Aug 142014

Petition To Pass HR 3150

We need Congress to pass HR 3150 so that hearing aids are covered by Medicare.

Petition by Janice Schacter Lintz

To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

We need Congress to pass HR 3150 so that hearing aids are covered by Medicare.


Hearing aids should not be the new status symbol for the rich. The right to hear is a civil or human right.

- Thanks to Janice Schacter Lintz, Chair, Hearing Access Program and NVRC, Fairfax
Aug 142014

Comment Deadline:  August 22, 2014

Reply Comment Deadline:  September 5, 2014


On August 1, 2014, the FCC released a Public Notice asking for comments about the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP).


The NDBEDP is a program that the FCC established as directed by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).  The NDBEDP provides funding support for the distribution of equipment needed to access telecommunications, advanced communications services, and the Internet to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.  The NDBEDP has been operating as a pilot program since July 1, 2012.  The rules governing the pilot program will expire on June 30, 2015.


In this Public Notice, the FCC invites the public to provide feedback on ways that the FCC can make the NDBEDP more effective and more efficient.  This feedback will help the FCC establish rules to continue the NDBEDP as a permanent program when the pilot program ends.


Links to the Public Notice:






The Public Notice includes instructions for filing comments.  If you need assistance filing comments or more information, please contact Jackie Ellington at 202-418-1153 or, or Rosaline Crawford at202-418-2075 or, of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office.


Aug 142014

ALDAcon 2014


Association of Late-Deafened Adults Board of Directors is pleased to announce that its annual international convention (ALDAcon) in 2014 will be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott hotel located in downtown Norfolk, VA, October 7th-12th, 2014.
The hotel is one block from the riverfront; one block from Granby Street where you can find 30-40 restaurants, several Irish pubs, public venues and two blocks from a Regal Cinema theater; great location with lots to do, all within easy walking distance.

Information on the hotel:

Conference website:

Aug 142014

Consumers, Colleagues, and Partners:


The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is assisting the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in assessing both curb cuts in need of repair AND identifying places where curb cuts do not exist and need to be installed.


Although VDOT intends to assess across the Commonwealth, the immediate priority areas are Northern Virginia, Richmond and Tidewater.


This is a great opportunity to provide VDOT input in changing our communities and providing optimal access for all!


Please take a minute to complete yourself or to ask consumers and community members to fill out the survey linked below—please help spread the word on this.


The curb cut survey  should be accessed through the link below.




Thanks for offering your advice to our VDOT partner.




James A. Rothrock


Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

8004 Franklin Farms Drive

Richmond, Virginia 23229

Phone: (804) 662-7010

Fax:     (804) 662-7644