Deaf VISA

Deaf Visitors & Immigrants for Self Advocacy

Events

Fiesta Game Night

You won't want to miss Fiesta Game Night! Prepare for fun cultural games and fiesta food followed by a special presentation by Deaf martial arts expert and recent national champion, Jennifer Herzog.

And you could win a $10 gift card, too! Arrive between 4:30 and 5 to get one ticket for a chance to win. Increase your luck by getting more tickets. How?
Bring Deaf International friends (1 ticket per friend)
Dress in bright colors (1 ticket)
Drive over 25 miles to the event (1 ticket)
RSVP-tell us in advance that you are coming (1 ticket)
But, you can't get tickets after 5 PM.

We also ask that you donate to cover the cost of food at www.deafvisa.org/give. If we don't receive enough donations, we can't order food. We are setting a fundraising minimum of $100. Spread the word to help get more people to donate!

Add May 12 Fiesta Game Night to your calendar and tell us you are coming.

Fiesta Game Night
Saturday, May 12, 2018
4:30 to 7:00pm
UMBC Commons Building
Floor G Lounge
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
 

(Description in ASL)
FREE Parking in Commons Garage on Commons Drive
Video directions are here: www.tinyurl.com/commonsg

Don't forget to support Deaf VISA when you shop, too. Shop at smile.amazon.com, and they will give us money on eligible purchases. Join smile.amazon.com and support Deaf VISA in one click: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-2169691 Use your Amazon login.

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) works to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. Game Night supports our mission by bringing diverse people together for a stronger community network. Deaf VISA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Signs of  Spring Language Exchange

Join us and help each other communicate in ASL, written English, and gesture at this evening of FREE language practice, FREE pizza, and FUN activities!!! Please note, Deaf VISA can only continue hosting monthly activities with your support. Please donate what you can at www.deafvisa.org/give
And don't be late. Pizza goes quickly!

Oh... You could also win a $10 gift card! ...How? Arrive by 5pm to get 1 ticket for a chance to win. And... if you drive over 25 miles, get one more ticket. If you wear springtime themed clothing, get another ticket. If you bring new Deaf International friends you get 1 ticket per friend. They get 1 ticket, too! We stop giving tickets at 5 PM.

Deaf VISA Springtime Language Exchange
Saturday, April 14, 2018
4:30-6pm

UMBC Commons Building
Floor G (next to the stairs) - The Lounge
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250


(Description in ASL)

FREE Parking in Commons Garage on Commons Drive (Video directions for parking and the Commons) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2DWICwm1OKE&feature=youtu.be

Other ways to support Deaf VISA. Shop at smile.amazon.com and they will give us money. Join smile.amazon.com and choose Deaf VISA in one click: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-2169691 Use your Amazon login.

The Language Exchange recognizes strengths, promotes communication, and helps Deaf VISA fulfill its mission to maximize the empowerment of Deaf Internationals in America. Deaf VISA is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Green Game Night

Are you feeling 🍀lucky🍀?? Join Deaf VISA for Green Game Night. Please wear green themed clothes to get an extra chance to win the raffle gift card prize!

Arrive before 5pm for a free door prize ticket*. Wear green themed clothes for an additional ticket. Bring Deaf International friends and get one additional ticket per friend too!* You can get an extra ticket if you RSVP in advance. And an additional ticket if you came over 20 miles to our event. Door prize is a $10 gift certificate to Amazon. All welcome!!!

Please bring a dessert or snack, and join the fun games!!!

So put March 10 Green Game Night in your phone, and we'll see you there!

Green Game Night
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 - 7:00pm

UMBC Commons Building
(First floor near restaurants)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

(Description in ASL)

FREE Parking in The Commons Garage on Commons Drive
Video Directions for parking and Commons Building: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvpcvmYUI2w

*Children are welcome, but children under 12 do not receive or count for door prize tickets. Deaf VISA Board members and immediate family do not receive prizes.

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) works to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. Game Night supports our mission by expanding and strengthening community networks. We are organized for charitable and educational purposes.

Valentine Message Night 

Have fun practicing Valentine Messages in ASL, English and gesture at Valentine Message Night!

Arrive before 5pm for a free door prize ticket*. Don't forget to wear Valentine themed clothes for an additional ticket. Bring Deaf International friends and get one additional ticket per friend too!* You can get an extra ticket if you RSVP in advance. And an additional ticket if you came over 20 miles to our event. Door prize is a $10 gift certificate to Amazon. All welcome!!!

Please bring a dessert or snack, and join the Language Exchange!!!

So put February 10 Valentine Message Night in your phone, and we'll see you there!

