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Saturday, May 2, 2:00 pm

43316 Hay Road
Ashburn, VA 20147


Cece Bell is an author/illustrator of several books for children including the Sock Monkey series and Crankee Doodle (with Tom Angleberger). Her latest book, El Deafo, is a 2015 Newbery Honor Book. It is a graphic memoir which recounts her childhood experiences with hearing loss and hearing aids. An American Sign Language interpreter will be present. Following the author’s presentation there will be a Q & A and a book sale & signing. For all ages.

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The Hill
December 12, 2014
By Ramsey Cox

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who authored the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), bid farewell to the Senate after 30 years of service.

Harkin said government is about “giving hope to the hopeless.”

“I believe when I make it to the top, one of our government’s prime responsibilities is to leave the ladder down for others to follow,” Harkin said on the Senate floor Friday. “There needs to be rungs in that ladder, and that’s what government is for.

Harkin said no matter how hard some people tried, they still weren’t able to make it up that ladder, so Congress “built them a ramp” called the ADA.

The chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has been the leading advocate in the Senate for people with disabilities, especially since Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) passed away.

"His legacy is secure," ranking member Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said. "It will be a long time until there is a greater champion for Americans with disabilities."

The senator used the sign language symbol for “I love you” to describe how he felt about the Senate. He also said he wanted to leave the Senate by teaching everyone the sign for "America." Harkin’s brother is deaf.

"Put your fingers together like that and move it in circles in front of your body. That's it pages, you've got it," Harkin said. "This is the sign for America."

Harkin announced his retirement nearly two years ago. Since then, he pushed the Senate to vote on an increase in the federal minimum wage, student loan reforms and the authorization of a U.N. disability treaty. Republicans blocked those efforts. He said Congress should still work on these issues, in addition to increasing employment for people with disabilities, expanding Social Security and creating a public exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.




Pocono Record
By Jacquline Hanna
For the Pocono Record
Posted Dec. 10, 2014

Paul Gordon Jacobs visited East Stroudsburg University for two days recently to talk about his research and his book, “Neither-Nor.” Both presentations were well-received by a huge audience.

ESU faculty member Susan Miller invited Jacobs to speak about his book and his research that he has been doing over the last 10 years in the United States. He taught at Gallaudet, a college with a curriculum for the hearing impaired, for the past year and left because he felt his views differed from the professors who taught there.

In 2009, he received his PhD. at the University of Melbourne in education. During the first night at ESU, he presented his research of what will become his second book. The working title is “Adversity and Resilience.” In this book, Jacobs will discuss how deaf people need to push through their hardships to live in the hearing world. Although many face this difficult time, he has come up with a strategic plan to help the deaf accomplish their goals in life.

Jacobs talked about famous deaf people who can be an inspiration for those who need it. The deaf have contributed to society like Thomas Edison and Annie Jump Canon. His goal is to reduce anxiety, so the deaf can think rationally about their choices. -

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October 19, 2014
2:00 PM
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike • Fairfax, VA 22031

Rebecca Alexander visits JCCNV on Sunday, October 19.  Thirty-five-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Her first book, Not Fade Awayis a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical.  Her brother, NBC reporter Peter Alexander, recently did a story about his sister on The Today Show.

This event is in partnership with the JCCNV’s Special Needs Department and Special Needs Book Club.
Jessica Tischler will arrange for an ASL interpreter if there is a request.  Contact Jessica at

Books are now available for sale at the JCCNV front desk.
Not Fade Away: $27.00 + 1.62 (6{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} sales tax) = $28.62. Book signing following event.
Buy a book at the JCCNV by 4pm on October 15 and receive TWO complimentary admissions to the October 19 event with Rebecca.

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Washington Post
Comic Riffs
By Michael Cavna September 23

‘EL DEAFO’: With her first (and so funny) graphic novel,
deaf Va. artist CECE BELL hopes her tale will help others

IT IS A STORY Cece Bell knew she wanted to tell, and believed it was something she should share. But it took decades of discovery and experience, and then artistic growth and parenthood, to get to a place where she was ready to put it to paper.

At age 4, Bell suffered a brief bout with meningitis that left her “severely to profoundly deaf.” Soon she was wearing hearing aids, and a large Phonic Ear across her chest. As her life, too, began to change profoundly, she created an alter-ego – El Deafo! – who, amid a child’s sense of vulnerability and uncertainty, was determined to feel empowered by her being “different.”

Now, at age 43, Bell has introduced her superheroic self to the world in her emotionally truthful graphic-novel debut — titled, naturally, “El Deafo”(Amulet). As memoir, it is a work that demanded its own journey.

“I think the story was easier to tell, since I knew the material inside and out, and I’ve pretty much spent my whole life trying to make sense of some of the things that happened to me,” Bell tells The Post’s Comic Riffs (ahead of her appearance Wednesday morning at Washington’s Politics & Prose bookstore, and tomorrow afternoon at One More Page Books in Arlington, Va.) . “But the [five-year] execution of the book was probably the hardest project I’ve ever taken on in my life.

“I’ve said it so many times my throat hurts: I don’t see how the graphic novelists in this world make more than one of these things in one lifetime!”

Bell was born in Richmond, and “El Deafo” recounts her childhood growing up near Roanoke. Her Virginia roots run through her work in many ways, including the very illustration itself. She created the inviting art of “El Deafo” with Eisner-winning colorist David Lasky, whom she and her husband met while attending the College of William & Mary.

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