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There’s a “golden hour” after a vehicle crash or emergency.

Medical help may be required, but first responders need to know what medical conditions people might have, especially if they are unconscious or unable to talk.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s new “Yellow Dot Program” could save your life, and enrollment is simple:

  1. Visit your local fire station for a kit.
  2. Fill out the booklet in pencil (so you can make future updates).
  3. Attach a current photo into the booklet.
  4. Place the booklet in your glove compartment.
  5. Place the yellow dot decal in the lower left of your rear windshield to alert first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information. Tip: place the sticker no higher than three inches from the bottom.


As part of a grant initiative, Fairfax County is seeking help to understand the transportation patterns and mobility needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities within the county and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. In order to do so, a survey has been created to measure the needs of the community.

If you are a senior, an individual with a disability, or a caregiver or family member to someone with transportation challenges,  please consider taking a few moments to complete a brief survey.

Your feedback will help identify improvements and strategies that will continue to allow those to age in place in the Fairfax community.

This survey will close August 1st.

Questions regarding this survey or requests for alternative format can be directed to Susan Shaw (703.324.7075) or Cynthia Alarico (703.324.7055).

DOWNLOAD Mobility Survey in PDF format




Huffington Post - The Blog
By Alexis Ander Kashar
A civil rights attorney/ technology strategist creating a better world through technology.

1. Deaf People Travel Too. There are an estimated 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in America. The number of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and people with other disabilities worldwide is equal to the population of China. This does NOT include the number of friends and family including children who travel with us.

2. We Would Like to Access Onboard Entertainment Too.   • • • more

Read more   . . . Flying while Deaf


"Uber teaming with a nonprofit group for the deaf to attract more hearing-impaired drivers"

Washington Post

April 19

Wendell Pratt can’t hear what his Uber passengers say about him, but he is used to reading their reactions when they learn he is deaf.

Some stare at him through his rearview mirror; others check their phones to make sure they have the correct driver, or pull up their own set of directions to follow. And one man who climbed into Pratt’s 2012 Toyota Prius a few months ago couldn’t hide what Pratt took as apprehension.

“He kept looking at me,” said Pratt, 45, of Frederick, Md. “He was very short and standoffish. It was his attitude I could see.”

Read more  . . . UBER


Call to increase representation and visibility of deaf and hard of hearing people within both the WMATA and the DC Government.

For the following vacancies:

WMATA Accessibility Advisory Council
Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2016 
About: Metro is looking for senior citizens and riders with disabilities to join the volunteer Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). The 20-member committee consists of six individuals each from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and two at-large members. Positions are available for residents of the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, City of Falls Church, and City of Alexandria. To qualify for membership, individuals must be riders of Metrobus, Metrorail and/or MetroAccess, and are not Metro employees, contractors or elected officials. All positions are unpaid.  Metro’s Board of Directors will make the final selection of candidates from a collection candidates that represent an accurate cross-section of customers who are disabled and/or seniors and reflect a broad representation of people from different geographical locations in the Metro service area. 
DC Government Commission on Persons with Disabilities
Deadline to Apply: ASAP
About: The DC Commission On Persons With Disabilities shall be committed to enhancing the image, status, inclusion, and quality of life for all District of Columbia residents, visitors, and employees with disabilities, and to ensuring that they have the same rights and opportunities as those without disabilities. The Commission will serve as an advisory body to inform and advise the District on programs, services, facilities, and activities that impact the lives of residents with disabilities in the District of Columbia. The Commission will advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and/or families of such persons to promote inclusive communities and service delivery systems and to provide opportunities for public input, outreach, and education. The Commission shall work within the Office of Disability Rights (ODR) and in collaboration with the Office of Human Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and training programs, the Department on Disability Services, and all other agencies, boards, and commissions of the District of Columbia that affect the lives of residents with disabilities.
DC Government Developmental Disabilities State Planning Council
Deadline to Apply: ASAP

The DD Council is a standing committee of the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities. The DD Council shall advise and assist the Commission in identifying and addressing issues related to children, adults and older persons with developmental disabilities and their families; Engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that are consistent with the purposes of the federal Act; Participate fully in the work of the Commission by promoting collaboration and coordination among appropriate public and nonprofit organizations in ways that build and continuously improve on a coordinated, consumer-and-family-centered, consumer-and-family-directed system of supports and assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, as independent, productive, integrated community members.


By Adrija Bose

When Salman, an Uber driver in Mumbai, could not take calls from passengers, customers would cancel his ride. He would also have to text every rider to let them know that he’s deaf, which caused delays when picking up his riders.

Uber just made life easier for him and several drivers across the world who are deaf or hard of hearing.

