Monday, October 31, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter October 31, 2005

Dear Friends,

Happy Halloween folks! This issue is all treats for you to enjoy and
no tricks found here.

Bravo to National Council on Disabilities chairperson Lex Frieden who
refused to take part in October 22nd radio broadcast of Voice of
America's Talk to America show on Living with Disabilities because the
show is not available in text for people who are deaf or hard of hearing!

Last week, I was contacted by Congressman Tom Reynolds of New York and
he said I am getting the Congressional Leadership Award at a black tie
dinner event in New York next month! Vice president Dick Cheeny will
be there. I want to credit all the board members and the volunteers
our agency has and had in the past for helping me get this
recognition. This comes with a 10 day all expense paid trip to New
York and it's a much deserved 'vacation' I need for my 11 years as a
deaf advocate.

Our blue van which we use to transport deaf-blind people to events and
we also use to conduct numerous fundraiser and education activities is
showing signs it will need to be replaced soon. We use it to transport
over 15 deaf and deaf-blind people to various events each month.
These deaf and deaf-blind clients who are unable to use the bus cant
qualify for our local ACCESS program since their system's rules make
it extremely difficult to do so. Therefore our deaf and deaf-blind
friends are relying on us to help them participate in our society's
offerings and that is done through our blue van. The wipers have
ceased working making it inoperable on rainy days, the transmission is
bad limiting our travel to local areas. Last week the sliding door on
the side fell off because the metal cracked at the top. The van has
been heavily used in assisting us with our mission and vision
statements. We would appreciate your help in getting us a new van
soon so we can continue helping these deaf and deaf-blind people and
our education and fundraising activities. If you're interested in
helping us out, please contact us at ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

Crazy October with mixed results on the fundraising side and positive
results on the education and deaf awareness side has been declared an
overall success! We look forward to a repeat in 2006!

Remember us as the holidays are coming up! Don't forget to use the
Albertsons, Ralph, and Food4Less Cards this coming Thanksgiving as you
will help us with our mission and vision statements. Our iGive
program is there to help you with your holiday shopping too.

OCDAC Communications
ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

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We are ready for our educational booth at 'Mata Expo' this Saturday!

We have started fundraising activities to build up the stock for The
New Year's event.

We have started on the planning our free Valentine's day dance event
next February. This will be supported by vendors who purchased booths
and we already have 2 vendors lined up for this.

Drastic Social Security rule changes for Title II Old Age, Survivors,
and Disability Insurance and SSI programs such as outlined in
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/200\
5/pdf/05-14845.pdf

renews our calls for self-reliance ideas for organizations who serve
the deaf and disabled and our very own idea, our California Disability
Gaming Initiative idea and that can be found at
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/cdgicinfo.pdf is an idea that works for
Native Americans. Why shouldn't it work for the Disability
communities? The proposed Social Security rules will limit appeals
and create a new process that is less about truth-seeking and more
hostile to applicants.
-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

The first week of each month and respectively the first newsletter
issue of each month, we will have our pledge week issues. To see our
pledge form, please visit Http://www.deafadvocacy.com/pledgeform.txt
and it's very accessible to all editors.

Take a look at our new magazine fundraiser and this is one of the ways
you can help us do the good work for the deaf and disabled communities.

The URL is http://www.magfundraising.com/GroupPage.aspx?e=788159

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 1/3 >

Two treats of a lifetime for deaf schoolchildren
http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=129&fArticleId=2973629

Deaf choir fills church with signed music
http://www.4hearingloss.com/archives/2005/10/deaf_choir_fill.html

Special technology helps hearing-impaired teacher hear her students
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4032062&nav=0Rce

Ministry upgrades services to deaf school children, parents
http://www.theroyalgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051027/NEWS/11027012\
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COME TO OUR MEETUPS!

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37
/ - meets each 3rd Wednesdays of the
month.

The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group -
http://deaf.meetup.com/
38/ - meets each 1st Saturdays of the month.

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A memorable visit with Academy Award winning film and television
actress Marlee Matlin

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2005 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

7 p.m. - Jazz on the Patio / Concessions Available

Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion
picture debut in Paramount Pictures' Children of a Lesser God. At age
21 she was bestowed an Academy Award for Best Actress. Since that time
you've seen her in film and television (What the Bleep Do We Know, The
West Wing, and Desperate Housewives). On November 7th, this
award-winning actress/author/executive producer will grace our stage.
Don't miss this exciting evening!

