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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

VA-Residents skeptical about commercial Dev. of deaf and blind school property

June 23, 2016 in Community News

 

 

Daily Press, Hampton, VA
By Ryan Murphy
June 22, 2016

A potential new direction for the site of a defunct state school for the deaf, blind and multidisabled off of Hampton’s Shell Road was met with skepticism and frustration from many local residents at an informational meeting Tuesday evening.

The city of Hampton bought the school property in 2010 from the state in the hopes of redeveloping the site. In 2013, city staff held meetings with the public to get their thoughts on what should go in there, after which the aim was to draw in a mixed-use residential development.

However, Hampton’s community development director, Terry O’Neill, said the concept has shifted as the city has failed to attract a mixed-use developer and potential buyers with commercial aspirations have been eyeing the property.

Read more  . . . See Video, . . .School Property

Book on deaf education in Va. dedicated at VSDB

January 21, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

NEWS LEADER
By Megan Williams
January 20, 2016

STAUNTON — It took only one person to write the history of deaf education in Virginia from 1839 through 1948. But it took 10 people, 10 years to write the continuation of that history through 2014.

It may have taken a long time, and a lot of hard work, said Rachel Bavister, a member of the deaf alumni association and former teacher, but the history of deaf education at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is an important story to tell.

“This was not my book,” Bavister said. “It was a team of people who did all the hard work.”

On Wednesday, the book, titled “History of the Education of the Deaf in Virginia,” was dedicated to alumni, past and present, at a ceremony in the auditorium at VSDB in Staunton.

Read more  . . . VA Deaf Education.

New to Virginia! Remote Conference Captioning

January 14, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

 

Never miss a word of an important conference call again!

New to Virginia Relay users, Remote Conference Captioning (RCC) allows people who have difficulty hearing what’s said during conference calls to have a clearer understanding of the conversation and participate in the call more effectively. Using Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) service to convert speech to text as it is spoken, RCC delivers word- for-word captions over the Internet while you listen over the telephone.

To use RCC, you will need access to a conference bridge to allow the certified captionist to listen to the audio portion of the call. You will also need access to an Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone. There is no software to download, just a link to follow to view captions!

DOWNLOAD the RCC flyer

Hamilton Relay – Your New Virginia Relay Provider

December 16, 2015 in Community News, Technology

 

 

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Dec 16, 2015

As of July 31, 2015, Virginia Relay welcomes Hamilton Relay as the new Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) provider for Virginia. To help you understand what to expect with this transition, here are responses to a few Frequently Asked Questions.

DOWNLOAD – VARelay_Hamilton_FAQ

Fairfax County – Public launch of Text to 911 – on Tuesday Sept. 22

September 22, 2015 in Emergency Preparedness, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology

 

September 22, 2015

Fairfax County’s Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) now accepts text messages to 9-1-1 for reporting police/fire/medical emergencies.

See TEXT-TO-911_Post Card

Was publicly announced at the Board of Supervisors meeting. – September 22

(The following is the text from the DPSC Post Card)

Fairfax County Emergency 9-1-1

CALL IF YOU CAN TEXT IF YOU CAN’T

Text to 9-1-1 is intended primarily for use in 3 Emergency Scenarios:

  1. For individual who is deaf, hard-of-hearing or has a speech disability.
  2. For someone who is in a situation where it is not safe to place a voice call to 9-1-1.
  3. Medical emergency the renders the person incapable of speaking.
Only Text 9-1-1 In An Emergency (English Only)

 

How do I text to 9-1-1?

