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The National UAE - United Arab Emirates
By Asmaa Al Hameli
March 16, 2015

Shaikha Mohammed has some big dreams to chase. One day, she plans to pursue a degree in interior design. All the 28-year-old Emirati needs is a chance to prove herself.

That is not easy, however, as Ms Mohammed is almost completely deaf. She struggles to understand what others hear easily and must rely on lip reading and sign language.

Sipping a latte at a Pappa Roti cafe in Abu Dhabi, she explains through her signer: “I am not completely deaf, I can hear a little.”

Then she begins talking about her upbringing. “We are seven children,” she says in sign language. “Four boys and three sisters. Three of us are deaf.”

She learnt sign language at Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs.

She studied until high school but it was at this point that her formal education ended.

“I can’t go to university because there is none for people like me,” she says with a laugh.

“I would love to study abroad, but I need someone from [the] family to accompany me.”

Her deafness has left her speech impaired to such an extent that it deprives her of basic interaction with her compatriots and others at social gatherings.

Read more  . . . . deaf community EAU



Huff Post Entertainment
by Lydia L. Callis
Feb 17, 2015

Over the past couple weeks, the #DeafTalent movement spread like wildfire across social media. Using this hashtag, members of the Deaf community publicly spoke out against the cultural appropriation of deafness in movies and TV. With so many talented deaf/HoH performer working to catch their big break in Hollywood, it is inexcusable that hearing actors and actresses continue being cast for these roles. Deaf parts belong to deaf performers -- people who understand the experience of hearing loss and can accurately portray deaf characters. Just as blackface is not an acceptable way to depict a black character, having a non-deaf actor pretend to be deaf is irresponsible, unethical, and offensive.

The #DeafTalent hashtag began making waves after a NY Daily News interview with Catalina Sandino Moreno raised red flags in the Deaf community. Moreno, a hearing actress, was cast to play a deaf woman in the leading role of her new film Medeas. But in the NYDN interview, it became clear that Moreno has had very little exposure to deafness or Deaf culture.

Read More . . . #DeafTalent

NVRC Spring FlingIt's Almost Spring Fling Time!

NVRC posted 2/6/2014
updated 3/13/2014
updated 3/26/2014

For NVRC's Spring Fling and Community Forum!


Plans are finalized for the Spring Fling and Community Forum! Please be sure to take our online survey and let us know what kinds of programs you would like to see in our accessible meeting room.  The results of the survey will be discussed at the Forum, (10:00-11:30). 

RSVP here for Lunch which will be available for $10.00 per person (children 6 and under eat free), including a drink from our snack bar. (12 noon – 2:00)

Community Information and Services Tables

Special Thanks to:
for supporting
our Spring Fling event

The following sponsors will have printed information available all day during the event:

1. ALDA 8. Deaf Access
2. Harris Communications Catalog 9. NVAD
3. Lesner Hearing Center 10. Northern VA Cued Speech Assoc.
4. AT&T Virginia Relay 11. Providing Access to Healthcare (PAH)
5. Statewide Interagency Team (SIT) 12. Sorenson Communications
 6. VDDHH - VA Relay CapTel 13. Cochlear
7.  HLAA  14. Happy Hands

Door Prize  

Play the NVRC Milestones door prize game and enter your answer card
for a chance to win a computer desk from Office Depot.

Desk door prize


Raffle Items

Here's a list of what you have a chance to win:
Tickets for raffle items will be  $1 each.
Drawing starts at 1:30 PM Sat. April 5th.

1. Quilt 10. Zephyr Hearing Aid Dryer
2. $50 Sephora gift card 11. Movie gift basket
3. $50 Trader Joes gift card 12. "Hark" the Gnome
4. $50 Container Store gift card 13. $25 Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card
5. $50 basket of Godiva Easter chocolates 14. $50 Nando’s Restaurant gift card
6. $120 restaurant gift cards 15. $50 eggspectation  Restaurant gift card
7. A pair of knitted bears 16. $75 Haircut at Zoe Salon & Spa
8. Knitted monkey 17. $25 Barnes and Noble gift card
9. Knitted elephant 18.  $50 restaurant gift cards($25 Great American Rest., and $25 Olive Garden)
KnittedDolls Quilt_raffle ALDAraffle


Hope to see you here!

