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  • July 21, 2014 10:00 PM | Alyssa Schreiner (Administrator)
    DIG just held a mini-retreat on Saturday, June 19 for the Executive Board members, Committee Chairs, and Board Members-At-Large.  Most of the participants of the mini-retreat attended in person, while one out-of-state Board member participated via videophone.  At the mini-retreat, the Bylaws, mission statement, and vision were reviewed and careful consideration was placed on whether any of the statement in the bylaws needed to be revised to ensure it met DIG’s overall goals. 

    The participants at the mini-retreat also discussed the candidates running for the two available Board Member-At-Large positions as well as the Recording Secretary position.  The goal is to have these three positions filled soon through a Board vote. 

    By having the mini-retreat to review and discuss the bylaws as well as clarifying everyone’s duties and responsibility in DIG, it will give the Board more time to start planning DIG’s two year goals at the Board Retreat in September with the newly appointed Board Member-At-Large and Recording Secretary. 

  • July 16, 2014 9:00 PM | Alyssa Schreiner (Administrator)
    The deadline to apply for the two Board Members at Large and Recording Secretary positions are this Friday, July 18, 2014.

    For information about these positions and duties expected from these positions, please click here.

    If you are interested in becoming a Board Member at Large or Recording Secretary for DIG, please click here to fill out an official application online.

    We also want to stress that you do not have to live in the Washington, D.C. metro area to serve in these positions, as we are a nationwide organization.

    If you have any another questions, please feel free to contact us at we@deafingov.org.

  • July 16, 2014 8:00 PM | Alyssa Schreiner (Administrator)

    Federal employees who want to make a difference

    in the lives of individuals with disabilities 

    Do your part to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities…

    Volunteer to recruit for the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) today!

    The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.   The WRP is the primary pipeline bringing students and recent graduates with disabilities into federal employment.  That’s why the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has designated it as a model strategy for attracting individuals with disabilities to public service. 

    Why volunteer to serve as a WRP recruiter?

    ·         You will have a personal impact on the hiring of people with disabilities in the federal government.

    ·         You will gain valuable insight and experience, which will add to your professional development.

    ·         You will have advance access to a group of highly motivated candidates that your agency can hire non-competitively – without opening an official vacancy announcement.

    What is expected of WRP recruiters? 

    ·         You must successfully complete several online training modules.  Upon completing the training, which covers disability etiquette, reasonable accommodation, interviewing techniques, and expedited hiring flexibility, you must demonstrate your knowledge by taking a short quiz.  Additionally, as a new recruiter you must complete a “mock interview write up”.  You have until August 22, 2014, to complete the training and quiz, which should take no longer than 90 minutes.

    ·         You must commit to conducting interviews.  You can choose how many 30-minute phone interviews you wish to do (minimum of 10, maximum of 50).  Once you receive your assignment, you will have four weeks to complete your phone interviews, which you will schedule with the assigned school in advance.

    ·         You must evaluate each candidate interviewed and provide a justification for assigned ratings.  The information must be entered into the WRP website, www.wrp.gov, by the assigned deadline.   All data entry must be checked for errors before submitting to the program sponsors.

    ·         You must secure the support of your supervisor.  We will provide the appropriate documentation to facilitate this process.

    Are there any other requirements?   

    You must be available to conduct interviews during the recruitment season, which begins October, 20th and ends November 19th.

    To volunteer, go to https://wrp.gov/registerrecruiter

  • July 10, 2014 11:00 PM | Alyssa Schreiner (Administrator)
    AAPD has a series of events on July 23rd to commemorate the 24th Anniversary of the ADA (Actual Anniversary is July 26th.). I hope that you will consider joining some or all of them!  

    Symposium: Consumer Protection for People with Disabilities

    Start the day at 9 am with AAPD and the National Consumers League for a morning symposium on Consumer Protection for People with Disabilities.  The symposium will consist of two panels and a fireside chat with Congressman Sensenbrenner. The panels focus on technology and the factoring of structured settlements.

