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Virginia Association of the Deaf 60th Biennial VAD Conference

August 31, 2017 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness

“Protecting Our Rights to be Heard”

October 26-28, 2017
Country Inn & Suites
5327 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

President’s Reception, Bowling Night, Meeting/Election, Exhibit Booths,
Workshops, Lunch, Banquet, Awards, Door Prizes

Downloads in pdf flyers:

2017 VAD Conference Flyer

Bowling Fun Night

2017 VAD Membership Form

Discount Room rate: $89 under VAD Block until October 12

President’s Reception, Bowling Night, Meeting/Election, Exhibit Booths, Workshops,
Lunch Banquet/Awards/Door Prizes
October 26, Thursday night President Reception is open to all at a restaurant TBA.
October 27, Friday, Bowling Fun Night 7 pm-9pm

5801 Southpoint Centre Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Bowling Party Group $11 per person for unlimited games, shoes & unlimited pizza.
Bowling Fun Night

Contact VAD President Jeanne Lavelle at or VP 571-350-8029

Make check or money order payable to VAD with memo 2017 Conference and mail it to
Registration Chair: Deborah McKague,
VP 434-688-3391 and Email:

FIND All updated information on the Website

VAD – Mini Conference – September 10, 2016 – Doswell, VA

August 9, 2016 in Community Events



Virginia Association for the Deaf
Mini Conference
September 10, 2016 – Doswell, VA

Doswell Community Center 16433 Washington Highway Doswell, Virginia 23047

Register before August 20

Download the PDF Registration Form



July 14, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay



July 14, 2016

Caption Studies Conference August 1 & 2
Online Free And Captioned Too
Don’t Wait Or Hesitate
Don’t  Be Late Or Miss The Date

Register Now And Tune In From Anyplace On The Days
Make Note Of Conference Time Zone (PDT) And Your Own

First Conference Like This Ever!

Happy to be part of it with many CCAC members and others with thanks to CCAC member GZ who is Conference Chair, Western Oregon University, Strada Captioning, and all others involved and presenting

Go To Now to read about it, see the two day schedule, presenters page, and find the easy to submit registration form

– Place To Be For Captioning Advocacy

Any Questions: CCACaptioning@Gmail.Com



Save the Date: 2017 Biennial TDI Conference in Bethesda on July 27-29!

June 30, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Community Events, Employment


TDI is proud to announce the upcoming 22nd Biennial TDI Conference to take place in Bethesda, Maryland on July 27-29, tdi_square2017.

Save the date and start making plans!  All of us at TDI hope to see you there for this occasion.

The conference will take place on July 27-29, 2017, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel.

More information on TDI website

50th Anniversary of Cued Speech Conference – July 8-10

June 3, 2016 in Community Events


Come join us to celebrate 50 years of Cued Speech.

July 8-10th
Westin Tyson Corner Hotel
Falls Church, Virginia


Caption Studies 2016 Conference – Aug 1st-2nd, 2016 (Online!)

May 17, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Hearing Loss & Deafness


The online conference is planned for days in August 2016: Monday, August 1st, and Tuesday, August 2nd. A face-to-face conference for two days in late July, 2017, at Western Oregon University. For more information, follow this link.

The online conference will take place from noon through 5 pm PST on both days. Registration (free) will be required in order to participate. This will help us better organize and respond in the future as well as give us a sense of the community participation.

Conference’s Purpose

Having spoken with many people as the conference organization has gone forward, it’s clear that the captioning community is positive, engaged, and constructive. Rather than lament the flood of bad captions or the dearth of quality captions, we want to promote what is health, interesting, strong, and engaging in the captioning community. This means having time to share and connect with people from different parts of the captioning community.

Read more  . . .

Join Us the 2015 TDI Biennial Conference at Baltimore! – Aug 19-22

July 21, 2015 in Community Events


July 20, 2015

Shaping An Accessible World

Come Join Us the 2015 TDI Biennial Conference at Baltimore!


Greetings from TDI to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Americans in DC, MD, & VA!
This opportunity is extended also to those living in adjoining areas like PA, NJ, and NY.
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) has some good news to share with you.  TDI will be having our 21st Biennial Conference on August 1922, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. 

