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September 21, 2016Celebrating 40th Year Anniversary of Happy Hands!
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location:  Clyde's Willow Creek
42920 Broadlands Boulevard
Broadlands, VA 20148
Presentation will be provided by:
Eve Christian, Elaine Shaffer and Patricia Beech

Information: Cheryl & Rocky Rockburn at

Please RSVP by September 16, 2016 - attached is 40th Year Anniversary form

DOWNLOAD HH-40th-anniv-form



Greater Washington Asian Deaf Association 
Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner/20th Anniversary

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 6:30 P.M. to Midnight.
WHERE: Far East Restaurant
5055 Nicholson Lane, Rockville MD 20852

Contact: John Grannan, ""
Arisa Nakamori, ""
Website and Flyer:





USA Today
by Cogan Schneier July 12, 2014
Article Source

WASHINGTON — When Steve Walker was a student at Gallaudet University in the 1980s, he says, the school for the deaf and hard of hearing was a very different place than it is today.

When Walker studied at Gallaudet, students were advised not to venture outside the campus, because most people in the surrounding neighborhood didn't speak sign language. Students didn't feel welcome in the outside community, and struggled to communicate in restaurants where they couldn't understand the servers. As the school celebrates its 150th anniversary, Walker says that has changed.

These days, the northeast Washington neighborhood around the school, including the upscale Union Market food hall next to the campus and the bars and restaurants of nearby H Street, accommodates the deaf community. Walker works at the school as a sign language interpreter for students who are both blind and deaf. He uses what's called tactile interpreting, in which a student will hold his hands as he signs to understand him.

Walker says what is happening in the area around Gallaudet is a serious change in cultural sensitivity.

"Wow, there is a big shift in what I've seen," Walker says, raising his eyebrows as he signs. "Back in the '80s, when I was here, students basically did not feel welcome on H Street. But now, I see a lot of students, faculty and alumni going anywhere they want to go. And especially, it's nice to see people on H Street using American Sign Language to be able to communicate with us, because that makes us feel even more welcome."

Nearly 1,200 alumni registered for Gallaudet's 150th anniversary celebration and reunion on campus this past week.

Gallaudet is a mecca for deaf students, says Wendy Martin, who graduated in 1980. Martin, who hails from Alberta, Canada, says she knows people from all over the world who came to Washington to study at Gallaudet. The university has about 1,000 undergraduate students and nearly 900 employees, half of whom are deaf or hard of hearing.

Fred Weiner, assistant vice president for administration at Gallaudet, says businesses have realized it makes much more sense, and money, to welcome the deaf community than to ignore it.

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Join us on Saturday, September 28, 2013,

to Celebrate NVRC’s 25 Years of Service


Another Celebration for NVRC’s Anniversary! Celebrate Communication kicked off our 25 year anniversary; we hope you were there to enjoy our birthday cake!  Our next premier event is an elegant evening at George in Georgetown,

Directions to George

Join us on Saturday, September 28 from 5 to 8 pm at a private event open only to those with NVRC tickets.  Come see old friends to renew friendships and make new ones with the dedicated people who have supported NVRC through the years!

The Details:

Tickets:  $50.00 per person.  Deadline is September 25st.  You must have a ticket to join the party. (Receipt from the online purchase serves as your ticket, please print out and bring to event )

DEADLINE to purchase tickets was September 25, 2013.

The 25th person purchasing the tickets will win two free tickets for the event! (to be reimbursed at the party). Staff and board members not eligible.

Communication Access:  Two sign language interpreters.  To enhance communication, there will be good lighting and no music.

Dress:  Business attire   [mappress mapid="5"]

Refreshments:  Heavy hors d’oeuvres and the first drink will be provided for our celebrants. A cash bar will be available for additional drinks. All bartenders are volunteering their time, so tipping is encouraged.  Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Street parking, and 3 garages nearby. For public transportation, see “Directions to George” link below.

Directions to George

Georges Address:
3251 Prospect Street. NW , Courtyard
Washington, D.C. 20007

Coming Soon!

Watch for news on our other free NVRC 25th anniversary events:

  • Open House on Saturday,November 2 at NVRC
  • Open House/Annual Meeting on Saturday, December 7 at NVRC


[mappress mapid="5"]Come Join Us to Celebrate NVRC's 25 Years of Service

Save September 28th!  NVRC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held  5 PM to 8 PM at George in Georgetown: . This is a private event. Heavy hors d’oeuvres  and the first  drink will be provided for the celebrants. The venue will be set up with appropriate lighting and no music. Cash bar will be available for additional drinks. Street parking and two parking garages are available. Dress is cocktail/ suits.  Cost of tickets will be $50 per person.