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Fox News Latino
By Pablo Manriquez
February 23, 2015

In the West Wing of the White House, Leah Katz-Hernandez communicates with the first couple in a way that few others, even the president’s most trusted advisers, ever do.

Katz-Hernandez, who is deaf, is the new receptionist of the United States, or what those in Washington like to abbreviate as ROTUS (a play on POTUS – president of the United States). She grew bicoastal, raised by a Jewish mother and a Mexican-American father in Connecticut, frequently visiting her father’s family in California.

After working in the Chicago headquarters of Obama’s re-election campaign, she moved to Washington, D.C., and was hired as an assistant in the first lady’s office.

“It was my first week on the job,” Katz-Hernandez, 27, told Fox News Latino. “I was having lunch at my desk when a staffer from the West Wing came by and said, ‘I want to introduce you to the First Lady.’ The next thing I know the First Lady is standing in front of me. She said, ‘Hi, my name is…’ and then she finger-spelled her name. It was really a wonderful moment. I knew I’d arrived in a great place and felt really motivated to work hard for her.”

Read entire article   . . . White House


Saturday, May 3, 2014 (Rain or Shine) 9:00AM ~ 4:00PM

The Tour begins at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center at approximate 10:30AM; first stop will be at the John F. Kennedy gravesite, second at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Changing of the Guard) and third at Arlington House known as Robert E. Lee Memorial where our own Deaf Park Ranger Laura Bray will interpret.

Individual rate: $9.00 and Senior Citizen rate: $8.00. The limit for the tour is 20 people. Check payable to Gary Viall and Memo: Arlington House. The mailing address is 7004 Kenfig Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042.

NOTE: Wheelchair users limited to the main floor only. Reading scripts will be provided for JFK gravesite and the Tomb. Bring your own lunch for picnic tables outside of Arlington House at noon.

Meet at the Pentagon parking (free) next to the Pentagon Memorial, go to the Pentagon Metro, get off at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center. For wheelchair users, park at the Arlington National Cemetery parking lot with parking fee.

We may meet at the nearby restaurant (TBA) for dinner and fun.

Please RSVP to Gary Viall by text: 703-485-6557 or email: by Friday, April 25th



What’s That Noise in My House?

By  On 

Answer me this:  in one house, why do three TVs have to be on at the same time?  On the same station. With the sound on.  Loudly.

Right now, in our house, the answer would be that the race is on to the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs. My stepson plays for one of the teams, and, at this point, every game is important.So it’s crucial, you see, that no matter where they are in the house, my husband and son have instant access to either the game or breaking sports news. Otherwise they panic. Yes, theycould park their respective butts and watch the game all the way through, but we are a fluid family, constantly . . .

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 New Nonprofit Offers Home Repairs and Accessibility Modifications

Volunteers Repairing Homes is a new nonprofit that helps people in Northern Virginia who are in need of assistance to make their homes safer, warmer, dryer, more accessible, or more energy efficient.  The organization helps older adults, people with disabilities, and low income residents.  For more information, call 571-241-2956.

Thanks to Fairfax County Public Library



When:    November 2, 2013
Time:     10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where:  Northern Virginia Resource Center
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC)
                3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
                Fairfax, VA 22030

                 DIRECTIONS to NVRC

Come celebrate with us! 

  • Visit our Demo Room, learn about the Virginia Technology Assistance Program
  • Meet our staff to learn about our outreach, interpreter and technology programs and our advocacy successes
  • Tour NVRC’s offices with members of our Board of Directors and Ambassadors' Club
  • Enjoy light refreshments and fun raffles
  • Register for an ASL class or schedule an educational program

Come see why NVRC has been the area's leading non-profit
for people with hearing loss for 25 years!
Interpreters and CART (live captions) will be available.