    To RSVP, please use the online form. For questions, or to request accommodations, please e-mail tbobbitt@aapd.com or lucindac@nclnet.org

    Justice for All Awards

    Please RSVP for the 2014 AAPD Justice For All Awards.  This year's event is begins at 3:30 pm and will be held in the House Visitors Center, HVC-201.  This year's honorees include Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Congressional Champion) and Bernie Deleo (Grassroots Champion). To RSVP and request accommodations, please submit the registration form: JFA Registration.

    ADA Celebration
    End the day with AAPD and breath taking views of the Capital for our ADA Celebration taking place at  6:30 pm. This is the only ticketed event of the day. Tickets can be purchased on the AAPD website. This year they will be honoring Senator Tom Harking with the Tony Coelho Lifetime Achievement Award and will be honoring AT&T for their commitment to people with disabilities. It promises to be a fun and festive end to the day.
  • July 07, 2014 12:55 PM | Michelle Koplitz

    Interested in volunteering?

    The Deaf in Government (DIG) Board and its members are seeking candidates who are willing to devote their time and energy to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Federal Government community.

    We have three Board Member positions immediately available:
    Recording Secretary
    Board Member at Large
    Board Member at Large

    The only requirement we have is that you have the enthusiasm and the desire to share your talents. It does not matter where you reside or work.

    Recording Secretary:
    Someone who can develop and circulate monthly Board meeting agendas, take meeting minutes, and post approved minutes online for member access. This position is a two year term and will be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

    Board Member at Large (2 positions):
    Members-at-Large represent the interests of the General Membership on the Board. They may take responsibility for activities on the basis of interest or at the request of the Board or President, or serve on standing or ad hoc committees, and handle special projects. This is a voting position on the Board of Directors.

    Visit the Available Board Positions page to learn more.

    If you are interested in serving in any of these three positions, please contact us at: we@deafingov.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
    Interested?  Visit the Available Board Positions page to learn more. 
    Interested?  Visit the Available Board Positions page to learn more. 
  • July 02, 2014 2:58 PM | Michelle Koplitz

    During the Happy Hour event at NAD, we announced the rebranding of DHHIG to DIG - Deaf in Government. We will continue to support all Federal Government employees who are deaf, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, oral deaf, deaf-blind, late-deafened throughout the United States.  The new name is part of an organizational rebranding effort undertaken to better meet the needs of our community, members, and volunteers, as well as being able to develop new activities that support our core functions of advocacy, training, and networking. 

    Rebranding Effort:Some of the changes made during this rebranding effort were conducted through the election of new Board members, restructuring the organization and the creation of a new mission statement which was ratified last year.

    Mission Statement:DIG empowers Deaf and Hard of Hearing Federal Employees to overcome communication barriers, resolve accessibility issues, and promote a fully inclusive work environment through networking and fostering professional growth.”

    Organization Name:We changed our organization’s name to DIG, Deaf in Government, for greater impact. We wanted to remain consistent with other organizations that have three letter acronyms such as, “NAD”, “FEDs”, “FEW”, and “BIG”. By keeping our name short and sweet, we hope it will draw in more members and visibility within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.  Our belief is that the Hard of Hearing community falls within the definition of “deaf.”

    Logo:To support the name change, we created a new logo with a little “d” in the big “Government” (the logo can be seen on our website).  We wanted to incorporate a strong, contemporary logo to reflect the modern vision of our organization; however, we maintained the colors red, white, and blue from the previous logo to honor and recognize our organization’s history.   Furthermore, as part of our effort to support deaf businesses and people, our logo was designed by a deaf person named Shannon Connell.

    Website:To best present our organization’s new image, to support our functionality, and to better connect to our community – we decided to undertake a complete website redesign and overhaul.  Our host has launched some heavy upgrades this year that make some of our website features easier to use.  Some major changes that will be found on the new website include:

    • Visual scrolling banner to highlight significant news, announcements, and upcoming events
    • Blog capacity in the website, which will help the organization move away from newsletters and into using more timely information
    • Greater social media connectedness
    • “Events” feature easier to use
    • Capacity for expanding available resources
    • Reorganized navigation for the website
    • Marketing and advertising spaces

    Why:Two years ago when we hosted the National Training Conference, we were struggling with attaining the desired level of registrants to financially break even, mainly because of sequestration and budget cuts across the federal government.  As a result, we decided to host the conference at a no cost to the participants.  This came at an enormous expense to the organization as the NTC was our top revenue generator.  With conference participation for Federal Employees becoming more difficult and with tighter government budgets, we had to look for different ways to operate without further losses. 

