VDDHH Turns 45!

  • Oct 15, 2017
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  • publicrelationsdept

In celebration of 45 years of serving Virginia’s deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and DeafBlind communities, the Virginia Department of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) held an anniversary open house at their central office this past September. They opened their doors to the public for two days, inviting community members to meet their staff, learn about their history and services, and enjoy light refreshments while mingling with friends and neighbors.

Eric Raff (deputy director of VDDHH), Jeanne Lavelle (president of VAD), and Ron Lanier (executive director of VDDHH) enjoying the festivities at the VDDHH 45th Anniversary Open House.

In 1972, VDDHH was established as the Virginia Council for the Deaf (VCD) after members of the Virginia Association of the Deaf passionately lobbied to convince lawmakers that Virginia needed an agency to serve its citizens who are deaf. This anniversary celebration paid tribute to several of the individuals who were instrumental in the founding and early survival of the agency. Over 150 people came out to help VDDHH celebrate this great milestone.

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