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DEAF AWARENESS WEEK OPEN HOUSE – VDDHH & DARS- Sept. 23, 24th

August 18, 2016 in Community News

Hosted by the Statewide Interagency Team (SIT) of Virginia 

Friday, September 23
4- 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)
1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203 I Richmond, VA 23229

AND

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
8004 Franklin Fam,s Drive I Richmond, VA 23229

Learn about the many services and organizations designed to meet the needs of Virginians who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deafblind Watch demonstrations of the latest assistive communications technologies at VDDHH Meet representatives from participating agencies and organizations at OARS & VDDHH
Enjoy light refreshments and more!

For more infonnation contact: (804) 662-9502 (voice/TTY) I frontdsk@vddhh.virginia.gov

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – YOU-TUBE Channel

August 11, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

 

 

Dear Friends of VDDHH,

VDDHH now has a YouTube Channel.

We hope to start posting videos in ASL with voice/captions to share VDDHH events & news.

Please become a ‘subscriber’ to follow VDDHH!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/VDDHH

And here’s the latest video introducing myself: https://youtu.be/nHBtnRTbODs

Please share,

Sincerely,
Eric Raff, Deputy Director

WELCOME to – Eric Raff New Deputy Director of the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

July 14, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Technology

 

Please join us in welcoming Eric Raff as Deputy Director of the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)! Eric joins us from Washington, where he was the director of the Washington State Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for 12 years.

As Deputy Director, Eric helps oversee all VDDHH technology and outreach programs, including Virginia Relay and the Technology Assistance Program (TAP). Virginia Relay is a free public service that enables people in Virginia who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or who have di culty speaking to communicate with standard telephone users. TAP provides no- cost telecommunication equipment to quali ed applicants who are unable to use a standard telephone.

See complete Announcement – DOWNLOAD Flyer

 

End of an Era and Materials for new Relay Contractor for Virginia (VDDHH)

August 4, 2015 in Community News, Technology

 

July 31, 2015

Today marks the end of an era in VDDHH’s 43 year history.  For the past 24 ½ years, the Virginia Relay Center in Norton has been a part of our daily lives at VDDHH and the lifeline for thousands and thousands of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and speech disabled individuals in Virginia.

Since its opening in early 1991, Norton served as AT&T’s flagship center and consistently received the highest level of customer satisfaction of any relay center nationwide.  It also served as the development and testing site for countless new relay technologies and calling features that were later mandated by the FCC or adopted by other states.  At its peak, the Norton center provided relay services to 14 other states and employed 273 individuals.  Of that number, there are 52 dedicated CAs and 3 managers who chose to remain in their positions and who will close the center later today, in their words, “with dignity and grace”.

Later today, all relay calls initiated in Virginia will be routed to Hamilton Telecommunications, our new relay services contractor..  Please review the attached Frequently Asked Questions flyer and share this important information with relay users in your area as appropriate.

Also attached is a copy of the Relay Choice Profile that will be used by Hamilton.   A link will be added to the Virginia Relay website later today.

Thank you for your cooperation, and please reply if you have any questions after reviewing the attachments.

Clayton E. Bowen
Relay and Technology Programs Manager
Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23229-5012
clayton.bowen@vddhh.virginia.gov

(804) 662-9704 v/t
(804) 662-9718 fax
(804) 283-5476 cell

 

Attachments –

DOWNLOAD – VARelay_Hamilton_FAQ

DOWNLOAD – VA_Customer Profile and Guide Combined

 

VDDHH publishing Text to 911 Virginia area map

July 21, 2015 in Community News

 

 

To see the status of  the Text-to-9-1-1 Deployment in the Commonwealth of Virginia 

Commonwealth of Virginia PSAP Coverage Areas
Virginia Information Technologies Agency
Status of Text-to-9-1-1 Deployment Map

Click here to got the VDDHH Website then click on  :

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Art of Aging – Life Begins @50 Event – June 10th 10-2:00PM

May 28, 2015 in Community Events, Families

 

 

ART of Aging     “Life Begins @ 50”
Education, Health and Recreational Activities for Senior Citizens

Come and learn at this great event we had 500 seniors last year.
Door prizes will be a available.

Sunday June 10, 2015
Fredericksburg Expo
2371 Carl D Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
10:00 – 2:00 pm

Event is free and interpreters will be provided by VDDHH.

