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WASHINGTONFeb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Profile America — Tuesday, February 16th. The nation's first college for deaf students traces its beginning to this date in 1857, when Congress incorporated the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. In 1864, the school was federally chartered to confer degrees, the first three of which were awarded in 1869. Those diplomas were signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, and all subsequent diplomas awarded by the school bear the U.S. President's signature. In 1954, the name of the institution was changed to Gallaudet College in honor of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a pioneer is educating deaf students. An estimated 9 million Americans are functionally deaf or hard of hearing. About 1,700 of them are seeking a degree from Gallaudet and are among the nation's nearly 19.2 million students enrolled in universities. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3033
Founding/accessed 12/10/2015:
Enrollment/accessed 12/10/2015:
Disability estimate accessed 12/10/2015: University enrollment/t. 1 All Races:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Inspiration alert: A journalism student at Arizona State University launched and maintains a trailblazing news operation known as the Deaf and Hearing Network.

According to a Downtown Devil report
, DHN is “the first news broadcast to combine speaking, signing and captions.” As the network’s About page confirms, “We will give millions of deaf and hard of hearing people — as well as hearing, American Sign Language students, interpreters and generally curious people — a way to get news in the language they prefer.”


ASU junior Peyton Gallovich started DHN in January. Over the past 11 months, the DHN team has amassed more than 1,500 subscribers, 4,000 Facebook page likes, 140 videos and 150,000 total viewers.

For Gallovich, the professional metrics are built atop a personal passion for ASL and combining the deaf and hearing worlds. As she tells the Devil, “DHN is a great resource for becoming aware of deaf issues. We often take deaf issues and give them a hearing perspective and vice versa. … TV news or written news can be hard for [deaf] students to understand because they are still learning English as a second language. By giving them news in ASL they can be aware of their world in their language.”

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MWADB e-news: meeting reminder; BADB web page; DB housing; acupuncture for RP

From Metro Washington Association of the Deaf-Blind

Biennial membership meeting this Saturday

From the board; send your rsvp to


When: Saturday, December 14, 11:00 to 5:00
Where: Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

MWADB will provide six kinds of soup (vegetable beef, potato bacon, chicken noodle, minestrone, tomato, and lentil) and drinks (ginger ale, Dr. Pepper, Crystal Light, and water).
Please bring a holiday dish to share: casserole, salad, bread, vegetables, or dessert.
If you want to run for a board position, email
You can RSVP for the meeting on the web at or by email to  You can request an SSP and transportation in your rsvp message.
Watching the weather.... If it is bad enough, we will make an announcement on Saturday morning. If weather is okay, we will see you there!

BADB added to MWADB web site

From Andrew Cohen
BADB (Baltimore Association of DeafBlind) decided to take down their web site and asked MWADB to create a web page for them on our site. Since it is our philosophy to help our partners and DeafBlind individuals anytime and anywhere, the board immediately agreed to help. BADB's listservs have been merged with the MWADB membership, SSP, and e-news listervs.
To see the BADB web page, please go to

DB-accessible apartments

From Randy Pope; contact
We are a newly renovated property located near Downtown Silver Spring, and we are going to have availability for apartments that meet VHI [Visual and Hearing Impaired] ADA requirements. If there are any families that would like to apply for a renovated community, we will be more than happy to provide the future applicants with more information.

Joel Ventura

P.S. Please find attached our allowable incomes and monthly rents; the highlighted ones are specifically for VHI ADA apartments.


Acupuncture Improves Eyesight for RP

From Andrew Cohen

A new pilot study finds acupuncture effective in significantly improving eyesight for patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). This disorder is a genetically inherited condition that may lead to blindness. Acupuncture improved overall eyesight and improved issues of dark to light adaptation and nyctalopia (night blindness).

Acupuncture may prevent blindness and improves eyesight. Patients received10 thirty minute acupuncture treatments over a two week period. Acupuncture styles included electroacupuncture, local acupuncture and body-style acupuncture. Local points included acupuncture needles on the forehead and below the eyes.

Testing showed that some of the subjects improved in both eyes after only one week of acupuncture treatment and the results lasted between 10 to 12 months. Dark adaptation increased significantly in the subjects. Night vision and the ability to see in darkened regions improved significantly in subjects. Several other visual field improvements were noted in the subjects including expansion of visibility within are larger visual field. The researchers concluded that acupuncture “entails minimal risk if administered by a well-trained acupuncturist and may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa, in particular scotopic sensitivity, which had not previously been studied.”

This recent study was published in the prestigious Clinical and Experimental Optometry journal. Treatments for retinitis pigmentosa with acupuncture and herbal medicine have demonstrated positive clinical outcomes in several studies. A groundbreaking study was published in 2011 wherein it was discovered that acupuncture protects the optic nerve from damage caused by intraocular pressure by alleviating stresses on retinal and optic nerve axonal ultrastructures. Another study showed that Chinese medicine improved retinal cone activity for patients with retinitis pigmentosa, even in cases of advanced retinal degeneration. Using electroretinograms for the investigation, the study also concludes that, “TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatment could also enhance the bioactivity of (the) nerve network and therefore have a definite significance in retarding the progression of disease and keeping the central vision.

A more aggressive study wherein She Xiang was injected into acupuncture points UB18 and UB23 found that acupuncture improved eyesight for patients with retinitis pigmentosa. The study concludes that injection of She Xiang into Ganshu (UB18) and Shenshu (UB23) “can improve effectively the function and metabolism of optic cells, promote blood circulation of the retina, enhance the visual acuity, and protect the central vision for the patient of retinitis pigmentosa.” In yet another study of retinitis pigmentosa, patients receiving acupuncture (ranging from ages 7 – 75 years) showed significant improvement and a halting of deterioration of the visual field.

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~The MWADB Board



WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The beating of the drum is a practical tradition at Gallaudet University . It signals the start of footballpractice.Players who are deaf or hard of hearing can 'feel' the reverberations.

But there's another sound echoing throughout campus.
The buzz is about the teams undefeated season, 8-0 with just two more games to play. Game number eight last weekend was an unbelievably dramatic win against Becker. The Bison blocked a field goal and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown.

Read more watch video  . . . . .



NFB resolution on SSPs

Regarding Support Service Provider Programs for Deaf-Blind People

From Ann Black

WHEREAS, deaf-blind people rely on Support Service Providers (SSPs) to reduce reliance on family members and friends by facilitating communications and by providing environmental and situational information so that they can participate in all aspects of community life; and

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