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Cards assist law enforcement, drivers with hearing loss

June 23, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

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The communication card is designed to be stored on a sun visor, in a bag or backpack, or on a passenger seat for easy use. To download the card, visit www.michigan.gov/doddbhh. (Image provided by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights)

C&G Newspapers – METRO DETROIT
Posted June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has released a new communication tool that will ease communication between law enforcement and individuals who are deaf or have partial hearing loss.

Supported by statewide law enforcement organizations — including the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police — the communication card is designed to be stored on a sun visor, in a bag or backpack, or on a passenger seat for easy use.

One side of the card notifies law enforcement that the person is either deaf or has partial hearing loss. It offers quick tips to facilitate communication, including, but not limited to, “Get my attention first,” “Make eye contact when you speak,” and “I cannot lip-read everything you say.”

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Six Steps Those With Hearing Loss Can Take to Communicate Better

June 16, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Huffington Post – The Blog
by Shari Eberts
06/14/2016

Those of us with hearing loss must sometimes rely on those with normal hearing to help us have better conversations and more successful interactions with the hearing world. See my post on this topic here. But we must also take responsibility for stacking the deck in our own favor. By following some simple rules of thumb, we can put ourselves in a better position to hear and communicate as best as is possible. Here are my tips. Please share yours in the comments.

SIX STEPS THOSE WITH HEARING LOSS CAN TAKE TO SUCCEED WITH COMMUNICATIONS

 

1. Be assertive and inform others: Don’t be shy about disclosing your hearing loss. If someone does not know   . . . Read More  . . .  1-6 Six Steps

The Art of Nonverbal Communication in Practice

May 17, 2016 in Community News

 

 

Hearing Journal:
doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000483270.59643.cc
Nonverbal Communication
Author – Dr. Hull is professor of communication sciences and disorders, in audiology/neuroscience, at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS.

Nonverbal communication can be more powerful—and even more influential—than what we say with words, and can have a tremendous impact on our success as hearing health care professionals.

Experts in interpersonal communication have estimated that nonverbal communication constitutes approximately 70 percent of what is involved in communication. In other words, only about 30 percent of communication involves the actual words that we use. Placing the impact of nonverbal communication at 93 percent has been deemed a little high, however, so a safer level is thought to be around 80 percent—which is still quite an impressive figure. This means that only 20 percent of the impact of our communication is from the words that we use.

Read more  . . . Nonverbal Communication

Come to CELEBRATE COMMUNICATION 2016

March 22, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

presented by:

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 • 10 AM to 2 PM

LOCATION:  Northern Virginia Community College • Ernst Community Cultural Center/Gymnasium • 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

 

Click on one of the following to learn more.

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    Celebrate Communication is the area’s premier information fair for anyone with an interest in or connection to hearing loss.

    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.

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

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    I Am So Frustrated By My Hearing Loss I Could Just Scream!

    October 13, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

     

     

    HUFFPOST
    by Shari Eberts
    10/06/2015

    Have you ever been so frustrated by your hearing loss that you could just scream? I sure have. This usually occurs when I am already tired and worn out from listening all day, but can just as easily happen early in the day if the mood hits me. I try to roll with the punches, laugh as best I can at hearing misunderstandings — come on — I even write a blog about coping with hearing loss — but nobody is perfect and sometimes I just want to shout, “Why are you not looking at me when you talk to me? Why are you mumbling behind your hand? How many times do I need to remind you to not talk to me from another room?”

    Whew! I guess it happens to us all sometimes.

    Usually it is my family that bears the brunt of this outburst. I guess I am not brave enough to yell at perfect strangers, yet. This is unfair to my family, of course, because most of the time they go out of their way to help me hear, but they are also around me the most, so it gives them the most opportunities for making communication errors.