Come and learn about your community

 

 

VDDHH Front Desk Receptionist position posted – Closes 05/29/2015

May 12, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Position Information

Working Title VDDHH Administrative Program Specialist
Role Title Admin and Office Spec III – 19013
Job Open Date 05/08/2015
Job Close Date 05/29/2015
Open Until Filled No
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No
Hiring Range Negotiable from minimum of band ($24,479)
Agency VA Dept F/T Deaf & Hard of Hear (751)
Agency Website www.vddhh.virginia.gov
Location Henrico – 087
Sublocation
Position Number 00011
Job Posting Number 1000892
Type of Recruitment General Public – G
Does this position have telework options? No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference No
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Type Detail Full-Time Salaried – Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay Band 03
Job Description The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to reduce communication barriers for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who serve them. VDDHH is seeking a qualified candidate to provide administrative and technical support to the Department’s Technology, Outreach, and Interpreter Services programs.

The position serves as the principal point of contact for all VDDHH programs by providing quality customer service through information and referral activities including but not limited to: responding to telephone calls, walk-in consumers, and electronic media as well as maintaining a log of all referrals. This position provides technical support to the VDDHH TAP/L20 equipment distribution program and the Virginia Relay service including but not limited to: demonstration of assistive devices, installation and testing of audio loops, and participation in equipment focus groups. Provides general administrative support to the VDDHH ISP and VQAS programs including but not limited to assisting candidates with testing registration, cataloging and dissemination of candidate testing and results, and updating on-line testing calendars and directories. Data entry into various databases. Provides support to VDDHH management staff for Department Board, Council, and special meetings.

Minimum Qualifications *Demonstrated skills in providing quality customer service
*Demonstrated skills in the use of text telephone (TTY) and multi-line phone system
*Computer software skills (MS Office, database)
*Good problem solving and organizational skills
*Demonstrated ability to apply established policies and procedures to situations and follow supervisor’s instructions
*Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals from varying social and economic environments.
*Effective verbal and written communication with diverse agency customers
*Previous experience and proficiency in utilizing and managing social media (Facebook, Twitter) and website updates
*Previous experience working with the public and in area of human services and/or program support
*High school graduate or equivalent applicable experience or training
Preferred Qualifications *Demonstrated knowledge of social, economic, and psychological issues which impact persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled as it relates to communication access
*Sign language skills and ability to effectively communicate with persons with a hearing loss are highly desired.
Special Requirements
Special Instructions to Applicants The Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ONLY accepts FULLY completed online applications for all employment opportunities. Please do not refer to “See Resume” on your application; otherwise, it will be considered incomplete.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 804-726-1919 for assistance. Minorities, people with disabilities, Veterans, and people with National Service are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.

Stephanie Ulmer Joins Hamilton Relay and VDDHH

November 21, 2014 in Community News

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Stephanie Ulmer Joins Hamilton Relay and VDDHH
as Virginia Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator

Ulmer will promote CapTel services for Virginians who are Hard of Hearing

RICHMOND, VA. – The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) and Hamilton Relay, Virginia’s captioned telephone (CapTel®) service provider, recently announced that Stephanie Ulmer has been hired as Virginia Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator. In her new position, Stephanie will provide outreach support and education services for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia to raise awareness of the CapTel services available through Virginia Relay. Virginia Relay is a free public service that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or who have difficulty speaking to place and receive telephone calls.

DOWNLOAD – Virginia_Rela_Stephanie_Ulmer_Announcement

Did you know there’s more than one way to use Captioned Telephone?

November 20, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology

 

 

How Do You Use CapTel?

The CapTel, or captioned telephone, has been a great way for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened folks who prefer to speak on the phone to keep in touch with their friends and family.  Whether at home or at work, keeping in touch is important.

But did you know there’s more than one way to use CapTel?

Many people are familiar with the CapTel phone, which can be used at home or in the office.  But you can also get captioned telephone calls from any place where you have a telephone and a computer with WebCapTel:  https://www.hamiltonwebcaptel.com/

Just create a free account with WebCapTel, get your Call Me #, and you’re ready to go!

Use a computer to log into the WebCapTel website, type in your telephone number (your cell phone or landline, etc.), then type in the number of the person you want to call.  The WebCapTel service calls you on the number you provided, connects you to the person you are calling, and the computer screen gives you the captions of the call.

You can also download the CapTel Mobile app to your 4G smartphone or tablet to get captioned calls on the go!  Just log into the app to get captioned calls anywhere you have 4G service.

http://www.hamiltoncaptel.com/smartphone/what_is_app.html

If  you live in the Northern Virginia Area and you’d like a demonstration of CapTel, WebCapTel, or CapTel Mobile, please contact Debbie Jones at djones@nvrc.org to set up an appointment.