$5 General Seating

Pasadena Playhouse
State Theatre of California
39 South El Molino Ave., Pasadena CA
CALL (626) 356-PLAY
www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

Please visit our iGive store http://www.igive.com/ocdac for your
holiday shopping needs.
Special Deals going on at Charles Tyrwhitt! Charles Tyrwhitt offers a
4% Donation to Orange County Deaf
Advocacy Center.
-------------< DEAF GRAPEVINE >

Many of you may have seen a new company fall down from the sky as
"Deaf Video Professor" with claims they are releasing new videos for
the deaf communities. After a quick glance, we're finding it's a
repackaged version of the videos from the operators of Deaf Caution,
Deaf Training, and Hire Deaf. These people behind the "Deaf Video
Professor" operation have long histories of problems with consumer
watchdogs and their customers. I would not recommend "Deaf Video
Professor", instead we are in the process of obtaining a grant to
produce related videos with New Environmental Services to be freely
distributed. New Environmental Services is owned and run by Hard of
Hearing people in the South Orange County area.

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DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT
ISSUE: The Presidents budget for Fiscal Year 2006 proposes to REDUCE
funding for the Department of Labors (DOL) Office of Disability
Employment Policy (ODEP) by 41 percent, from $47.2 million to $27.9
million. This is only the first step toward eliminating the office
altogether within the next two to three years.

The unemployment rate of people with disabilities has hovered near 70
percent for decades. ODEP was created to work at the highest levels of
DOL to improve employment and training opportunities for people with
disabilities in the mainstream workforce development system. This is
the first time in history that DOL has had such a visible focus on
employment of people with disabilities. In a post-ADA world, an office
like ODEP plays an important role in helping employers and the
workforce development system better understand issues around the
employment of people with disabilities.

In its five short years, ODEP has already had a significant impact on
policies and programs to facilitate employment prospects for youth and
adults with disabilities. Slashing or eliminating the office would be
a serious step backwards for disability employment policy.

In light of all the other proposed budget cuts, ODEPs budget could get
lost in the fray. ODEP is an easy target for elimination because it
has been highly effective in addressing disability employment issues
inside the DOL and across the federal government.

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 2/3 >

A loving hand, a healing heart
http://www.4hearingloss.com/archives/2005/10/a_loving_hand_a.html

Proposed levy would buy independence for disabled
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051030/NEWS17/510300314/-1/N\
EWS



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"Low Income" Housing Tax Credits and "Affordability"

After Katrina struck, Texas announced it had 7,000 VACANT low-income
housing tax credit (LIHTC) units available. That is a lot of vacant
housing units. Texans started asking why had Texas not offered them to
low income disabled Texans before Katrina? How long were they vacant?

This triggered an informal discussion among a number of disability
advocates who were asked if they knew the approximate number of LIHTC
units in their States and how many were vacant? No one knew either
answer! Below, by State, are the number of LIHTC units. (These are
from HUD and we believe they are FEWER than actually exist in your
State.)

ACTIONS ADVOCATES SHOULD TAKE:

1. Disability advocates should be in communication with your State's
Housing Finance Agency to obtain (1) the city and street location of
LIHTC units in existence, (2) the name and telephone number of the
LIHTC developer, (3) how many units are vacant, (4) how many and
which are accessible, and (5) how many of the accessible units have
disabled persons actually residing in them. Without this information,
disability advocates are not able to access a large number of units.

2. A number of persons have correctly pointed out that the "low
income" in LIHTC does not include persons with disabilities whose
income is SSI (or low SSDI). That is, persons on SSI who do not have
a Section8 Housing Voucher are normally TOO POOR to be able to afford
the rents in the LIHTC.
The reason for this is that the LIHTC federal program requires a
certain number of LIHTC units be rented to persons whose incomes are
either at or below the 50-60% of the area median income. Rents (and
therefore income for the developers) are based on a household's
income. Because SSI is at about 18-20% of the area median income, far
lower than 50-60%, persons with disabilities cannot
afford the rents with only an SSI income.

3. Here are two handles disability advocates could use to overcome
the SSI "TOO POOR" barrier to LIHTC units.

First, no developer who receives LIHTC can discriminate against
persons who have a Section 8 Housing Voucher. Advocates for disabled
persons should find out the location/developer who received LIHTC in
the past For these EXISTING units that are vacant, advocates should
inform persons with disabilities who have Housing Vouchers to apply
for those LIHTC units. Housing Vouchers are a necessary rent
supplement for persons on SSI to be able to afford LIHTC units.
Disability advocates should also know which developers are awarded
LIHTC for projects to be constructed in the near FUTURE. Once your
Housing Finance Agency announces the developers awarded LIHTC for
future projects, advocates should contact the developers so that
persons with Section 8 Housing Vouchers are first in line for the
units that will be constructed..

