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Location: Clay Cafe (Sully plaza shopping center)
14511 G Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Chantilly, VA 20151

Come paint pottery with us! How it works, is you select a piece of unfinished pottery to paint and paint it! Glazed and fired pieces are ready in about 8-10 days. Clay Cafe will be donating back 25% of the proceeds from the event to the Northern Virginia Resource Center.
Additionally, Clay Cafe is offering NVRC's "Paint Pottery and Pour"

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Guests 50% off the $7 Flat Studio Fee (per person) this fee includes all paints, materials and decoration tools, instruction from Clay Cafe staff, glazing and firing. Please keep in mind the price of pottery is separate. The Clay Cafe has pieces of all price ranges so you can choose something to fit your budget. All materials are non-toxic, lead-free, dinner ware safe, and safe for the environment.

Pouring Wine (Please Bring Cash)
NVRC will be holding a "Wine Pull" during this event. The best part about it, is everyone is a winner! There will be multiple bottles of wine, ranging in value from $10.00 to $80.00. Each bottle will be wrapped in wrapping paper. Guests can purchase a ticket for $15.00 to pick one of the wrapped bottles to either take home or enjoy with their friends while they paint their pottery. There is no limit to the number of bottles an individual can buy.

All proceeds from the wine pull will go to NVRC.

Please be sure to RSVP to this event if you plan on attending.


How much is it to attend the event?
There is a studio fee of $3.50 per person paid directly to the studio.
You are able to choose your own piece of pottery. Clay Cafe has a large selection to fit guest budgets. There are pieces starting at $7.00. To participate in the wine pull it is $15.00 (which will get the guest a bottle of wine).

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
There is no minimum age to enter the event. Families are welcome!
To participate in the wine pull or drink wine guests must be at least 21 years old.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email Cristina Duarte, Development Committee Chair, at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to bring your ticket to the event. The event registration is for head count purposes only.

Is there parking at the Clay Cafe?
Yes, there is a parking lot out front


RICHMOND, VA – TEDxRVAWomen, an independently-organized TEDx event for Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to announce that the highly-engaging, women-focused conference will return to our community for a second time, on Friday, October 28, 2016.

TEDxRVAWomen will be held at the historic Byrd Theatre in Carytown. This event for men and women will begin with a half-day of speakers from 9am to 1pm, followed by multiple networking and opportunities to meet speakers throughout Carytown, including luncheons, workshops, and more.

The organizers strive to promote increased engagement and accessibility with an affordable ticket price, viewing parties throughout the community, and ASL interpreters at the event.

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Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, Maryland  20901

Thursday, June 16, 2016


10:30 a.m.- Doors Open
Members: $5
Non-members: $10
Express Passes

11:00 a.m. -
• Business Meeting
• Election of officers

12:00 noon
• Ruth Ann Schornstein will lead in singing Happy Birthday to June & July

• Bank Day
• 50/50 Raffle Tickets (tickets will be sold at $5 each)

• Lunch:
Nathan's hot dogs/buns
Cole slaw
Potato chips
Baked beans
Lemonade/iced tea/water

1:30 p.m. Socialization

3:30 p.m. End of program - Do have a wonderful and safe summer!

Attention: Please RSVP to Roy White, MDSC Treasurer, at or
by 9 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016.

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Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf
Proudly hosts
Surratt House Museum Tour 9118 Brandywine Road Clinton, MD 20735

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Please be there by 12:30PM.

Interpreter will be provided.
For more information:
Adults: $3.00
Seniors (age 60+): $2.00

Please mail the check payable to NVAD (Memo: Surratt House)
to Paul Daniels at 8092 Powderbrook Lane, Springfield, VA 22153.

Deadline: Saturday, September 12, 2015

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The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB)’s reception recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the ADA has a NEW START TIME of 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday July 28 in Conference Rooms 2/3 of the Fairfax County Government Center.  The attached invitation and information below contains the updated start time.  All are welcome--people with disabilities, friends, family members, direct support professionals, advocates, colleagues, government and nonprofit partners--If you believe in the spirit of the ADA, equal access, and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into mainstream community life, then the FA-DSB looks forward to commemorating this important milestone with you!

The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board cordially invites you to attend a reception in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.
Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035

Immediately following the reception, participants will proceed to the Board Auditorium for recognition by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  Everyone is encouraged to join in the celebration by coming to the front of the auditorium, to show that you support the theme of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, that “Disability Rights are Civil Rights!”

RSVP (appreciated, but not required) or request reasonable accommodations by contacting Alison Kron at: voice: 703-324-5414, TTY: 703-449-1186, or e-mail:

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(Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services)

Are you a person with a disability looking for a job? Join the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia’s EXCEL! Networking Group on October 23, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to take the fear out of networking and learn important skills to get hired.

The group will meet at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201.

RSVP to or 703-525-3268.





Soldiering on with Confidence & Independence: 2013 Veterans Conference on Hearing Loss Veterans_HearingLoss

Who: Veterans who are hard of hearing and their families
Where: John F. Fick Conference Center,
1301 Sam Perry Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
When: Saturday, November 9, 2013; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Why: To honor veterans for their service and give them a forum to share information, personal experiences, strategies and more about living with hearing loss.

Cost: $20 (includes lunch)

To register see PDF document -  VeteransConference.PDF


  • Helpful presentations from leading physicians and audiologists
  • Information about the latest hearing loss technologies, including implantable hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Opportunities to meet other veterans with hearing loss and share experiences and coping skills
  • Service dogs presentation and live demonstration
  • Variety of assistive communication devices on display, courtesy of Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Hamilton CapTel


The disAbility Resource Center
Mary Washington Healthcare
Northern Virginia Resource Center
Virginia Relay
Virginia Relay CapTel
Virginia Wounded Warriors Program
Interpreters and CART provided by VDDHH.

The disAbility Resource Center
409 Progress Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Phone: 540-373-2559
VP: 1-866-643-4953
Fax: 540-373-8126



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.




Have You Marked Your Calendar Yet?
Celebrate Communication 2013 is coming soon!!

Celebrate Communication is now in the 11th year, bringing the newest technological advances, information and services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families, friends and co-workers.

Over 50 exhibitors will be available to answer your questions and surprise you with services and information geared specifically to make life a little easier.

  • Have questions about hearing aids to discuss with an audiologist?
  • Want to know what a Cochlear Implant is and what new advances are available?
  • Looking for help for a newborn who has hearing loss?
  • Interested in programs that the public schools offer for students with hearing loss?
  • Eager to learn about apps for your smart phones and tablets to test your hearing?
  • Want to ask the FCC about captioning and relay issues?
  • Seeking information about services available in Virginia for deaf-blind individuals?
  • Excited about phones that show the text of what the person you’re talking to is saying?
  • Curious about clubs or support groups in the area?
Don’t miss the opportunity

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10 AM to 3 PM

George Mason University,
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

Informational Exhibits • Technology Demonstrations • Children's Activities  • Local Resources
Free Hearing Screenings • Crafts • Prizes and More!  • 703-352-9055V  • 703-352-9056 TTY  •


We can't wait to see you again!

(Stay tuned for regular updates about this event)


Brought to you by: the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities (KIHD), Lions International and George Mason University. Publicity courtesy of Virginia Relay.

Name (Age): Margie Adams (53)
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Connection to your Teammate: Mother
Current Occupation: RN, BSN, Clinical Research Associate
Previous Season/Result: Season 14/3rd placeBiggest mistake you made in your previous season: Not drinking enough water and becoming dehydrated in Thailand. I fainted.Most memorable moment from your first Race: Finishing in first place for the first leg of the Race.

Favorite place you visited on your first season: Thailand, it was number one on my wish list for Season 14 so getting to go to both Bangkok and Phuket was fantastic.

Why do you want to run the Race again? It was one of the most exciting and best experiences of my life. I am looking forward to all the new places we will go.

How have you changed since the last time you competed? I am more confident and more willing to try new things.

What are you passionate about? People being kind and accepting of each other

People would be surprised to learn: Nothing, I'm pretty boring.

One location that you hope to go on this adventure: Ireland, my grandparents are from there and I would love to see the country.

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Some of the challenges require you to be able to listen/hear/sign and when those challenges come up we have to pick the other challenge since Luke is completely deaf. He cannot hear or use oral language.

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race again (other than winning one million dollars): Getting to spend time one-on-one with Luke

Pet peeve about your teammate: He is a very loud eater.

