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Beginning Cued Speech Class Taught in ASL, October 6-9!

September 27, 2016 in Community Events, Community News



Cue Camp Virginia is offering the adult Beginning Cued Speech taught in American Sign Language by Hilary Franklin, a NCSA*- Certified Instructor. Cued Speech is not a language; it is a finite system that you can learn in one weekend. See how manual cues combine with the mouth movements of spoken American English to visually represent all the sounds of the language. Cued Speech clearly and unambiguously shows all consonant and vowel sounds, as well as the rhythm, stress and prosody of spoken American English.

Discover how Cued Speech can enable your deaf/HoH child to access spoken language and literacy. Attend a fun-filled family learning weekend at Cue Camp Virginia. Connect with other families, professionals and deaf adults to learn about research documenting the many benefits of this phonemic system. Camp is October 6-9, 2016 (Columbus Day weekend) and is held at the beautiful Jamestown 4-H Educational Center on the James River in Williamsburg, VA. For more information, see the website of the Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association,, and click on the Cue Camp 2016 tab at the top right.

(*National Cued Speech Association)

Happy Hands Luncheon Event+CPR Training-Oct 5th

September 27, 2016 in Community Events, Happy Hands



Presentation: CPR Training by Jennifer Fraserhappyhand-logo-607x260
Dates: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Place: Northern Virginia Resource Center,
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, Virginia 22030


VUCA Health – Medication Administration Training in American Sign Language

September 22, 2016 in Community News

VUCA created  videos for deaf patients to demonstrate “How To Use” certain medications ( injected, inhaled, etc).

Medication Administration Training in American Sign Language

They have created a library of videos for the deaf and hearing impaired in American Sign Language.  Specifically, these videos are focused on educating patients and families on how to administer their medications (like inhalers, insulin injections, etc) in American Sign Language ( ).  Think about how a pharmacist would explain to a deaf mom on the appropriate use of an inhaler with a spacer and mask for their child—not easy!

VUCA partnered with a college professor who teaches advanced ASL and hired a deaf actor to deliver the information.

From: Manager of Accessible Programs – National Gallery of Art

September 15, 2016 in Community News, Employment



Hi everyone,
We’re looking for a contractor fluent in ASL who has experience working with families and children to contract with the National Gallery of Art on an ongoing basis.

For more information:
DOWNLOAD – position_description_national-gallery-of-art-family-tour-in-asl

ASL SLAM DC – Sept 17th

August 11, 2016 in Community Events


Sept 17th – ASL SLAM DC
550 Penn Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
10 dollars: Online
13 dollars: At door
Happy Hour: 7pm
Show: 8-9:30pm

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection – Aug 14th

July 28, 2016 in Community Events



The National Gallery of Art ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on Sunday, August 14 at 1:00 pm.

The tour meets in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

The tour is also interpreted into spoken English so all are welcome!


ASL-Interpreted Performance of McLean Community Players’ “Footloose” is July 23

June 30, 2016 in Community Events, Community News


Join us in the Alden Theatre on Saturday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.

This performance of “Footloose, the Musical” will be ASL-interpreted by First Chair Interpreted Productions, LLC. Based on the movie of the same name, “Footloose” tells the story of Ren, a high school student who is forced to move with his mother from Chicago to Bomont, a small farming town, after his father abandons them. Ren expects to have the usual problems in adjusting to a new school, but he does not expect the repressive atmosphere of Bomont, where a powerful minister has persuaded the town council to ban dancing and rock music. Please see the Accessibility page on MCP’s website  for more details. “Footloose” will be performed at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA 22101. Tickets are $23-$25.

The ASL-Interpreted Performance of The Little Mermaid is July 10 at 4:00 p.m.

June 16, 2016 in Community News


Join us in The Anne M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre on 

Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 p.m.

ASL Interpreters: Aaron Halleck and Barbie Doty

Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

About the Show:
 In this world premiere, faithful re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen original, the Little Mermaid falls in love with a human Prince, and longs to join him in his world above the waves. Despite the warnings of her Mer-family, the Little Mermaid seeks out the Enchantress who trades her pair of legs for the mermaid’s beautiful singing voice. A follow-up to the highly acclaimed The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (2012), this collaboration between Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet features dance, puppets, music, and singing in a highly theatrical and epic style of performance. Best for Ages 5 To purchase tickets, please visit us  online, or call our box office at 301-280-1660. Please note that our staff is trained to receive calls through relay and VRS.


Imagination Stage offers discounted rates for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call group sales at 301-280-1664.

PAH – Take an ASL class this summer!