  • Enter the numbers “911” in the “TO” or “RECIPIENT” field.
  • The first text to 9-1-1 should be short, include location of the emergency, ask for police, fire or ambulance.
  • Push the “SEND” button
  • Answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  • Text in simple words. NO abbreviations or Slang.
  • Keep text messages short.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Text to 9-1-1 is not available if you are in a roaming situation.
  • A text or data plan is required to place a text to 9-1-1. Standard text messaging rates apply.
  • Photos and Videos CANNOT be sent to 9-1-1 at this time.
  • Text to 9-1-1 CANNOT include more than one person. Do not copy your emergency text to anyone other than 9-1-1. Wait until you are safe to notify others of your situation.
  • Prank-texters can be identified and possibly prosecuted according to local laws/regulations.
  • Text to 9-1-1 is available in Fairfax County beginning Tuesday September 22, 2015
  • DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE!

More information can be found at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/911/text-to-911.htm

(END of the DPSC Post Card Text)

Guidelines for  TEXTING  to 9-1-1

  • Stay calm – dispatchers can’t help you if they can’t understand you. Take a deep breath and think before you text. TEXT slowly and clearly. The first text to 9-1-1 should be short, include location of the emergency, ask for police, fire or ambulance.
  • Know your location and text the dispatcher the exact address (apartment/suite number, intersection, interstate mile markers) where the help is needed.
  • Answer all questions. The call taker will have questions for you and may even ask you to do something to help. It is important that you answer the questions as best as you can. DO NOT STOP TEXTING  unless you are in danger or the dispatcher tells you to do so.
  • TEXT the nature of the emergency. Stay on the line to answer further questions the dispatcher may have.
  • Send someone to meet the emergency equipment if at all possible. It’s hard to find an address on a dimly lit street in the middle of the night.
  • If you Text  9-1-1 even by mistake, do not hang up the phone.  If you call by accident, stay on the line until you can tell the call taker that there is no emergency, so the call taker doesn’t have to waste time sending police trying locate you.
  • Prevent prank Text to 9-1-1.  Prank-Texters  not only waste time; they are illegal in most states and endanger public safety.  If 9-1-1 lines or call takers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need.  Be sure all members of your household are aware that prank or harassing calls to 9-1-1 will be dealt with by local law enforcement agencies.

 

TEXT to 911 – Coverage Map as of September 22,2015 

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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.

 

 

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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VA Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

May 14, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Your participation in this survey will help the Virginia Department of Education collect the information needed to report on parental involvement. In addition, the information may be used by the school division in which your child attends school but your responses will be kept anonymous and never be personally linked to your child.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Hank Millward at the Virginia Department of Education, 804-371-0525 orhank.millward@doe.virginia.gov.


 

All upcoming FCPS Parent Resource Center events.

Virginia Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday: May 25-31

May 14, 2015 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

 

 

The 2015 hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30, 2015. Though hurricanes don’t typically make landfall in Fairfax County, the effects of high winds and flooding can wreak havoc on our community and businesses. To assist in preparing for hurricane season, Virginia will hold its Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday May 25-May 31.  Batteries, generators up to $1000, chainsaws up to $340, smoke detectors, first aid kits, flashlights and more will be tax-free.

More information: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricanes/sales-tax-holiday

Please share this information with your employees and networks, encouraging others to take the time to:

  • Check emergency kits at home, work and in vehicles – visitwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency for lists and helpful tips.
  • Review family emergency plans – visit www.ReadyNOVA.orgto make your own plan.
  • Practice family evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures – don’t forget pets and kids!

Now is the best time to prepare for hurricane season and other emergencies!

DOWNLOAD VA-HurricaneSaleFlyer

Stephanie Ulmer named VA Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator

March 19, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology

 

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

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.

Ulmer is highly experienced in business and customer service within the health care field. Previously, she worked for the District 19 Community Services Board as administrative associate in Child and Adolescent Services. She currently resides in Prince George, Va.

“I am looking forward to shifting my focus to marketing,” says Ulmer. “I am excited to have the opportunity to travel and meet people throughout Virginia and educate them about the life-changing benefits CapTel provides for individuals who have difficulty hearing over the phone.”