This Conference is offering you a wonderful three-day’s experience and opportunities for personal/professional development as well as some time for fun with friends and family.  You get to learn about the latest in public policy for disability access, to network with others from with business and government, and to visit the exhibits that give you the latest information on accessible products and services.  You meet the industry leaders that have worked with TDI and its sister consumer groups in the last two years on access topics such as relay services, emergency communications, wireless communications and information, and captioning of video programming. 

You get to see others speak about the research and other studies that have been conducted for accessibility in information, communication, hearing enhancement, and employment.  There will be updates given on federal government initiatives for employment and civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.  For some of you still working every day, you benefit from getting pointers from a panel of well-known deaf and hard of hearing leaders on their experience interacting with their fellow hearing colleagues in the workplace.  Some key Federal Communications Commission officials speak about recent initiatives from the Commission for relay services, captioning of video programming (TV and Internet), emergency communications, and advanced communication services, etc. 

For the first time ever, there will be the new Technology and Youth Forum which give spotlight on the latest in innovation and accessibility from today’s generation of young Americans that are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing (aged less than 35).  We will recognize a number of individuals and companies in an Awards Luncheon for their contributions in the community, engineering, telecommunication access, marketing and public relations, and public policy.  Last but not least, you celebrate with us on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Would you like to attend the ball game?  We are pleased that there will be a TDI section in Camden Yards on Wednesday evening, August 19 for the major league baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Mets.  Camden Yards is just a few blocks from our host hotel.  Instead of taking risky deep-sea diving out in the oceans, would you want the pleasure of seeing some unbelievable creatures within the tanks of the Aquarium on Friday night, August 21?  The Aquarium is on Inner Harbor, just a short walk from the hotel. 

Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gives the keynote address in the early morning of Thursday, August 20.  Angela Officer, who is Senior Program Manager with Sprint Relay, gives inspiring remarks for the Professional and Motivational Luncheon at noon on Friday, August 21.  And we see Jarrod Musano, Chief Executive Officer with Convo Relay give his thoughts on what it is like to run a business under a challenging regulatory climate in relay services.  At the conclusion of the Conference on Saturday evening, August 22, we enjoy a good dinner at the hotel, and then watch a great entertainment show featuring Jennifer Ann Cook and CJ Jones, both from the state of California.

Check out the most recent revised CONFERENCE PROGRAM (schedule of events) here:

We invite you to join us at the Conference.  Check our website or the links below to register for the Conference, to stay at the host hotel – the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, and to buy tickets for either the baseball game or the tour of the National Aquarium.  You can register for full combo tickets, or single events like the President’s Reception, the two Luncheons, and the Dinner/Entertainment Finale.  You need not be registered in order to attend any one of the aforementioned four food functions.

Conference Registration:

Hotel Registration: 

Orioles-Mets Baseball Game, Wednesday, August 19:

If you still need information or support to make Conference plans, feel free to contact me anytime at  We hope you can join us at the Conference.  We will be happy to assist you until you are completely satisfied.  We thank you very much for considering our invitation to participate in the Conference.  

Come join us at the TDI Conference in Baltimore! 


Claude L. Stout
Executive Director
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)



Register today for VAD 2015 Biennial Conference! June 25-27

May 7, 2015 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Interpreting & Transliterating



Register today for VAD’s 59th Biennial Conference at Roanoke, VA June 25-27, 2015!
The Conference will be held at Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke.

  • Read the attached Welcome Letter to know who worked hard to bring you this event!
  • Curious about the schedule? Read attached Tentative Program Agenda.
  • Order your ticket here! Combo Ticket Form
  • Need a place to stay? Hotel Reservation Form
  • Know some outstanding ASL performers? Invite them to VAD’s Got Talent Show! Attached flyer.

Have questions? Contact Theresa Farmer,

DOWNLOAD – VAD Conference Welcome Letter

DOWNLOAD – VAD Final Program Agenda

DOWNLOAD – VAD Talent Flyer

Senior Safety Conference – Registration Deadline April 15

April 7, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness

The Senior Safety Conference is fast approaching and we already have 50 registrations. Registration is limited to the first 150 people. You have until April 15th to register.

