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Program on Improving Access for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons

Potomac Health Foundation Health Learning sessions are designed to be appropriate for broad audiences who are interested in health related services. Social service agencies, medical provision professionals and government entities are encouraged to participate.

      March 23, 2012

        1:30-4:00 p.m.

Realtor Association of Prince William Bldg

           4545 Daisy Read Avenue, Ste 150

       Woodbridge, VA 22192

Session Agenda:

1. American’s with Disability Act explanation

2. Deaf Culture description and tips for interaction

3. Hearing loss and adaptive devices demonstration

Scheduled speakers are experts in the field and will provide practical resources for service providers. Speakers represent the following agencies:

1. The Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) focuses on disability law matters for persons with disabilities that: protect and advance legal, human, and civil rights; combat and prevent abuse, neglect, and discrimination; and promote independence and self-determination. All callers (800-552-3962/804-225-2042) with disability law issues will receive some type of information or help at no charge. Individuals with issues targeted in VOPA’s goals and objectives may receive additional advocacy services or legal representation.

2. Employment Solutions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, LLC*

Providing Access to Healthcare (PAH) is the Educational and Advocacy portion of Employment Solutions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, LLC. The goal of PAH is to provide access to pertinent health info to people that are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf Blind through workshops about a variety of healthcare issues, and to educate the community at large about the needs of culturally Deaf people.

3. Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons*

Since 1988, the NVRC has been the area’s leading non-profit for people with hearing loss. Services include outreach and educational programs on deafness and hearing loss, hearing assistive technology demonstrations, a free daily e-mail news service, hearing loss awareness trainings, advocacy, and peer support. NVRC is also a Demonstration Site for telephone and signaling equipment available through Virginia’s Technology Assistance Program, known as LoantoOwn (L2O).

*These agencies are current grant recipients of Potomac Health Foundation.

Please RSVP to Phim Gilberry by March 16th or 703-730-4445