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The National Gallery of Art
ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection, EAST BUILDING

The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 pm.  The tour meets by the information desk in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.

All are welcome!
Please let me know if you have any questions about this program.

ASL Video Tour of the East Building Highlights
We now have a free self-guided ASL video tour available for use in the East Building galleries!  Explore the Gallery’s modern and contemporary collection using these videos.  Watch the videos on your own device or borrow an Acoustiguide device and receive written instructions about accessing the tour at the information desk in the atrium of the East Building.

These videos join our existing West Building highlights ASL video tour:

Assistive Listening Devices Available
ALDs are available for use on any public tour with three weeks’ advance notice if possible.  To view a full listing of tours and click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Bradford at or 202-842-6905 to arrange the use of ALDs.



Ingrid Michaelson got particularly hands-on for her latest music video.

The indie pop artist released the official clip of her new breakup single "Hell No" in April, and it was the first music video completely filmed on Snapchat. But after seeing the Deaf West theater company's Spring Awakening cast perform on the Tony Awards last month, she was inspired to recreate the music video for a wider range of viewers.

So, Michaelson tapped six actors from the theater company who range from hard of hearing to deaf, and they appear in her new "Hell No" music video performing the lyrics translated to American Sign Language – and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the music video.

Read more  . . . See video . . .  Ingrid Michaelson



Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester , NY
By Sarah Tadeo
June 1, 2016

A different kind of music video debuted in Rochester this week, as local deaf and hard of hearing students unveil a completed sign language rendition of hit rock song The Middle Wednesday.

American Sign Language music videos of Pharrell’s Happy and Phillip Phillips’ Home, created by students at Deaf Film Camp at Camp Mark Seven in Old Forge, went viral on Youtube in the last two years. They were, in part, the creative vision of Stacy Lawrence of Pittsford, the founder and former executive director of Deaf Film Camp.

In May, Lawrence was instrumental in bringing deaf director and cinematographer Wayne Betts Jr. to Rochester School for the Deaf to help craft a new and unrelated video to those produced at Deaf Film Camp, set to the 2000s hit by Jimmy Eat World, with students in the school’s American Sign Language Video Production class.

Watch Video - Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" in ASL by Rochester School for the Deaf -  Read more  . . . signed video



The FCC’s Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Deadlines for Video Navigation Choices NPRM and Establishes Schedule for Ex Parte Meetings

On February 18, 2016, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on proposed rules that will let consumers choose how they wish to access cable and other multichannel video programming.  The NPRM asks about allowing independent consumer electronics manufacturers, innovators, and other developers to build devices (i.e., set-top boxes) or software solutions that can navigate the universe of multichannel video programming.   Among other things, the NPRM seeks comment on implications of these actions for accessibility obligations, such as closed captioning, video description, and accessible user interfaces on set-top boxes that consumers would be able to acquire separately from their cable providers.

The comment dates for this proceeding have now been set:
Comments Due:  April 22, 2016
Reply Comments Due:  May 23, 2016

In addition, the Media Bureau is making the following dates available to meet with interested parties to discuss issues raised in the NPRM as follows:

Dates Set Aside for Ex Parte Meetings with Bureau: June 6-10, 2016

Links to the Public Notice:  


Links to the Video Navigation Choices NPRM:

For more information contact, Brendan Murray,, or Lyle Elder,, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, (202) 418-2120.




WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today it is launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate directly with agency staff about issues of discrimination they may be facing. EEOC information intake representatives who are fluent in ASL will be available to answer questions and guide callers through the process of filing a charge of discrimination using videophones.

Previously, individuals who were deaf and or hard of hearing relied on an interpreter using relay services when they contacted EEOC. This new system provides direct access to an EEOC employee who can answer the caller's question in ASL over a videophone.

EEOC is only the third federal agency-after the Federal Communications Commission and the Small Business Administration-to provide this direct access to the public.

"EEOC is proud to strengthen our service to the deaf and hard of hearing community and provide a more effective way for individuals to connect with our agency," said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang. "This enhanced means of communication helps to ensure that all individuals have access to EEOC resources on employment rights and responsibilities."

