!

Income Limits* 

These are market-rate units, so there is no upper income limit, however there is a minimum income of $68, 250 to qualify. Contact the leasing office for more information. 

For more information on these units, contact:

THE MADISON AT BALLSTON STATION

4401 NORTH 4TH STREET ARLINGTON VA 22203

888-311-4598

http://www.madisonatballstonstation.com/

If you lease one of these units, or any unit advertised in this bulletin, please let us know by emailing us

The landlord accepts Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) and Housing Grants rental assistance. Income limits do not apply to persons receiving rental assistance. For more information on rental assistance, contact the Arlington County Department of Human Services at 703-228-1450.

The Accessible/Affordable Housing Bulletin is a service of the Arlington County Office of Human Rights, EEO and ADA.

www.arlingtonva.us
For information about this list, contact Anna Maynard at amaynard@arlingtonva.us

    

Arlington Office of Human Rights, EEO and ADA
703.228.3929
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 318
Arlington, VA 22201

Cued Speech

March 29, 2011 in Interpreting & Transliterating

Cued Speech is a mode of communication based on the phonemes and properties of traditionally spoken languages. Cueing allows users who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have language/communication disorders to access the basic, fundamental properties of spoken languages through the use of vision.(taken from the National Cued Speech Association’s website)    

Below is a list of local Cued Speech Transliterators who provide services in the metro DC area:

Ashley Elder
Email: ashrenee85@gmail.com
Phone: (571) 318-3491

Nichelle Wilson
Email: mrs_njwilson@yahoo.com
Phone: (571) 426-3747



National Cued Speech Association Logo

National Cued Speech Association
5619 McLean Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814-1021

Toll Free: 800-459-3529
Local: 301-915-8009
Email: info@cuedspeech.org

 

Restaurant Survey Results

March 1, 2011 in Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

We are excited to have so many participants sharing their experiences.  Because of the large amount of information, we have changed our format and put the results in a PDF spread sheet. 

 

Free Tax Assistance

February 7, 2011 in NVRC Announcements

 

NVRC  has once again joined the Real Economic Impact Tour’s DeafTax VITA Project to bring free income tax preparation and electronic filing to people who use American Sign Language as their primary language.Deaf and Hard of Hearing tax payers can meet with IRS Certified VITA volunteers through the videophone here at NVRC.Individuals and families who earn $49,000 or less (without business income) are eligible for this service.  All tax preparation is by appointment only, and will be available from February 1 to April 19, 2011.  There is no cost for this service. What to bring:

  • Social Security cards for everyone listed on tax return.
  • Two forms of ID for primary taxpayer and spouse (one must be photo ID.)
  • Birthdates of all individuals to appear on return.
  • All W-2s and 1099s and any other income reporting documents.
  • Documentation for all deductions and/or credits claimed, i.e. education credits.
  • Documentation supporting a claim to a dependency exemption (for example, Form 8332 or Form 2120)
  • Day care provider’s identifying number and receipts (if applicable)
  • Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns (if available)

For more information, click here.

To make an appointment, contact NVRC at:

info@nvrc.org
703-352-9055 voice
703-352-9056 TTY
703-350-8656 VP