Monday, June 13, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter June 13, 2005

Dear Friends,

Employment of the deaf people has always been hard chellenges for
community advocates. Communication barriers prevail the list of
reasons why the Deaf people cant find work. Employers have been
reluctant to hire interpreters because of their high fees. We have
seen members of organizations like Registry of Interpreters for the
Deaf become excessively aggressive in convincing that $60-$120 an
hour interpreters are better than a $10-$15 an hour interpreters.
They are getting very dirty these days and it's been a big turnoff to
society these days and that's why we're seeing a sharp rise in
complaints by deaf community members that employers are not hiring
interpreters for interviews, staff meetings, etc.

Federal Communications Commission reaffirmed the timetable for the
development and sale of digital wireless telephones that are
compatible with hearing aids. The Commission originally adopted rules
in 2003 to make digital wireless telephones compatible with hearing
aids and cochlear implants.

It's a shame that large deaf sports organizations are forbidding the
use of hearing aids and cochlear implants at their competitions.
They choose to be the old british fighter plane as stated in NAD's
Vice President Mark Apodaca's video. And we say theyre actually
sending the deaf communities backwards when the rest of the society
has advanced. It's time to move the deaf communities forward, not
backwards!

Our Meetup membership is growing and we have found a coffee cafe for
our ASL meetup that's taking place this Wednesday night and we're
looking to have our DHH meetup at Boomers both in Irvine on 2nd
Saturdays each month.

OCDAC Communications

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Yikkes! We learned from the OC-Fair meeting we will have only 2 days
to set our OC-Fair booth. We will need a lot of help during those 2
days. July 6 and 7! Our own Margie Garetz was hired as the
interpreter for this meeting. We've chosen a mascot for OC-Fair
booth this summer. It's the small Emmett Kelly Jr. "I Love You"
figurine!

Our next executive board meeting takes place this friday on June
17.

If you shop at Albertsons and have a community partners card, please
consider adding your card to our list of supporters. Our goal is
25,000 supporters who shop a Albertsons.

We recycle used cell phones, empty printer and toner cartridges. If
you have any of these to unload from your hands, please send or drop
them at our agency at 2960 Main Street, A100, Irvine, California 92614

Our next garage sale fundraiser is set on June 18 & 19 and 25 & 26
2005 8am - 8pm on 9363 Bennett Avenue, Fontana, California 92355.
Just the corner house accross the street from the last garage sale in
Fontana. Directions are to get on the 10 freeway going east past the
15 freeway getting off on Sierra. Go North about a mile until you
see a market store with a golden arch atop it's sign and turn left on
Fontlee. Go all the way to the end and the sale is on the corner of
where Fontlee and Bennett. If that's too far a drive, dont worry we
will be posting a number of select items on our yahoo auctions site
in the very near future so you can get the chance to by a garage sale
item from us.

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS >

Family of deaf worker wins discrimination claim
http://society.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,7838,1503719,00.html

Mobiles ring at school for the deaf
http://www.smh.com.au/news/Technology/Mobiles-ring-at-school-for-the-
deaf/2005/06/09/1118123949262.html?oneclick=true

UK Embassy Funds Computing Centre For Deaf People
http://www.angolapress-angop.ao/noticia-e.asp?ID=347434

Jury finds deaf-mute underpaid
http://www.borderlandnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?
AID=/20050611/NEWS/506110326/1001

Captioned Films Offered For The First Time In East Texas
http://www.kltv.com/global/story.asp?s=3460258

Licensing hearing impaired falls on deaf ears of authorities
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/jun62005/state185817200565.as
p

Millions of elderly, disabled are eligible for drug benefits
http://www.detnews.com/2005/health/0506/11/A07-202729.htm

Deaf man accused of theft, fraud in Owego
http://www.theithacajournal.com/news/stories/20050611/localnews/215760
3.html

'Hearing buddies' aid deaf toddler
http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_2799224?rss

Deaf student driven to succeed
http://springfield.news-leader.com/news/today/20050612-
Deafstudentdriv.html

Police officers sign on
http://icnorthwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/regionalnews/tm_objectid=1562
4259&method=full&siteid=50142&headline=police-officers-sign-on-
name_page.html

-------------< DEAF GRAPEVINE >

Http://www.deafsportlawsuit.com website will soon have translators
built into it to make it accessible in over 30 languages.

-------------< BULLETIN >

ATTENTION DEAF PEOPLE WHO HAVE MYSTERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE DISNEY
COMPANY.

We are looking for DEAF People and others who have problems with the
Disney Company:

--apply, and no call back?
--apply, but no interview because deaf/ interpreter issue?
--apply, interview, but no interpreter or captions?
--got job, but then no interpreter for staff meetings?
--you feel punished because after being hired youre excluded from
training's, staff meetings, or other staff events?

(1) NEED YOUR NAME AND (2) ADDRESS (3) and E-mail (4) explanation of
your problem with The Disney Company.

We work with Morse Mehrban who is a rising star in the field of
disability access litigation. Morse needs to know about this no later
than September 4, 2005. Please email ocdac@deafadvocacy.com and
please use 'Disney Problems' in the subject line.