Carrie St. Cyr, one of the ASL information intake representatives who will answer the videophones, said, "About 98 percent of people who are deaf and hard of hearing use videophones. Now, when those individuals call EEOC, they will now be able to communicate face to face with a staff member who speaks their native language and whose gestures, body language, and expressions they can read easily."

Deaf and of hard of hearing callers can access the toll free ASL direct video line at 844-234-5122, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination.  Further information about the agency is available at

See ASL Video



Houston Deaf Network

DeafBlind Communication Matters. On Monday, January 5, 2015 history was made as the day the first live DeafBlind Video Relay (DBVRS) calls were successfully made by alpha testers!

DBVRS, wherein a DeafBlind consumer calls into the service using specialized software and signs to the VRS interpreter who voices to the hearing consumer and then types back to the DeafBlind consumer who receives the information from the hearing consumer via braille display, has been a long time project of CAAGVRS that began in the early summer of 2014.

After several months of testing, CAAGVRS made the first live test calls on January 5th with alpha users of the service. In their words, “This is Awesome!” “I am so very excited!” “Finally true independence for DeafBlind to make VRS calls anytime we need or wish.”

The value of this service cannot be understated for the DeafBlind Community as IP-Relay providers continue to…

Read more at DeafNetwork




On December 15, 2014, the FCC released a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (2nd FNPRM) to invite comment on several issues that relate to ensuring quality captioning of video programming on television.  The questions in this 2nd FNPRM include:

  • Should video programmers be required to file contact information and certification of captioning compliance with the FCC?
  • How can video programmer contact information and certifications be made widely available to the public?

Comments and reply comments due dates will be announced after this 2nd FNPRM is published in the Federal Register.

The links for the 2nd FNPRM are as follows:


For additional information, contact Eliot Greenwald, Disability Rights Office, at (202) 418-2235,, or call the ASL Consumer Support Line, at (844) 432-2275 via direct videophone.  For more information about the requirements for closed captioning of video programming on television, please visit:



Voting Now Open! Choose Your Favorite Video in Our 2014 My American Dream Video Contest

Now, it's up to you! Cast your vote today in National Disability Institute's 4th Annual My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest.

From now through October 27th, you can visit the official My American Dream Contest website to vote for one of the five finalists. America's votes will determine the grand prize winner, who will receive $1,000, a digital tablet, and sessions with a mentor to help take steps toward realizing their dream.

Videos poured in from all across the country, representing a wide range of states, ages and American dreams. The five 2014 finalists selected by an independent panel and available for America's vote include:

  • Joe Bishop of Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Emily Munson of Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Robert Ransom of Flat Rock, N.C.
  • Joseph Sumners of Sparta, Tenn.
  • Amanda Thompson of Hays, Kan.

To cast your vote or learn more about National Disability Institute's My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest, visit the official contest website at Please encourage your colleagues, friends and family to vote as well and feel free to share news about the contest via social media.

You can follow contest news on the website or join the conversation on Twitter @RealEconImpact with the hashtag #NDIdream and on Facebook You can also read the national press release on the NDI website.

Thank you in advance for casting your vote and helping one of our five finalists take the steps to make their American Dream a reality!

All the best,
Your Friends at National Disability Institute




Saturday, July 26, 2014
Article Source

Technology continues to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, as earlier this year, Resound developed a hearing aid in collaboration with Apple's products.

Users of compatible hearing aids can talk on the phone, make Facetime calls and listen to music in high quality stereo.

When Steve DeLuca was 28-years-old, he developed a brain tumor.

"It knocked out the hearing in my left ear, and then over the years, my right ear has gotten bad, and then I lost the hearing in my right ear also without the tumor," DeLuca said.

DeLuca is a firefighter for Northbrook Fire Department and has been there 22 years.

"I drive the engine," he said.

Hearing aids help him, but he learned from his audiologist about the made-for-iPhone hearing aid.

Laurel Christensen is head of audiology for GN Resound group, a Danish hearing aid manufacturer who partnered with Apple on this product.

"It's a hearing aid, professionally fitted just like any other hearing aid," Christensen said. "It's a premium high-end hearing aid with high-end sound processing. In addition to that, it will connect to an iPhone so everything that's audible from the iPhone will stream directly to the hearing aid.

"So that can be obviously a telephone call, it can be music, it van be videos, anything that is audible from the phone will go directly into the hearing aid," she said. 