Valentine Message Night
Saturday, February 10, 2018
4:30 to 7:00

UMBC Commons Building (First Floor near restaurants)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250


(Description in ASL)

FREE Parking in The Commons Garage on Commons Drive
Video Directions for parking and Commons Building: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvpcvmYUI2w

*Children are welcome, but children under 12 do not receive or count for door prize tickets. Deaf VISA Board members and immediate family do not receive prizes.

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) works to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. As part of our Language Exchange, this event supports our mission by promoting communication and connection communities.

Snowy Game Night

Join us for a fun, snowy-themed night!!! Laugh, play, & eat at this exciting ASL event! Don't miss the fun at Snowy Game Night!! The soups and hot chocolate are waiting for you! Please bring a snack or drink to share.

Arrive before 5pm for a free door prize ticket*. Dress warmly for an additional ticket. Bring Deaf International friends and get one additional ticket per friend too!* Door prize is a $10 gift certificate to Amazon. All welcome!!

Deaf VISA Winter Blast Game Night!
Saturday, January 13, 2018
4:30 PM to 7 PM
CCBC Catonsville
ARTS Building (Room 208 and 210)
800 S. Rolling Rd.
Catonsville, MD 21228


(Description in ASL)

FREE Parking!
CCBC Map: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jE4DVEoqFgr1fZ2WqTx-rYpKxupOJu3GdRr4nCIxF8k/edit?usp=sharing

This is a silent ASL event where members, guests, and student interpreters provide support as needed.

*Children are welcome, but children under 12 do not receive or count for door prize tickets. Deaf VISA Board members and immediate family do not receive prizes.

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) works to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. Game Night supports our mission by expanding and strengthening community networks. We are organized for charitable and educational purposes.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Game Night

December is coming soon! So, don't miss the fun at Ugly Sweater December Game Night! Please wear your ugly sweater for the contest. There will be a gift card for the winner!

Arrive before 5pm for a free door prize ticket*. Wear an ugly sweater for an additional ticket. Bring Deaf International friends and get one additional ticket per friend too!* Door prize is a $10 gift certificate to Amazon. All welcome!!!

Please bring a dessert or snack, and join the fun games!!!

So put December 9 Game Night in your phone, and we'll see you there!

Ugly Sweater December Game Night
Saturday, December 9, 2017
4:30 to 7:00pm

UMBC Commons Building
Sports Zone (M floor)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250


(Description in ASL)
Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) works to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. Game Night supports our mission by expanding and strengthening community networks. We are organized for charitable and educational purposes.

Thanksgiving Potluck with Deaf VISA & CCBC ASL Club

Join Deaf VISA and CCBC ASL Club for a day of friends, food, game night and town hall at our annual Thanksgiving Feast event!
What should you bring? https://goo.gl/forms/19PuAMaJH92titY73
Please RSVP!!!
Children are welcome!

See you there!

Thanksgiving Feast
Sunday, Nov 12, 2017
1:00 to 7:30 PM
CCBC Catonsville Barn Theatre
800 South Rolling Rd
Catonsville, MD 21228


(Description in ASL)


Free parking in white or red lines
CCBC Map with parking: http://tinyurl.com/hbw2l62

This is a silent ASL event, but CCBC Practicum students often assist with interpreting. Promotional filming occurs at our events.

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) works to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. The Thanksgiving Feast advances our mission by expanding and strengthening community networks. We are organized for charitable and educational purposes.

Deaf VISA and CCBC ASL Club Halloween Stories

Come and enjoy Halloween stories on October 31!
-Food, drinks and treats
-spooky stories
-Interactive games
-door prizes (must be wearing a costume)
-Costume contest
*1st Prize $20 Gift Card
*2nd Prize $15 Gift Card
*3rd Prize $10 Gift Card

All welcome including children!
Wear a costume for a chance to win prizes!

Voice interpreter provided.

See you there!
When: Tuesday, October 31,2017
Time: 6-8:30pm
Where: CCBC Barn
800 S. Rolling Rd
Catonsville MD

(Description in ASL)

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) works to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. This event supports our mission by providing ASL practice and exposure to American cultural experience.

Fall Harvest Game Night 

Come and enjoy Fall Harvest Game Night on October 14! We will have a lot of activities for the game night.

Also, you could win our $10 door prize gift card.
How?
Get free door prize ticket/s if you arrive before 5 PM.
• Get 1 ticket for yourself.
• Wear comfortable or warm themed clothes to get 1 more ticket.
• Bring new friends for even more tickets! Each new friend = 1 ticket. Bring new Deaf Internationa friends means it's the 1st time your friend/s attend Game Night.
But...
Children under 12 do not receive or count for tickets.
Event hosts do not receive tickets or prizes. This includes the hosting Officers and their family members or their significant others.
1 wnning ticket will be drawn at the end of the event. You must be present at time of drawing to win.
Good Luck!

