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“I Can’t Hear You!” 3-part program for seniors aging into hearing loss:

Lead  by Bonnie O’Leary is a late-deafened adult who received her certification in Peer Mentoring for People with Hearing Loss from Gallaudet University and the Academy of Hearing Loss Support Specialists in June of 2007.   If you or someone you know could benefit from free  one-on-one support sessions with Bonnie, please contact her at

 Participants receive a free, 63-page booklet about hearing loss.


Part 1 – Do I Have a Hearing Loss? What Can I Do About It? – discusses types and causes of hearing loss, how to interpret an audiogram, types and styles of hearing aids

Part 2 – Techie Stuff to the Rescue! A look at hearing assistive technologies that can be used with or without hearing aids, such as amplified phones, TV listening systems, alerting systems.  Also discusses the Technology Assistance Program funded through the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Part 3 – Living (and Laughing) with Hearing Loss – focuses on feelings associated with late-onset hearing loss; speechreading and communication strategies; resources for hearing loss

“I can’t Hear You!” program will be coming to three locations this Fall:

Providence Community Center
3001 Vaden Drive
Fairfax, VA

Part 1 – Wednesday, October 7th, 10:30-11:30 am
Part 2 – Wednesday, October 14th, 10:30-11:30 am
Part 3 – Wednesday, October 21st, 10:30-11:30 am

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To register, sign up in senior room or call 703-865-0520

Little River Glen Senior Center
4001 Barker Court
Fairfax, VA 22032

Part 1 – Friday September 18, 10:15-11:15 am
Part 2 – Friday September 25, 10:15-11:15 am
Part 3 – Friday October 2, 10:15-11:15 am

Registration required –703-503-8703


James Lee Community Center
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Part 1 – Wednesday, September 9th, 10:30 -11:30 am
Part 2 – Wednesday, September 16th, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Part 3 – Wednesday, September 23rd, 10:30 –11:30 am

To register, please call 703-534-3387

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Now accepting applications for August 2015

for the Gallaudet Peer Mentoring Program deadline for applications is  July 20, 2015.

Information about the program and specific application requirements can be found on the website.

The Gallaudet University Peer Mentoring Certificate Program is a certificate program designed to help train deaf, hard-of-hearing, and late-deafened individuals in meeting the diverse needs of individuals with hearing loss. Individuals will be trained to provide information, support, empathy, validation, and skills to consumers in need. Peer mentors will also be able to conduct needs assessments, problem-solve, and establish goals and objectives to improve the quality of life for these individuals. Lastly, peer mentors will help to establish effective use of assistive hearing technology, and ensure equal and appropriate access to communication.
If you have any questions, please contact



Press & Guide
By Katie Hetrick
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dearborn, Michigan - Dozens of parents in Dearborn and other communities are upset after learning the district plans to end its program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Parents inadvertently learned of the plans earlier this month when other school districts began contacting families who send their children to Dearborn to discuss making arrangements for next year.

“It’s horrible,” said parent Julie Long. Her son, Alex, has attended Dearborn Public Schools since preschool, and for years has been in the deaf and hard-of-hearing program.

Now, he faces the prospect of going to Stout Middle School next year.

“He potentially could be the only deaf child in the school,” Long said. Alex, who communicates through American sign language, could spend the day with no one he can talk to except his assigned interpreter.

“How is he able to socialize and grow,” Long said, noting that socialization is a key part of any school. Even his teachers will have to rely on the interpreter to talk to him.

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Apply by Feb. 6th for the 2015 AAPD Summer Internship Program

If you will be living in the Washington, DC area during the 2015 summer and you’re a college student, graduate student, law student, or recent graduate (within one year), AAPD’s Summer Internship Program provides the opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience to help advance your career goals. Interns will receive a stipend, mentor matching, and additional resources during the summer. Candidates interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and veterans with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

Applications and information about the application process can be found on our website at: All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by Feburary 6th.





By Ellen Moran
December 18, 2014

The rising demand for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who have the proficiency and comfort to perform in a health care setting led to the development of a new training program offered by UMass Medical School, MassHealth, and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The 16-hour program, An Introduction to Medical Interpreting, debuted this fall and will be offered again next spring. The program teaches American Sign Language interpreters with little to no medical training how to work with medical terminology, clinical procedures and ethical issues in health care settings.

“The demand for ASL interpreters with extensive knowledge of health care situations is higher than the commission can supply,” said Lisa Morris, MS, director of Cross-Cultural Initiatives at UMass Medical School’s Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (MassAHEC) Network. MassAHEC is a unit within the Commonwealth Medicine division.

Finding a doctor who uses communication supports such as ASL interpreters, CART reporters and other aids was reported as a big problem by more than 50 percent of those who responded to a health needs assessment of people with disabilities in Massachusetts. The assessment, the results of which were released in April, wasconducted by researchers at UMass Medical School’s Disability, Health and Employment Unit and the Health and Disability Program at the state Department of Public Health.

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American Association On Health and Disability

Deadline:  Nov. 15, 2014

AAHD is accepting applications for the AAHD Scholarship Program (2014-2015) which supports students with disabilities pursuing higher education in a field related to disability and health.  Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, behavioral health, epidemiology, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Scholarships are limited to under $1,000. Scholarships are competitive each year. Please visit the AAHD website at to download application. 

Deadline for submission is November 15, 2014.   Please circulate this opportunity throughout your networks.

For information, please contact Maria Manolatos, AAHD Scholarship Coordinator, at

American Association on Health and Disability
110 N. Washington Street, Suite 328-J

Rockville, MD 20833




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

Disability Award Program Seeking the Next Generation of Disability Advocates

The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) program, funded by The HSC Foundation and the Sarah Beth Coyote Foundation, awards and encourages a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.  The program also supports an innovative project developed by the recipient to serve and empower individuals with disabilities. The selected recipient is awarded $3,000 in recognition of his or her disability advocacy and receives up to an additional $7,000 in funding support for a project to benefit the disability community.  Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application submission and recipient selection.  Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 11, 2014.

• Read about the Advocate in Disability Award Program

• Apply for the Advocate in Disability Award