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Notice of Change: Interpreter Services for 12-Step Programs and Funerals

October 30, 2014 in Community News, Interpreting & Transliterating

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Center, Inc.

Background:
On October 15, 2014, Governor McAuliffe announced changes in the State budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015).  The original budget, approved by the General Assembly and the Governor earlier in 2014, was based on estimates of how much money the state expected to collect (revenue projections) from taxes, fees, etc.  Cuts to the budget are necessary because such revenue collections have been down in the Commonwealth.  When he announced the cuts, the Governor said, “Making these budget reductions has been the most difficult experience of my term so far. In a government as lean and well-run as ours, there are few spending cuts you can make without impacting the lives of Virginians.”

When budget cuts have been made in the past, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) has been able to maintain a stable level of direct services.  Unfortunately, the cuts announced last week include a reduction in funding for the Interpreter Services Program (ISP) for Fiscal Year 2015.  Specifically, VDDHH will have to reduce the interpreter services provided for 12-step meetings and funerals through June 30, 2015.  We do not know if we will be able to restore these services for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts on July 1, 2015; it will depend upon the budget approved by the 2015 General Assembly. 

About Sign Language Interpreters for 12-Step Meetings (Alcoholics Anonymous/AA; Narcotics Anonymous/NA)
Effective November 1, 2014, VDDHH will not be able to pay for sign language interpreters for 12-Step (AA/NA) meetings.  We are working with Alcoholics Anonymous of Virginia Special Needs Committees to find out how local chapters can support the cost of interpreters for these meetings.

There are some other resources that can support Deaf people with substance abuse issues:

  • If you are a client of a Community Services Board (CSB), you should ask about communication access (and related funding) for your meetings.
  • There are online 12-step meetings available for Deaf people.
  • Deaf Off Drugs and Alcohol (DODA) has a website that includes information and access to online meetings, and a link to DODA’s schedule of meetings. Here is the link: http://www.med.wright.edu/citar/sardi/doda.

 

About Sign Language Interpreters for Funerals and Memorial Services
Effective November 1, 2014, VDDHH will not be able to pay for sign language interpreters for visitations, funerals or memorial services.  Families should ask the funeral home to provide an interpreter.   The funeral home can contact VDDHH at 804-662-9502 for help in locating an interpreter but VDDHH will not be able to pay for the interpreter.  VDDHH will be working to provide more information to funeral home directors about the need for interpreters. If you have a complaint about a funeral home because it does not provide effective communication, you may be able to file an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint.  For more information, you may contact:

 

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact VDDHH at 804-662-9502.

 

 

 

Notice to Caution IP CTS Consumers About Possible Calling Scam

September 30, 2013 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

USERS OF IP CAPTIONED TELEPHONE SERVICES: 
NOTICE FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ABOUT POSSIBLE CALLING SCAM

The Federal Communications Commission has received information that consumers using Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Relay Services (IP CTS) may have received calls from one or more persons purporting to be from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), requesting the consumers to schedule a visit to the consumer’s home regarding the consumer’s IP CTS phone.

The purpose of this notice is to alert all IP CTS consumers that the FCC has not been scheduling any home visits to IP CTS consumers.  If you receive a phone call from any individual claiming to be from the FCC who wants to schedule a home visit, we recommend that you do not provide any information to the caller, and do not agree to let the caller into your home.  In addition, we request that you please report such calls to the FCC’s Disability Rights Office at 202-559-5158 (voice/videophone) or  Gregory.Hlibok@fcc.gov.


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. You do not need permission to share this information, but please be sure to credit NVRC.  This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

FCC Public Notice – Volume Control on Wireline Phones

July 30, 2013 in Community News, Technology

FCC Issues Public Notice: Regarding Volume Control on Wireline Phones

On July 19, 2013, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comments on a petition for rulemaking filed by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).  TIA requested the Commission to update its technical standard for volume control on wireline phones to allow people with hearing disabilities to achieve a more consistent experience when using amplification on these phones.
Comment Date:  August 19, 2013
Reply Comment Date:  September 19, 2013
Links to the Public Notice:
Word: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-13-1601A1.doc
PDF:  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-13-1601A1.pdf

For additional information, please contact Elaine Gardner, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, (202) 418-0581, or email at Elaine.Gardner@fcc.gov.


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. You do not need permission to share this information, but please be sure to credit NVRC.  This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.