-------------< ADVOCACY NEWS >

The following eight (8) establishments were denied the petition for
exemption from the closed captioning requirements of Section 79.1 of
the Federal Communications Commission's rules in Memorandum Opinion &
Orders (MO&O):

- Coastal Sportsman;
- Crosstalk TV Ministry;
- Northeast Great Outdoors;
- Adventure Bound Outdoors;
- Complete Video Productions;
- Lincoln Wood Baptist Church;
- Survivors of Assault Recovery; and
- Jim Hanley's Northeast Outdoors, Inc.

These MO&Os can be seen in their entirety on the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau's website at
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/headlines.html.

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENTS >

Our new ASL class schedules have been released. Please consult the
deaf center's website for the ASL class schedules.

Please visit our iGive store http://www.igive.com/ocdac

Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds
of assistive living devices at http://store.deafadvocacy.org

-------------< DEAF QUOTES >

"I thought it would be nice to help people who don't know how to
talk," Garland, 19, said during a break at the school, St. Joseph
Institute for the Deaf in Chesterfield.

-------------< COMMUNITY BULLHORN >

From: www.deafsportlawsuit.com

ANOTHER TRANSLATION FROM GERMAN DEAF ONLINE NEWS MAGAZINE

By Rafael Pinkhasov Pinchas, CISS/Deaflympics Ombudsman

New York, USA - Upon request of many persons, here is a computerized
translation from German into English of another relevant
CISS/Deaflympics-related story published in the popular deaf online
news magazine LBMAGAZIN from Germany ( www.lbmagazin.de ):

Pinchas: USA Team Must Be Disqualified!

The American athletes taking part at the 2005 Deaflympics proves
illegal ! ...said Rafael Pinchas, former CISS-Kongressmitglied.

Since the USA Deaf Sports Federation owes the CISS another quantity
money and has not paid the penalties so far, all American athletes
had to actually be disqualified. So it stipulates the rulebook of the
CISS.

Up to now the USA were never excluded by the Deaflympics however.

Do the Americans be treated approximately preferentially?

Because with other teams, the CISS knew no mercy: four years before
would have had to almost hand over Russia on the basis of tardier
fines all medals. The penalty was paid off in the last minute, and
the medals were rescued.

Bad luck had Kazakhstan: the complete team was disqualified in Rome
at the 2001 Games and from CISS-Präsidentin Ammons again home-
skillful.

And why do the Americans neither be asked to do the same or get
disqualified?

Eye about eye, tooth about tooth - that means Pinchas anyway.
Therefore the stubborn would-be revolutionary started a
Unterschriftenaktion (underwriting nation).

In Melbourne, he went down well with athletes and he even won the
votes of the swimmer Terence Parkin ( South Africa, 12-time gold-
medalist ) and Badminton player Rajeev Bagga ( India, five times
Deaflympics participant-every time gold-medalist )! Also, other
successful Deaflympics athletes put down his/her/their signature
under Pinchas' protest-letter.

( www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update65.htm )

A disqualification of USA team would mean: both Basketball teams of
the ladies and men lose their gold-medals to Sweden ( for women )
as well as to Slovenia ( for men ) and in Cycling Germany as a
country inherits its 7th gold medal won at the 2005 Games. Also that
silver - and bronze-medals are distributed again.

Indeed that would mean: all American medalists that have trained for
4 years long roughly and will lose all their already earned medals,
maybe, must pay for indirectly for the USA Deaf Sports Federation ...
it would better be to ban all US officials and athletes in the next 3
Deaflympics.

to be continued...

( IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE USA TEAM AT THE 20TH DEAFLYMPIC
GAMES "WON" A TOTAL OF JUST 32 MEDALS, INCLUDING 8 GOLD, WHICH WAS
THE WORST EVER TOTAL MEDAL RESULT PERFOMANCE BY THE TEAM AT THE GAMES
IN 44 YEARS, I.E., SINCE 1961! IN ADDITION, ACCORDING TO MR. WILLIAM
SCHYMAN, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE USADSF BUDGET COMMITTEE, CERTAIN
USADSF OFFICIALS, WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT AND PERMISSION OF THE USADSF
HOUSE OF DELEGATES, RAIDED THE USADSF INVESTMENT FUND AND GRABBED OUT
$150,000.00 FROM THE $200,000.00 REMAINING TO PAY UNAUTHORIZED
EXPENSES OF SOME OF USADSF OFFICIALS' TRIP TO THE 20TH DEAFLYMPIC
GAMES IN AUSTRALIA. For details, read

www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update55.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update64.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update71.htm

-------------< DEAF FRIENDLY JOB OPPORTUNITIES >

2 deaf or hard of hearing mortgage consultants needed for a
Riverside, California mortgage company.

1 driver needed for an Anaheim, California delivery service company.

Many openings at fairground in Costa mesa for temp work in July.

All candidates interested in any of the job opportunities are
required to apply for our job placement services. Our intake form is
at Http://www.deafadvocacy.com/intake.htm

-------------< DEAF FRIENDLY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES >

Become an owner of a _________.WS website for only $10 a month! All
_________.WS owners automatically become .WS website resellers and it
comes with an automatic reselling program and all you have to do is
lead people to your .WS reseller website. The WS stands
for 'website'! There's even a video of the program in American Sign
Language by Joseph Gambrell and is a excellent self-sufficiency
opportunity for people who want to be on the top of the .WS cyber
real estate market. Hearing people can participate as the reseller
link also has a video for them. Begin your journey toward self-
sufficiency by sending a blank email to deaf@activist.com and it will
auto-reply back to you with information about this fantastic
program. And you will get another email message a few days later
with the full explanation of the program.

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