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Loudoun County Board Room has Assistive Listening System

January 17, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

New Assistive Listening System for Loudoun County Board Room

From Loudoun Announcements 1/15/2014

Loudoun County has installed a hearing loop system in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, which allows people with hearing aids to receive a clear signal without any background noise, and makes the room more accessible to people with hearing disabilities.

The hearing loop system is integrated with the room’s audio/visual system to provide program audio and voice directly to those with “T-coil” (telecoil)-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The hearing loop is a wire that has been placed around the perimeter of the Board Room. The wire acts as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid. When hearing aid users select the ‘T’ (telecoil) setting on a hearing aid, they can pick up the sounds spoken into the room’s microphones instead of the hearing aid’s internal microphone. This allows the listener to receive a clear, magnetic, wireless signal without any background noise.

Loudoun is among the first local governments in the region to install a hearing loop in its main government meeting room. The Board Room is the site of many government meetings, including those of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The county also has new FM assistive listening devices in the Board Room. The devices include headsets and receivers and provide an alternative for people with a hearing loss, or people who have a hearing aid without a T-coil, to hear more clearly.


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Cued Speech

March 29, 2011 in Interpreting & Transliterating

Cued Speech is a mode of communication based on the phonemes and properties of traditionally spoken languages. Cueing allows users who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have language/communication disorders to access the basic, fundamental properties of spoken languages through the use of vision.(taken from the National Cued Speech Association’s website)    

Below is a list of local Cued Speech Transliterators who provide services in the metro DC area:

Ashley Elder
Email: ashrenee85@gmail.com
Phone: (571) 318-3491

Nichelle Wilson
Email: mrs_njwilson@yahoo.com
Phone: (571) 426-3747



National Cued Speech Association Logo

National Cued Speech Association
5619 McLean Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814-1021

Toll Free: 800-459-3529
Local: 301-915-8009
Email: info@cuedspeech.org

 

Restaurant Survey Results

March 1, 2011 in Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

We are excited to have so many participants sharing their experiences.  Because of the large amount of information, we have changed our format and put the results in a PDF spread sheet. 

 

Free Tax Assistance

February 7, 2011 in NVRC Announcements

 

NVRC  has once again joined the Real Economic Impact Tour’s DeafTax VITA Project to bring free income tax preparation and electronic filing to people who use American Sign Language as their primary language.Deaf and Hard of Hearing tax payers can meet with IRS Certified VITA volunteers through the videophone here at NVRC.Individuals and families who earn $49,000 or less (without business income) are eligible for this service.  All tax preparation is by appointment only, and will be available from February 1 to April 19, 2011.  There is no cost for this service. What to bring:

  • Social Security cards for everyone listed on tax return.
  • Two forms of ID for primary taxpayer and spouse (one must be photo ID.)
  • Birthdates of all individuals to appear on return.
  • All W-2s and 1099s and any other income reporting documents.
  • Documentation for all deductions and/or credits claimed, i.e. education credits.
  • Documentation supporting a claim to a dependency exemption (for example, Form 8332 or Form 2120)
  • Day care provider’s identifying number and receipts (if applicable)
  • Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns (if available)

For more information, click here.

To make an appointment, contact NVRC at:

info@nvrc.org
703-352-9055 voice
703-352-9056 TTY
703-350-8656 VP