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Deaf musician plays viola with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

WMAR Baltimore
By WMAR Staff
Nov 16, 2016

Music isn’t just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She’s deaf — but plays the viola.

Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with professionals.

“I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much,” Cheng said. “The idea of playing it with a real orchestra was just too irresistible for me to pass up. Even though I have a hearing loss; I keep thinking, Beethoven would approve.”

Cheng, founder of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, has always been a musician. She lost her hearing after a bad fever when she was 2 years old. She started playing the piano at age seven and later began playing violin in college.

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Police contacts with deaf subjects: Tips and resources to keep everyone safe

November 10, 2016 in Community News

 

Federal law requires that law enforcement agencies must provide the communication aids and services needed to communicate effectively with people who are deaf

PoliceOne.com
Nov. 8, 2016
by  Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor at Large

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost one in 10 people in the U.S. could benefit from hearing aids. About two percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64, to 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74, and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older.

Police interactions with deaf subjects are fraught with the possibility that one side or the other — and possibly both — misunderstanding the person in front of them. It is uncommon for law enforcement officers to know American Sign Language, and there is woefully little instruction done in our schools about how individuals — deaf or otherwise — should respond to the lawful commands of police officers.

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Police unit helps build trust in DC’s deaf community

October 11, 2016 in Community News

 

 

Washington Post – Local

October 11

WASHINGTON — Police departments across the country have recently put extra emphasis on their community policing efforts, working to improve relations with the black community and other minority groups.

In the same way, in Washington, a special Metropolitan Police Department unit has been working for more than a decade to build trust with another local community.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit is the only such unit in the country. The unit’s two officers — Myra Jordan and Tayna Ellis — both learned sign language outside MPD.

“We are on call 24 hours, seven days a week,” said Ellis.

“And it’s not work to us because it’s something we truly, truly enjoy doing,” Jordan said.

Jordan helped create the unit nearly 15 years ago. Since then, it’s become a major resource for the local deaf community.

Last year alone, the unit responded to more than 300 calls for service.

Shayninna McCoy, a specialist with the local advocacy group Deaf Reach, said, “The deaf community feels confident that their communication will be understood by the police.”

The Washington region is said to be home to the highest concentration of deaf people in the world. Many attend Gallaudet University then stay here for their careers.

Read more  . . . Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit 

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Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Liaison Unit
http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/deaf-and-hard-hearing-liaison-unit

Meet Officers Ellis and Jordan MPDS
http://mpdc.dc.gov/release/meet-officers-ellis-and-jordan-mpds-deaf-and-hard-hearing-liaison-unit

Communication Rights Deaf or Hard of Hearing
http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/communication-rights-deaf-or-hard-hearing

PDF Brochure Download – http://mpdc.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mpdc/publication/attachments/DHHU%20Brochure%202014.pdf

NBC4 TV coverage Oct. 7th
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DeafVote.com – website with information for Deaf Voters

October 7, 2016 in Community News

 

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This Website has been set up especially for Deaf citizens—specifically, those who may never have voted before but are curious about the Presidential campaign and the parties’ positions on issues that concern Deaf people. It’s for anyone would like to know how to register to vote.

LINK to DeafVote.com

 

State Wide Rally Deaf Grassroots Movement for Virginia on Thur, Oct. 20th

October 4, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Community News

 

Dear NVAD members and friends,

There will be a state wide rally conducted by Deaf Grassroots Movement-Virginia in 7 cities on Thursday, October 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. DGM-VA chose Fairfax to represent Northern Virginia. Timothy Lavelle is willing to take the lead for the Fairfax rally which will be held at the City Hall in the city of Fairfax between Rt 123 and University Blvd and will need volunteers to march and make noises. We will need to make some signs. The main focus is “Deaf Equal Access Now”. Please take the time to read the letter and look at all three attachments from Deborah McKague who is the secretary of DGM-VA and an activist. Please share this (forward with attachments) with your friends and organizations.
 