An update to the taxi-hailing app, which was launched in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., has now gone live in India.

While there has been no official announcement on this yet, Uber has confirmed this development in India.

So, how does the app work?



New York News •
By Nathan Pemberton
November 2, 2015

After using ride-share service Lyft to catch a lift back to her home in a San Fransisco suburb, a 28-year-old woman became convinced, when the driver detoured from the usual route and refused to acknowledge her increasingly strained pleas to stop the car, that she was being kidnapped. The woman proceeded to jump out of the (unlocked) passenger door, at a stoplight, breaking her ankle as she ran off to alert the police, SFGate reports.

The alleged kidnapper, turns out, was deaf. Lyft, which cultivates a more friendly, down-home reputation than Uber, is known for being a place for hearing-impaired people to find work, since they don't have to talk on the phone.

Read More . . . Deaf Lyft Driver

Disability Mentoring Day at TSA 

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invite you to attend a half-day mentoring program on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The program will take place at TSA Headquarters, 701 South 12th Street, Arlington, Virginia, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

TSA is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its mission is to protect the Nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of travelers and commerce. College students, recent graduates, and law students with disabilities interested in careers in government are encouraged to participate in this program. Students with backgrounds or majors in the following are particularly encouraged to attend:

*   Finance
*   Acquisitions
*   Human Resources
*   IT/Computer Science
*   Engineering
*   Public Affairs
*   Criminal Justice

This half-day mentoring program will give participants an opportunity to connect with TSA employe

es through mentoring sessions and learn about working at TSA.

Participants must provide their own transportation. TSA is located at the Pentagon City Metro stop by either the Blue or Yellow line. To register, please submit your resume and any accommodations you will need to participate to by October 9th. ASL interpreting will be provided.



Metro is preparing for large crowds and traffic detours during Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, September 24. Specific details on the visit are still in the planning stages, but Metro wants every passenger to start getting ready now with these key tips:

On Metrorail, expect station & service adjustments. Some station entrances may be temporarily closed based on security needs. Trains and stations near Papal events may experience heavy crowds.

  • Expect Metrobus detours.Many Metrobus routes near Papal events and the parade route will be detoured or shortened. Click for complete details.
  • Regular hours and fares in effect. Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight both days of the Papal visit. Regular weekday fares and parking fees will be in effect.
  • Pope Francis Visit to D.C. Travel Information



Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern 
Donna Smith, Director of Training, Easter Seals Project Action Consulting
Kristi McLaughlin, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II, Easter Seals Project Action Consulting

Easter Seals Project Action Consulting, an organization which helps community agencies find solutions to improve mobility for people with disabilities and their families, will present this free webinar which will address many of the main transportation issues that people with disabilities face today and answer these questions:

  • How do I find a ride?
  • What are the skills needed to use public transportation and where can I or my child gain this knowledge?
  • What are my rights and responsibilities regarding ADA complementary paratransit service?
  • What is an appropriate referral to ADA complementary paratransit or some other form of specialized transportation?

For more information and to register visit Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Training Calendar.




April 11, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A new video phone that allows the deaf to communicate with other deaf people over a video link has been installed at the Fort Wayne International Airport.

The Journal Gazette reports that the phone’s video relay service allows deaf users to communicate by signing directly to another deaf person.

It can also connect deaf callers to American Sign Language-trained translators who translate their signed words into spoken English and relay it to a hearing person on the line.

Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority spokeswoman Jessica Miller says the technology is a welcome addition to the airport.

The video phone’s many uses include allowing deaf travelers to warn family and friends when their flights have been delayed.

Original Article  . . . Video Phone



The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") recently filed a nationwide lawsuit against FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. ("FedEx Ground") alleging that FedEx Ground discriminated against deaf or hard-of-hearing Package Handlers or applicants for the Package Handler position in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA").  EEOC alleges that FedEx Ground violated the ADA by, for example, failing to provide deaf or hard-of-hearing Package Handler applicants or employees with effective communication accommodations during the hiring process, in orientation and training, and for work-related meetings and communications.   You can find more information about this lawsuit at

We are attempting to reach deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals nationwide who may have applied for, or worked as, a Package Handler with FedEx Ground and who may be covered by the lawsuit.  We would appreciate your assistance in circulating information about this lawsuit to your members, including by posting about it on your website and including it in newsletters, e-mails, or other communications with your members.  In notifying your members about this lawsuit, we ask that you include the following link - - which contains an ASL informational video about the lawsuit.  Persons who think they are covered by the lawsuit should contact the EEOC by e-mailing or by leaving a message, through Video Relay Service, at 215-440-2670.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank You.

