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Saturday, April 22, 2017 • 10 AM to 2 PM

LOCATION:  Northern Virginia Community College • Ernst Community Cultural Center/Gymnasium • 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

Celebrate Communication is the area's premier information fair for anyone with an interest in or connection to hearing loss.

Last year we had over 40 vendors will be offering free information on a wide variety of resources including State and local government programs, cutting edge technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, ASL and Cued Speech, hearing dogs, and many more.

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The Blog
by Mark Drolsbaugh
Author, public speaker, and Deaf advocate


“Yep,” the audiologist confirmed. “Your son does indeed have a hearing loss.”

“That makes sense,” I said. “I’m Deaf, Melanie’s Deaf. I guess our kid’s not going to skip the family curse.”

Melanie and I smiled. After a brief pause, so did the audiologist. For a moment I wondered if she thought there was something wrong with us. It must have been odd for her to witness a nonchalant response along the lines of “How about that? Another Deaf Drolsbaugh.”


The audiology exam was the easy part. The hard part was the first IEP meeting the following school year. Melanie and I walked into that with no idea what to expect.

We got ambushed.

School staff, administrators, and representatives from the school district took turns telling us what to do with our Deaf child.


Read more . . . Parents of Deaf Children



Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate closes as campaigners say widening attainment gap between deaf and hearing pupils ‘totally unacceptable’

the guardian
by Sally Weale, Education correspondent
4 January 2016

Deaf children are being let down by the education system, with growing numbers of specialist schools closing and too many vulnerable pupils struggling in mainstream settings, according to campaigners.

The Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate, Kent, which was the oldest deaf school still operating in the UK, dating back to 1792, is the latest to close its doors after administrators were called in in December.

The closure comes amid growing concern about poor academic attainment among deaf children, who achieve considerably lower GCSE results than their hearing peers. According to the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), 36% of deaf children achieve the government’s benchmark for five good GCSEs at A* to C compared with 65% of hearing children with no special educational needs.

Read more . . . UK Deaf School



Disability Scoop
February 13, 2015

As Congress debates the role of testing, a new report finds that schools with the greatest accountability for students with disabilities are most likely to promote inclusion.

Schools held to more stringent academic reporting standards are more likely to deliberately transition kids with disabilities from self-contained to mainstream classrooms, according to the study from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences.

The findings suggest that educators may be more motivated to help students with disabilities achieve alongside their typically-developing peers when schools must account for progress.

Under federal education law, schools must regularly measure and report on the academic performance of students with disabilities as part of their obligation to make adequate yearly progress. However, the requirement is waived for some schools if their population of students with disabilities falls below a minimum threshold set by states.

Looking at schools in 12 states, researchers found that elementary schools that always reported on the progress of their students with disabilities purposefully moved children from segregated to regular classrooms at a rate that was 15.8 percentage points higher than those who never made such accountability reports. Among middle schools, the difference rose to 16.7 percentage points, the study found.

For the report, schools were asked in 2011 about the previous five years. Researchers also reviewed federal government data for the years 2005 to 2008 to identify schools considered “always accountable” — those that had to report on students with disabilities each year — and schools that never had to provide accountability during the time period.

Read More  . . . Inclusion 



Order Your VSDB History Book

Only 250 copies will be printed and books will be sold for $60 each. There will be 219 pages in the first section (Bass’ Book) and 249 pages in the second part (for a total of 468 pages) with 313 photographs liberally interspersed throughout the book, 144 in the first part and 169 in the second part. Most of the book will be printed in color with some black/white photos on 8.5” x 11” pages, with hard covers (see the photo at the right).

There is a $7.00 additional charge for shipping.

Please contact Race Drake, or VP: 540-416-0017 if you have any questions about this book.

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Western Oregon University to Become Hub for Deaf-Blind Resources

By Joce DeWitt, Statesman Journal, 10/13/2013

Thanks to a $10.5 million grant that will come over the next five years, the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University hopes to establish itself as the central hub for knowledge and resources for education of youths suffering from deaf and blindness.

The institute received the federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to operate the National Center for Deaf-Blindness.

Director Jay Gense said the center has been in operation at WOU for years and was well-poised to receive the grant.

“We’re thrilled, of course,” Gense said.

The center in Monmouth is the only one for deaf-blindness funded by the Department of Education, which, for Gense, only makes the award sweeter.

That it’s based in Oregon is cool; that it’s based in WOU, a small university compared to other state universities, is unique, he said. “Just the fact it’s really here is pretty amazing.”

The center at WOU will act as the core of a national network of deaf-blind resource programs located in every state.

“It’s an infrastructure that kids and families and those that serve them have access to research and expertise no matter where they are,” Gense said.

According to information released by Western Oregon University, there are 10,000 infants, children and young people across the country living with deaf-blindness and only 70 in Oregon. Almost 90 percent of those have additional disabilities.

