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Co-sponsored by Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Radford University, and Outreach Services, VSDB

  • When? - Saturday, November 5, 2016,  9:30am – 2:30pm
  • Who? - For students grades 4 through 8 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students are welcome to bring 1 sibling in the same age group.
  • What? - A day of science activities and a great opportunity to meet students from other school divisions who are also blind/vi or deaf/hh. Special features: Science Educator, Brita Hampton of Jefferson Lab; Betti Thompson of VA Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will share info about the Technical Assistance Program (TAP – alerting devices, special telephones, etc. for the home) and Jill Tomlinson of the VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired will share information regarding DBVI with families, 1:30-2:30!
  • Where? -  Radford University, Hulbert Building (more commonly referred to as “The Bonnie”), 2nd Floor, Rooms 428, 249, and 250 (also known as the Hulbert Combo)
  • How Do We Register? -  Complete registration form in Google Forms at: (you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line) or send paper registration to be received before Monday, October 31, 2016. See registration form for more details.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at  or (540) 414-5249.  Hope to see you there!

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Registration Deadline - November 5, 2015.

Science with Jefferson Labs - Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:30 – 2:30. - This one-day Science event is for students from public schools, grades 4 – 8 who are deaf or hard of hearing using any communication method/language.  It is co-sponsored by Outreach Services, VSDB and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Education Services.  Science educator Brita Hampton from Jefferson Labs will be the instructor.  We are allowing each student who is deaf/hh to bring one sibling into the Science activity, if the sibling is in the same age group (grades 4 through 8).  All activities will be presented in voiced English and interpreted in American Sign Language.

Family members will be free to explore Staunton in the morning, and will rejoin the students 1:30 – 2:30.  At that time, Jennifer McDonald of the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will demonstrate equipment from the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), featuring alerting devices for the home, special telephones for people with hearing loss, etc.

This is a great opportunity for students who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families to enjoy a fun and educational experience, and to meet others in their region

Where: 104 VSDB Drive, Staunton, VA. , on the campus of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB), Staunton, VA.

How Do We Register: Complete the registration form attached and return it before November 5, 2015. See registration form for details.

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Shelburne News, VT

The Explore Your Future (EYF) program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y., offers deaf and hard-of-hearing college-bound high school students who will begin their junior or senior year in the fall of 2015 a unique opportunity to experience life on a college campus, explore their interests, and sample various careers. This six-day, summer career-exploration program provides students with hands-on activities related to careers in art, business, computer science, engineering, health sciences, information technology, science, and more.

EYF sessions for summer 2015 run July 11‑16 and July 18‑23. On the final day of each session, parents attend a workshop that helps them prepare their student for life after high school.

Students can apply online at For more information, call (585) 475-6700, (585) 743-1366 (videophone) or email The application deadline is May 31.

RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf offers educational programs and access and support services to 1,200 hard-of-hearing and deaf students who live, study and work with more than 15,000 hearing students on RIT’s campus. Visit for more information.





The Virginia Guide By Your Side Program is hosting a regional Meet & Greet for families of young children (0-10 years old) who are deaf/hard of hearing on Saturday, October 18 at John Tyler Community College, Chester campus from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. If you know of any families whose children are deaf/hard of hearing and under 10 years of age, and especially those who live within driving distance to Chester, please share the attached flyer.

At this free Meet & Greet, families can:

  • Meet other families,
  • Visit local and state exhibitors, including HankMillard, Coordinator of Special Education and Parent Involvement at VDOE
  • Pick up free resources and materials,
  • Learn more about (and play with) service dogs,
  • Get expert advice on communication modalities,
  • Snack on refreshments, and
  • Enjoy seeing their children play with other children who are d/hh!

Meet & Greet events in Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach were each attended by 20+ families.  GBYS must have at least 15 families register by October 10 or this event may be cancelled.  Please encourage families to RSVP by October 15, 2014.  

Parents may register by emailing Irene Schmalz at or by calling Daphne Miller at 1-866-493-1090 

Additional questions can be directed to Irene Schmalz at

Learn more about the GBYS program and its resources by visiting (click on Family to Family Network tab; click on Guide By Your Side link on left).

Videos of families participating in the previous Meet & Greets can be found at (click on Resources tab; click on Videos link on left; scroll down to Hearing Impairment videos; use the blue arrow buttons to advance to more videos).