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When? December 1, 12-1:30 p.m.

Where? 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA or 703-525-3268, please let us know of any accommodation needs.

One of the best pathways to gaining meaningful employment is through volunteering, as it can help enhance your personal skill-set, make new contacts, build your network, gain in-debt knowledge about a specific career, and strengthen your resume.

So stop by ECNV on December 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. for an interactive employment workshop presented by Angela Saiza Starling of Volunteer Fairfax, where she will discuss how her organization can match you with your ideal volunteering position.
This presentation will cover:

  • What is a volunteer center?
  • Pathways to employment
  • Ways to engage
  • Trivia

Volunteer Fairfax, has been building better community through service for more than 40 years. They are the regional volunteer center serving Fairfax County and the National Capital region. They seek individuals, families, youth and corporate groups for service opportunities at a variety of nonprofit agencies. One-time special events or ongoing activities are available. In 2015, through various program and events, the organization engaged more than 23,000 volunteers who served nearly 83,000 donated hours. For more information, visit


We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to work as our Older Adult Specialist. Position location is flexible nationally. The Older Adult Program Specialist provides, provide consultation, technical assistance, training, advocacy, resource materials and program development on behalf of senior adults, ages 55 and better, who are experiencing combined loss of vision and hearing on a national basis.

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Submit resume to:                       

FAX:                (516) 767-2302
Mail to:            Helen Keller National Center
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, New York 11050
Attn: Human Resources Department
Job Code – OAP



Hi everyone,
We’re looking for a contractor fluent in ASL who has experience working with families and children to contract with the National Gallery of Art on an ongoing basis.

For more information:
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ONREC - The Online Recruitment Resource
25 Aug 2016

The survey, created by totaljobs in partnership with five deaf charities, reveals that the majority (56%) of deaf or hard of hearing employees have experienced discrimination during their career. This has led to one in four (25%) deaf people leaving a job because of a difficult environment.

  • 72% of deaf people have received no support because of being deaf in finding a job
  • 65% believe developments in technology have made it easier to be deaf in the workplace
  • 56% have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to being deaf or hard of hearing
    • 62% from colleagues
    • 53% from management
    • 37% during a job interview
  • 25% have left a job due to discrimination
  • 19% have not told their employer they are deaf or have experienced hearing loss

Discrimination plays a large part in the working lives of deaf people and many are forced to quit their jobs because of it, according to a new survey.

Read more  . . . discrimination

Link to Survey Results - Deaf jobseeker and employee experiences survey report 2016


TDI is proud to announce the upcoming 22nd Biennial TDI Conference to take place in Bethesda, Maryland on July 27-29, tdi_square2017.

Save the date and start making plans!  All of us at TDI hope to see you there for this occasion.

The conference will take place on July 27-29, 2017, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel.

More information on TDI website



EXCEL 2.0 Networking Group for Job Seekers with Disabilities Presents…
Ticket to Work and SSA Work Incentives
When: June 10, 12-2 p.m.
Where: 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA
Stop by ECNV on Friday June 10th from 12-2 p.m. for an interactive workshop presented by Lauren Parker, Ticket to Work Project Director at the SkillSource Group.
The Workshop will include:
• An overview of the SSA Disability Programs (SSDI, SSI, Concurrent)
• The Myths & Facts about the Ticket to Work Program
• Common SSA Rules and Work Incentives
The SkillSource Group is a non-profit organization serving Northern Virginia employers and job seekers. The organization offers a wide range of free job placement, training, and educational services to employers, job seekers, and incumbent workers
You can RSVP by emailing or calling (703) 525-3268. Please include any accommodation needs & pass along this information to job-hunting consumers.



TDI is seeking a talented and versatile Product Manager to lead the development of a Speech-to-Text Captioning/Caption Correction product.  The ideal candidate will have a strong, clear commitment to meeting the purpose, goals, and timelines.  The product seeks to create scalable access to low-cost, accurate captions for live events by combining speech-to-text technology with real-time caption corrections made by designated peers.  These services will allow event participants (who have permission), to make corrections to captions in real-time during events.  Everyone viewing the captions, will see the corrected captions instantly.  This technology enables the provision of highly accurate, low-cost, captioning services wherever the use of professional captioning services are not logistically, technically, or financially feasible.  TDI has a subcontract with IDEAL Group, Inc. to develop, implement, and maintain the captioning service.  The web-based service will be accessible using Internet-connected devices running a variety of operating systems.

Announcement on TDI website:

DOWNLOAD - TDI position announcement, Product Manager, TDI's Speech-to-Text Captioning Project, May 1, 2016



Thursday, April 7, 2016
10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 

During this seminar, Alison Levy, Disability Employment Program Manager with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct an interactive presentation where she will discuss:

  • The USDA and the types of positions needed
  • Tips for writing a federal resume
  • Tips on how to apply for jobs using a schedule A status

And much more! RSVP To or (703) 525-3268
Please include any accommodation needs & pass along this information to job-hunting consumers. Click here to learn more about our event

About our speaker: Alison S. Levy joined USDA in January 2011 as the Department’s Disability Employment Program Manager.  In this role she leads USDA’s efforts to increase recruitment, hiring, reasonable accommodation, advancement, and retention of individuals with disabilities.