June 9, 2016 in Community News


Join us for a six week class that will help you improve your ASL. This class will be taught in ASL only by a Deaf teacher. It’s recommend that you have completed at least one semester of ASL to attend this class.

Conversations in ASL – 
 Limited seats to 10 to 15 students
July 7 to Aug 11 (6 weeks) – 
 Thursday evenings: 6:30 to 8:30
O.W.L. Fire Station 12
2170 Montgomery Ave.
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Cost: $60
R.S.V.P. Email:
Deadline by July 6th


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Parents of Deaf Children, Stuck in the Middle of an Argument

May 26, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



The New York Times

A long-simmering controversy erupted this spring over how deaf children should communicate.

It started when The Washington Post ran a story on Nyle DiMarco, the deaf “Dancing With the Stars contestant who is also an advocate for American Sign Language (ASL). When Meredith Sugar, president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, retorted that ASL was becoming obsolete in light of better hearing aid and cochlear implant technology, the arguing went public. But that debate was really just the latest manifestation of a longstanding conflict among deaf people and parents of deaf children: Should children be fitted for hearing aids and taught to speak, or should they use sign language? Or a combination of both?

As the parent of a 2-year-old whose hearing loss was recently diagnosed, the arguments only heightened my anxiety about how to address my son Sam’s needs.

Read more  . . . Parents of Deaf Children

To sign or not to sign? That’s the question facing deaf children

May 20, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



The invention of cochlear implants and other technologies have given many deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and children the option to hear. What, then, becomes of sign language?

When the world gets too loud—because of fireworks, or just to take a quiet break on the weekends—8-year-old Sophie knows what to do.

“When it’s really loud, I just take the magnet off,” she says.

She’s deaf and has had a cochlear implant that’s helped her hear since she was a year old. But she knows by moving that magnet she can stop the device from bringing her sound.

More than 1 in 500 children in the United States is born deaf or hard of hearing, making it the most common congenital sensory problem in the country. Technological advances, like Sophie’s cochlear implants, now give many children the ability to hear and communicate with spoken English from the time they are babies.

Sitting next to her on the couch in their living room, Sophie’s mom Samantha Zawislak says getting her daughter a cochlear implant, which requires surgery, was a difficult decision.

Read more  . . . . Sign?

Art Signs:  Gallery talks in ASL at Smithsonian American Art Museum

May 20, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events



Join us this Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for Art Signs gallery talks in ASL at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Art Signs guides Elizabeth Henry and Emily Blachly will lead discussion on artworks from our collection.   Among the sculpture discussed will be Monekana by Deborah Butterfield and Its Another Spring by Man Ray. Enjoy conversation and learn something new!

Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m.
Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC

Metro:  Gallery Place

Upcoming Art Signs dates:
Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 16, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 14, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 5:30 p.m.

Register Now! for NVRC ASL classes

May 12, 2016 in Community News


Beginner ASL class

Beginner ASL is a 6-week introductory course to American Sign Language, the Community and the Culture. Students will learn fingerspelling, numbers, gestures, glossing and an introduction to ASL signs. (No textbook is required.)
Wednesdays June 1 – July 6 6:30pm – 8:30pm Cost – $150



Conversational ASL class

Conversational ASL is a 6-week course focusing on fingerspelling, numbers, gestures, expressions and signs practiced through games, break out groups, role playing and songs.
Thursdays June 2 – July 7 6:30pm – 8:30pm Cost- $120




A Dual ASL Presentation! June 5th

May 12, 2016 in Community News



Kathleen Brockway will present: Wakening of Deaf Culture: Bringing the Values of Deaf Culture to the Community Ellen Mansfield will present: Showing Deaf Experiences and Symbolism Through the De’VIA artworks.

June 5, 2016; Sunday
TIME: 10 AM – 1 PM, light refreshments served
Dearbought Community House, 100 Eli Court, Frederick, MD

$20 Adults, $10 for Senior Citizens & Students
Paypal to RVSP first come first serve at
Limited 45 seats, hurry up and RVSP!

Questions? Please contact with CC to

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Watch – The Daily Moth – news in video using American Sign Language

March 31, 2016 in Community News


The Daily Moth

What is it?
The Daily Moth delivers news in video using American Sign Language. The deaf host, Alex Abenchuchan, covers trending news stories and deaf topics with a twist of humor and deaf culture.

Where can I watch it?
The Daily Moth’s video content in full length is viewable on its Facebook page, YouTube channel and website at Follow our Twitter and Instagram accounts at @TheDailyMoth. Subscribe to our email newsletter at the front of the website.

How often is content posted?
The Daily Moth posts daily recaps of major news events on its website, social media, and email newsletter during the weekdays.

Watch most resent posting  . . .