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STAR VRS has announced it will close it’s VRS service March 31st

March 3, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

 

In a letter to the FCC:

The group for Star YRS and Star VRS for the Deaf Blind (“Star VRSdb”) (collectively “CAAG/Star VRS”) informing  the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that CAAG/Star YRS will no longer provide video relay services (“YRS”) as of 5:00PM (EST) on March 31, 2016 and will immediately cease enrolling new YRS customers.

Read letter to the FCC 

See captioned ASL Video of announcement 

 

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.

 

 

 

Sen. Harkins to Introduce Bill to Improve Disability Services

May 29, 2014 in Community News, Disability Law

 

 

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A key U.S. senator is looking to introduce legislation to dramatically expand access to community-based services for people with disabilities nationwide.

An aide for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, confirms to Disability Scoop that the veteran lawmaker is planning to introduce a bill this summer that would bolster the rights of people with disabilities to obtain the support they need in the communities where they live.

“(Harkin) is currently looking at developing legislation that would enhance community access, inclusion and support in order to ensure that all individuals with disabilities can receive home and community-based services and supports in their own towns, cities and neighborhoods throughout America,” Allison Preiss, a spokeswoman for the senator, told Disability Scoop.

Read More  . . .

Michigan Developing Regulations for Interpreter Services

November 19, 2013 in Community News, Interpreting & Transliterating

Michigan developing regulations to govern difficult area of deaf and hard-of-hearing interpreter services

By Jay GreeneCrainsdetroit.com
For the full article: http://bit.ly/1bBip99

New regulations are coming in Michigan that govern the way in which hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies and other medical businesses offer interpreter services to the deaf and hard of hearing.

And the proposed regulations — covering video remote conferencing, minimum educational requirements, credentials, testing standards, continuing education, and license suspension and revocation — appear to be long in the making.

In 2007, the Michigan Legislature approved Public Act 23 and 24 that required the state Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing to draft the qualified interpreter general rules (2007-047 CR).

Read more . . . →

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.


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3 Days to Celebrate Communication – Govt/Edu & Professional Exhibitors

May 7, 2013 in Community News, NVRC, NVRC Announcements

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Please visit our Sponsor Page to see all of
our wonderful Sponsors for this event.

Only 3 Days to Celebrate Communication…..

the Premiere Event for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

Exhibits you won’t want to miss…

Please visit our website for a full list of Exhibitors and Sponsors  Click Here

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Government/Education

  • Fairfax County Disability Services Planning & Development
  • Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Gallaudet Peer Mentoring Program
  • Guide by Your Side
  • GMU/Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities/Virginia Family Special Education Connection
  • Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
  • Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association
  • NVRC Outreach
  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • NVRC Outreach
  • Washington Metro Area Transit (METRO)
Note: To receive your reduced fare card at Celebrate Communication you will need to download the application http://www.wmata.com/accessibility/doc/Reduced_Fare_Application.pdf?
and have your audiologist sign off on your hearing loss BEFORE coming to Celebrate Communication. 
If you are a Senior (65 or older) you will need your government-issued ID
For more information go to the METRO reduced fare website http://www.wmata.com/fares/reduced.cfm

Professional Services

  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • PAH – Providing Access to Healthcare
  • Verbatim Captioning Services
  • Team Waldo Realty
  • Laurie Mitchell Empowerment & Career Center 

For more information and a full list of exhibitors

please visit our website Exhibitor Page


See you soon!

Celebrate Communication 2013

Saturday May 11, 2013

10 am – 3 pm

George Mason Univ. Center for the Arts

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Focus Group to Discuss SSP Services for DeafBlind – June 29

April 16, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

Focus Group to Discuss Support Service Provider (SSP) Services For DeafBlind Individuals in Virginia

 Where?  Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons

3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030
Find directions at www.NVRC.org

When?   Saturday, June 29, 2013
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please join representatives from the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), Virginia Association of the DeafBlind (VADB), and the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) as we discuss the need for Support Service Providers (SSPs) for DeafBlind Virginians.

We want to hear from YOU! Learn how Support Services Providers can help and why DeafBlind individuals need them.

  • If you plan to come, and if you need an interpreter, an SSP, or transportation, Please RSVP to Brenda Talley, Btalleyho@hotmail.com by June 20, 2013.
  • If you can provide any of these services for the meeting, please contact Brenda Talley at, Btalleyho@hotmail.com.

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Thanks to Our Veterans and Sources for Information

November 12, 2012 in NVRC, NVRC Announcements

NVRC THANKS OUR VETERANS

Please tell veterans about NVRC’s services

and share our contact information

Other Sources of Hearing Help for Veterans:

 Hearing Loss Association of America

http://www.hearingloss.org/content/veterans

No-Cost Telecommunications Equipment for Qualified Virginia Military Veterans

http://www.varelayblog.org/
About.com

http://deafness.about.com/cs/latehearingloss/a/veterans.htm

 


© Copyright 2012 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.