Previously, Ms. Levy worked for ten years in a similar role as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Selective Placement Program Manager.  There, she spear headed efforts to streamline the Schedule a hiring process and established partnerships with national job placement professionals who refer qualified individuals with disabilities for Federal employment.

Ms. Levy is also one of the founding leaders of the Federal Disability Workforce Consortium (FDWC), a volunteer, interagency organization that includes over 900 Federal points of contact who work toward increasing Federal employment of individuals with disabilities.

With over 24 years of experience in the disability profession, Ms. Levy has worked toward improving workplace attitudes and in providing equal opportunity and equal access for persons with disabilities in both the public and private sectors.  Ms. Levy earned her B.A. in Public Communication from The American University, and her Masters in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University.



March 2016 EXCEL 2.0 Networking Group For Job Seekers with Disabilities

Getting Hired at Capital One

Facilitated by Recruiting Specialist Holly Bowers

As an HR professional with a disability, Holly will share what it takes to successfully land a job at this Fortune 200 company!

When:     Thursday March 10, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where:    ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201 (at Court House Metro, Orange Line)

RSVP To or (703) 525-3268
Please include any accommodation needs & pass along this information to job-hunting consumers.

About Our Speaker…Holly Bowers is the Disability Recruiting Specialist and Deputy Program Manager for the Autism at Work Program at Capital One. She is also the National Recruiting Lead for the CapAbilities Network, Capital One’s internal support group for associates with disabilities, of which she was a founding member. Deaf herself, she is passionate about helping others with disabilities to start successful careers at the company. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the VABLN. Holly graduated from VCU in 2002 with a B.A. in English and spent many years as a writer for companies like Circuit City, Media General, and Capital One.

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The John Hudson Internship Program is an internship program in Fairfax County Government for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. The internships provide paid employment during the summer. Application materials are due on April 17, 2016.

Please refer to the FAQs if you have questions about the program. If your question is not addressed or you need a reasonable accommodation, contact Jill Clark at or 703-324-5874.

Internship guidelines and eligibility requirements

Frequently asked questions

Internship application (due April 17, 2016)

Internship position descriptions



The Baltimore Sun
by Meredith Cohn - 
Contact Reporter
January 25, 2016

Hopkins rescinded a job offer of deaf nurse because of the cost of full-time interpreters.

Johns Hopkins Hospital violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act when officials rescinded a job offer to a deaf nurse after she requested a sign-language interpreter, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last week.

Joseph B. Espo, a lawyer for the nurse, Lauren Searls, called it an "important victory" that could send a message to other medical institutions about the capabilities of deaf workers.

Hopkins had told Searls it was a cost issue in a letter, but in its response to the lawsuit, officials called her employment both a financial hardship and a threat to patient safety, Espo said. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake rejected those arguments, he said.

Read More  . . . Deaf Nurse


The ECNV EXCEL! Networking Group presents…

Ace the Interview
Learn about perfecting your elevator speech and how to answer those tough interview questions in this interactive employment workshop!

Thursday, January 14, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 pm
ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305
Arlington, 22201

By the Court House Metro
Garage parking available for $1 per hour


Please let us know of any accommodation requests. 

Presenter: Bob Rudney, EXCEL! job counselor, has worked with job candidates with disabilities for almost two decades. He retired as Senior Advisor in the Department of Defense and has extensive previous experience working for Booz Allen and other consulting companies.

DOWNLOAD - January EXCEL! flyer




WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today it is launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate directly with agency staff about issues of discrimination they may be facing. EEOC information intake representatives who are fluent in ASL will be available to answer questions and guide callers through the process of filing a charge of discrimination using videophones.

Previously, individuals who were deaf and or hard of hearing relied on an interpreter using relay services when they contacted EEOC. This new system provides direct access to an EEOC employee who can answer the caller's question in ASL over a videophone.

EEOC is only the third federal agency-after the Federal Communications Commission and the Small Business Administration-to provide this direct access to the public.

"EEOC is proud to strengthen our service to the deaf and hard of hearing community and provide a more effective way for individuals to connect with our agency," said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang. "This enhanced means of communication helps to ensure that all individuals have access to EEOC resources on employment rights and responsibilities."

Carrie St. Cyr, one of the ASL information intake representatives who will answer the videophones, said, "About 98 percent of people who are deaf and hard of hearing use videophones. Now, when those individuals call EEOC, they will now be able to communicate face to face with a staff member who speaks their native language and whose gestures, body language, and expressions they can read easily."

Deaf and of hard of hearing callers can access the toll free ASL direct video line at 844-234-5122, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination.  Further information about the agency is available at

See ASL Video


Job Title:  Management and Program Analyst
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:  FEMA-16-MBB-71494-CORE


SALARY RANGE: $90,823.00 to $118,069.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, December 4, 2015 to Friday, December 18, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0343-13
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Temporary - Not to Exceed 2 Years
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC

WHO MAY APPLY: All U.S. citizens

This announcement will close on Friday, December 18, 2015 OR the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.

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