    Read more . . . tips for surviving

    Deaf New Yorkers demands NYPD learn how to treat those with hearing challenges

    May 19, 2015 in Community News, Disability Law

     

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    BY  GINGER ADAMS OTIS
    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    Four letters, scrawled in the dust of an NYPD patrol car, became a terrified woman’s only hope of survival: H-O-S-P.

    Diana Williams, a deaf New Yorker who’s also unable to speak, traced the cryptic message with her index finger after contorting her body so her cuffed hands reached the side of the car.

    “Hospital,” she then mouthed as tears spilled in soundless sobs. “Help. Help. Please. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”

    When a police officer nodded that he understood, she cried even harder — with relief. But the deaf woman’s ordeal was far from over.

    Williams, 48, says she was an upbeat, confident woman before her still-stunning arrest after calling the police for help on Sept. 11, 2011. Now she’s in the third year of a bitter legal fight with the NYPD, still racked by the lingering terror from her 24 hours in police custody. “I have never been so terrified in my life,” Williams told the Daily News, through an interpreter.

    Read article and …. watch signed video

    NVRC – Celebrate Communication 2015 Exhibitors

    May 13, 2015 in Community News, NVRC

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     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

    Breaking My Own Communication Rules – By Gael Hannan

    January 15, 2015 in Community News

     

     

    Better Hearing Consumer
    By Gael Hannan

    Last week, I flew from San Jose, California, to Ottawa, Ontario, a three-flight trip that was scheduled to take 10 hours.  But because of one delayed departure, the journey ultimately included the three flights, an unexpected hotel layover, lost luggage, a few tears and a total of 28 hours.  And if that’s not bad enough, I also broke a lot of my own communication rules along the way.

    My first clue that the trip might be jinxed might have been realizing, as it went through the security scanner, that I’d put the $60 gift bottle of wine in my carry-on bag­.  (This has nothing to do with my hearing loss, just to my stupidity.) Upon confiscation, I suggested they drink it with some nice cheese and crackers because this was no ordinary bottle of plonk.

    And so began my day from hell.  There’s no reason to detail the long list of late flights, missed connections, staff that were rude, helpful, bewildered or simply unavailable, or the disappearance of my lovely suede duffel bag into the black hole of LaGuardia airport.  Suffice to say that I spent four hours ping-ponging between three different baggage claim areas, airline counters and many phone calls, trying to find my bag and to get out of New York, neither of which happened that night.  By the time I checked into a nearby hotel for a few hours’ sleep, I was resigned that my bag and I might never meet again.

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    Advocacy Alert: Help Deaf Inmates Get Needed Communication

    November 26, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

    Help Deaf Inmates Get Needed Communication

    The “Campaign for Prison Phone Justice” has a petition requesting that the installation of videophones, captioned telephones, and other auxiliary aids be  required in prisons to support access to telecommunications for prisoners who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech challenged. Doing so will also support their family members. There are currently 66 signatures for the petition.

    NVRC encourages individuals to learn more about this issue and sign on to the petition at: http://bit.ly/1bPcIV9

    Some background about the issue from HEARD (Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf):

    On August 9, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) appropriately voted to limit the sky-high rates charged by ICS providers to family members of all prisoners. For years, ICS providers have charged these same excessive rates for calls via Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (“TTY”)—a technology that can require more than quadruple the amount of time it takes to use a videophone or voice telephone. Some ICS providers have chosen not to provide any technology for prisoners with disabilities, while others provided equipment but erected other barriers to access—charging extra for prisoners to use TTYs; blocking telephone relay numbers, placing TTY technology in locations that are locked or inaccessible, or even creating phone systems that function solely through voice-command.

    The Commission’s own reports indicate that TTY calls account for a mere 12% of the total relay volume and that TTY usage is continuously decreasing, having cut in half over the past seven years. To make matters worse, TTYs and videophones are incompatible. This means that deaf prisoners in hundreds of prisons across the nation cannot communicate with their loved ones who no longer use outmoded TTY technology.