CapTel is designed specifically for people who have difficulty hearing over the telephone. Using a CapTel phone, users speak directly to the other person and are able to listen while reading word-for-word captions of what’s said to them during phone conversations. Behind the scenes, captions are generated by a specially-trained Captioning Assistant using state-of-the-art voice recognition software. Captions appear on the CapTel phone’s display screen nearly simultaneously to the spoken word, adding clarity and confidence in using the phone to communicate with friends, family and businesses.

Virginia residents are eligible to purchase CapTel phones at a special reduced rate of $75 through Virginia Relay. CapTel phones are also available at no cost to people who qualify medically and financially through Virginia’s Technology Assistance Program (TAP). For more information, please visit www.varelay.org or contact Stephanie Ulmer at stephanie.ulmer@hamiltonrelay.com.

About Virginia Relay

Virginia Relay and the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) provide the most up-to-date technologies and assistive devices to enable people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-impaired to communicate via a standard telephone network. Virginia Relay services are easily accessible to anyone by dialing 7-1-1. For more information on Virginia Relay and its services, please visit www.varelay.org, or call VDDHH at 804-662-9502 v/t.

About Hamilton Relay

Hamilton Relay provides contracted Traditional Relay and/or Captioned Telephone services to 17 states, the District of Columbia and the Island of Saipan, and is a provider of Internet-based Captioned Telephone services nationwide. More information is available at www.hamiltonrelay.com.

 

 

VDDHH Legislative Report for 2015 Virginia General Assembly

January 29, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Disability Law

 

VDDHH Legislative Tracking 2015 General Assembly

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.

Bills included in the VDDHH tracking report will be separated into groups of bills as follows:

1.     VDDHH – Lead Agency: These are bills which directly impact VDDHH and for which VDDHH is the primary contact agency for the administration. There should only be a few bills in this category.

2.     VDDHH – Actively Tracking/Commenting: These are bills that VDDHH will actively track and will provide specific, factual information and comments on to ensure that issues in the bill which relate to this agency and the consumers we serve are identified. “Actively Tracking” means that VDDHH will consistently check on the status of these bills. The agency may, if necessary and appropriate, testify at committee meetings on these bills or provide input to either the patron of the bill or to the LEAD agency responsible for the bill. VDDHH is NOT the lead agency on these bills and our level of involvement may be limited.

3.     VDDHH – Not Actively Tracking/General Interest: These are bills that may be of general interest to consumers, family members or professionals who receive our tracking reports.   VDDHH is not actively tracking these bills and will not be providing comment or attending committee meetings on these bills.

PLEASE NOTE: VDDHH will only report a “position” on a bill when the Governor’s office has taken a position on that bill. Please do not assume that VDDHH “supports” or “opposes” a bill based on the information provided in this report. This report is only intended to provide the facts of a bill as VDDHH knows them.

If a bill is “killed” during the session, it will be removed from the tracking list. VDDHH may also remove bills from the list if changes are made to the bill which eliminate the specific issues of interest to this agency or the consumers we serve.

DOWNLOAD PDF – VDDHH Legislative Tracking Report 1 27 15

DOWNLOAD MS word- VDDHH Legislative Tracking Report 1 27 15

Advocacy Rally on Jan.26, Legislative Updates, more . . .

January 22, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events

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Join the January 26 Advocacy Rally in RVA! 

Advocates, be heard! Join with the Arc of VA & other groups for Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. A rally will be held from 10-11 am at the Bell Tower on the State Capitol grounds (corner of 9th & Bank Street, Richmond).

Stay Informed on Legislative Updates 

Have you “liked” the Board’s Facebook page? If you are a Facebook user, then comment, share, or “like” the information on the news feed to see posts more often. Since we post 7-10 times per week, it’s the fastest way to learn what’s happening…so even if you do not have a Facebook account, be sure to visit VaBoard.org and scroll down to see the latest information.

Affordable Care Act Fact Sheets
Under the ACA, you may have the option to choose a new private plan for your family without losing your child’s Medicaid “wrap-around” coverage.