It is compatible with the iPhone 5 iPad Air and the iTouch.

"It's priced like a premium hearing aid, so they can be $2,500 to $3,500 depending on where you go," Christensen said.

"The Apple hearing aid is by far much better than the other hearing aid is, the technology that Apple uses and being able to sync with the phone just opens us to so many things that I'm able to do," DeLuca said.

"There is a wow effect with the hearing aid alone, and when you connect it to the iPhone, people are able to hear things from an iPhone that they were never able to hear clearly before," Christensen said. "We are getting a lot of positive feedback and it helps hearing-impaired people in more environments than they were able to hear before."

For cochlear implants, there is no made-for-i-Phone product. But Christensen believes in the future and that they will have something like this.

For more information, visit Apple's website.





by: Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office
June 11, 2014

Article Source

The FCC has unveiled a new type of support service specifically designed for consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing to communicate in their primary language, American Sign Language (ASL).   The “ASL Consumer Support Line,” announced by Chairman Tom Wheeler at the M-Enabling Summit last night, allows deaf and hard of hearing consumers to engage in a direct, interactive video call with a consumer specialist at the FCC who can provide assistance in ASL for filing informal complaints or obtaining consumer information.

The direct ASL video concept was first conceived by FCC staff members in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Disability Rights Office who have observed that direct access to communication, rather than through intermediaries such as interpreters or video relay service (VRS), provide greater autonomy to the consumers.   This direct video access will allow consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing to communicate in their native language, ASL, with ease and confidence that their messages are being delivered in an exact manner.

Now, direct video access to the FCC has finally become a reality for deaf and hard of hearing consumers who communicate primarily in ASL.

We believe the new service will be highly preferred to VRS and to filing written complaints through the FCC’s website because of the difficulty in trying to convey the complexity of complaints for disability-related issues.

Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing can use the ASL Consumer Support Line by calling 844-4-FCC-ASL (844-432-2275) or 202-810-0444. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday.

You can watch an ASL web video about the ASL Consumer Support Line at

With the launch of the ASL Consumer Support Line, the FCC is paving the way for direct and easy access to connect with the FCC for consumers who communicate in ASL.

About Video Relay Service (VRS): VRS allows persons who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and have speech disabilities to use ASL to communicate in near real time through a communications assistant , via video over a broadband Internet connection.  The CA, serving as a communication conduit, relays message from ASL to spoken English and vice versa for a call between a video caller who communicates in ASL and a voice telephone user.

About the Disability Rights Office (DRO):  DRO addresses disability-related telecommunications matters, including but not limited to:  Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS); access to telecommunications and advanced communications equipment and services by persons with disabilities; access to emergency information; and closed captioning.  For more information about DRO, visit:




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

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

Text-to-911 Guide (pdf)

Being stopped by the police is difficult for everyone.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, the experience can be worse.aclu

Marlee Matlin On Deaf And Police Interaction

The ACLU has teamed up with Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf and the wife of a police officer, and advocacy group Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD) on an American Sign Language video to ensure deaf people know their rights when interacting with law enforcement.



Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons


April 8, 2014
Spring Fling & Community Forum 2014 
 Thank you to all who joined us for a Super Spring Fling.  

It was a wonderful, heartwarming show of support as we wrapped up our 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Thanks to our sponsors and all of you who participated, over $4,500 was raised for the NVRC Communication Access Fund. The raffle alone brought in $700. Many, many thanks for all your raffle gifts.


Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers for not only spreading general good cheer, but for collecting lunch money, selling raffle tickets, helping with the NVRC Milestones Game, and slaving in the snack bar. We appreciate your hard work!

Our Four Chefs.
A special shout out to our Fab Four Grillers – Chef Tom, Chef Ray, Chef Fred and ChefTony who not only cooked delicious burgers and hot dogs, but raised over $90 in the Tip the Chef competition! Woo hoo!


And especially thank you to our fantastic Board of Directors who provided the food and also came to volunteer.  We couldn't have done it without you!


Please answer our event survey.

Click here to watch the video




Please Note:

    - For those who purchased raffle tickets but weren't able to attend, 

       winning numbers can be found here and are posted on our website.


    -108 people took the survey; results can be found here or from our website.


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