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Outreach Services

NVRC Outreach Services

Empowerment through education is a major part of NVRC’s mission. Our programs in the community bring information and resources to people with hearing loss, introducing them to a range of possible solutions to improve the quality of their lives. These programs include:

NVRC also offers educational programs in our large, all-access meeting room which is equipped with an audio loop. CART is also offered at our programs, as well as sign language interpreters. Recent program topics at NVRC include:

  • Hearing Loss & Dementia
  • Making Your Home Accessible and Safe

“Mis-Communication or Missed Communication? – The Challenges of Hearing Loss” awareness trainings are also given to agencies, organizations, and businesses. These trainings are designed primarily for the hearing community: employers, caregivers, planners, business leaders, emergency responders, and others about the impact of deafness and hearing loss on communication.

One-on-one hearing screenings and mentoring are also key elements of our outreach services. A screening helps determine if you could benefit from having a comprehensive hearing evaluation by an audiologist. This free service gives individuals an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and get information specific to their needs. Screenings are offered in the community and at NVRC.

NVRC can also be found promoting all of its outreach and other services at health fairs, information expos, and local conventions.

Click below to find out what is happening in your area!

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VA TAP Program

Virginia Technology Assistance Program (TAP)

What is the Technology Assistance Program (TAP)?

Offered by the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) TAP provides telecommunication equipment to qualified applicants whose disabilities prevent them from using a standard telephone.

Who is eligible for TAP?

To qualify for the program, you must be deaf, hard of hearing, Deafblind, or speech disabled. You must also be a Virginia resident and meet income eligibility requirements that are based on household income and family size. While there are no age restrictions, all applications from minors must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian.

How does the program work?

Equipment is provided to qualified individuals on a Loan-to-Own (L2O) basis. This gives qualified recipients up to 30 days to decide whether to keep, exchange, or return the equipment. If following the 30-day period, the recipient feels the device enables him or her to successfully communicate over the phone, he or she retains ownership of the device.

Assistive devices available through TAP L2O include:

  • TTY’s (text telephones)
  • Amplified telephones
  • Voice Carry Over (VCO) phones
  • CapTel®, captioning telephones
  • Outgoing speech amplifier phones
  • Signalers for the phone and door
  • Hearing Carry Over (HCO) phones
  • Other devices available by special request

Virginia Veterans with a hearing or speech loss and have documentation of their Honorable Discharge (form DD-214) automatically qualify for TAP equipment at no cost.

Note: All devices through TAP carry a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, and training on use of the equipment is available. TAP participants can apply for new equipment every four years.

To receive more information contact Debbie Jones at:
Call or Email: Voice: 703-352-9055 • Videophone: 571-350-8656 Email:

Technology Services


Hearing Aids
How do you know if you might need a hearing aid?  What should you look for when choosing a hearing aid?  Should you work with an audiologist or a hearing aid specialist?  What is a telecoil, and should you get one in your hearing aid?  For information on these questions and more, click here. 

Cochlear Implants
How does a Cochlear Implant work? Am I ready for a Cochlear Implant? How do I get a Cochlear Implant? Does insurance cover Cochlear Implants? For information on these questions, click here.

NVRC's Assistive Technology Demonstration Center
NVRC has an Assistive Technology Demonstration Center. We have devices on display that are designed to enhance the quality of life for persons with hearing loss. This gives you an opportunity for a hands-on experience with the equipment before you buy.  click here for more information.

Virginia Technology Assistance Program
The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) established the Technology Assistance Program (TAP) to provide assistance to Virginia residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or speech-impaired in getting the telephone equipment they need to stay or become more independent. Click Here 
or download PDF Fact Sheet  for more information.

Relay Services
What is the Relay Service?  How does it work?  Who uses the Relay?
For answers to these questions and more, click here.

NVRC Fact Sheets
Check out our Fact Sheets on Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants, and more!

Interpreting Services

Interpreting & Transliterating Services

NVRC is excited to offer our interpreting and transliterating program as an enhancement to the services we provide.Since 1988, NVRC has been empowering deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement.

In response to consumer feedback, we have created this new program which will focus on affordable communication support for area residents and their families.Proceeds of the interpreting services program will go back to services for the community.

NVRC will be able to work with low-income individuals and other non-profit organizations by providing low-cost interpreting and transliterating services.                                                        

To request services call 703-865-4444

OR Email

Cost &

IMPORTANT – Please Read the Following Terms of Service

Acceptance: NVRC works to ensure that you receive the best services to meet your communication needs. Should you be dissatisfied with services rendered, you must provide written notice to NVRC within three business days upon the completion of the assignment.

Invoicing / Billing: NVRC accepts the following payment methods: Checks and PayPal.  If you need to pay another way please call 703-865-4444 and we will work with you. All clients will be responsible for ensuring payment occurs within 30 days of receipt of invoice. Accounts that are more than 60 days old will incur  5{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} interest for every 30 days of delinquency until the invoice is paid in full.

Cancellations: Cancellations must be made in writing to -
Any cancellation not made with two full business days notice will be billed in full. 

Number of Interpreters: Any assignment of more than one and a half hours may require two interpreters depending on content of assignment and other factors. 

Interpreting and Transliterating Services – Price Agreement 

*Services are billed at a two hour minimum. 

**Price is per interpreter

General Services ** EmergencyServices **
Assignments with more than two (2) full business days’ notice Assignments with less than two (2) full business days’ notice
$95.00 per hour * $130.00 per hour *

*All services are billed at a two-hour minimum and are per interpreter.

To request services call 703-865-4444 or by Email to:

We Work

Our interpreters and transliterators come from diverse backgrounds and experiences allowing us to serve a variety of needs.  NVRC can provide interpreters and transliterators in the following settings:

  • Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Legal
  • Private Businesses
  • Federal and Local Government
  • Social Service
  • Performing Arts
  • Education

We work with a variety of consumers who may need specialized services such as:

  • DeafBlind Interpreting
  • Tactile Interpreting
  • Close-Vision Interpreting
  • Cued Language Transliteration
  • Oral Transliteration


Sign language interpreting makes communication possible between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who can hear.  Interpreting is a complex process that requires a high degree of linguistic, cognitive and technical skills in both English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Sign language interpreting, like spoken language interpreting, involves more than simply replacing a word of spoken English with a signed representation of that English word.  ASL has its own grammatical rules, sentence structure and cultural nuances.  Interpreters must thoroughly understand the subject matter in which they work so that they are able to convert information from one language, known as the source language, into another, known as the target language.

In addition, interpretations can incorporate cultural information associated with the languages used.  For more information goto: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

Cued Speech

Cued Speech is a mode of communication based on the phonemes and properties of traditionally spoken languages. Cueing allows users who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have language/communication disorders to access the basic, fundamental properties of spoken languages through the use of vision.
(taken from the National Cued Speech Association’s website)


Access Fund

NVRC is pleased to announce the creation of our "Communication Access Fund". The fund provides organizations and low income individuals with CART services and Sign Language Interpreters on a sliding scale. Backed by donations, this fund provides support to ensure the Deaf and hard of hearing Community of Northern Virginia have interpreters or CART when needed. (Donations to this fund are tax deductible.)

Learn More . . . and Donate to Communication Access Fund