There are fewer cases of deaf-blindness than any other disability in the United States, which leads to isolation for children who do live with it

“There literally are more school districts in this country than kids who are deaf-blind, which means there aren’t a lot of people who know what they need to know to educate these kids,” Gense said.

Still, there’s been a positive cultural shift in the past 10 years. Instead of sending children to far-flung schools, they are receiving education locally.

Therefore, two of the center’s priorities are to make sure children are not isolated and to leverage resources: If there are resources or knowledge available in one state, there is no reason to duplicate it in another, Gense said.

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Exhibits you won't want to miss...

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  • Fairfax County Disability Services Planning & Development
  • Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Gallaudet Peer Mentoring Program
  • Guide by Your Side
  • GMU/Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities/Virginia Family Special Education Connection
  • Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
  • Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association
  • NVRC Outreach
  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
  • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • NVRC Outreach
  • Washington Metro Area Transit (METRO)
Note: To receive your reduced fare card at Celebrate Communication you will need to download the application
and have your audiologist sign off on your hearing loss BEFORE coming to Celebrate Communication. 
If you are a Senior (65 or older) you will need your government-issued ID
For more information go to the METRO reduced fare website

Professional Services

  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • PAH - Providing Access to Healthcare
  • Verbatim Captioning Services
  • Team Waldo Realty
  • Laurie Mitchell Empowerment & Career Center 

For more information and a full list of exhibitors

please visit our website Exhibitor Page

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Celebrate Communication 2013

Saturday May 11, 2013

10 am - 3 pm

George Mason Univ. Center for the Arts

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vaThanks to Leslie Prince, VDDHH, 2/13/2013

HB1344 (Bell) The House version of the Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights has been approved (vote 40-0) by the Senate with an amendment (changes Individualized Education Program to individualized education program).  It has been sent back to the House for a vote on the bill with this amendment.

SB1097 (Hanger) – This Senate version was reported from the Committee on Education on a vote of 22-0.  A final vote in the House is expected today.

This bill may need to be conformed to (made to match) HB1344 as amended by the Senate.

At this point, there are no votes against either bill in the House or the Senate.

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By DOUGLAS QUENQUA, NY Times 12/3/2012

Imagine trying to learn biology without ever using the word “organism.” Or studying to become a botanist when the only way of referring to photosynthesis is to spell the word out, letter by painstaking letter.

For deaf students, this game of scientific Password has long been the daily classroom and laboratory experience. Words like “organism” and “photosynthesis” — to say nothing of more obscure and harder-to-spell terms — have no single widely accepted equivalent in sign language. This means that deaf students and their teachers and interpreters must improvise, making it that much harder for the students to excel in science and pursue careers in it.

“Often times, it would involve a lot of finger-spelling and a lot of improvisation,” said Matthew Schwerin, a physicist with the Food and Drug Administration who is deaf, of his years in school. “For the majority of scientific terms,” Mr. Schwerin and his interpreter for the day would “try to find a correct sign for the term, and if nothing was pre-existing, we would come up with a sign that was agreeable with both parties.”

Now thanks to the Internet — particularly the boom in online video — resources for deaf students seeking science-related signs are easier to find and share. Crowdsourcing projects in both American Sign Language and British Sign Language are under way at several universities, enabling people who are deaf to coalesce around signs for commonly used terms.

This year, one of those resources, the Scottish Sensory Centre’s British Sign Language Glossary Project, added 116 new signs for physics and engineering terms, including signs for “light-year,”  (hold one hand up and spread the fingers downward for “light,” then bring both hands together in front of your chest and slowly move them apart for “year”), “mass” and “X-ray” (form an X with your index fingers, then, with the index finger on the right hand, point outward).

...continue reading "Pushing Science’s Limits in Sign Language Lexicon"

NVRC Fact Sheets are downloadable PDF documents. 

Hearing Loss

Hearing Aids

Caregivers and Parent Resources

Hearing Dogs

Cochlear Implants

Assistive Listening Devices and Technology

How to File a Closed Captioned Complaint

Interpreters and Transliterators

The following Tip Sheets are from the ADA Information Center:
  and the DOJ's ADA website:

The following Standard Practice Papers are from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID):

Technology Fact Sheets


  •  Ameriphone VCO
  • CapTel Phone
  • Clarity Cordless Phones
  • Crystal Tone Phone

Signaling Devices

  • Alert Master Combination 
  • Baby Crying Signaler
  • Ringmax Amplified Ringer
  • Shake Awake Vibrating Alarm Clock
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Sonic Alert Door Bell Signaler
  • Sonic Boom Alarm Clock and Bed Shaker


  •  In-Line Amplifier for Phones
  • Portable Telephone Amplifiers
  • UniVox 2A+ Home Cushion Loop Amplifier 
  • PockeTalker

Music and Television

  • Music Link
  • Music Link Dual
  • Neck Loop and T-Links
  • Television Devices

TTY Devices

  • TTY Ultratec Superprint
  • Uniphone TTY and Amplified Phone

Loan2Own Program