I have been receiving calls about the conference.  People are very impressed with what has been set up.

We will not take any walk in and people must register as the Virginia Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is providing lunch for all attending.

The Senior Safety Conference

Age in Place, Keep Your Independence
April 23, 2015

8:30 am – Conference Registration
9:15 am – 3:00 pm Conference
John F. Fick, III Conference Center
1301 Sam Perry Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Please pre-register with Health Link at:
540.741.1404 or email Arva Priola

ASL interpreter and real time transcription

DOWNLOAD – Senior_Safety_Conference_Flyer

Keynote Speaker
Michelle Porthouse, RN, NP-C, ACHPN

Topics Include

  • Aging and Depression
  • Medications
  • Falls Prevention
  • Advanced Directives
  • Senior Fraud
  • Emergency Preparedness

Sponsored By
Mary Washington Healthcare and Virginia
Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing /
disAbility Resource Center

ASL interpreter and real time transcription

Give aways! Prizes! Lunch will be provided!


TDI Biennial Conference, in Baltimore, Maryland August 19-22, 2015

March 19, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Technology



Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, August 19-22, 2015

Remember to mark your calendars for the 21th TDI Biennial Conference, in Baltimore, Maryland August 19-22, 2015. Hope to see you there!
About Telecommunications for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (TDI):
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


Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) | 8630 Fenton Street | Suite #121 | Silver Spring | MD | 20910-3822

The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss-Conference May 29-30

February 26, 2015 in Community Events



The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss cordially invites you to their inaugural conference on May 29-30, 2015 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington DC.  For anyone interested in music and hearing loss, May 29 is an opportunity to hear the stories of musicians with hearing loss,  listen to some wonderful music and try your hand at making music using hand chimes.   On May 30, the focus is on consumer issues related with hearing loss.   Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy at the Hearing Loss Association of America, will discuss hearing loss and disability law.  Pat Dobbs, founder of the Hearing Loss Revolution and the coordinator of HLAA’s Morris County chapter in New Jersey, will talk about the 9 Guiding Principles of the Hearing Loss Revolution.  Finally, noted psychologist Dr. Sam Trychin will be facilitating a workshop on managing stress when you have a hearing loss.


You can find more information about this conference here:


Please join us!  Real-time captioning and a loop system will be provided.  For additional inquiries, please contact us at


Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf – March 20-22

February 26, 2015 in Community Events


WHO: Everyone who is welcome

WHAT: First Baptist Deaf Congregation hosts Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf.  See flyer attached for more information.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, 2015

WHERE: First Baptist Church
2932 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

MDAD’s NAD 2014 Conference COVERAGE – News & Links

July 3, 2014 in Community News


July 2, 2014

View MDAD’s 2014 coverage of the  NAD conference.
Click here to view news and links






Thanks to NVAD for the link.

Virginia Association of the Deaf Mini-Conference, May 17th

May 12, 2014 in Community Events


Virginia Association of the Deaf Mini-Conference

Main Chapel at V.S.D.B., Staunton, VA 8AM to 5PM 


vadlogoblue 2014 VAD Mini-Conference at VSDB in Staunton, VA, on May 17, 2014

Annual Membership Meeting, Exhibits, & Workshops

Schedule and Registration (PDF):


Religious Interpreting Conference – November 8 & 9

October 30, 2013 in Community Events, Interpreting & Transliterating

Religious Interpreting Professional Development Conference

updated 10/30/2013

The DC Chapter of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters is hosting our second annual religious interpreting professional development conference, entitled ‘Preaching to the Choir’.  The conference will host anywhere from 150-200 registrants from all over the DC, MD, and VA metropolitan area. Religious entities and organizations of all kinds will convene on the campus of Gallaudet, November 8th and 9th.

A plethora of workshops are offered to four distinct target audiences:

1. Advanced Interpreters
2. Novice Interpreters
3. Deaf Congregants
4. Religious Leaders

Read more . . . →