 

 

 

Virginia Relay Recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 8, 2014 in Community News

 

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Dial 7-1-1 to access free public telephone service for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have difficulty speaking

Richmond, Va. – Virginia Relay recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Month this May. Sponsored by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1927, this annual observation provides opportunities to raise awareness about hearing and speech difficulties and to promote resources that can improve the quality of life for the nearly 40 million Americans who experience difficulty hearing and/or speaking.

Virginia Relay provides the most up-to-date technologies and assistive devices to enable people in Virginia who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or have difficulty speaking to communicate by telephone.

To benefit from Virginia Relay, Virginia residents may take advantage of any of these resources:

Download Entire Announcement (PDF) . . .

VDDHH – Virginia DMV Offering ASL Version of Written Tests for Driver Licenses

May 8, 2014 in Community News

 

VDDHH is pleased to share the attached press release from the Virginia Department for Motor Vehicles (DMV) announcing the availability of an ASL version of three different knowledge tests (Driver’s License, Motorcycle License and Commercial Driver’s License).

The addition of the ASL versions does not mean that a sign language user cannot still request an interpreter for the test.  VDDHH will continue to work directly with consumers who prefer a face-to-face interpreter to schedule an interpreter for the testing process.

Please spread the word about this!

Download Press Release (PDF)

Leslie Prince

VDDHH Administration, Policy and Interpreter Programs Manager


 

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NVRC-Ronald Lanier Reappointed as Head of VDDHH

January 17, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

Ronald L. Lanier Reappointed as Agency Head by Governor McAuliffe

On January 15, 2014 Ronald L. Lanier was reappointed by Governor McAuliffe as Director of Virginia’s Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Also reappointed by Governor McAuliffe were Raymond Hopkins, Commissioner of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, and James Rothrock, Commissioner of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services.

NVRC congratulates these three individuals for their dedication in support of Virginian’s residents with disabilities.


Distributed 2014 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.

VDDHH Seeks Individuals for Service on Advisory Board

March 14, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Families

Individuals Interested in Serving on VDDHH Advisory Board Sought
Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

March 13, 2013

MEMORANDUM

TO:                 INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS
FROM:            RONALD L. LANIER
SUBJECT:     CANDIDATES FOR VDDHH ADVISORY BOARD 

The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is working with the Secretary of the Commonwealth to identify individuals interested in serving on the VDDHH Advisory Board.  The VDDHH Advisory Board meets four times a year, on the first Wednesday of February, May, August and November.  Meetings usually run from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and focus on discussions of VDDHH programs and services or issues affecting consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing that might be addressed by the agency.  The Board also follows the activities of the General Assembly, commenting on legislation when it impacts the agency or Virginians who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Board members are typically appointed for four-year terms. According to the Code of Virginia, the VDDHH Advisory Board has slots for 9 members – four persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, four professionals in a related field, and, one parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child.  Currently, there are three (3) upcoming vacancies on the Board.  One position available on the Board is for a parent of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing; the second position is for a professional in a field related to deafness; and the third is for a consumer who is hard of hearing.

Anyone interested in being appointed should complete an online application form on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s web site: www.commonwealth.virginia.gov.   This page includes detailed information about the appointment process. 

For more information contact me at 1-800-552-7917 V/TTY.


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Update on Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights Legislation

January 27, 2013 in Community News, Disability Law, Families

UPDATE ON DEAF CHILD’S BILL OF RIGHTS LEGISLATION

 From Leslie Prince, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 On January 24th, the House Education Subcommittee on Students and Early Education discussed the Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights bill (HB1344)  At that meeting, the subcommittee voted to recommend reporting the bill with amendments. The amendments change the word “shall” to “may” in lines 15, 17 and 35.

The full Education committee will discuss the bill at its meeting tomorrow, January 28th,  at 8:30 a.m. in House Room C.  NOTE: This is a time change from the regularly noted 9:00 a.m. start time for this committee.   There will be interpreters for this meeting.

The Senate version of this bill, SB1097 is in the Senate Education and Health subcommittee on Public Education which meets on Mondays, 1/2 hour after adjournment at the call of the chair.  No agenda is posted for this subcommittee for tomorrow and I have not received notice that this bill will be on the docket  in that subcommittee tomorrow.


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. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Virginia VDDHH Legislative Tracking for 2013 General Assembly

January 16, 2013 in Disability Law, NVRC Announcements

VDDHH Legislative Tracking – 2013 General Assembly
From the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Each tracking report will include the basic information on the bill as it appears on the Legislative Information System (LIS) plus a section on VDDHH Comments, if any, to explain our interest in the bill.  For each bill, we have provided a link to the actual LIS page for that bill so that you can see the actual bill language and track the bill yourself.  After the initial report on any bill included here, the information provided will be limited to the bill number (linked to the LIS) and a brief update statement.

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