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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 . . .  

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

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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  • 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



ADWAS is excited to announce that the National Deaf Hotline Services has been expanded to 24/7. Our hours are no longer limited to Monday – Friday and from 9AM- 5PM (PCT). We would like to share this information to the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard-of-Hearing community by distributing and sharing this accessible resource that is readily made available for the survivors, family members & friends, and service providers.


Boston Globe
By Victoria McGrane GLOBE STAFF
APRIL 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — Patricia Holland of Waltham suffered a panic attack during a vacation in Savannah, Ga., 13 years ago when she lost her hearing aid and had no way to quickly find a replacement. Almost two weeks later, when she finally got one, she teared up with joy even though she had to hand over $2,600.

“If you have hearing loss, it’s amazing how people make you feel like you’re inferior,” said the 79-year-old, who first learned she had age-related hearing loss in her 60s. “You’re made to feel that you’re not adequate, when you’re really highly intelligent.” Read more  . . . .

Exhibitor list for Celebrate Communication 2017 >>> Exhibitors 2017

Celebrate Communication - Sponsors 

NVRC extends its appreciation to its sponsors
for their generosity to make this event a success. 


Virginia Department for the
Deaf and Hard of
Hearing (VDDHH) 


Virginia Relay

The foundation of all programs at the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) is COMMUNICATION, both as a service through sign language interpreters and assistive technology, and as a means of sharing information through training and education by a team of qualified Outreach Specialists.

VDDHH also serves as the oversight agency for Virginia Relay, the federally mandated telecommunications service for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled.

Contact or visit us to learn more about iCanConnect Virginia, a new program offering assistive technology to persons who are deaf-blind, and the TAP Veterans Program providing telecommunications equipment to veterans and returning servicemen and women who have a hearing loss.

VDDHH is located at 1602 Rolling Hills Drive, Suite 203, Henrico, VA 23229 with local Outreach offices around the state. For more information, contact us at 1-800-552-7917 v/t or, and visit us at or on our VDDHH and Virginia Relay Facebook pages.


Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Acquired by Sonova Holding AG and working with Phonak since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that restores hearing to those with severe-to-profound hearing loss.

With operations in over 50 countries and a track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB's talented, group of technologists and professionals are driven to succeed, work with integrity, and stay firmly committed to quality while delivering unmatched customer service.




The mission of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is to support the empowerment of deafened people. Late-Deafened Adults are people who have lost the ability to understand speech with or without hearing aids after acquiring spoken language. ALDA is committed to providing a support network and a sense of belonging by sharing our unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies, helping one another find practical solutions and emotional support, and working together with other organizations and service providers for our common good.

Boston Properties Boston Properties, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), is one of the largest owners, acquirers and developers of office properties in the United States.  Founded in 1970, the firm owns and manages 151 properties containing more than 43.5 million square feet.  Its portfolio reflects a commitment to architectural excellence, innovative technologies and attention to the highest possible standards of service. Boston Properties maintains regional offices in Boston, New Jersey, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Contact: 202-585-0800 or


Cochlear Americas Cochlear Americas
Hear now. And always As the global leader in hearing solutions, Cochlear is dedicated to bringing the gift of sound to people all over the world. With our hearing solutions, Cochlear has reconnected over 250,000 people to their families, friends and communities in more than 100 countries.Along with the industry's largest investment in research and development, we continue to partner with leading international researchers and hearing professionals, ensuring that we are at the forefront in the science of hearing.For the hearing impaired receiving any one of Cochlear's hearing solutions, our commitment is that for the rest of their life they will Hear now. And always
Duartek, Inc. was founded in June 1987 by Joseph C. Duarte. For more than 20 years, Duartek has taken the lead in providing assistive technology solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people. Duartek specializes in custom engineered systems to provide communications access solutions for deaf and hard of hearing people using Hearing Loops and other assistive technology platforms. Our services include: consulting, engineering, design, and installations of audio systems, hearing assistance systems, home entertainment systems, security systems, and visual notification systems.







Family Hearing Services, Inc. is a private practice that offers comprehensive audiology and hearing aid services to people of all ages in Washington metro area. We are committed to making a difference and improving our patient's quality of life. Our diagnostic standard is thorough and extensive, and our treatment philosophy is to value the patient's quality of life above all else.
Hull Hearing Aid Service - "Better Living Through Better Hearing" For over 75 (Y)EARS Hull Hearing Aid Service, Inc. has offered uncompromising excellence to our hard of hearing family of friends. Our services range from sophisticated testing, at no charge to you, in a sound treated booth that can include tone and speech testing, middle ear analysis and real ear measurement. We provide a personalized fitting based on ear canal size, hand dexterity audiogram and specific environments of most concern to you.



InnoCaption is being provided by MEZMO Corporation. MEZMO has been doing Research and Development for wired and wireless communication technologies and owns a lot of patents for Internet Protocol-Captioned Telephone Service (IP-CTS). MEZMO also developed related applications on the Android app and iPhone app along with a server and system for service operation and management of this technology.

MEZMO's goal is to improve or give back hearing equivalency to anyone faced with a hearing loss through the development of new mobile communication technologies. We are very passionate and excited about getting to offer this product.Thank you in advance for the opportunity to serve you.