Tim can be reached at 571-350-8029 VP, FT or Glide.
Thank you very much,
Jeanne Lavelle

NVAD Workshop on Medicare: Saturday, Oct. 1

September 27, 2016 in Community Events, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Come join us to learn about the ABCs of Medicare! Learn about Low Income Subsidy Programs! Learn how to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud!

JulieAnn Chavez Medicare Benefits Specialist

DATE: Saturday, October 1, 2016 10:00AM to 12:00PM
PLACE: Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030

For more information, contact NVAD President Donna Graff-Viall: 571-766-0671 (VP) or missgraffie@gmail.com (email)

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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

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WEBINAR “Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing “

September 8, 2016 in Community News

 

 

Outreach Services, VSDB Wednesday Webinar
Sept. 28, 2016, 4:00- 5:00 PM EDT

Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Presenter:Johnett Scogin, M.Ed. 

Please register for Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6728744357838753538

Presenter:  Johnett Scogin has worked in the field of Deaf Education for many years as a teacher and reading specialist.   She is currently working at the Texas School for the Deaf as Supervisor of Curriculum.

No prerequisites for this webinar: This webinar follows the Spring, 2016 webinar in which Dr. Daniel Koo of Gallaudet University presented his research on working memory of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Attendance at Dr. Koo’s webinar is not a prerequisite for this webinar.

Webinar Description:  Evidence suggests that challenged working memory skills create a high risk factor for educational underachievement, and that working memory impacts all areas of learning and thinking.  Ms. Scogin will briefly review the function of working memory in daily life and academics, and discuss how one might identify children with challenges in this area.  She will then share ideas for setting up the learning environment to support working memory, and strategies to help facilitate and accommodate working memory performance.

Target Audience: Teachers and related service providers working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing; family members.

This Webinar is sponsored by Outreach Services, Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at : Debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with connection information for joining the webinar.

Washington Society of Jewish Deaf 11th Annual ASL High Holy Days

September 8, 2016 in Community Events

 

Register now under the Early Bird rate until September 16!

Join us for Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner hosted
by Hillel at Gallaudet!
Open to students, faculty, staff,
and the WSJD Community
$ 25.00 per person
$ 36.00 per adult per holiday service.
One price for two Rosh Hashanah services.
One price for Yom Kippur service and break fast.

To learn more and to register for as many events, click here.
SERVICE SCHEDULE
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, October 2
Gallaudet University – Foster Auditorium

Dinner: 5:00 p.m.    Service: 7:15 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 

Luncheon and Discussion Session
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Monday, October 3, 10:00 a.m.

Yom Kippur Service and Break Fast
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Wednesday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.

COME AND JOIN US…
If you want to participate in the ASL High Holy Day services,
click here to fill out the survey.
Washington Society of Jewish Deaf | wsjd01@gmail.com |www.wsjdeaf.org

After Deaf Man Is Killed by Cop in Traffic Stop, How Drivers With Hearing Loss Can Stay Safe

August 25, 2016 in Community News

 

by Inside Edition
August 24, 2016

The recent fatal shooting of a deaf driver by a police officer in North Carolina has raised questions about safety for hearing impaired motorists.

Jennifer Labriola, the principal of the New York School for the Deaf who drives to work each day, told Inside Edition through a sign language interpreter that if a hearing impaired driver is pulled over, “you tell the police officer you’re deaf and ‘I need to write this down.’ You point to your ear.”

She added: “It’s important to wait for your instructions and not do anything. Just wait and see. When they ask for my license and registration, at that point, I would take out the items asked for.”

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So if Beethoven was completely deaf, how did he compose?

August 18, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

Classic FM
The worlds Greatest Music
By Rob Weinberg,
17th August 2016

Ludwig was still pumping out the masterpieces – even when he was completely deaf. Here’s how he did it.

“For the last three years my hearing has grown steadily weaker…” – so wrote Beethoven, aged 30, in a letter to a friend.

