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For information on voting registration and Absentee Ballot Registration in American Sign Language:

Virginia Voter Registration ASL Version 2016

Adapted from information on the Virginia Board of Elections website

Virginia Absentee Ballot Registration ASL Version

Adapted from information on the Virginia Board of Elections website



February 6, 2015

Important Information for Seniors and People With Disabilities Who Qualify for Tax Relief

The 2015 Notice of Real Estate Assessment Change that was mailed to you in February is not a tax bill. If you are an older adult or a person with a disability who qualifies for tax relief, please note that the 2015 tax estimate shown on the notice does not reflect your 2015 tax relief benefit. The filing deadline for your tax relief application is April 1, 2015.You will be notified about your tax relief status by June 30, 2015. The notice may also reflect any tax relief exemptions received in tax years 2013 and 2014.

For more information about tax relief or your real estate assessment, contact the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, (TTY 703-222-7594). Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information on tax relief and real estate tax assessments can be found online

Channel 16's Emergency Preparedness Program Focuses on Caregivers

The latest in the Mature Living series looks at what older adults and caregivers should know about preparing for an emergency. County experts discuss how to create an emergency kit – for you and your loved one – and ensure everyone in your caring network is aware of the plan. They also discuss the Special Needs Registry that helps emergency responders better assist people with disabilities.

You can watch right now via YouTube.
You can also watch the program beginning on Channel 16 at these times:

  • Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  •  Monday at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday at 12 p.m.
  • Friday at 9 p.m.

Learn more about emergency preparedness at

Marchand Internship – Application for Summer 2015 Session Due Feb 15

The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  See  Application information and  Internship FAQs for more information.  For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates.

The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Wants to Hear from You!

You are invited to the next meeting of the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB) on Monday, February 9 at 7 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2/3 of the Fairfax County Government Center.

FA-DSB members are appointed by elected officials of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church to represent and advocate for people with disabilities.  The board values input from the disability community.  Each meeting begins with an open comment period, and the FA-DSB wants to hear about the priorities that are important to you.

For more information about the FA-DSB, or to request an ADA reasonable accommodation, call Voice: 703-324-5868, TTY: 703-449-1186, or email

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Greetings from Elizabeth Spiers and Christine Day at the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)!

Christine and Elizabeth work within DeafBlind Services at DBVI.  Elizabeth is the Program Director for DeafBlind Services, and works with deafblind people in central and eastern Virginia.  Christine, our DeafBlind Specialist, works with deafblind people in the central and western part of Virginia.

We want to kick off DeafBlind Awareness Week 2014 by sharing with you some fun facts and stories about deafblind people this week.  Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.


Helen Keller is widely known for her accomplishments as a deafblind individual.  The last week in June is Deaf-Blind Awareness week to honor her birthday on June 27th.  Deaf-Blind Awareness Week started in 1984, when President Reagan declared the last week of June as "Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week." This action was taken as a result of a joint Senate and House resolution, Proclamation 5214 of June 22, 1984.

For more information, people can visit  If you have questions or have difficulty accessing the links we provide, please contact us.  Our contact information is below and will be given in each email we send.


Below is information and a couple of links you can use to learn more about the various causes of combined vision and hearing loss.  If you want more information or have trouble with the links we sent you, please let Christine and me know—our contact information is at the end of this email.    Christine and Elizabeth

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FCC's  ASL & Captioned video on what you need to know about Text to 911

Click to goto FCC ASL captioned Video
Click to goto  ASL captioned Video
about TEXT to 911
(Video Not Mobile Phone Friendly)  Print Out Guide

Text-to-911 Guide (pdf)


If the phone rings and the caller says he represents the IRS, be suspicious.

There is a scam going on where someone may call you and say they are from the IRS, and are demanding payment of money you do not owe.  This is how it works:

  1. They may quote the last 4 numbers of your Social Security Number.
  2. They say payment must be by pre-paid debit card or wire transfer through Western Union or direct from your bank.
  3. They may threaten you with arrest or revoking your driver’s license. (IRS CANNOT do this because they don’t have that authority)
  4. The caller uses fake IRS badge numbers, and if you have Caller ID, they have the ability to show the call is from IRS when it’s not the IRS at all.
  5. IRS does not make these kinds of calls demanding payment.  They use regular mail to contact you first, or will send live agents.
  7. They may follow up with fake IRS emails, or they might call again and say they are from the police department or are an MVA official.
  8. The IRS is working with phone companies to “track” these kinds of calls and arrest those making them.

Do not be fooled by these people and just ignore their demands.

If you receive an email that says it is from the IRSbe suspicious.

Tax-related phone scams and phishing emails are among the fraud techniques the IRS warned about earlier this tax season. It also warned of phishing preparer fraud and claims a preparer can offer “free money.”

IRS Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts Information

Video ASL resources from the IRS regarding ID Theft, Phishing-Malware, and other free tax information can be accessed directly from the IRS youtube channel at following link.
IRS YouTube ASL Channel  at:


What to do to report Phishing emails
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
What is phishing?
Phishing is a scam typically carried out by unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information.


IRS Phishing-Malware Video

Watch IRS ASL video below or here: Phishing-Malware (Captions & Audio)



IRS ASL Tax Tips Video Channel

The IRS has made videos on a variety of tax topics and other information available on the official IRS YouTube Channel, entitled IRSvideosASL.

This Channel uses the 3-in-1 communication approach: American Sign Language (ASL); captions in English; and voice over.  All of the videos are performed by deaf employees at the IRS.

A way for you to keep up-to-date on our latest video offerings is to click on the red subscription box located on the right of the channel below the banner.

Link to the IRS YouTube ASL Channel  at:

There is also a dedicated accessibility page on the website:  IRS accessibility information

IRS ASL Video Example:


Finding Weather Information on the Web:
The Weather Channel
Enter your zip code in the box at the top of the page to get a forecast for your area.

Local TV stations (videos are not captioned):: (WUSA 9) (WJLA) (WRC 4) (WTTG5)

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Winter Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories- What do they all Mean?

The National Weather Service uses specific winter weather terms to ensure that people know what to expect in the coming days and hours . A Winter Storm Watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area, but its occurrence, location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued to provide 12 to 36 hours notice of the possibility of severe winter weather. A winter storm watch is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set plans in motion can do so. A watch is upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet is expected in the next 12 hours, or 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulation is expected. Winter Weather Advisories inform you that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is exercised, advisory situations should not become life-threatening. A Blizzard Warning means that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Be sure to listen carefully to the radio, television, and NOAA Weather Radio for the latest winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories. For additional information, visit the Winter Weather Awareness web page at:

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