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Arts on the Horizon’s Sign-Interpreted Performance of Space-Bop-Feb.15th

January 28, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events

 

 

It would be our pleasure to have you join us this President’s Day, Monday, February 15th at 11:30am, for a sign-interpreted performance of Space-Bop at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria. Space-Bop is a 20-minute, interactive, nonverbal show created specifically for children ages 0 – 2 and their families.

Show Description: 
Drawing on a little one’s early love of light and vocal play, Space-Bop takes place under the starry sky and features a GRAMMY®-nominated hip-hop artist and beatboxer, a Chaplinesque hero, and the endearing denizens of outer space, like a pinwheel comet and a glowing star. In Arts on the Horizon’s signature multi-sensory, nonverbal style, Space-Bop invites our youngest audience to look up at the stars, have a giggle, and dream along with the hip-hop beat.

For more information on the show, please visit our website at http://www.artsonthehorizon.org/space-bop.

Tickets:
$6 per person for both children and adults and can be purchased online at http://www.artsonthehorizon.org/space-bop or by phone at 703-967-0437.

The Athenaeum:
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free street parking is available.

6 Ways to Get Ready for the Blizzard – Fairfax County , VA

January 20, 2016 in Emergency Preparedness

 

There’s quite the winter storm heading our way — the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for this weekend.

Posted on January 20, 2016

Weather , Emergency related Links

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In its statement, the National Weather Service says:
“Potential life-threatening conditions expected Friday night into Saturday night.
Travel is expected to be severely limited if not impossible during the height of the storm Friday night and Saturday.”

It’s time to prepare if you haven’t already begun.
This storm has the potential to be extremely disruptive to the whole region and the forecasts show it’s not our typical snow storm event.

Stay connected here a link to Fairfax County > SNOW RELATED Hub of Information

Everyone needs to prepare and take this storm seriously. When talking about feet of snow rather than inches, major impacts are guaranteed.
Here’s what Fairfax County Government recommend you consider as the storm approaches:

Read  ALL 1- 6 – recommendations CLICK HERE 

1.) Vulnerable Neighbors
2.) Fire Hydrants
3.) Get Supplies
4.) Road Snow Removal
5.) Neighborhood Snow Removal
6.) Stay Informed

VRID 2016 Conference Workshop Proposal Application

January 19, 2016 in Community News, Interpreting & Transliterating

 

 

CALL FOR PRESENTERS
The Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference Committee is currently seeking enthusiastic, dynamic, and effective presenters for the 2016 Conference “Forward Together”, June 24-26, 2016 in Richmond, VA. Special consideration will be given to those presenters who are willing to present two or more times on the same or different topic(s).

Proposed sessions will be selected based on the information you provide. Be creative! Since we try to offer new sessions each year, please note that if you have previously presented and have a new topic we encourage you to apply.

Although all workshop topics will be considered, the membership have expressed particular interest in:
Cultural mediation
Medical interpreting
Ethical decision making
Interpreting skills development
Mental health interpreting
Educational interpreting

See Online Proposal Application 

ARLINGTON VA, Text-to-911 – Coming Soon

January 19, 2016 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Technology

 

 

In an emergency, we always want you to call 9-1-1, but for those instances when you’re unable to call, Arlington County will soon offer a text-to-911 capability. You’ll be able to send a text message to our Emergency Communications Center if you can’t call 9-1-1.

When is texting helpful?

The new service allows people who are unable to speak to reach 9-1-1 and request emergency services. This might include those who are:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • unable to speak
  • in a situation where it’s unsafe to speak

When is this available?

We’re working now on implementing this capability in Arlington; our target timeframe is early 2016.

Feds cite Henrico Amtrak station for violating deaf man’s rights

September 1, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

 

Fredericksburg.com
Associated Press
September 1, 2015

RICHMOND — The Federal Railroad Administration has cited an Amtrak station in Henrico County for violating a deaf man’s rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The agency said the station on Staples Mill Road lacked required public telephone technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The agency also said the station doesn’t provide a visual information system to update passengers about delays and schedule changes.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1MZWuyw ) reports that disAbility Law Center of Virginia director Colleen Miller announced the agency’s findings on Monday. The center had filed a complaint on behalf of Gary W. Talley of Petersburg.

Talley says announcements of train delays often are made by loudspeaker.

Amtrak told the federal agency that it’s taking appropriate action to ensure its operations comply with the law.

 

 

Arlington, VA – Affordable Housing Study Public Meetings – Tues. April 21

April 10, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events

 

 

Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin-Affordable Housing Study Public Meetings

Issue: #43
Date: April 9, 2015

Help us build a solid foundation for the future of housing in our community

On Tuesday April 21, 2015, the Arlington County Disability Advisory Commission will host a presentation on the Affordable Housing Study. The Affordable Housing Masterplan is of importance to the disability community and the community is invited to the meeting. The meeting is at 7pm in room 311 at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.  More information about the Affordable Housing Study is below.

