Archive for December, 2010

Job Announcement – Travel Trainer

Travel Training on Metro busThe ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is seeking to hire a full-time travel trainer to provide comprehensive, individualized travel training to teach people with significant disabilities how to travel safely and independently on accessible public transportation throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.


This position is responsible for conducting screenings and assessments to determine the travel skills and goals of people with disabilities; planning and evaluating travel routes; teaching trip planning skills and strategies; implementing individualized travel training; teaching self-advocacy, safety and orientation skills related to traveling independently on public transportation; evaluating the individual’s ability to travel safely and independently at the conclusion of travel training; establishing collaborative relationships with disability organization service providers, school systems and social service agencies throughout the service area. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Human Services, Orientation and Mobility, Therapeutic Recreation, or a related field. Experience working with people with disabilities, preferably in providing travel training or orientation and mobility training, or an equivalent combination of post high school education and more than six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in travel training or orientation and mobility training, preferably in the transportation industry or with disability service or advocacy organizations. Must have the ability to interact and communicate effectively with people who have a wide range of disabilities.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please submit letters of interest and resumes by December 31, 2010 to:

ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201


December 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

My Cochlear Implant (Part 3)-Third Activation

Tony listening to his colleagueIt seems like there should be only one activation of a CI, and I guess that technically you’d be right for calling the title of this blog post inaccurate. However, that’s my title because every time the processor part of a CI gets programmed even slightly differently, it’s like a new activation and requires some adaptations on my part and plenty of patience on pretty much everyone else’s part.

When I got to the Listening Center at Johns Hopkins the first thing I did was take an audiology test. It was a standard type of test — where you hear beeps and buzzes in your ear and raise your hand when you do — and I did it once with my CI and once without. That was to measure my hearing with the CI and without it. The test showed that my hearing with the CI would now fall in the category of a moderate hearing loss whereas before it would have been a severe/profound hearing loss!

This is, of course, a significant improvement for me. As I said in a previous entry though, my biggest problem was not just my hearing but my discrimination; meaning that I would oftentimes hear that people were talking but the sounds were all jumbled together and I did not understand the individual words. And a good pair of hearing aids and, indeed, even a good FM System, oftentimes simply made those things into a louder jumble. Several people that I have frequent contact with have told me that my understanding is improving and they have to repeat themselves less often.

My disability (Friedreich’s Ataxia), is the main cause of my hearing loss and as it (FA) is a progressive neurological condition, there are some days that are better and some days that are worse. This seems to be true for my hearing with the CI as well. But I am still feeling cautious optimism.

Update: The day after my last appointment, I got a FedEx delivery from Advanced Bionics, the manufacturer of my CI. I figured it was a welcome-to-the-family-type of letter and I didn’t even open it until the next day. It turns out that it was a notice of a recall of the type of implant I had gotten. Apparently, adverse issues have been found in 2 out of the 28,000 implanted devices and apparently the adverse issues begin to take effect within 8-10 days after initial activation. I haven’t experienced any issues thus far and because my initial activation was 21 days ago as of this writing, hopefully I’ll be OK. My fingers are still crossed though!

By Tony Trott, ECNV Peer Mentor & Editor

December 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

Interpreted Christmas Concerts

First Baptist Church of Alexandria
2932 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
(Only this night is free)

Living Christmas Tree

A Christmas Full of Joy

Immanuel Bible Church
6911 Braddock Road,
Springfield VA 22151

7:30 pm, Friday, December 10, 2010

Glory in the Highest

McLean Bible Church – Tysons Campus
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

 8:00 pm, Friday, December 17, 2010

The Christmas Concert

Thanks to Bill Wainscott

December 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

From the Editor

Tony Trott

There are some really nice things about this time of year. But by the same token, there are some things that are kind of downers.

For example, it is starting to get a bit colder and days are getting shorter, but things need to change and if they didn’t change at all, I think that many of us (myself definitely included) would really miss that change.

So lets all do what we can to make sure that any change is positive change!

By Tony Trott, ECNV Peer Mentor & Editor
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Fall 2010 Edition)

December 6, 2010 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

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