    Simply put, family members of deaf prisoners have endured an even greater financial burden and often have been entirely denied communication with their loved ones solely based on disability. The Commission emphasizes that its recent efforts are to ensure that “rates for Inmate Calling Services are just, reasonable, and fair.” While we applaud the Commission’s decision to ensure that rates are just and reasonable, we remind the Commission that there is no fairness without equality.

    At base, the Commission must employ its authority to mandate that:
    (1) ICS providers ensure that deaf and hard of hearing prisoners, prisoners with deaf family members, and prisoners with speech challenges have access to videophones, captioned telephones, TTYs and other auxiliary aids;
    (2) ICS providers reduce rates charged for videophone and TTY such that family members of deaf prisoners pay the same amount for the same amount of communication;
    (3) ICS providers immediately add all relay numbers, including Spanish relay numbers, to its list of approved numbers; and
    (4) ICS providers assemble and report data regarding rates for and complaints from prisoners with disabilities and their family members.

    Anything short of a Commission order mandating these four fundamental components of universally accessible Inmate Calling Services will leave countless prisoners and their family members exactly where they were prior to the Commission’s decision—disconnected. Universal accessibility is part and parcel of fairness and the rights of people with disabilities should not be disregarded for regulatory convenience.

    The Commission has the authority to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal telecommunication access and we are calling upon you to ensure that prison telecommunication is affordable and universally accessible—that fair reaches all, not some.

     


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    Give Us Your Feedback About Celebrate Communication 2013

    June 10, 2013 in Community Events, NVRC Announcements

    Give Us Your Feedback About Celebrate Communication 2013

    If you attended NVRC’s Celebrate Communication 2013 at George Mason University on May 11, 2013 we would love to have your feedback to three simple questions.
    Take this link to our evaluation page and give us your opinion:

    http://www.nvrc.org/celebrate-communication-evaluation/

    Thank you for helping us with planning for improvements for our next Celebrate Communication!

    The NVRC Staff:
    Cheryl, Debbie, Bonnie, Marla, SB, Doris and Bruce


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    Celebrate Communication 2013 is TOMORROW!

    May 10, 2013 in Community Events, Community News, NVRC Announcements, Technology

     

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    Please visit our Sponsor Page to see all of
    our wonderful Sponsors for this event.

    Celebrate Communication 2013 is TOMORROW!

     

    It’s here, it’s finally here.  Rain or Shine.

    We can’t wait to see you all this Saturday.

    Many thanks to all the hard-working staff, all our Board of Directors

    and all our volunteers. Everyone has been busy preparing

    and we’re all excited to share this day with you. 

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    Celebrate Communication

    • Starting with the NVRC Members Breakfast…
    • Followed by lots and lots of information,
      resources and technology to discover from the exhibitors…
    • Mix in some fun with Facepainting, an ASL Treasure Hunt and crafters…
    • Top it off with Birthday cake at the Snack Table to Celebrate NVRC’s 25th Anniversary!
    • Sounds like a great day to us! And…it’s FREE!

    A special thank you to all our sponsors
    for supporting Celebrate Communication.


    Visit our webpage for a full list of Sponsors, Exhibitors,
    directions to the event and parking instructions.

    Sponsor Page – Exhibitor PageDirections + Parking


    See you tomorrow!

    Celebrate Communication 2013

    Saturday May 11, 2013

    10 am – 3 pm

    George Mason Univ. Center for the Arts

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    2 Days to Celebrate Communication – Communications/Relay Services

    May 9, 2013 in Community News, NVRC, Technology

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    Please visit our Sponsor Page to see all of
    our wonderful Sponsors for this event.

