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“ADA Business BRIEF:  Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings,”

People who are deaf or hard of hearing use a variety of ways to communicate. Some rely on sign language interpreters or assistive listening devices; some rely primarily on written messages. Many can speak even though they cannot hear. The method of communication and the services or aids the hospital must provide will vary depending upon the abilities of the person who is deaf or hard of hearing and on the complexity and nature of the communications that are required.
Effective communication is particularly critical in health care settings where miscommunication may lead to misdiagnosis and improper or delayed medical treatment.

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Two hundred years of ASL and the American School for the Deaf is here on campus! Our newest exhibition is on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library and the American School for the Deaf will be showcased at the Washburn Art Building.

January 29 - April 6, 2018 - Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Linda K. Jordan Gallery in Wasburn Art Building.

Image description: Deaf child signing "I Love You." "Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf." January 29 - April 6, 2018


If you live in Northern Virginia or have gone there for open captioned movies, we have big news! One of our organizers, Jamie Berke, has successfully petitioned two independent movie theaters in Fairfax, VA to have monthly open captioned movie screenings. The theaters are Cinema Arts Theatre and University Mall Theatres. They will have OC screenings one Sunday each month for all movies that screen at around 7pm. So for this month, on January 14, this is what each theater is showing:

  • Cinema Arts Theatre ($12 adult tickets):
    • Darkest Hour
    • The Greatest Showman
    • Molly's Game
    • The Post
    • The Shape of Water
    • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • University Mall Theatres ($5 tickets):
    • Murder on the Orient Express
    • Thor: Ragnarok
    • Wonder

Theater: Cinema Arts Theatre, Fairfax, VA
Theater Website:
Facebook Event Page:

  • Darkest Hour 7:30 PM
  • The Greatest Showman 7:00 PM
  • Molly's Game 7:20 PM
  • The Post 7:40 PM
  • The Shape of Water 7:10 PM
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 7:50 PM

Theater: University Mall Theatres, Fairfax, VA
Theater Website:
Facebook Event Page:

  • Murder on the Orient Express 7:15 PM
  • Thor: Ragnarok 7:00 PM
  • Wonder 7:30 PM

The encyclopedic list includes more than 40 space terms ranging from the Moon to exoplanet

It’s been a long time coming, but the international deaf community is finally getting a comparative dictionary to help translate astronomical terms, Mike Wall reports for

Organized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the encyclopedic dictionary adds on to previous efforts—including existing 300-term dictionaries in English, French, and Spanish, and projects like Scotland’s impressive 2013 effort to develop signs to describe the solar system.

While the new international dictionary includes just 47 terms, the resource has compiled the signs in multiple languages, including German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese and Polish.

Read more . . .  

Northern Virginia Resource Center
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 
Fairfax, VA 22030
December 2, 2017
1:30 PM to 4 PM
All middle school and high school studens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and their parents.
Interpreters, Transliterators, Listening System and CART will be provided.
Also, come take a look at the NVRC Technology Demonstration Room.
Please RSVP to by Nov. 30.  Include your child's name and the number of attendees within the email.
Door Prizes!
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Location: Clay Cafe (Sully plaza shopping center)
14511 G Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Chantilly, VA 20151

Come paint pottery with us! How it works, is you select a piece of unfinished pottery to paint and paint it! Glazed and fired pieces are ready in about 8-10 days. Clay Cafe will be donating back 25% of the proceeds from the event to the Northern Virginia Resource Center.
Additionally, Clay Cafe is offering NVRC's "Paint Pottery and Pour"

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Guests 50% off the $7 Flat Studio Fee (per person) this fee includes all paints, materials and decoration tools, instruction from Clay Cafe staff, glazing and firing. Please keep in mind the price of pottery is separate. The Clay Cafe has pieces of all price ranges so you can choose something to fit your budget. All materials are non-toxic, lead-free, dinner ware safe, and safe for the environment.

