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When? December 1, 12-1:30 p.m.

Where? 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA or 703-525-3268, please let us know of any accommodation needs.

One of the best pathways to gaining meaningful employment is through volunteering, as it can help enhance your personal skill-set, make new contacts, build your network, gain in-debt knowledge about a specific career, and strengthen your resume.

So stop by ECNV on December 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. for an interactive employment workshop presented by Angela Saiza Starling of Volunteer Fairfax, where she will discuss how her organization can match you with your ideal volunteering position.
This presentation will cover:

  • What is a volunteer center?
  • Pathways to employment
  • Ways to engage
  • Trivia

Volunteer Fairfax, has been building better community through service for more than 40 years. They are the regional volunteer center serving Fairfax County and the National Capital region. They seek individuals, families, youth and corporate groups for service opportunities at a variety of nonprofit agencies. One-time special events or ongoing activities are available. In 2015, through various program and events, the organization engaged more than 23,000 volunteers who served nearly 83,000 donated hours. For more information, visit


We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to work as our Older Adult Specialist. Position location is flexible nationally. The Older Adult Program Specialist provides, provide consultation, technical assistance, training, advocacy, resource materials and program development on behalf of senior adults, ages 55 and better, who are experiencing combined loss of vision and hearing on a national basis.

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Submit resume to:                       

FAX:                (516) 767-2302
Mail to:            Helen Keller National Center
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, New York 11050
Attn: Human Resources Department
Job Code – OAP



ONREC - The Online Recruitment Resource
25 Aug 2016

The survey, created by totaljobs in partnership with five deaf charities, reveals that the majority (56%) of deaf or hard of hearing employees have experienced discrimination during their career. This has led to one in four (25%) deaf people leaving a job because of a difficult environment.

  • 72% of deaf people have received no support because of being deaf in finding a job
  • 65% believe developments in technology have made it easier to be deaf in the workplace
  • 56% have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to being deaf or hard of hearing
    • 62% from colleagues
    • 53% from management
    • 37% during a job interview
  • 25% have left a job due to discrimination
  • 19% have not told their employer they are deaf or have experienced hearing loss

Discrimination plays a large part in the working lives of deaf people and many are forced to quit their jobs because of it, according to a new survey.

Read more  . . . discrimination

Link to Survey Results - Deaf jobseeker and employee experiences survey report 2016



The SkillSource Group, Inc. and the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board are convening employers, public officials, educators, community leaders, and other stakeholders to be part of its monthly Northern Virginia Workforce Conversations.

Please join them on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8 a.m. for a panel discussion on Bridging the Gap between Employers and Job Seekers with Disabilities. RSVP to reserve your seat today.


Hamilton Relay is currently seeking an outstanding candidate to fill the position of “District of Columbia Relay Outreach Coordinator – Part Time”.  Below is a link to the job posting and on-line application.  Please feel free to share this with anyone that may be interested.

District of Columbia Relay Outreach Coordinator - Part Time



Feb 18, 2016

Hearing loss is a stealth problem on the job, draining productivity and creating stress for millions of workers. Some would rather not admit their struggles to themselves, much less to their employers.

Only about 20% of people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually use one, according to the National Institutes of Health. While hearing loss afflicts all ages, boomers represent the biggest demographic of sufferers, with one in six affected, according to the Better Hearing Institute. “The really undiscussed, untreated aspect of hearing loss in America is the boomers,” said Carole Rogin, president of the Hearing Industries Association, a Washington, D.C.-based organization of hearing aid makers, which supports the Better Hearing Institute as its educational arm.

Read more  . . . Tell your boss?




WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today it is launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate directly with agency staff about issues of discrimination they may be facing. EEOC information intake representatives who are fluent in ASL will be available to answer questions and guide callers through the process of filing a charge of discrimination using videophones.

Previously, individuals who were deaf and or hard of hearing relied on an interpreter using relay services when they contacted EEOC. This new system provides direct access to an EEOC employee who can answer the caller's question in ASL over a videophone.

EEOC is only the third federal agency-after the Federal Communications Commission and the Small Business Administration-to provide this direct access to the public.

"EEOC is proud to strengthen our service to the deaf and hard of hearing community and provide a more effective way for individuals to connect with our agency," said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang. "This enhanced means of communication helps to ensure that all individuals have access to EEOC resources on employment rights and responsibilities."

Carrie St. Cyr, one of the ASL information intake representatives who will answer the videophones, said, "About 98 percent of people who are deaf and hard of hearing use videophones. Now, when those individuals call EEOC, they will now be able to communicate face to face with a staff member who speaks their native language and whose gestures, body language, and expressions they can read easily."

Deaf and of hard of hearing callers can access the toll free ASL direct video line at 844-234-5122, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination.  Further information about the agency is available at

See ASL Video


Job Title:  Management and Program Analyst
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:  FEMA-16-MBB-71494-CORE


SALARY RANGE: $90,823.00 to $118,069.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, December 4, 2015 to Friday, December 18, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0343-13
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Temporary - Not to Exceed 2 Years
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC

WHO MAY APPLY: All U.S. citizens

This announcement will close on Friday, December 18, 2015 OR the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.