Second, LIHTC are competitive. Developers bid for them and very much
want them! Disability advocates should begin urging your Housing
Finance Agency to award extra points in the bidding competition to
developers who agree that a certain percent of the accessible units
will be rented to persons whose income is at the SSI level. This will
ensure some SSI recipients who do not have a Housing Voucher can
afford LIHTC units solely with their SSI income. Advocates should also
urge the Housing Finance Agency to award additional points developers
who agree to increase the percent of accessible units. These two
handles are being used in Pennsylvania.

HUD Reported State Totals of LIHTC:

Alabama 11,889
Alaska 1,910
Arizona 14,056
Arkansas 10,896
California 100,900
Colorado 12,741
Connecticut 8,078
Delaware 3,681
D. C. 6,718
Florida 81,123
Georgia 30,371
Hawaii 2,641
Idaho 5,120
Illinois 32,811
Indiana 16,411
Iowa 12,804
Kansas 14,807
Kentucky 10,378
Louisiana 23,544
Maine 4,794
Maryland 18,873
Massachus 23,164
Michigan 42,195
Minnesota 11,0916
Mississippi 11,677
Missouri 32,242
Montana 3,224
Nebraska 7,462
Nevada 6,661
New Hampshire 3,729
New Jersey 13,034
New Mexico 8,167
New York 36,174
North Carolina 29,392
North Dakota 2,885
Ohio 51,262
Oklahoma 15,886
Oregon 19,204
Pennsylvania 27,623
Rhode Island 4,528
South Carolina 13,519
South Dakota 4,326
Tennessee 22,413
Texas 88,609
Utah 7,268
Vermont 3,468
Virginia 46,843
Washington 31,842
West Virginia 5,481
Wisconsin 21,279
Wyoming 1,363

Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues

To contact Steve Gold directly, write to stevegoldada@cs.com
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"They have hustled the deaf program for $260,000, and I don't like
it." Tom Mills complaining that money meant to aid the deaf has been
siphoned off to pay for program for the blind in Alabama.

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

Do you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on stores? You can get a free
community partners card at those stores and then add it to our list of
supporters. A percent of what you buy will go to helping our Deaf
youth program. If you already have a school or other program that you
are supporting, don't worry, you can add your card to support our
program too! There are two ways to add your card. You can email your
First and Last name with your phone number and community partners card
number to ocdac@deafadvocacy.org or you can download and print our
Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/AlbertsonsSignup.pdf and have your
friends, neighbors, associates, and relatives sign up as supporters
and then mail the form to the address on the
form. To reach our funding goal we need 25,000 supporters who shop at
Albertsons / Sav-on. And remember to use your community partners card
when you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on.

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PRESS RELEASE - October 28, 2005

For translation of this Press Release in your native language, visit

www.babelfish.altavista.com

From: www.deafsportlawsuit.com

2005 CISS/DEAFLYMPICS CONGRESS VOTING FRAUD: OMBUDSMAN'S REBUTTAL TO
ANARCHIST JERALD JORDAN'S OCTOBER 24, 2005 STORY
A WHOPPING 286 VOTING BALLOTS ( 29.8% ) WENT UNACCOUNTED AND UNUSED!

By Rafael PINKHASOV PINCHAS, CISS Ombudsman

Note: see below

EXHIBIT NUMBER ONE - March 27, 2005 39th CISS CONGRESS MINUTES REPORT,
POINT NUMBER 17
EXHIBIT NUMBER TWO - October 23, 2005 39th CISS CONGRESS MINUTES
REPORT, POINT NUMBER 17 ( altered version )
EXHIBIT NUMBER THREE - ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD ARE FALSE story

New York, USA - The meddling into the internal affairs of the
organization of the CISS/Deaflympics or ICSD ( "CISS" ) by the
so-called deaf international sports role model and CISS Honorary
Member for Life - Jerald Jordan - is going on.

Once again, Jordan, the recipient of the 1994 Gallaudet University
Honorary Doctorate Degree and 1995 Olympic Order, is getting backfired.