The County is seeking a comprehensive approach to providing the full range of housing affordability in Arlington. Ensuring a range of housing options, affordable to persons of all income levels and needs throughout the County, creates community sustainability because it supports our people, improves our neighborhoods and strengthens our economy.

Due to rising property values many households can no longer afford to buy or rent in Arlington, and the County has seen a dramatic decrease in its affordable housing stock even as the County has experienced more success in creating committed affordable units than most surrounding jurisdictions. Median incomes have not kept pace with the steadily rising housing costs. Between 2000 and 2013, average home sale prices increased by 140.3% while the average rent increased by 90.9%. Over the same timeframe, the County lost 13,500 affordable housing units, primarily to rent increases.

An 18-member  Working Group appointed by the County Manager has been working for over two years  to develop the community’s affordable housing vision and policy. Together with County staff, the group has drafted an Affordable Housing Master Plan and will seek Board approval in July 2015 to include it as an element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

The next steps for the working group and staff team will be an extensive civic engagement effort that will foster community discussion around the proposed policies and tools. Through a series of meetings, events and online engagement, staff will hear from commissions, advisory boards, associations and residents. The feedback will guide revisions to the Affordable Housing Master Plan, which the Board will consider for adoption in July 2015. At that time, the Board also will consider acceptance of the Implementation Framework.

More information can be found at http://housing.arlingtonva.us/affordable-housing-study/

Learn more about affordable housing in Arlington.

Rental Assistance
To apply for rental assistance, contact the Arlington Department of Human Services at
703-228-1350 ordhs@arlingtonva.us

Arlington County Office of Human Rights, EEO, and ADA
703-228-3929

 

VAD Legislative Committee Report

March 27, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Disability Law, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

Thanks to: Virginia Association of the Deaf and Arva Priola.

VAD Legislative Committee Report

March 25, 2015 

The VAD Board were in favor of three bills below as noted at the VAD Board meeting in Roanoke, Saturday, January 24, 2015.

  1. There was a group of deaf people led by Arva Priola of Fredericksburg last Monday, January 19, at the General Assembly Building on the Capitol Square in Richmond.  The purpose of the visit was to meet some delegates or their legislative aides (about 14) for support to the House Bill 1956that involves hospitals in the Commonwealth.  The bill requires the Board of Health to include in regulations that each licensed hospital (1) develops a process for identifying patients who are deaf or hard of hearing and (2) takes steps to ensure that patients who are deaf or hard of hearing are able to effectively communicate with health care providers involved in their care.  We discussed with Delegate Robert Orrock, Sr., the patron of the bill, and asked him to include the deaf or hard of hearing caregivers in the bill. We also met Delegate Jennifer McClellan urging her to support the bill.  Supporters involved were Arva Priola, Tom Dowling, Star Grieser, Sallie Mae Pauley, Kathy Mutter, Otis Hill, and Gary Viall.

Updated:  Passed in the House 99 – Yes, 0 – No on 2/6/15 .
Passed in the Senate 38 –Yes, 0– No on 2/16/15.
Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/23/15; final Governor’s action by midnight on 3/30/15.
Approved by Governor on 3/16/15; the new law will become effective on 7/1/15.

  1. The second one is HB 1679by patron Delegate Richard Bell for information on services for students identified as hearing or visually impaired on the school division website.  The bill requires each local school board to annually post on the school division website information describing the educational and other services available through the VSDB, VHHDD, VDBVI and inform parents of its availability.  Current law requires distribution of physical copies of such information.

 Updated :  Passed in the House 98 – Yes, 0 – No on 2/5/15.
Passed  in the Senate 38 – Yes, 0 – No on 2/16/15.
Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/23/15; final Governor’s action by midnight on 3/30/15.
Approved by Governor on 3/10/15; the new law will become effective on 7/1/15. 

The third one is HB 2156 by patron Delegate K. Rob Krupicka for health insurance coverage for hearing aids and related professional services.  The bill requires health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and corporations providing health care coverage subscription contracts to provide coverage for hearing aids and other services prescribed or provided by a licensed audiologist. Past efforts to require insurance companies to provide coverage for hearing aids have not been successful.

Updated:  Left in the House Committee and Labor – no further action.

From Sacrifice to Silence

February 13, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

KFOX – El Paso, Texas
Thursday, February 5, 2015

For decades, men and women have heard the call to serve their country and answered it with pride. Many, however, have come back with hearing loss as a result of their work in the military. According to the Veteran’s Administration, hearing loss and tinnitus (a constant ringing in the ears) are the two most prevalent service-connected disabilities among all veterans.

The VA reports that 2,116,528 veterans received disability compensation for hearing loss in fiscal year 2013, an increase of more than 200,000 since 2012 and over 766,000 since 2009. It’s a problem that spans from generation to generation, from World War II veterans to Korean conflict, Vietnam era, Gulf War era, Iraq, Afghanistan and even peacetime veterans.

Although the issue is widespread, some veterans say they aren’t receiving the disability compensation they deserve, because they can’t prove that their hearing loss is a direct result of their service.

