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