Thomas D. Rethage, Jr.
Senior Trial Attorney
U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission
801 Market St., Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3127
Ph: 215.440.2683
Fax: 215.440.2848





Orange Line Station Closures; Red & Blue Line Single Tracking

Weekend highlights include:
Buses will replace Orange Line trains between West Falls Church and Vienna from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until Sunday closing. Dunn Loring and Vienna stations will be closed. 
Shuttle buses will operate on two routes: Express stop buses will operate between Vienna and West Falls Church with no intermediate stops (add up to 25 minutes of additional travel time) and local buses will operate between Vienna and West Falls Church, making an intermediate stop Dunn Loring (allow 15 minutes of travel time for each station stop).

Red Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Shady Grove & Glenmont beginning at 10:00 p.m. Friday through system closing on Sunday, and every 8-10 minutes between Grosvenor & NoMa-Gallaudet U Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. only.

On Saturday only, Blue Line trains will arrive and depart every 20 minutes at Franconia-Springfield.  Trains between Van Dorn St and Largo Town Center will operate at regular Saturday intervals.

See the attachment for more information about this weekend’s track work, read the advisory, or view which lists all detailed advisories and alerts.

Download - WMATANov212014TrackWorkNotice




SOURCE: Marriott International
September 05, 2014

The Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel Introduces New Technology to Help Hearing-Impaired Guests

State-of-the-Art System Is a First Among Arlington, VA Luxury Hotels

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - Sep 5, 2014) -  One of the key components to great travel is good communication. Whether a person is reviewing directions to a museum, getting tips for the best local restaurants or understanding all the amenities available on property, making memories starts with inspired conversation. And at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, new T-Loop technology ensures that hearing-impaired guests don't miss a word of it.

Developed by Ampetronic, the new technology was specially designed for counters and reception desks like the one at this hotel in downtown Arlington, VA. But the T-Loop driver's discreet proportions (it measures just 128-by-74-by-35-mm big) belie its significant amplification capabilities. Metal-loss correction ensures a superior audio quality for the listener, while the features -- choice of microphone, integral power supply and free technical support -- guarantee it's as easy for hotel associates to use as it is helpful for the hearing-impaired guests they chat with.

When a hearing-impaired guest arrives at the hotel, signage directs him/her to the specially designated area of the reception desk where s/he can indicate a preference to use the T-Loop technology. The hotel associate then furnishes the guest with a special headset, before s/he speaks into a connected microphone to communicate clearly and effectively.

The T-Loop technology represents exciting possibilities for hearing-impaired travelers and further distinguishes this property from other hotels in Arlington, VA. Now hearing-impaired guests can enjoy enhanced communication as well as the property's extensive repertoire of amenities. Sleek architecture, boutique styling and a location in the heart of Crystal City's business and dining district promise a one-of-a-kind stay that hearing-impaired guests can now experience to the fullest.

While T-Loop technology may be a rarity among downtown hotels in Arlington, VA, the difference it makes for hearing-impaired guests cannot be overemphasized. Not only does it help facilitate the sort of conversations that lead to great travel experiences, but it demonstrates that the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel is a place that strives to understand and attend sensitively to all of its guests' needs. And that's one message that consistently comes across.

About the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
Travelers looking for a stylish fusion of originality and luxury will appreciate the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. The boutique property welcomes guests with 300 guest rooms and suites outfitted with plush Revive bedding, organic Aveda bath products, mini-refrigerators, Plug-in Technology Panels and 37-inch, flat-panel HD televisions. But there's plenty more to find outside one's guest room. SOCCi, for example, wins over palates with its modern Italian dishes that feature local produce, while Espressamente illy serves as SOCCi's ideal café counterpart. A new lobby, fitness center, heated indoor pool and bicycle rentals are just a few more ways the property stands out from other Arlington, VA hotels, while corporate guests will appreciate the hotel's 16 flexible meeting rooms. Much like the property itself, the hotel's location caters to every sort of traveler. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, IBM, the Pentagon and countless other businesses and government agencies are close by for business guests. And local attractions like Mount Vernon Trail and the National Mall make for sightseeing that's as inspired as the hotel.




Consumers, Colleagues, and Partners:

The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is assisting the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in assessing both curb cuts in need of repair AND identifying places where curb cuts do not exist and need to be installed.

Although VDOT intends to assess across the Commonwealth, the immediate priority areas are Northern Virginia, Richmond and Tidewater.

This is a great opportunity to provide VDOT input in changing our communities and providing optimal access for all!

Please take a minute to complete yourself or to ask consumers and community members to fill out the survey linked below—please help spread the word on this.

The curb cut survey  should be accessed through the link below