Educational Program
Communication Workshop:
Connecting with People with Hearing & Vision Loss

Properly serving the senior population requires that we connect with them effectively. As aging dramatically increases the likelihood of hearing or vision loss, effective communication requires a knowledge of these barriers and how to conquer them.

September 1, 2021
12:00 noon - 2:30 pm

NVRC (Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons)
3951 Pender Drive #130

Fairfax, VA 22030

Hearing loss affects one in three seniors over the age of 65, and two out of three over the age of 75.  13.6% of Americans 65 to 74 years of age reported having vision loss, and 21.7% of Americans 75 years of age and over reported having vision loss.

Join Bonnie OLeary and Debbie Jones of the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons as they highlight some of the most important considerations about hearing loss and resources available to help cope with it.  This interactive workshop will feature a demonstration of assistive listening devices by Resource and Technology Specialist, Debbie Jones.  She will also provide detailed information about the new Technology Assistance Program, Loan to Own, funded through the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Outreach Manager, Bonnie OLeary, will focus on myths and truths about hearing loss, factors affecting lip-reading, how to identify hearing loss in someone, and how to solve various communication challenges. She will play a demo CD simulating high frequency hearing loss, give all attendees a spelling test, and test participants knowledge of hearing health with a short questionnaire.  A volunteer or two may be called upon for a short role-playing skit.

DBVIAlex Castillo of The Virginia Department for the Blind will address support services, eye diseases and how that would impact communication skills.  Adaptive communication equipment will also be demonstrated.

Debbie JonesDebbie Jones has been with NVRC for 13 years, during which time she has given hundreds of technology demonstrations to consumers, administrators, agencies, emergency personnel, educators and students.  She studied Psychology at George Washington University, is fluent in American Sign Language, and is in the testing process to become a nationally certified interpreter.

Bonnie O'LearyBonnie O'Leary has been working with the NVRC since January, 2002, focusing on outreach to senior citizens who have hearing loss and education for hearing families, caregivers and supervisors.  She received her certification as a Hearing Loss Support Specialist and Peer Mentor from Gallaudet University in 2007.  As a late-deafened adult, Bonnie applies her own personal experience with hearing loss to her outreach work.  During her "hearing" years, Bonnie worked in advertising in New York and London and owned a 24-track recording studio in Burke, VA.



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