    We hope that our Members and community continue to support us with the new rebranding concept and our efforts to make positive changes to the organization.  You can show your support by taking a vote on the proposed name change at our next Annual Meeting.  You can also support us by becoming a member today!

    You will be receiving a survey from us soon and we ask that you take the time to respond with your needs as a Federal Government employee and member of DIG.  We will use your results to prioritize our activities within the next year.

    Welcome to the new Deaf in Government!

  • June 26, 2014 7:30 PM | Alyssa Schreiner (Administrator)

    The following candidates have been elected to serve the following DHHIG positions for 2014-2016:

    Vice President: Michelle Koplitz (Ratification approved by general members and will continue serve until 2016)

    Treasurer: Thomas Parker

    Recording Secretary: Maxwell​ Shea will remained as interim until his replacement. (Board shall appoint to fill in the vacant)

    Corresponding Secretary: Alyssa Schreiner

    Board Member at Large: Amanda Clatterbaugh

    Board Member at Large: Ryan Kobylarz


    Board Members that continue to serve their 2013-2015 term:

    President: Steven Gagnon

    Board Member at Large: David Rice

    Board Member at Large: Vacant (Board shall appoint to fill in the vacant)

    Board Member at Large: Vacant (Board shall appoint to fill in the vacant)


    President Steve Gagnon would like to thank Jon Mitchiner, Karthik Sethuraman, Dominic Vera and Kisha Cave for their outstanding service to the DHHIG Board of Directors. DHHIG will miss working with you all and hope you all will continue to help DHHIG out in some capacity.  Again, thank you for all your hard work and effort in making DHHIG a successful organization!

  • June 18, 2014 6:30 PM | Alyssa Schreiner (Administrator)

    We have a surprise!!

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing In Government (DHHIG) invites you to happy hour on Thursday July 3rd at Max Lager's: 5:00pm-7:00pm at 320 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308. 

    This special event is being generously sponsored by Federal Relay by Sprint Relay.  DHHIG thanks Sprint for their continued support!

    Come to the Happy Hour to find out what the Surprise is!

    The first 50 DHHIG members get a complementary beverage. **Appetizers will be provided for all.

  • May 14, 2014 5:30 PM | Alyssa Schreiner (Administrator)

    We are accepting nominations for several key positions on the DHHIG board.  Here is your chance to help guide the future of DHHIG!  Please visit our website to learn how to nominate someone or yourself and find voting information and other details: http://www.dhhig.org/Election.

    The last day to nominate someone for a position or self-nominate is May 31, 2014!  Don't miss out on an opportunity to be involved!

  • May 12, 2014 10:30 PM | Alyssa Schreiner (Administrator)

    DHHIG would like to invite you to attend the Federal Employed Women (FEW) 2014 Leadership Summit on Friday, July 11, 2014.  The Summit will begin at 8:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM.  Registration fees for the Summit is $25 for everyone, including FEW members and nonmembers.  The event will be held at The Washington Court Hotel: 525 New Jersey Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20001. The deadline to register is July 8, 2014.

    Topics to be covered during the Leadership Summit are:

    Leadership Fundamentals
    Tactical/Strategic/Operational Leadership
    Leading a Diverse Organization
    Leading for Effective Impact
    Creating Your Leadership Action Plan

    There are also two other FEW events that you can attend that week.  On Thursday, July 10, 2014, FEW will be hosting Advocacy Day from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and on Friday, July 11, 2014, FEW will be hosting a 45th Anniversary Celebration (will take place after the Leadership Summit) from 6:00 PM - 9:00 AM.  The Advocacy Day event is free to everyone and the Anniversary Celebration is $50 for FEW members and $60 for nonmembers of FEW.

    View Program Schedule

    View Registration Rate

    The Washington Court Hotel
    525 New Jersey Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

    Attire: Business

    RSVP: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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