Deaf in Government

Deaf in Government To provide Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals a voice in the Government and to promote the inclusion of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and their cultural and linguistic principles in the workforce.
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We resolve & overcome communication barriers, accessibility issues and promote a fully inclusive work environment through networking and fostering professional growth.

Mission: To provide Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals a voice in the Government and to promote the inclusion of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and their cultural and linguistic principles in the workforce. Toward this end, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will work as resource within government to: increase workforce development and training, promote awareness and application of Deaf and Hard of Hearing values and principles, encourage mentoring and networking, provide a full spectrum of qualified leadership skills, disseminate seamless business solutions in order to solve business challenges, foster competent, long-term, high-impact methods of empowerment to exceed performance expectations, develop resources to promote organizational effectiveness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing employees, cultivate communication access to achieve a fully integrated workforce, and conduct research and development on key Deaf and Hard of Hearing issues of interest to the membership and supporting constituents.

Operating as usual

DIG is hosting our annual Holiday Party virtually this year! We will have performances with Wawa Snipes and Magic Morgan...
11/30/2020

DIG is hosting our annual Holiday Party virtually this year! We will have performances with Wawa Snipes and Magic Morgan, followed with a social hour open chat with breakout rooms of your choosing. Admission is free but registration is required in order to obtain the Zoom link to join the party. All are welcome! Invite your friends!

When: Friday December 11, 2020

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm EST

Where: Zoom - registration required to join.

Register here: https://deafingov.org/event-4071816

Free admission.

The performances will be voice-interpreted and captioned.

11/26/2020
Thank You Sponsors - Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to offer a special thanks and recognition for all of our sponsors. Here's a little something to show our appreciation for our sponsors out there! Wishing you all the best on Thanksgiving.

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Video Description/Transcript:
Todd with a navy blue vest and flannel shirt underneath: Hello! We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to all sponsors who support Deaf in Government (DIG)'s mission. Thank you all!

Traci with hair down and wearing a black long-sleeved top: DIG organization has been growing rapidly because of your support. Thank you!

Christopher with a diamond pattern sweater and dress shirt underneath: Shout out to all members, volunteers, boards, committees, and sponsors; you are all champs! Thank you for your ongoing support!

Nikki with long brown hair and green jacket: We would like to extend our gratitude to DIG's growing number of sponsors who continue to believe in DIG and we are very grateful for your ongoing support and generosity. Thank you on behalf of the entire DIG organization.

Angela with gold earrings and black & white flannel: DIG would not have been successful without your support. Thank you so much!

Cham with black hair and gray-ish/light blue dress shirt with a DIG logo on the right of his shirt: Thank you to all of our sponsors who invested in DIG's mission. All generous sponsorships that we have received to date help us continue our operations in DIG. We can provide better products and services to our users in the United States, including cities, state, and federal employees. Even some of the largest contract companies to the federal government benefit from the economic system as it works both ways. We are thankful. Our sponsors believe in DIG's mission through accessibility, communication, career advancement, and more. We are really thankful for our sponsors. DIG won't be able to continue providing quality services and products without sponsors' support.

David with dark brown hair and green dress shirt: Thank you to our sponsors for the benefit of DIG networking through different events. Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe!

#Thanksgiving #Thankful #Sponsors

Thank you, Federal Relay, for providing interpreting and captioning services for the Annual Meeting & Elections on Decem...
11/20/2020

Thank you, Federal Relay, for providing interpreting and captioning services for the Annual Meeting & Elections on December 17, which will be virtual. More details coming soon.

The meeting is open to members only. To participate, renew your membership at www.deafingov.org/membership and we will send you a Zoom link within 48 hours of the event.

Thank you, Federal Relay, for providing interpreting and captioning services for the Annual Meeting & Elections on Decem...
11/20/2020

Thank you, Federal Relay, for providing interpreting and captioning services for the Annual Meeting & Elections on December 17, which will be virtual. More details coming soon.

The meeting is open to members only. To participate, renew your membership at www.deafingov.org/membership and we will send you a Zoom link within 48 hours of the event.

On Monday November 23, DIG is partnering with the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) for a lively panel of individuals...
11/19/2020

On Monday November 23, DIG is partnering with the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) for a lively panel of individuals who work in a variety of government positions to share how they got to where they are, and where they will go next.

NBDA President Isidore Nyibogo will moderate with three panelists: Kazeem Babatunde, Stephanie Nutt, and Vikki Porter in "Looking Inside the Government: Deaf People Share Their Stories".