After mishandling his one-man Deaflympics Database Project, in which
over 985 errors were spotted in his work, Jordan has now again
degraded the image and integrity of the CISS in the eyes of the whole word

www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update77.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update78.htm

And despite his recent denial as a person in charge of the 39th CISS
Congress election running, Jordan ( not Lennart Edwall of Sweden, the
chief scrutineer or teller of the election session ) has now himself
found the nerve to describe his story about these elections in one
publication - www.deaftimes.com

www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update82.htm

Jordan's recent story is an excellent piece of evidence document
strengthening this Ombudsman's case that the 39th Congress election
session held on January 4, 2005, at Melbourne, Australia, was
mishandled and that the elections were organized in a highly-dubious
and fraudulent manner!

The reputable deaf online news publication in the USA -
www.deaftimes.com -
in its recent October 24, 2005 edition published Jordan's story titled
ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD ARE FALSE.

In spite of his long-time status in the organization of the CISS ( he
was its President between 1971 and 1995 ), Jordan's October 24 story
was produced in an unprofessional, confused, negligent, inconsistent,
inaccurate and mistaken manner.

According to Jordan's story, a record total of 286 voting ballots out
of 960 for five various CISS Executive Committee positions went
unaccounted or unused: these 286 ballots were either returned blank or
disqualified ones by the Congress delegates.

These 286 ballots out of 960 translate into 29.8% of votes that went
unaccounted during the January 4 Congress elections!

Allow this Ombudsman to elaborate further.

There was a supposed breakdown for the total of 960 voting ballots
distributed for five different positions:

120 votes for the office of President
120 votes for the office of Vice President
360 votes for the office of Member-at-Large Round One
240 votes for the office of Member-at-Large Round Two
120 votes for the office of Member-at-Large Round Three.

For the office of President Jordan mistakenly reports in his story a
total of 120 votes, that is, Donalda Ammons received 89 votes, while
Valery Rukhledev - 23.

Mathematically, 89 plus 23 will equal 112 votes. So, Jordan failed to
report 8 missing votes.

For the office of Vice President, Jordan again erroneously reports a
total of 120 votes, that is,
David Lanesman got 62 votes, Rukhledev 39 and Jessica Rohde 15.

Mathematically, 62 plus 39 plus 15 equal 116 votes. Thus, Jordan in
his story did not report these 4 votes as void ones.

For the office of Member-at -Large, there were 3 vacant positions, in
which three different Rounds were held.

Member-at-Large Round One: Jordan wrote to say that "But the facts are
that 118 ballot papers were returned ( meaning a country either left
the room or chose not to vote )," and that "Three of the ballot papers
were disqualified," and that "Examination of remaining papers shows
that some countries did not vote for three candidates ( nor were they
required to )."

Jordan's statements translate into the following: 118 returned ballots
plus 3 disqualified ballots means a total 121 ballots went uncontested
or unused. Therefore, of 360 ballots awarded for this Round One minus
121 equal 239 ballots ( or, 360 - 121=239 ). This translates into a
total 239 ballots which were supposed to be contested among the six
candidates in this Round.

However, there is a huge inconsistency: how could these six candidates
collect a combined total of 239 votes?

According to Jordan's story itself and CISS Congress Minutes Reports
of March 27 and October 23, 2005, Siv Fosshaug received 79 votes,
Tommy Jung 44, Dogan Ozdemir 55, Yang Yang 57, Rohde 28 and Rukhledev
41, which equals to an aggregate of 304 votes.

The figure of 239 does not justify the figure of 304. That is, an
aggregate of 304 votes, let's repeat, was collected by all these six
candidates in this Round One contest.

Thus, it appeared that a total of 239 votes went unaccounted or unused
in this Round One.

Member-at-Large Round Two: Jordan provided confusing and
vaguely-worded statements by writing to say that "116 ballots were
returned, meaning 2 countries did not vote," that "Eight ballot sheets
were disqualified," and that "Again, not all countries voted for two
candidates."

Jordan's statements interpret the following: 4 votes ( that is, each
country has 2 votes times 2 countries ) plus 8 disqualified ballot
sheets equal 12 votes. Now, 240 contested votes for this Round minus
12 votes equal 228 remaining votes ( or, 240 - 12 = 228 ).

Again, there is an inconsistency with these 228 votes compared with
Jordan's story and the two different CISS Congress Minutes Reports of
March 27 and October 23, 2005 ( that is, Jordan and the two CISS
Congress Minutes Reports indicate that a combined total of 208 votes
were awarded between 4 candidates for this Round - Jung got 45 votes,
Ozdemir 54, Yang 65 and Rukhledev 44.

