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Future Quest 2015 
SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday,  November 14, 2015
George Mason University in the Johnson Center (Fairfax campus)
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Future Quest is a FREE College and Career Forum for students with disabilities, parents, and professionals.

Pre-registration will begin in the Fall of 2015.   What to know more?  Visit

Participants will have the opportunity to spend time on Mason’s incredible Fairfax campus, select from a variety of workshops about Options After High School, Employment, Assistive Technology, and College and Career Planning.  The keynote speaker, Justin Graves will inspire participants to use their passion to help others by focusing on their abilities.  The Resource Fair will give participants the opportunity to browse community supports and services and better understand available resources as they transition to life.

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Two Weeks Left to Apply for the John Hudson Internship Program

The John Hudson Internship Program provides paid summer internships for college students and recent graduates with disabilities to work in Fairfax County Government.  Application materials are due on April 17, 2015. For more information, please contact Jill Clark at or 703-324-5874, TTY 703-449-1186.

Disability Services Planning and Development
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Voice: 703-324-5874     TTY: 703-449-1186



The Mesa Legend
by Shanteal Collins

Some students at Mesa Community College say when it comes to communicating with deaf individuals, they aren’t exactly sure how to do that.  Although grabbing a pen and paper would be most people’s gut reaction, there is a little more to it than just relying on the written word: a habit that hearing individuals are so accustomed to.  Most people are not aware that the deaf culture exists as a culture.

For most students, the definition of a culture includes language, customs, beliefs and  traditions being passed from one generation to the next although language seems to be the top criterion mentioned.  Mesa offers American Sign Language (and Alice Marino) said the biggest misconception students have going into her class is that ASL is an easy course.  Unfortunately, she said, sometimes those students are the ones that struggle the most.

Marino said she was guilty of having this same misconception but quickly adjusted and learned there was more to ASL and hopes that students can come away from her course with the general awareness of language and culture.  Just as learning any foreign language requires work, so does sign language.

Michelle Barto, an ASL instructor at MCC who is deaf, agrees that generally there are students taking sign language over German or Japanese because they believe it will be easier.  “Students believe it’s an easy class because they think it’s English underhand but it’s not,” she said. “People are either visual or auditory learners.”

Read more  . . . MCC



Your Pasadena News
Saturday, September 6, 2014
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San Jacinto College is now implementing a texting service for hearing impaired students and other emergency situations.

“A few years ago, the only way we could communicate to hearing impaired students who needed assistance was by literally writing back and forth on a pad of paper,” said Annette Stewart, San Jacinto College campus police telecommunications coordinator. “Sometimes they’d type out text messages on their phones and pass those back and forth. That gave us an idea to have an emergency texting service available. Now we have a dedicated phone line used for these texts requesting campus police assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Hearing impaired students can text 713-469-1071 to receive emergency assistance.

In addition to the new texting service, all three San Jacinto College campuses have Code Blue emergency phones installed in campus parking lots. These have been available since 1999. In 2012, video surveillance cameras were installed in campus parking lots as well as the district parking lot in order to enhance safety and provide documentation of activity occurring in the public spaces of the College. All San Jacinto College students, faculty, and staff have also been encouraged to save the College’s campus police direct emergency phone number, 281-476-9128, into their personal cell phones for any campus emergency.

This newest addition of an emergency texting line gives hearing impaired students a faster option to communicate with campus police directly from their location rather than having to go directly to their campus station. Once campus police receive the information, they can also notify a campus sign language interpreter to accompany them to the student’s location.

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News & Events

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Graduation from high school is an exciting time for many students and their families. But it does not take long for the reality of “what comes next?” to set in.  This month we will receive words of wisdom and caution from successful students and their parents.  We will also see what colleges need to do to prepare for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

From High School to College and Beyond

From High School to College and BeyondMay is a month for celebrating graduations and new beginnings.  Every year bright-eyed students graduate from high school and college and join the “real world.”  However, successful transition is not always trouble-free, and students often face unexpected challenges.

Pepnet 2 interviewed four students who are deaf or hard of hearing and who have successfully navigated the challenges of college and beyond.  We asked them to share their experiences.

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Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors or college students who have parents with disabilities.  A total of fifteen $1000 scholarships will be given out Fall 2014.  These scholarships are part of Through the Looking Glass’ National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families.  There are separate eligibility requirements for high school seniors and for college students:

1. High School Seniors.  To be eligible, a student must be a high school graduate (or graduating senior) by Summer 2014, have at least one parent with a disability, and be planning to attend an accredited technical or vocational school or a two- or four-year college in Fall 2014.  Those planning to attend a two- or four-year college should be pursuing an AA, AS, BA or BS degree.

2. College Students. To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled in an accredited technical or vocational school or a two- or four-year college with continued enrollment through Fall 2014, have at least one parent with a disability, and be 21 years of age or younger as of  March 17, 2014 .   Those enrolled in a two- or four-year college should be pursuing an AA, AS, BA or BS degree.

All application materials must be postmarked by March 17, 2014.  Individuals may submit only one application per award period. 

Selection criteria for all scholarships include academic performance, community activities and service, letter of recommendation and an essay describing the experience of growing up with a parent with a disability.  Five of the fifteen scholarships will also consider financial hardship and academic potential in addition to the other selection criteria.

Please go to our website: for more information, including the application form, complete application directions and an FAQ page that answers many common questions as well as offers helpful suggestions.

Through the Looking Glass
The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 120
Berkeley, CA 94703
(800) 644-2666
(510) 848-2005 (TTY)

Nation’s Only University for the Deaf Making Noise in College Football

By David Elfin, CBS-DC 11/5/2013
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Back in the 1970s when NFL rosters were smaller, Redskins coach George Allen used to exhort his players before kickoff with the impassioned motto, “47 men together can’t lose.”

Add seven men and that could be the slogan at this season at Gallaudet. The Bison are 8-0 and can clinch the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference title and their first Division III postseason berth by beating 2-6 Anna Maria at home on Saturday. Although at Gallaudet, the world’s only university for the deaf and hard of hearing, Allen’s words would be delivered in American Sign Language.

“We only have 54 guys,” said Chuck Goldstein, Gallaudet’s fourth-year coach, who says his best player is 5-foot-11, 170-pound Nick Elstad, who has played safety, running back and quarterback, returned kicks, covered them and held for them over the last two years. “That’s crazy. When I coached at Salisbury, we had 160 kids. I didn’t even know some of the kids on the other side of the ball. Having only 54 kids, makes us tighter than any other team, but we have to practice differently.”

The Bison only wear shoulder pads on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and even then, they don’t take full contact. Apparently, that’s not a problem on Florida Avenue where magic is happening this fall.

After overcoming a 14-point halftime deficit last Saturday, Gallaudet needed freshman Chris Papacek to block lowly Becker’s game-winning field goal try and senior Ryan Bonheyo to scoop up the ball and race 79 yards for the 40-34 victory that preserved the perfect season.

“At the beginning of the season, we could see we had plenty of talent and we had experienced leaders,” Bonheyo, a co-captain and running back who leads the Bison with nine touchdowns, said through an interpreter. “We had come up short the previous three years [while going 5-5, 5-5 and 7-2]. We’d never win the close games. This year we’re winning the close games [four of the last five by no more than eight points]. When we came to Gallaudet, our class knew we could do something special before we graduated. It’s finally showing.”

That’s for sure. The Bison average a whopping 326.6 rushing yards (to just 51 passing) while using an offense modeled after the triple option that Paul Johnson installed at Navy a decade ago.

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