The young Beethoven was known as the most important musician since Mozart. By his mid-20s, he had studied with Haydn and was celebrated as a brilliant, virtuoso pianist.

Beethoven’s life timeline: 1770 – 1802 >

By the time he turned 30 he had composed a couple of piano concertos, six string quartets, and his first symphony. Everything was looking pretty good for the guy, with the prospect of a long, successful career ahead.

Then, he started to notice a buzzing sound in his ears  . . .

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SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people

July 28, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology

 

 

Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

Tech Crunch
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by Devin Coldewey, Contributor

People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to hear a smoke alarm or gunshot, for instance. SoundSense is a small wearable device that listens for noises that might require immediate attention and alerts the user when it detects one.

“There’s really been an absence of innovation in technology for disabilities over the last decade or even decades,” said Brian Goral, co-founder and CEO of Furenexo, the company behind SoundSense. We talked a few weeks before today’s launch. “What we’re looking to do is bring technology that’s taken for granted, things like cell phones and driverless cars, and apply that to the disability space.”

This first device is small and simple for a reason — the company is bootstrapped and has to rely on Kickstarter for the funds to make the SoundSense. They’re also looking for grants from non-profit entities and perhaps government funds.

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Auditory cortex nearly identical in hearing and deaf people

July 21, 2016 in Research

 

Study shows architecture of audition likely based on innate factors

Harvard Gazette
By Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer
July 18, 2016

The neural architecture in the auditory cortex — the part of the brain that processes sound — is virtually identical in profoundly deaf and hearing people, a new study has found.

The study raises a host of new questions about the role of experience in processing sensory information, and could point the way toward potential new avenues for intervention in deafness. The study is described in a June 18 paper published in Scientific Reports.

The paper was written by Ella Striem-Amit, a postdoctoral researcher in Alfonso Caramazza’s Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory at Harvard, Mario Belledonne from Harvard, Jorge Almeida from the University of Coimbra, and Quanjing Chen, Yuxing Fang, Zaizhu Han, and Yanchao Bi from Beijing Normal University.

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Detroit Deaf Heritage Book – by Kathleen Brockway

July 21, 2016 in Community News

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Discover the History of Detroit’s Deaf Heritage
Deaf author releases second book feattuing stunning, vintage images

Telling a story in pictures is Detroit’s Deaf Heritage, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author Kathleen Brockway, who was recently inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, is set to release on June 20, 2016. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the deaf community in the Michigan city.

Download Press Release Detroit Deaf Heritage

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Deaf people encounter troubles with medical care

July 14, 2016 in Community News

 

The Sacramento Bee | Sacbee.com
BY CLAUDIA BUCK
JULY 11, 2016

When you’re hospitalized or in pain, understanding a doctor’s diagnosis or a nurse’s instructions is hard enough. But when you’re deaf, it can feel like being shut out.

Ellen Thielman, a retired computer programmer, found that out twice this year. Deaf since infancy, the Sacramento resident has navigated the hearing world for years – graduating from college, raising two children and working more than 20 years for several California state government departments.

But when Thielman, 67, landed in the emergency room last January with what she thought might be symptoms of a stroke, she was frustrated by the lack of adequate sign-language interpreters and her inability to effectively talk with medical staff.

“I was furious, upset and a bit traumatized. I felt really alone,” said Thielman, who lives independently but needs a service dog to hear even her own doorbell.

Thielman wasn’t misdiagnosed, mistreated or given improper medications. Still, in two emergency room visits and subsequent hospital stays this year at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, she said she frequently felt isolated and unsure why she was getting certain injections or exactly what her medical status was. Both times, she said, it took three to four hours for a trained interpreter to arrive in the emergency room. Later, in the hospital, she was unable to schedule an interpreter to meet with her doctors.

During her multi-night hospital stays, her primary means of conversation was to scribble back-and-forth notes with her nurses and doctors.

 

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