Date: Monday, November 23, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern

Where: DIG's page and NBDA's page

This webinar will be sign language interpreted and captioned.

11/18/2020
DIG Expo Happening in April 2021!

- THE POWER OF YOU -

Our first ever DIG Expo event in April 2021! Sit back while we create the virtual experience of a lifetime! Save the date!

Video Description: A female with a black sweater & wearing glasses sitting in front of a neutral sage green background.

Transcript: Hello! My name is Angela Cannella, I am the DIG Expo Director, and we want to officially announce our future event on Thursday, April 8, 2021!

DIG Expo will be a centralized event for workshops, presentations, and booths. We are currently planning to host the entire event virtually by partnering with RivetLogic because your health and safety is our top priority. Our DIG Expo Team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and we will follow the guidelines posted by the CDC.

Our three main focuses for the DIG Expo include:
Accessibility innovation: promote available resources, services, and demonstrate current technologies that can be used for accessibility purposes.
Career Development: career advancement, networking, and job opportunities for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind job seekers.
Community engagement: to build a bridge in collaboration with companies and organizations for attendees.

Currently, we are conducting a call for presenters. Please send nominations for workshop presentations our way. If you know of a potential presenter or you would like to nominate yourself, please reach out! We would prefer for presentations to incorporate topics such as:
Career Development;
Financial Management;
Information Technology;
Career Advancement;
Cultural
Diversity/Heritage;
How to Work with Interpreters;
EEO Institute/EEO Personnel;
Human Resources Management;
Deafhood;
Diversity and Inclusion;
Understanding the Use of Schedule A;
Toastmaster Skills;
Facilitation Skills;
Project Management;
Teamwork

We also welcome other ideas not mentioned above. Please contact [email protected] for any questions, nominations, or concerns. Check out our website: www.deafingov.org/digexpo for more information on the nomination process!

Please keep in mind that the deadline to submit nominations is on Sunday, January 31, 2021. We look forward to receiving your nominations! Thank you for watching!

Please be advised that more information, including schedule, presentation, exhibits, and sponsorship about this event, is on our website. Take a few minutes of your time to browse our website as we have launched our DIG Expo section on our DIG website today!
www.deafingov.org/digexpo

TODAY— Join DIG's new Mentoring Program! Are you feeling stuck in your current position, unsure how to obtain a promotio...
11/10/2020

TODAY— Join DIG's new Mentoring Program!

Are you feeling stuck in your current position, unsure how to obtain a promotion or advance your career? Do you sometimes find it difficult to find people in higher level positions to mentor you or get advice from? DIG is launching a new Mentoring program, open to all federal, state, local employees and government contractors to help connect people to each other over shared interests such as career advancement, managing a work/life balance, and many more topics.

DIG Career Advancement Director Kirsten Poston, Jeffrey Dallos, and David Cardenas will share more details about the program and how to join:

Focus on Your Future: DIG Mentoring Program Information Session

Date: TODAY Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern

Where: DIG's page

This webinar will be in ASL, voice interpreted and captioned.

11/07/2020

Hellooo, DIG Members! We released our autumn newsletter yesterday! We hope you will enjoy reading our newsletter which should bring you up-to-date with what has been happening within DIG.

As always, contact us at [email protected] for any questions that you may have and we'd love to hear from you!

Join DIG's new Mentoring Program! Are you feeling stuck in your current position, unsure how to obtain a promotion or ad...
11/06/2020

Join DIG's new Mentoring Program!

Are you feeling stuck in your current position, unsure how to obtain a promotion or advance your career? Do you sometimes find it difficult to find people in higher level positions to mentor you or get advice from? DIG is launching a new Mentoring program, open to all federal, state, local employees and government contractors to help connect people to each other over shared interests such as career advancement, managing a work/life balance, and many more topics.

DIG Career Advancement Director Kirsten Poston, Jeffrey Dallos, and David Cardenas will share more details about the program and how to join:

Focus on Your Future: DIG Mentoring Program Information Session

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern

Where: DIG's page

This webinar will be in ASL, voice interpreted and captioned.

Mozzeria restaurant nailed their first documentary film! Take a few minutes to watch the short documentary that went out...
11/05/2020

Mozzeria restaurant nailed their first documentary film! Take a few minutes to watch the short documentary that went out yesterday. You will see our DIG president and treasurer in cameo appearances!