“I’ve tried to go to the VA several times, and they don’t acknowledge it, saying I don’t have hearing loss,” Francisco Herrera said.

Herrera served as an active duty member of the Navy from 1983 to 1987 and then served in the reserves until 1999. He worked as a cook on the ship, with the boiler room situated below and the landing deck above.

“Every day, day in and day out, you have this noise constantly, and especially on aircraft carriers where you have aircraft taking off, sometimes going out 24/7,” Herrera said.

Herrera has been appealing to the VA for disability compensation since 2006 and has the piles of paperwork to prove it. In 2014, Herrera was approved to receive 10 percent disability compensation for tinnitus. He is still in the appeals process for compensation due to hearing loss.

According to hearing specialist Rebecca Hernandez, who works with many military veterans from Fort Bliss, Francisco is not alone.

“What is happening now that we are seeing is that they’re being recognized as having a hearing loss but it’s not being service-connected so they’re not getting benefits from the VA or active duty,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez worked with 232 military veterans who have hearing loss in just a three month span last year. She notes that unlike other service related injuries where an exact incident can be pointed out, hearing loss happens over time.

“Because deaf and hard of hearing is an invisible disability they don’t understand it,” Hernandez said.

U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke has been a longtime supporter of veterans, even dedicating part of his staff to solely dealing with the issue.

Read More  . . . Sacrifice to Silence (Video No Captions)

Roommate wanted – Herndon, VA.

January 23, 2015 in Community News

 

1/22/2015

Deaf Woman looking for roommate –
Large private bedroom and bathroom  in Herndon, VA.
Move in ready …
The monthly rent is $700.00 plus share utililes …

Please contact Gerald by Video Phone
(VP – 571 313 5142) or  (VP: 571 252 8040)

Job Opening Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator – VA

July 22, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Employment

 

Staffed in Richmond, VA

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Virginia currently has a full time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. 

Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS).

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
    o   Senior Community
    o   Hard of Hearing Community
  • Able to travel alone
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

For the full job description and application visit www.workforhamilton.com by August 4, 2014.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits.  For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 

Download PDF document of posting

 

VA – JOB OPENING CAPTIONED TELEPHONE OUTREACH COORDINATOR

June 20, 2014 in Community News

 

 

 

JOB OPENING CAPTIONED TELEPHONE  OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Staffed in Richmond, VA

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Virginia currently has a full time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS).

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:

o   Senior Community

o   Hard of Hearing Community

  • Able to travel alone
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

For the full job description and application visit www.workforhamilton.com by July 7, 2014. 

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits.  For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 

Science Camp for DHOH

June 3, 2014 in Community News

 
 
August 12-24, Jefferson Lab (628 Hofstadter Road, Newport News, Va.) will be hosting a free summer science camp for rising 4-8th graders who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students will enjoy lots of experiments and hands-on activities, all in ASL (interpreters provided)! Registration is required. For more information, or to register, please email Brita R. Hampton at hampton@jlab.org. Be sure to include the student’s name, grade level and school.

From  Arva Priola

Program provides big changes for hearing impaired

May 12, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

 

BY CATHY DYSON / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

http://www.freelancestar.com/2014-05-11/articles/35634/program-provides-big-changes-for-hearing-impaired/

Arva Priola tends to bring people to tears—but that’s not a bad thing.

She coordinates programs for the deaf and hard of hearing at the disAbility Resource Center in Fredericksburg. When she connects people with devices that let them resume normal activities—such as talking on the phone with friends and family—she breaks out in a smile while they cry tears of joy.

That’s what Mary Beth Conrad did the first time she used a Hamilton CapTel phone. The 54-year-old suffered extreme hearing loss last summer after a near-fatal bout of pneumonia.

“The hearing loss had profoundly affected my personal life,” said Conrad. “This phone, which I jokingly refer to as the ‘Bat phone,’ has opened up my world. I use it every day, several times a day.”

The phone’s enlarged screen displays what the person on the other end is saying.

Conrad reads the words, replies, and the conversation proceeds as normal.

MORE THAN HEARING AIDS

Priola also is hearing impaired and uses the CapTel phone and other devices to communicate.

“Oh, it’s a blessing,” she said about programs available through the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Read Full Article . . .

 

Virginia Association of the Deaf Mini-Conference, May 17th

May 12, 2014 in Community Events

 

Virginia Association of the Deaf Mini-Conference

Main Chapel at V.S.D.B., Staunton, VA 8AM to 5PM 

 

vadlogoblue 2014 VAD Mini-Conference at VSDB in Staunton, VA, on May 17, 2014

Annual Membership Meeting, Exhibits, & Workshops

Schedule and Registration (PDF):
http://www.vad.org/VADConference2014/2014_VAD_Conference_Registration_Form.pdf

 

Virginia – May Sales Tax Holiday: Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment

May 1, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

When: Sunday, May 25, 2014 through Saturday, May 31, 2014

What’s Exempt: During this seven-day period, purchases of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane preparedness will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation.

Other Information: