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The Fall 2016 free Seminars for Family Caregivers will begin on Wednesday, October 5. These seminars are designed to help people that support older adults and/or adults with a disability stay in their own homes or communities manage the day‑to‑day issues that caregiving presents. Register online, email, or call 703‑324‑5205.  To request an ADA reasonable accommodation, call 703-324-5868, TTY 703-449-1186 or e-mail

Fairfax County’s  Area Agency on Aging hopes you can join them for one or more of these seminars!

Thanks to Access Fairfax: News and Events for People with Disabilities


Eastern Deaf Timberfest
Family / Youth Camp
July 21 – 24, 2016

Recreation Amenities:
Hayride * Adult and Children Activities * Saturday’s Cookout
Swimming Pools * Laser Tag * Mini Golf * Corn-hole
Bonfire * Pedal Cart Rentals * Arcade Alley * Fishing Pond
Basketball * Volleyball * Playgrounds * Horseshoes * Rowboat and Kayak rentals and Many More!!





2016 Family Camp Registration: $5 per person (free for under 4 years old)

 Registration deadline: July 15, 2016
At door registration price is the same, however, we would be appreciated by 7/15/16 for Saturday’s Cookout.

Two Options To Register:  Mail-in or on-line.

1.)   On-line Registration (
Pay total amount to with a list of names in comment box.

2.)   Mail-in Registration:
Check or money order payable to EDT, Inc.  Pay total amount on paper with a list of names.

Mail to:
Cathy Thompson, Family Camp Chairperson
2423 Hunting Lane, Waldorf, MD 20601

Questions or concerns:  please contact Cathy at

Friendship Village Campground
348 Friendship Village Road
Bedford, PA 15522
Office:  (814) 623-1677

Please call and reserve the cabins/sites ASAP prior May 16th release to the public.
Call and mention that you’re with EDT group.



By Thomas Crisp Contributing Columnist

February 21. 2015

The VA Fry Scholarship Program has undergone a few changes which surviving families should be aware of. This scholarship is available for children and spouses of active duty service members who die in the line of duty on or after 9/11/01.

Highlighted changes include:

• Eligible spouses and children may receive 36-months of full in state tuition, a housing stipend, and a book allowance.

• Children can use the benefit until they turn 33.

• Spouses have 15 years from the date of the service member’s death to use the benefit; eligibility is voided upon remarriage.

• Spouse DIC will not be impacted by use of the Fry Scholarship. However, children cannot simultaneously receive both benefits.

You can apply for the Fry Scholarship online at For more details on these changes and any further questions on education benefits, contact TAPS Education Support Services at or call toll free 1-800-959-8277.

Read more about the Healthy Hearing Act 




My guest writer this week is David Drake, the founder and headmaster of the White Oak School in Westfield, Massachusetts, a school serving bright students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities. He lives with his family in Northampton.

by David Drake

I’m pretty sure I come from a line of serial hearing-aid abusers.

My grandfather’s hearing aids were fascinating to me as a young boy.  Somehow the electronics fit inside the temples of his thick, black glasses, with a tube extending downward, terminating in a mysterious piece of plastic that I was told was an “ear mold.”

Now, when you’re very young, and you’re already put off by the bristly ears of adults, the term “ear mold” has a disturbing connotation. So I quickly put the glasses down, although I continued to examine them.  They looked like a piece of Cold-War spyware, a combination of James Bond and Clark Kent, which were now inexplicably and permanently relegated to my grandfather’s bedside table.

He didn’t use them, of course.  He didn’t use any hearing aid terribly well. You had to shout around Grandpa.  And Grandma, who had also became deaf. And frankly, you had to shout around Mom, too—his daughter who inherited his deafness when she was in her thirties.

Thanksgivings and Christmases were especially memorable due to this family trait, because in addition to the misunderstandings and the yelling,   ....

Read entire article  -  Family (Hearing Aid) Tradition



Date: Wed, May 14, 2014Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ESTPlease note that real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar or the registration process, please contact Keith Combs
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) enables families that receive assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and Public Housing (PH) residents to increase earned income, reduce dependency on rental subsidies, and improve the financial security of the family.Join National Disability Institute and national experts to learn more about the Family Self-Sufficiency program, a protected savings opportunity for eligible individuals to build their financial stability. FSS Programs may include resources and/or connections to child care, transportation, education, job training, employment counseling, financial literacy, and homeownership counseling. FSS programs offer a unique opportunity for individuals with disabilities seeking to save money to reach a financial self-sufficiency goal, while on public benefits. Register today for a discussion on:

  • An overview of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, who is eligible, and how to apply
  • How to access these programs along with an explanation of the benefits
  • How these programs can benefit individuals with disabilities in building financial security

Register for this webinar by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link:

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1667 K Street, NW Suite 640
Washington, DC 20006

A 2013/14 Speaker Series Event 


Wednesday, January 15
9:30 a.m.-Noon
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road

Hear from local experts who will provide
expert advice on financial and estate planning
Sally Hurme, Esq.  AARP
Kim Fiske, Esq.   Fiske & Harvey PLLC
Laurie Blackburn, CFP, Vice President, Investments at Speck-Caudron Investment Group
Moderator, Tristan Caudron, Managing Director at Speck-Caudron Investment Group

Light refreshments will be served
This event is FREE and open to the public! 

Please RSVP online at
or by calling (703) 836 4414 ext. 10

NVRC Note: We do not have information about whether this program will have accommodations.

If you need CART, sign language interpreters, a listening system, or other accommodation,
please call the phone number above to ask them about meeting your needs


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.

Cued Speech is a mode of communication based on the phonemes and properties of traditionally spoken languages. Cueing allows users who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have language/communication disorders to access the basic, fundamental properties of spoken languages through the use of vision.(taken from the National Cued Speech Association's website)    

Below is a list of local Cued Speech Transliterators who provide services in the metro DC area:

Ashley Elder
Phone: (571) 318-3491

Nichelle Wilson
Phone: (571) 426-3747

National Cued Speech Association Logo

National Cued Speech Association
5619 McLean Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814-1021

Toll Free: 800-459-3529
Local: 301-915-8009


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!

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!



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.