MEDELsq MED-EL - Since its founders developed the world's first microelectronic, multichannel cochlear implant in 1977, MED-EL has set new standards in hearing implant technologies, developing and manufacturing technologically advanced hearing solutions for people with varying degrees of hearing loss. MED-EL hearing implant systems, currently used in over 100 countries, combines the latest scientific advances, engineering and manufacturing techniques for performance, safety and reliability. Products available in the United States include the MAESTRO cochlear implant system and the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE®, the first FDA-approved implantable middle ear prosthesis. Contact us: ; NVRC Outreach
NVRC Technology Assistive Devices 



Sorenson Communications® ( is a provider of industry-leading communication products and services for the deaf. The company's offerings include Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®), the highest-quality video interpreting service; the Sorenson ntouch® VP videophone, designed especially for use by deaf individuals; ntouch® PC, software that connects users to SVRS by using a PC and webcam; ntouch® for Mac®, software that connects users to SVRS by using an Apple® computer; ntouch® Tablet, which turns the Apple iPad® with a front-facing camera into a larger-screen mobile VP; and ntouch® Mobile, an application empowering SVRS communication via mobile devices.



Verbatim Captioning
Beverly Early, CSR, is a proud sponsor of Celebrate Communication. Beverly Early, a licensed Certified Shorthand Reporter for 28 years, has been providing Verbatim Captioning Services across the United States since 2000.  Contact: 703-628-7789 or  for more information about closed-captioning, webcasting or CART services.










Exhibitor List 

  • ASL Access
  • Bridging Hands Camp
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Center For Family Involvement
  • Colorfulcreations00
  • DC Deaf Moviegoers
  • Direct Cellars
  • Fairfax County, Department of Family Services
  • Fairfax County, Office of Human Rights
  • Fairfax County Sheriff's Office - FREE child identification and fingerprinting
  • Gallaudet University - Office of Admissions and Outreach
  • Gallaudet University - Peer Mentor Program
  • Happy Hands - Deaf Seniors
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Joan's Knitted Dolls
  • Lesner Hearing Center
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc
  • Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association
  • Otolaryngology Associates
  • RAZ Mobility
  • Silent meadow
  • Virginia Association of the Deaf, Inc
  • Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness - Va Deaf-Blind Project
  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • Yellow Leaf Yoga

Updated April 6, 2017

Raffle tickets on sale now through
Celebrate Communication on April 22.

$5.00/ TICKET or FIVE TICKETS for $20.00

Tickets SOLD ONLY at NVRC Office and at
DRAWING WILL BE at 1:15 pm on April 22nd

You do not need to be present to win!

RAFFLE Includes 3 Nights at a Private Rehoboth Beach Delaware Condo and 1 Large Gift Basket.

Description of Condo:

  • Spring Lake Condominiums – Sussex County, DE
  • 3.5 hours drive from Washington DC area
  • Located off of Coastal Hwy One between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.
  • 15 minute walk to ocean, 15 minute walk to downtown Rehoboth Beach ( 5 minute drive)

Rehoboth has many activities for all ages.  Restaurants, Boardwalk, Beach Walks, Bike and Scooter rentals, Kite Rentals, Outlet Malls, Art Galleries, Concerts, Visitor Center. Ferry service to Cape May New, Jersey from Lewes.  45 minutes north of Ocean City

Cozy ground floor end unit (no stairs).  Free and ample parking.  Exterior patio faces beautiful pond.

One Bedroom (King bed), Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living Room.  1 and ½ Baths with walk-in shower.  Fully furnished kitchen and laundry facilities. Two TVs with cable.  Wifi available.  Swimming pool use available in season. Electric outdoor grill. Beach chairs, towels and sheets provided.

Winner can reserve condo as available between May – December 2017


  • Beverage & Glasses
  • Maps and Tourist Information for Rehoboth
  • Dolled Candy
  • Sun Lotion
  • Beach Towel
  • Calendar
  • Notecards
  • and more  . . . . . .

All raffle proceeds for Northern Virginia. Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons.


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February 24, 2017

Gallaudet University’s Doctoral Degree in Audiology Program will hold a “Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) Assessment Day” at the University at 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC in the Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC) building on Saturday April 1, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

The purpose of the day is to help you assess your communication needs and “test drive” Hearing Assistive Technologies that can improve your communication at home, work, and leisure.

There is no cost for participation in this program, and no obligation to purchase anything from Gallaudet. However, you must pre-register for the program to participate. Register quickly: maximum capacity will be 15: five participants for each of the three sessions.

You can sign up for one of three 90-minute sessions at 8:30 am, 10:30 am or 12:30 am on Saturday April 1. Each session will begin with coffee, snacks and an informal introduction. A team of two students will work with you for up to 60 minutes to explore your communication needs and technology options.

As an added bonus, each participant will be provided with handouts of basic HAT information and an opportunity to order the purchase of desired hearing assistive technology items “at cost” to Gallaudet.

All of the students and faculty will be able to communicate with you in either ASL or spoken English, and an FM will be provided upon request.

For more information, or to register, email or call 202-651-5335 and leave a message.



HLAA-DC is pleased to announce a program in which Dr. Carrie Nieman will discuss a program developed and pilot-tested in Baltimore that provides accessible and affordable hearing care. This program could be an important development, especially for low-income and vulnerable older adults for whom the cost of traditional hearing care is a major barrier.

Dr. Nieman is a resident in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and founding Executive Director of Access HEARS, a social enterprise committed to making hearing care accessible and affordable.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 29 at 2:00pm
Place: DC Public Library at Tenleytown (large meeting room), 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (less than a block from the Tenleytown Station on Metro’s Red Line).

Please see the PDF announcement attached below.

Please note that this invitation is open to all. Feel free to pass information about it to friends, colleagues, students, clients and others who you think may be interested.

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