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Staying Home: Making Smart Choices for Easy Living–May 16

April 9, 2015 in Community Events

 

 

Small changes in your home can make a big difference in your life. They can make your home a space that enables you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish.

AARP is teaming up with Mt. Vernon at Home, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Fairfax County Building for All Committee (BFAC) to bring you this free community workshop; it includes a panel of experts will share practical tips to minimize the financial costs of home modifications, avoid frauds and scams, and learn about local resources available.

Staying Home: Smart Choices of Easy Living

Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.

RSVP requested as seating is limited.  Register online or call 1-877-926-8300.

In an AARP survey, eight out of 10 people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. If you’re one of them, this workshop is for you! You will get comprehensive advice, tips, and checklists for getting your home in top form for comfort, safety and long-term livability and you’ll hear from experts on how to fund home renovations both large and small.

Light complimentary refreshments will be served.

No products or services will be sold or promoted.

Download our event flyer to share with your friends and neighbors.  All are welcome!

Register online or call 1-877-926-8300

To request an ADA reasonable accommodation, contact Matthew Barkley, Director of Disability Services Planning and Development, Fairfax County, by phone: 703-324-5868, TTY: 703-449-1186,or e-mail: matthew.barkley@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

Disability.gov Update: Working from Home & Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program – March 25

March 24, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Community News

 

 

Working from Home & Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program – March 25

If you receive Social Security disability benefits and want to become financially independent and make more money by working, Social Security’s Ticket to Work (TTW) program can help. Register for this free Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) that will be held on March 25, 2015 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You’ll learn how the TTW and other work incentives may let you keep your benefits while you look into the possibility of working from home. Register online or call 866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY).

(Note: If you’re interested in learning more about self-employment, another webinar, “Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work!”, will be held on April 22, 2015.)

Have more questions about Social Security disability benefits, how going back to work may affect your benefits, or how to appeal a decision on your application? Check out Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Benefits.

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Fire Safety a Priority in Your Home

August 27, 2013 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

Making Fire Safety a Priority in Your Home 

Nearly 2,500 people die in home fires each year. Eighty-two percent of all fire deaths and 76 percent of all fire injuries in our country occur in the home – the very place we should feel most safe.

It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones by installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside sleeping areas. Traditional smoke alarms, however, do not always meet the needs of people with disabilities.

If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you may not respond to the traditional smoke alarm alert. This is because most hearing loss begins with high frequencies, the same frequencies that smoke alarms use. You may use hearing aids during the day, but when you remove them at night, you may be unable to hear the smoke alarm alert.

Read More about Home Fire Safety Tips

Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services


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Virginia Tax Credits for Making Homes Accessible

February 15, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Virginia Tax Credits Can Make your Home More Livable  

Make your house more accessible and safe by taking advantage of Virginia’s Livable Home Tax Credit Program. Tax credits up to $5,000 can be used for the purchase or construction of a new accessible residence and up to 50 percent for the cost of retrofitting an existing home (not to exceed $5,000). The application deadline is February 28.

Check out the guidelines and application.

NVRC Note: Page 2 of the application form addresses retrofitting of an existing unit allows “sensory modifications” to qualify for tax credits; page 4 defines sensory modifications as alarms, appliances or controls designed to assist sensory disabled purposes.


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. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.