For more information, download the Health Insurance Marketplace & Medicaid Coverage for Children with Disabilities fact sheet (and 3 others which benefit children & youth with special health care needs) today! Other topics include Concurrent Care, Habilitative Services, and Health Home Programs/Coordinated Care.These plain language fact sheets are available from the Catalyst Center and the National Center for Medical Home Implementation.

JOIN MAILING LIST

VBPD does not share your contact information without your permission. The Board shares your concern about privacy and unwanted correspondence, especially junk e-mail. We limit our communications to information you need to be more knowledgeable about issues affecting people with disabilities.

VA Board for People with Disabilities | 800-846-4464 | 1100 Bank St, 7th Floor | Richmond | VA | 23219

 

VSDB History Book, History of the Education of the Deaf in Virginia

October 23, 2014 in Community News

 

 

Order Your VSDB History Book

Only 250 copies will be printed and books will be sold for $60 each. There will be 219 pages in the first section (Bass’ Book) and 249 pages in the second part (for a total of 468 pages) with 313 photographs liberally interspersed throughout the book, 144 in the first part and 169 in the second part. Most of the book will be printed in color with some black/white photos on 8.5” x 11” pages, with hard covers (see the photo at the right).

There is a $7.00 additional charge for shipping.

Please contact Race Drake, rfdrake63@gmail.com or VP: 540-416-0017 if you have any questions about this book.

DOWNLOAD – VSDB History Book order form

VBDP – NEWS – Fellowships, Survey Deadlines, more

September 24, 2014 in Community News

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Survey Season-Open until Early October! Computer Monitor with Survey

People with disabilities, family members, concerned citizens, care providers, and policymakers-we need your help! Have you taken 10 minutes to fill out the Board’s survey? We want your input to know how we’re doing, so please take time to complete it online. The survey is available on the home page of www.vaBoard.org (in the slider on the right) or by typing  www.vbpdinput.com into your web browser. If you have trouble accessing the survey or need a printed copy, please dial 800-846-4464 or send an email to info@vbpd.virginia.gov with your contact information so we can assist you.

 


 

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 Health Survey Open until Oct. 3

The Virginia Dept. of Health (VDH) is conducting a needs assessment study for women, children, and families in Virginia. If you have children with special health care needs, please take a few minutes to complete the VDH online survey.

 


 

Transportation Survey Open until October 10

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Getting around the Commonwealth can be a challenge for people with disabilities. How do you travel now? How would you like to travel in the future? Give your opinion now and you can help guide Virginia’s transportation in the future.

 


 

It’s Here-Your Comprehensive Resource!

2014 Disability AssessmentFor those engaged in understanding and improving Virginia’s supports and services for individuals with developmental and other disabilities, the Board’s 2014 Assessment of the Disability Service System in Virginia is an essential reference, with data and descriptions of many of the programs and services administered, funded, provided, or licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Note: This year there are two separate volumes-Volume 1 is a 68-page document, Key Findings and Board Recommendations, plus the 500 page Volume 2, available online as an accessible PDF file (preferred distribution method). Both documents are available on CD upon request at 800-846-4464 or send an email to info@vbpd.virginia.gov if unable to access online.

 


Fellowship Program Applications Open until October 30 glasses-man-portrait.jpg

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking professionals, family members, or people with disabilities who are working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The purpose of the one-year fellowship is to prepare both early career and seasoned leaders to excel in the public policy arena in their home state or nationally. Applications are accepted online until 5:00 pm EST October 30, 2014. If you have questions, please contact Steven M. Eidelman.


Keeping Virginians informed about disability services and issues is one of our most important responsibilities! Thank you for sharing this information.

VBPD does not share your contact information without your permission. The Board shares your concern about privacy and unwanted correspondence, especially junk e-mail. We limit our communications to information you need to be more knowledgeable about issues affecting people with disabilities.

 

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