Meeting Room Entrance

Event Location:
3951 Pender Drive,
Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030

certlogoFall Classes for Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Fairfax County is offering three CERT Basic training classes in the FALL. Two identical classes will be conducted at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy (4600 West Ox Road). The first class is held on Mondays, beginning  Sept 9th, and the second on Wednesdays, beginning  Sept 11th.  Each class will have eight (8) sessions, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There is a good mix classroom instruction with practice drills and exercises to enhance skill learning. These class utilizing the fire academy training facilities and instructors.

A third CERT class will be conducted in the community at the Great Springfield Volunteer Fire Station 22 (7011 Backlick Road) beginning on Wednesday Sept 11th. This class has eight (8) sessions, 7:00pm to 9:30 pm.  The classroom instruction is the same as the Academy classes, but the class size and hands-on instruction is limited by the available facilities.

CERT Basic training does not require any special physical strength or agility. Safety and preparedness is stressed throughout the course of instruction. This training is FREE. The CERT program furnishes personal protective equipment for the training that the students retain upon completion of the class.

People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace.

When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the preparedness and safety of the community.

You can enroll in any of these three classes by going to the Fairfax County CERT website: Register as a new volunteer and when confirmed you can login and register for CERT class 73, 74 or 75.

For further information contact the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Coordinator’s Office, 703-246-3926.

Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030;; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. You do not need permission to share this information, but please be sure to credit NVRC.  This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.



Black Deaf Community and Interpreters
• As part of Black History Month, everyone is invited to a forum between the Black Deaf Community and interpreters to share insights and challenges about the use and provision of interpreting services to this by and to this community, Saturday, February 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the SLCC Atrium.

SLCC is Sorenson Language and Communication Center

For maps and directions:

NVRC Annual Meeting & A Snapshot of 2012

Thursday, December13,2012

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Altizer Meeting Room



  • Short Stories from the Staff

  • Election of Board Members

  • Holiday Treats / Door Prizes

  • A Sneak Peak at 2013

  • Quilt Raffle 

We invite you to be our special guest at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 13 from 7 to 9 pm here at NVRC. Please come so we have a chance to thank you publicly for yoursupport. With the still-troubled economy, your donations made an enormous difference.  It is important to us that we take time to thank you and others who have demonstrated the true spirit of giving. Another year has flown by, and what a year it has been!  We have never been busier.  The Annual Meeting will be quite a celebration and I know you’ll enjoy the personal stories from our staff.  We will take a look at the past year and some future plans for the Center, ending with a very brief annual business meeting to re-elect members to the Board of Directors for 2013.  Come and meet our staff, enjoy our slide show and dig into our traditional holiday appetizers and treats!Please let us know if you will be able to attend by sending an RSVP by e-mail to or calling one of the staff at:
703-352-9055, 703-352-9056 (TTY), 571-350-8075 or 866-946-4902 (VP)For directions to NVRC: look forward to seeing you onThursday, December 13th!Warm regards,

Quilt Raffle2012 Quilt Raffle


Are you a Member of NVRC?

Join us for a FREE Members Only Breakfast provided especially in honor of YOU!

This is our way of saying "Thank You!" for all you do to support NVRC.  The Members Only Breakfast is held from 9-10 am on the morning of Celebrate Communication.  Here is your chance to mingle with (current and former) members of the Board of Directors, meet old friends and make new ones while enjoying a hot cup of coffee and some fresh morning treats from Panera Bread.

  • Time: 9 am - 10 am
  • Day: Morning of Celebrate Communication
    Saturday, May 12, 2012
  • Where: 3rd Floor, Center for the Arts Building
    (take the elevator located at the far end of the lobby across from the entrance)

All members of NVRC who are current with a paid membership as of May 9th are eligible to participate.

Membership status will be checked at the door on May 12th.

Sponsored By:
Our thanks to Panera Catering for providing a delicious array of bagels, breakfast sweets and coffee for this special event for the 5th consecutive year.

Hosted By:
This event is hosted each year by the Ambassadors Club.  The Ambassadors Club is made up of former Board Members who served on the NVRC Board of Directors thoughout the years.

Join NVRC or Renew your membership today!