Cheers,
DIG Board

#MozzeriaDC #deafecosystem #documentaryfilm #supportsmallbusinesses

Need a great way to get your mind off Election Day nerves? You've got to see this awesome short documentary film from @reopendoc that just released this morning! We are so grateful to Palate Films for showcasing our journey with the support of Bus Door Films and CSD Social Venture Fund. Check it out now at reopendoc.com!
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#mozzeriadc #mozzeria #deafownedbusiness #docuseries #documentaryphotographer #foodfilm #woodfiredpizza #italianfood #neapolitan #hstreetdc #pizzalover #washingtondc

You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity where this panel shares their real-life stories from working in the governm...
11/02/2020

You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity where this panel shares their real-life stories from working in the government during elections!

SignVote is excited to partner with Deaf in Government for this event tonight! Watch on our pages starting 8pm ET. 🗳️

[ID: Light gray background, an icon of the white house with text says: Behind the Government Doors, Deaf Employees Share Election Experiences, individual photos of the moderator and panelists, Kriston Pumphrey, Moderator, Leah Kath Hernandez, Former West Wing Receptionist at the White House, Brianne Burger, Federal Employee, Claudia Gordon, Former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement (Political Appointment), and David Bahar, Former Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jay Inslee (D-Washington), LIVE Panel on (Facebook icon) @Deaf in Government and @SignVote, and DIG/SignVote logos on the bottom center.]

You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity where this panel shares their real-life stories from working in the government during elections!

SignVote is excited to partner with Deaf in Government for this event tonight! Watch on our pages starting 8pm ET. 🗳️

[ID: Light gray background, an icon of the white house with text says: Behind the Government Doors, Deaf Employees Share Election Experiences, individual photos of the moderator and panelists, Kriston Pumphrey, Moderator, Leah Kath Hernandez, Former West Wing Receptionist at the White House, Brianne Burger, Federal Employee, Claudia Gordon, Former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement (Political Appointment), and David Bahar, Former Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jay Inslee (D-Washington), LIVE Panel on (Facebook icon) @Deaf in Government and @SignVote, and DIG/SignVote logos on the bottom center.]

DIG will be partnering with SignVote on Monday November 2 at 8 PM Eastern! "Behind the Government Doors: Deaf Employees ...
10/30/2020

DIG will be partnering with SignVote on Monday November 2 at 8 PM Eastern!

"Behind the Government Doors: Deaf Employees Share Election Experiences "

Kriston Pumphrey will sit down with Leah Katz- Hernandez, Claudia Gordon, David Bahar, and Brianne Burger.

Watch us at DIG and SignVote Facebook Live!

10/30/2020

One on one conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, MD, the nation’s leading expert on COVID-19.

Topics: Long Term COVID, Post-Covid Care and the future of treatments for Survivors who have not recovered.

Can you believe? 🥳 We have launched our new membership program today! Due to a growing membership base, growing DIG Boar...
10/29/2020
Deaf in Government (DIG) - Membership

Can you believe? 🥳 We have launched our new membership program today! Due to a growing membership base, growing DIG Board, and to provide the best services possible, the new membership structure will help DIG continue its operations and meet our mission.

Subscriber- FREE, always.
General Membership- $25 annual dues.

Everything you need to know: www.deafingov.org/membership, and you can also email us at [email protected] if you have questions.

The more people sign up, the more we can offer different programs. Thank you for your continued support, and we have many exciting goals in mind waiting to happen in the near future!

Deaf in Government has several types of membership available to the public. Each of the membership plans offer something as well as reasons why you should join today!

10/29/2020

Election Day is coming up! Don’t miss these exciting events which include Deaf in Government on Monday November 2!

[ID: Light gray background, title text says: Election 2020 Event Calendar, 3 columns in the middle with dates/info in each, Thurs. 29th, SignVote on USE YOUR VOICE LIVE, 2pm, @levis with IG live button, Mon. 2nd, CDDA Panel, THE NIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION, 7-7:45pm, @The Center for Democracy in Deaf America, FB live button, Deaf in Government Panel, BEHIND THE GOVERNMENT DOORS, 8-9:30pm, @SignVote and @Deaf in Government, FB live button, Tues. 3rd, Election Day!, CDDA Panel, WAITING AND WATCHING: UNDERSTANDING ELECTION NIGHT
7-8:30pm ET, More events to be announced, and the SignVote logo on bottom right.]

Come One, Come All! Dr. Fauci Speaks Live on Friday, October 30 with DIG!DIG is partnering with the Survivor Corps to br...
10/28/2020

Come One, Come All!

Dr. Fauci Speaks Live on Friday, October 30 with DIG!

