reservation - Archive

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. 

 

Restaurant Survey

February 27, 2011 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, NVRC Announcements

Conversation Impossible

 

Do you enjoy checking out new neighborhood restaurants? Are you a person who can’t wait to visit a restaurant that got a good review to learn whether its cuisine really is the best?

You eagerly make your reservation and arrive full of anticipation, mouth watering as you read the tempting menu…but then, like many of us with a hearing loss, find having a conversation almost impossible.

Yes, the food is great, the atmosphere is lovely, your dinner companion is delightful, but it takes herculean effort to speech read. 

Only through sheer concentration do you catch the drift of the conversation and you leave exhausted and frustrated. Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema’s restaurant reviews give information about the decibel level. This is useful information, but more specifics would be helpful for those of us who contend with hearing loss. For instance, how busy and how loud does it get at lunch time? Are there good sound absorbing materials on the walls and floors? Is a booth available that gives better acoustics or an area in the restaurant that is quieter?

Although we can’t change the restaurant environment, it would be helpful to know what to expect once we get there.

This is where we need your help, and your opinion matters!

Share with us your experience by clicking on the link below or the Restaurant Survey button on our home page. Answer five short questions and then rate the restaurant racket!

NVRC will compile the reviews and make them available through our website, so be sure to check back often.

Mission Accomplished?
Finished dining and ready to
fill out the survey?

two spies

Click here to link to the Survey

Click here for Survey Updates

For restaurant communication tips, check the NVRC fact sheet:

RestaurantStrategies 5-08

Articles:
Restaurant Noise
Restaurant Acoustics
Noise in Restaurants: Consumers Sound Off

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