The next meeting of the Virginia Relay Advisory Council (VRAC) will be held Thursday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (8004 Franklin Farms Drive) in Henrico. These meetings are open to the public. VRAC members represent a cross-section of relay users and serve as a consumer-based focus group for development and testing of new relay features and services. To learn more about VRAC, please visit: https://www.varelay.org/council.htm.
This September during Deaf Awareness Week, the Statewide Interagency Team (SIT) of Virginia hosted an open house at the VDDHH and Virginia Department for Aging and
Rehabilitative Services (DARS) offices in Richmond. Guests watched demonstrations of the latest assistive communications technologies, and met representatives from local agencies and organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of Virginians who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and DeafBlind.
Thanks to everyone who attended!
The Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), the area’s leading non-profit for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deafblind, is proud to host Celebrate Communication 2015. Northern Virginia’s premier information fair for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community will be held from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, May 16 at the Northern Virginia Community College Ernst Center Gymnasium in Annandale.
Celebrate Communication is free for the public and will feature exhibits and activities providing information to support better communication and understanding for people with hearing loss and their families and friends. More than 40 organizations, businesses, educational institutions and community groups will be on site offering free information on hearing assistive technologies, cochlear implants, government services, hearing aids, telecommunications and Relay services, hearing assistance dogs, professional services, and more. A full list of sponsors and exhibitors can be found on NVRC’s website at www.nvrc.org.
Other activities for all ages will include:
AT A GLANCE:
WHAT: Celebrate Communication 2015
WHO: The Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC)
WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2015; 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Northern Virginia Community College
Ernst Center Gymnasium
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
COST: Free; free parking available in “B” lots
Join Virginia Relay at AMF Hanover Lanes in Mechanicsville, VA from 10:30am – 2:00pm on Saturday, February 22 for a Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Challenge Discovery Projects. Challenge Discovery Projects is committed to improving the emotional health and well-being of at-risk children and their families in Greater Richmond through programs that promote self-worth and positive, healthy relationships. To learn more, visit: www.challengediscoveryprojects.org.
The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), Virginia Relay CapTel, and Heroes with Hearing Loss℠ Program have partnered with the disAbility Resource Center in Fredericksburg, Va. to present “Soldiering on with Confidence & Independence,” a conference targeted specifically to United States military veterans who are hard of hearing and to their families.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 at the John F. Fick Conference Center (1301 Sam Perry Boulevard) in Fredericksburg. The day will be filled with informational presentations and exhibit booths intended to honor veterans for their service and give them a forum to share information, personal experiences, strategies and more about living with hearing loss.
According to statistics from the Department of Defense, hearing loss is currently the number one service-related injury suffered by U.S. veterans returning home from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Approximately 60 percent of veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have some hearing damage, with 840,000 suffering from tinnitus and just over 700,000 suffering from hearing loss. More than 1.2 million veterans from every generation suffer from some form of hearing loss.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend helpful presentations from leading physicians and audiologists; gather information about the latest hearing loss technologies, including implantable hearing aids and cochlear implants; meet other veterans with hearing loss and share experiences and coping skills; view live hearing dog demonstrations; and view a variety of assistive communication devices on display, courtesy of VDDHH and Hamilton CapTel.
The cost to attend “Soldiering on with Confidence & Independence” is $20 per person and registration will be limited to the first 200 reservations received. Scholarships made possible by the Virginia Wounded Warriors Program are available to veterans who may not be able to afford to attend.
For more information about or to register for “Soldiering on with Confidence & Independence,” please contact Arva Priola at The disAbility Resource Center via phone at 540-373-5890, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or visit .
Best Entries to be Read at 40th Anniversary Open House July 27-28
In honor of VDDHH’s 40th year of service excellence to Virginia’s deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind communities, Virginia Relay invites you to share your favorite VDDHH memories. Whether you are a member or employee of a partner organization, or a member of one of the communities VDDHH serves, please post your best stories, experiences or congratulations in the comments section below. Select entries will be shared at a celebratory open house to be hosted at VDDHH headquarters on July 27-28. We want to hear from you!
VDDHH 40th Anniversary Open House
VDDHH and its partners invite you to help us celebrate 40 successful years of breaking down communication barriers in the deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind communities.
For additional details, call 1-800-552-7917 (V/TTY) or visit www.vddhh.org.
Don’t forget to share your VDDHH memories below!
Virginia Relay recently selected Dina Ayad, a student from Douglas S. Freeman High School in Richmond, as Virginia’s recipient of the 2012 Hamilton Relay High School Scholarship. As this year’s winner, Dina receives $500 to use towards her college education.
The scholarship opportunity is available to high school seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. A recipient is selected within each of the states where Hamilton Relay is the contracted service provider and is one of several ways the company gives back to the communities they serve.
“Hamilton takes pride in promoting education and outstanding leadership across the country,” said Virginia Outreach Coordinator, Marta Cagle, “We are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to furthering Dina’s education and wish her success in reaching her personal and professional goals.”
Dina Ayad was awarded the $500 Hamilton Relay High School Scholarship after completing an application and writing an essay on the topic of communication technology. Dina plans to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg this fall.
Virginia Relay and Hamilton Relay recently announced that Linda Wallace of Richmond is the 2012 recipient of the Hamilton Relay Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award. Each year, the award recognizes an individual for their involvement in their local deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
As president of the Hearing Loss Association of American (HLAA) Greater Richmond Chapter for more than 10 years, Linda is an outstanding advocate for the hearing loss community. Her position as an advisory board member for the NewWell Sensory Fund, as well as a General Assembly advocate allow her to campaign for affordable equipment for all those hearing-impaired, regardless of age or income.
Linda also serves the hard-of-hearing community through education and mentoring. She has taught coping strategies for hearing loss and has served as a presenter and speaker with the Chesterfield County Adult Education program. Through education and peer building, Linda advocates the importance of hearing screenings and other preventative measures to protect hearing.
“In honor of the national celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, this award recognizes those individuals who are hard of hearing, late-deafened or have difficulty speaking who have been a strong influence in their state,” said Marta Cagle, Virginia CapTel Outreach Coordinator. “This year, we are happy to celebrate Linda Wallace for her efforts to improve life for those in Virginia’s hard-of-hearing community.”
Celebrate Communication, the premier event for Virginia’s deaf and hard-of-hearing community, is coming to George Mason University on Saturday, May 12. This event is free to the public.
Now in its 10th year, Celebrate Communication promotes excellence in communication for people of all ages who are deaf and hard of hearing. Exhibitors will be present to demonstrate the newest communications technologies, provide information about available assistive services, represent community and government associations, and provide vision and hearing screenings. Guests will also be able to network with others in the community, meet local artists and crafters, and enjoy children’s games and activities.
Celebrate Communication 2012 is brought to you by: the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities (KIHD), Lions International and George Mason University.
Celebrate Communication 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
10am – 3pm
George Mason University Center for the Arts
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030