    Only 2 Days to Celebrate Communication…..

    the Premiere Event for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

    Exhibits you won’t want to miss…

    Please visit our website for a full list of Exhibitors and Sponsors  Click Here

    Communication & Relay Services

     

    Communications/Relay Services

    • AT&T
    • Purple
    • Sorenson
    • Verizon Wireless
    • Virginia Relay/ Captel
    • ZVRS

    For more information and a full list of exhibitors

    please visit our website Exhibitor Page


    See you soon!

    Celebrate Communication 2013

    Saturday May 11, 2013

    10 am – 3 pm

    George Mason Univ. Center for the Arts

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    FREE Members Breakfast – May 11th

    April 23, 2013 in NVRC, NVRC Announcements

    Are you a Member of NVRC?

    Join us for a FREE Members Breakfast provided especially in honor of  YOU!

    This is our way of saying “Thank You!” for all you do to support NVRC. The Members Only Breakfast is held from 9-10 am on the morning of Celebrate Communication.  Here is your chance to mingle with (current and former) members of the Board of Directors, meet old friends and make new ones while enjoying a hot cup of coffee and some fresh morning treats from Panera Bread.

    • Time: 9 am – 10 am
    • Day: Morning of Celebrate Communication
      Saturday, May 11, 2012
    • Where: 3rd Floor, Center for the Arts Building (take the elevator located at the far end of the lobby across from the entrance)

    Eligibility: All members of NVRC who are current with a paid membership as of May 8th are eligible to participate.

    Membership status will be checked at the door on May 11th.

    If you had recently participated in the recent NVRC Spring2Action campaign April 17th and donated more then $50.00, You are a NVRC Member!

    Sponsored By: Our thanks to Panera Catering for providing a delicious array of bagels, breakfast sweets and coffee for this special event for the 6th consecutive year.

    Hosted By: This event is hosted each year by the Ambassadors Club.  The Ambassadors Club is made up of former Board Members who served on the NVRC Board of Directors thoughout the years.

    Join NVRC or Renew your membership today!

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    Celebrate Communication 2013 – Latest Update

    April 12, 2013 in Community Events, NVRC, NVRC Announcements, NVRC Calendar

     

    Celebrate Communication 2013 – Latest Update

    • Just 4 weeks until our big Spring Event

    • Our exhibitor list is growing!

    • New Feature: ASL Treasure Hunt for the Grand Prize

    • Face painting by Dee Vinchey for kids and the kids at heart

    • Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers!

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    Exhibitor List

    • American Red Cross
    • Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)
    • Cochlear Americas
    • Duartek
    • Fairfax Host Lions Club
    • George Mason University Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)
    • Happy Hands
    • Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
    • Hearing Technologies LLC
    • Helen A Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
    • Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
    • Lesner Hearing Center
    • MED-EL
    • Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf
    • Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association
    • Purple
    • Verbatim (CART writing)
    • Virginia Association of the Deaf
    • Virginia Deaf-Blind Project, Partnership for People with Disabilities
    • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
    • Virginia Relay
    • Virginia Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Arts/Crafts

    • 31 Gifts
    • Dee Vinchey Entertainment (face painting)
    • Joan’s Knitted Dolls

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    Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10 AM to 3 PM

    George Mason University,
    4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

    Informational Exhibits • Technology Demonstrations • Children’s Activities  • Local Resources
    Free Hearing Screenings • Crafts • Prizes and More!
    info@nvrc.org  • 703-352-9055V  • 703-352-9056 TTY  •  www.nvrc.org

    Brought to you by: the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities (KIHD), Lions International and George Mason University. Publicity courtesy of Virginia Relay.

     

     

    How to Safeguard Yourself Against Wireless Device Theft

    November 21, 2012 in Community News, Technology

    From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Background

    The theft of wireless devices, particularly smartphones, is sharply on the rise across the country, according to many published reports. The high resale value of these high-tech phones has made them a prime target for robbers and the personal information contained on the device that could be used by identity thieves. Below are several steps that you can take to better protect yourself, your device, and the data it contains, along with instructions on what to do if your device is lost or stolen.   Read more . . . →