Pouring Wine (Please Bring Cash)
NVRC will be holding a "Wine Pull" during this event. The best part about it, is everyone is a winner! There will be multiple bottles of wine, ranging in value from $10.00 to $80.00. Each bottle will be wrapped in wrapping paper. Guests can purchase a ticket for $15.00 to pick one of the wrapped bottles to either take home or enjoy with their friends while they paint their pottery. There is no limit to the number of bottles an individual can buy.

All proceeds from the wine pull will go to NVRC.

Please be sure to RSVP to this event if you plan on attending.


How much is it to attend the event?
There is a studio fee of $3.50 per person paid directly to the studio.
You are able to choose your own piece of pottery. Clay Cafe has a large selection to fit guest budgets. There are pieces starting at $7.00. To participate in the wine pull it is $15.00 (which will get the guest a bottle of wine).

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
There is no minimum age to enter the event. Families are welcome!
To participate in the wine pull or drink wine guests must be at least 21 years old.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email Cristina Duarte, Development Committee Chair, at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to bring your ticket to the event. The event registration is for head count purposes only.

Is there parking at the Clay Cafe?
Yes, there is a parking lot out front

NVRC Annual Meeting and Pancake Breakfast 
Saturday, December 2nd
9:30 AM till Noon

Location: 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030 

NVRC's Board & Staff would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30 AM for a complimentary pancake breakfast. Come and enjoy some great food and fun company.

At 11:00, we will have our annual business meeting where members will vote in our new Board members and can hear about the changes happening at NVRC and the road for the future.

Please be sure to RSVPOpens in a new window and then join us for a morning of pancakes, business fun and friends!

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NVRC - Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room
3951 Pender Drive, 
Suite 130, 
Fairfax, VA 22030

Last Years 2016 Annual Meeting and Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, MAY 5th, 2018 Celebrate Communication
Change in date and venue! 

Celebrate Communication 2018 comes to
Springfield Town Center (formerly Springfield Mall)
on Saturday, May 5th.

Celebrate Communication is the area's premier information fair for anyone with an interest in or connection to hearing loss.

Last year we had over 40 vendors will be offering free information on a wide variety of resources including State and local government programs, cutting edge technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, ASL and Cued Speech, hearing dogs, and many more.

Springfield Town Center
Celebrate communication will be held on Saturday May 5th at the Springfield Town Center.

Please join us:

Date:  Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30PM
Guest Speaker:  To be announced

Location: Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030
Directions to NVRC:

Note:  we are starting at 7:30PM.  Many of you have experienced serious traffic issues.  Hopefully, the 30-minute change in start time will help.

SPECIAL REQUEST:  We are attempting to publicize our group and meetings.  We are trying to do that via and  If you can join these “neighborhood” sites, and post our meeting notice, it will be much appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you!

Family Fun Day!

Picnic in Rock Creek Park

When: Saturday, September 9th 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: Rock Creek Park, picnic area #24 Join us for a day of family fun! There will be toys, food, and fun!

Feel free to bring a potluck side dish or entree to share. HLAA will provide the paper goods, cups, and ice, bottled water, soda, charcoal, and a selection of hamburgers, hotdogs, and veggie- burgers with condiments. A donation of $5 per adult is appreciated (but not required) to cover the cost of the event. We will plan to start grilling around 4:00pm, but you are welcome to come any time from 3:00 pm - 7:00pm.

Please RSVP by September 1st with the number of people in your group and the type of side dish you'd like to bring to Rachel at .

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We are very excited and busy gearing up for the NVRC Gala!

The Gala has been rescheduled to Fall 2018 to make it even bigger and better!

We will be sending out a Save the Date announcement this Fall, so please be looking for it. Thank You!

Watch for Updates HERE!


  • Wednesdays August 23  – September 27

    ~ 6:30pm-8:30pm – 

Cost – $150

Beginner ASL is an introductory course to American Sign Language, the Community and the Culture. Students will learn fingerspelling, numbers, gestures, glossing and an introduction to ASL signs.

All – Classes will be held at : NVRC – 3951 Pender Drive,  Suite 130,  Fairfax, VA 22030

Register here