Please wear casual clothes to the Game Nig
ht!


See you there!
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 4:30 to 7:30PM
UMBC Commons Building 
The Sports Zone ( M floor)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

(Description in ASL)

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) works to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. Game Night supports our mission by expanding and strengthening community networks. We are organized for charitable and educational purposes.

Language Exchange










Join us to improve your communication and help each other in ASL, written English, and pure gesture. It's an afternoon of FREE language practice, FREE pizza, and fun conversation!!! Please consider donating to support this event and don't be late! Pizza goes quickly!


Deaf VISA's Language Exchange
Saturday, September 16, 2017
1-3pm
UMBC Commons Building
The Sports Zone (on floor M)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

(Description in ASL)

FREE Parking in Commons Garage on Commons Drive (Video directions for parking and the Commons) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvpcvmYUI2wSocializing with ASL signers! Eat Pizza.

The Language Exchange recognizes strengths and promotes communication in line with Deaf VISA's mission of maximizing empowerment of Deaf Internationals in America. Deaf VISA is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Back to School Game Night


Come and enjoy Back to School Game Night on September 9! We will have fun back to school games and activities including a Deaf VISA trivia "pre-exam"!

You could win our Game Night Door Prize!! $10.00 Gift Card! Don't be late! Arrive before 5PM to get a free ticket. Bring 1 new friend and get 2 tickets! Bring 2 new friends and get 3 tickets!!!

AND

4:30PM is the real time. Please bring snacks like cookies or chips and drink to share! So please put it in your phone.

Please wear preppy or nerdy clothes to the Game night!

See you There!
Saturday, September 9, 2017
4:30 to 7:00PM
UMBC Commons Building
in The Sports Zone (on floor M)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

(Description in ASL)


FREE Parking in Commons Garage on Commons Drive (Video Directions for parking and Commons Building) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvpcvmYUI2w

International Town Hall

Saturday, March 11, 2017
2:30 to 4:30
UMBC Campus
❗NEW LOCATION❗
👉👉UNIVERSITY CENTER ROOM 115 (UC115)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
&
Stay for Game Night 4:30 to 7

(Description in ASL)

Share your concerns at our International Town Hall at UMBC in UC 115 (New location). We will discuss immigration / travel, education, communication, and health as they impact Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind internationals in America. Please share event! Feel free to stay for Game Night after the discussion. 


Thank you UMBC ASL Club for partnering!


Map and Parking:
Map http://about.umbc.edu/visitors-guide/campus-map/
Park on Hilltop Circle or Administration Drive Garage.

This is a silent ASL event where members, guests, and student interpreters provide support as needed.

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy is organized for charitable and educational purposes. Our mission is to maximize the empowerment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind Internationals living or staying in America. This event supports our mission by advancing self-advocacy and strengthening our community.

Announcements

Deaf VISA Responds to Executive Orders

Response to Border Wall and Sanctuary Cities

ASL: https://youtu.be/lA8jHE1aaI0

Deaf Visitors and Immigrants for Self Advocacy (Deaf VISA) is deeply concerned about the detrimental effect recent executive orders will have on immigrants, their friends, families, and communities. We are also distressed that new policies appear to single out some classes of immigrants in ways that malign specific ethnic groups. We condemn any efforts to amplify fear and division, and remain worried about ramifications of shutting our border to neighboring immigrants who seek refuge in our country. We stand by our philosophy of eradicating stereotypes that lead to discrimination and loss of human dignity.

Response to EO on Immigration and Refugee Resettlement. ASL: https://youtu.be/NQ_BPsMH3n8

Citizens of the United States are increasingly concerned with security in the face of terrorism. However, the need for security should not cause us to lose sight of values that are the foundation of America's identity--values of freedom, tolerance, and the presumption of innocence. By restricting travel or asylum of populations that are overwhelmingly Muslim, America risks losing its core identity and the credibility to espouse democratic values. These policies also undermine its own security by increasing grievances in rejecting the tired, the poor, the huddled masses who face oppression and certain death. Under such policies, America opens itself to demonization, a move that extremists could use as a recruiting tool. Blanket policies that assume the guilt of entire populations feed into the very fears and stereotypes that divide us all and make the world less safe.Deaf VISA has pledged to confront injustice, intolerance, and attitudes that lead to discrimination in all its forms. It is our belief that the recent executive order on immigration feeds into such attitudes in ways that areself-defeating and decidedly unAmerican.