DIG is partnering with the Survivor Corps to bring you a One-on-One conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Survivor Corps will discuss the issues surrounding Long Term Covid and the future of treatments for survivors who have not recovered.

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern
Where: DIG's page

This webinar will be sign language interpreted and captioned.

Dr. Fauci Speaks Live on Friday, October 30 with DIG!DIG is partnering with the Survivor Corps to bring you a One-on-One...
10/28/2020

Dr. Fauci Speaks Live on Friday, October 30 with DIG!

DIG is partnering with the Survivor Corps to bring you a One-on-One conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Survivor Corps will discuss the issues surrounding Long Term Covid and the future of treatments for survivors who have not recovered.

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern
Where: DIG's page

This webinar will be sign language interpreted and captioned.

10/21/2020
Deaf in Government

Great webinar!!! There’s something in here for everyone!!!

Leadership: Setting Goals to Networking

Join DIG today as we discuss social media tips and Sorenson products with Sorenson’s social media guru, Ricarda Freydel!
10/13/2020

Join DIG today as we discuss social media tips and Sorenson products with Sorenson’s social media guru, Ricarda Freydel!

Join DIG tomorrow Tuesday October 6 at 7 pm eastern as we bring back our webinars, starting with “Understanding the Hatc...
10/05/2020

Join DIG tomorrow Tuesday October 6 at 7 pm eastern as we bring back our webinars, starting with “Understanding the Hatch Act”

10/05/2020
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Wavello 👋 rocks! This Sorenson Relay customer was able to see her niece and her husband face-to-face through Wavello. 👋

#BeSeen

Kudos to our official DIG team members (Kirsten Hernblad Poston - lead, Brianne Burger, Cham Le, Christopher Samp, Corey...
10/04/2020

Kudos to our official DIG team members (Kirsten Hernblad Poston - lead, Brianne Burger, Cham Le, Christopher Samp, Corey Burton, and Todd Epps) for their participation in the National Association of the Deaf - NAD's 55th biennial NAD conference! This team has demonstrated commitment to shape nationwide policies. They have been working hard to assess over 20 proposals, which will have a positive impact on the quality of life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals!

ID #1: Cham, DIG President, on the bottom with a black jacket taking the stage to discuss bylaws amendment with Melissa, NAD President, on the top left virtually.

ID #2: Over 170 delegates are in the attendance of NAD's conference!

Please visit this link for more information: https://2020virtual.nad.org/

#NAD

Productive retreat with the DIG board members today! Special thanks to Mozzeria DC for allowing us to use your space (si...
10/03/2020

Productive retreat with the DIG board members today! Special thanks to Mozzeria DC for allowing us to use your space (side note: ample space & good food!) and Corey Burton, ZVRS, for sponsoring our lunch and sharing a couple of perspectives, which is essential to DIG's planning.

ID #1: 10 DIG board members staying connected during the virtual retreat using rivetlogic.

ID #2: 5 DIG board members attending the retreat in person today in Mozzeria's space held at the H street in DC with the Chef on the right and Manager on the left.

#DeafinGovernment #DIGRetreat #MozzeriaDC #ZVRS #ThanksSponsor

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On the behalf of DIG board members — Greetings! There is less than one month away for our DIG Training Seminar! We are almost sold out in Washington D.C. and we still have some slots available in Chicago, Seattle/Belleuve, and San Francisco. Registration link: https://deafingov.org/event-3433728 We are establishing our first-ever live stream in regions! A wonderful way to meet and networking with people in your region, meet in-person: Chicago, Illinois for Live Streaming Site from 12pm to 4pm Microsoft: 200 East Randolph Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois POC: David Cardenas Networking Social event is followed and more information here: Cerise Rooftop @ 5:00pm - 202 N. Wabash Ave 26th floor, Chicago IL San Francisco, California for Live Streaming Site from 10am to 2pm Microsoft: 555 California, Suite 200, San Fransisco POC: To be annouced. (We are seeking a volunteer to lead this event in this location, please contact DIG at [email protected]) Seattle/Bellevue, Washington for Live Streaming Site from 10am to 2pm Microsoft: Bellevue Way, NE Bellevue WA 98004 POC: Christopher Samp For these people who are not from the city listed above, you are welcome to register at anywhere for live streaming, and we will send you the link within few days prior to the event and you may watch the DIG training online at EST's Time Zone (1pm to 5pm) For Sponsors: we have only one slot available for sponsor to cover Professional Networking events. Please reach to [email protected] for sponsorship package.
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