What would you do if you won the million dollars? Retire a few years earlier than planned.

Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: We need to be more careful about reading the clues.


Name (Age): Luke Adams (25)
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Connection to your Teammate: Son
Current Occupation: Motivational Speaker
Previous Season/Result: Season 14/3rd place

Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: My biggest mistake was not being able to figure out what the last surfboard was during the final challenge!

Most memorable moment from your first Race: The hilarious cheese hill task and the underwear marathon.

Favorite place you visited on your first season: Thailand because the country and culture are just so beautiful. I would love to go there again someday.

Why do you want to run the Race again? To win The Amazing Race! I want to make up for my big blunder in the final leg of the last race.

How have you changed since the last time you competed? I stop more when I am traveling now to enjoy the scenery. I try not to rush things.

What are you passionate about? Travel, my family and friends.

People would be surprised to learn: I'm afraid of flying. I always have to suck it up whenever I'm on planes.

One location that you hope to go on this adventure: Ireland, because it would be awesome to see where my family came from.

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Being sleep deprived!

What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race again (other than winning one million dollars): It would be cool if we could visit five continents, avoid being u-turned and be the first team to make it to the final three twice!

Pet peeve about your teammate: Nothing -- she is an awesome teammate and mom!

What would you do if you won the million dollars? Invest.

Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: I don't think I will change anything since our strategy from last time worked well. Hopefully it will bring us to the final three again and we can win this time!


Starring in "Children of a Lesser God" at age 21, Marlee Matlin became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. Born and raised in Morton Grove, Illinois, Matlin started acting at the age of seven in the role of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" at a children's theatre company in Chicago. She was discovered in a Chicago stage production of "Children of a Lesser God." She was then selected to star in the film version.Matlin made her TV debut in CBS' "Bridge to Silence." She went on to star for two seasons in the series "Reasonable Doubts." She was twice nominated for both a Golden Globe as well as a People's Choice Award. Matlin was nominated for two Emmys for her guest turns on "Seinfeld" and "Picket Fences." Matlin also starred in "Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story," a movie for Lifetime Television, for which she was nominated for a CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series. She broke down yet another barrier with the role, playing a character who wasn't deaf. Matlin returned to CBS' "Picket Fences" to reprise her Emmy-nominated role. Coincidentally, her character on "Picket Fences" gave birth on the same day she gave birth in real life, a feat repeated exactly 43 years to the day by Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy" on the same network, CBS.

For seven seasons, Matlin starred as pollster Joey Lucas, on NBC's Emmy Award winning series "The West Wing." She received her third Emmy Award nomination for her work on ABC's "The Practice," and guest starred on NBC's "Law and Order: SVU," receiving a fourth Emmy nomination for her work. In 2007, she joined the cast of Showtime's "The L Word." She returned for a second season in 2008. Most recently, Matlin competed on Season 6 of "Dancing with the Stars."

Matlin published a novel for children entitled "Deaf Child Crossing" in 2002, followed by "Nobody's Perfect," in summer 2006, and "Leading Ladies" in 2007. She has appeared on Sesame Street. She has also performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" in sign language for two Super Bowls.

In 1994, Matlin was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National Service. In 1995, Matlin served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week, and was honored in a White House Rose Garden ceremony by the President.

Matlin serves as a national spokesperson for The American Red Cross. In 1992, she was instrumental in getting Congress to pass federal legislation requiring all TVs manufactured in the U.S. be equipped with closed-captioning technology. She serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations. She has also combined her charity work with commercial ventures and has appeared in numerous commercials and public service announcements, on behalf of corporate sponsors such as Target, Sprint, and Toys R Us, each designed to raise awareness about the importance of donating to charitable organizations. In 2006, Matlin was honored by America Online as Chief Everything Officer, highlighting the important contributions of mothers in both home and work environments.

In April 2009, Matlin released her bestselling memoir "I'll Scream Later," published by Simon and Shuster. Currently, Matlin is developing a half-hour comedy for Showtime with writer/producer Carol Leifer.

Matlin makes her home in the greater Los Angeles area. She and her husband have four children.



We are excited to have so many participants sharing their experiences.  Because of the large amount of information, we have changed our format and put the results in a PDF spread sheet.