Read Full posting on USAJOBS



A nonprofit Human Services agency is hiring  up to five part and full time Independent Living Advisors.

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization that promotes access to services and resources for residents of the Eastern Shore of Maryland who are deaf or hard of hearing and provides opportunities for full participation in all aspects of community life.

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To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three business references to:

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. Human Resources
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Apply online:
Email: Fax to 410-543-4874
Position is open until filled


Job Seekers with Disabilities 

EXCEL! Networking Group

Booz Allen Disability Employment Seminar

Thursday, October 15, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201

RSVP with accommodation requests:

Patricia Jackson, a disability employment specialist from Booz Allen, will speak about the company's pioneering disability employment efforts and share how to apply.

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Do you know of any students looking for Pathways Jobs?

Interested students should refer to “specific” criteria for each “public notice” announcement.
Please Alert Your Student Population!

What: DOT On-Site Pathways Hiring Event for Students and Recent Graduates
When: Monday, September 28, 2015
Where: DOT Headquarters – 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590
Location: Oklahoma City Rooms
Time: 1:00pm till 5:00pm

So, what are our recent updates?

All students must REGISTER at:

Looking for DOT’s On-Site Pathways Hiring Event Jobs
Visit USA Jobs, search for “DOT Pathways Hiring Event,” Public Announcements, starting on September 23, 2015





Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a position open for

“Virginia Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator" staffed in Richmond, Virginia.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS). The position requires independent travel throughout the state of Virginia.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.


  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Experience in the planning, coordination and delivery of public relations activities
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
    • Senior Community
    • Hard of Hearing Community
  • Able to travel alone
  • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: or contact Amy Hall in Corporate Human Resource Department by September 11, 2015 at 800.821.1831. Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.

DOWNLOAD - Job Description - Virginia Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator 0815



Are you a person with a disability who’s having trouble getting or keeping a job?

The Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s Services for Young Adults with Disabilities Committee invites you to join them at the

We want to help! We need to hear from you!

Come together to voice your employment-related experiences, opinions, and concerns. What services have helped you? What problems have you encountered? What do you think could have helped you get or keep a job? What can we do to help?

  • Family members welcome
  • Space is limited
  • Light breakfast will be provided

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:30am - 12pm

10467 White Granite Drive, 3rd Floor
Oakton, VA 22124

RSVP at or by calling Bob Eiffert at 703-324-2544 by September 28.

Let's work to make change, together.

Sponsored by the Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s Services for Young Adults with Disabilities Committee

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Position Information

Working Title VDDHH Administrative Program Specialist
Role Title Admin and Office Spec III - 19013
Job Open Date 05/08/2015
Job Close Date 05/29/2015
Open Until Filled No
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No
Hiring Range Negotiable from minimum of band ($24,479)
Agency VA Dept F/T Deaf & Hard of Hear (751)
Agency Website
Location Henrico - 087
Position Number 00011
Job Posting Number 1000892
Type of Recruitment General Public - G
Does this position have telework options? No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference No
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Type Detail Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay Band 03
Job Description The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to reduce communication barriers for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who serve them. VDDHH is seeking a qualified candidate to provide administrative and technical support to the Department’s Technology, Outreach, and Interpreter Services programs.

The position serves as the principal point of contact for all VDDHH programs by providing quality customer service through information and referral activities including but not limited to: responding to telephone calls, walk-in consumers, and electronic media as well as maintaining a log of all referrals. This position provides technical support to the VDDHH TAP/L20 equipment distribution program and the Virginia Relay service including but not limited to: demonstration of assistive devices, installation and testing of audio loops, and participation in equipment focus groups. Provides general administrative support to the VDDHH ISP and VQAS programs including but not limited to assisting candidates with testing registration, cataloging and dissemination of candidate testing and results, and updating on-line testing calendars and directories. Data entry into various databases. Provides support to VDDHH management staff for Department Board, Council, and special meetings.

Minimum Qualifications *Demonstrated skills in providing quality customer service
*Demonstrated skills in the use of text telephone (TTY) and multi-line phone system
*Computer software skills (MS Office, database)
*Good problem solving and organizational skills
*Demonstrated ability to apply established policies and procedures to situations and follow supervisor’s instructions
*Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals from varying social and economic environments.
*Effective verbal and written communication with diverse agency customers
*Previous experience and proficiency in utilizing and managing social media (Facebook, Twitter) and website updates
*Previous experience working with the public and in area of human services and/or program support
*High school graduate or equivalent applicable experience or training
Preferred Qualifications *Demonstrated knowledge of social, economic, and psychological issues which impact persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled as it relates to communication access
*Sign language skills and ability to effectively communicate with persons with a hearing loss are highly desired.
Special Requirements
Special Instructions to Applicants The Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ONLY accepts FULLY completed online applications for all employment opportunities. Please do not refer to “See Resume” on your application; otherwise, it will be considered incomplete.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 804-726-1919 for assistance. Minorities, people with disabilities, Veterans, and people with National Service are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.