Therefore, 228 votes minus 208 equal 20 votes ( or, 228 - 208 = 20 ).

Thus, according to Jordan's story, 20 votes went unaccounted or
unused in this Round Two.

Member-at-Large Round Three: Jordan stated in his story that "112
ballot sheets returned ( 4 countries not voting )," and that "Seven
ballot sheets were disqualified."

Jordan's these 2 statements interpret the following: 4 countries not
voting is tantamount to 8 votes ( or, 4 countries x 2 votes each
country = 8 ) plus 7 disqualified ballot sheets equal a total of 15
unaccounted or unused votes.

Once again, there is an inconsistency and contradiction with these
statistics. Jordan reports that Ozdemir received 61 votes, while Jung
44, but the altered October 23, 2005 CISS Congress Minutes Report
indicate that Ozdemir got 61 votes, while Jung 45 ( not 44 ). It is
also still unclear whether there in fact was a live election contest
in the Round Three between Ozdemir and Jung at all because the March
27, 2005-issued CISS Congress Minutes Report mentions the name of
Ozdemir with 61 votes as the only entrant in this Round Three contest.

By the way, this Ombudsman has sent an e-mail message to Tommy Jung
of Korea to find out and verify the facts from him on whether there
was actually held a face-to-face election session between Jung and
Ozdemir of Turkey and the exact number of votes Jung received in the
last Round Three. As of this writing, unfortunately, Jung has not
replied to this e-mail message yet.

Overall, per Jordan's explanations in the story, a total of 286 votes
went unaccounted or unused, including disqualified and returned blank
ones. That is, for the office of President - 8 votes went unreported
by Jordan, Vice President - 4, Member-at-Large Round One - 239, Member
-at-Large Round Two - 20, and Member-at-Large Round Three - 15.

In comparison, based on the March 27, 2005 CISS Congress Minutes
Report release, this Ombudsman found out a total of 151 unaccounted
and missing votes in the Report. That is, for the Office of Vice
President - 4 votes went unreported, Member-at-Large Round One - 56,
Member-at-Large Round Two - 32, and Member-at-Large Round Three - 59.

www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update72.htm

Interestingly, the various figures produced in Jordan's story, for
instance, such as "118" ( or "118 ballot papers returned" ), "116" (
or "116 ballot sheets were returned" ) and "8" ( or "eight ballot
sheets were disqualified" ) went unmentioned in the October 23, 2005
altered version of the 39th CISS Congress Minutes Report.

The main and eloquent fact is that the many voting ballot numbers
presented in Jordan's story do not match with the numbers published
in both CISS Congress Minutes Reports
demonstrated in EXHIBITS NUMBER ONE and TWO below.

Jordan concluded his story with his beautifully-uttered words, "I
repeat, NO FRAUD"!

This is another sophisticated propaganda ploy by Jordan to mislead the
world.

For many valid reasons, however, this Ombudsman must wholly and
squarely challenge Jordan's irresponsible and intimidating propaganda
tactic by reiterating his opinion conclusion that there was indeed an
election FRAUD, which was primarily orchestrated by its chief
mastermind and architect - Jordan!

Thus, ideology and opinion difference over how to properly,
appropriately, competently and professionally manage the CISS
business, including the issue of election handling, between the two
different schools of thought: this Soviet Union-born and USA
citizen's Ombudsman and two USA-born citizens and anarchists' -
Jordan and his "a yes-person" and disciple Ammons - continues.

P.S. It was just learned by this website that Ammons, the
illegitimately-elected CISS President, sent her letter explaining
about her viewpoint of the 2005 CISS Congress election outcome to
Jean-Laurent Bourquin, the I.O.C. Sports Manager at the I.O.C.
headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The contents of Ammons'
letter were almost identical ones as Jordan's story of October 24, 2005.

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Deaf boy winning plenty of support
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051029/NEWS0102/5\
10290329/1001/NEWS


Debt spiral for elderly and disabled
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/men/personalfinance/s/179/179906_debt_spiral_f\
or_elderly_and_disabled.html


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

Assistant Professor at a California State University

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.org/intake.htm

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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

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

Begin your journey toward self-sufficiency by becoming a .WS domain
reseller! Become an owner of a _________.WS website for only $10 a
month! Includes hosting, email, and easy to use website design tools
to create a professional looking website. And all _________.WS owners
automatically become .WS website resellers and it comes with an
automatic selling program. All you have to do is lead people to your
reseller website! The WS stands for 'website'! This is an excellent
self-sufficiency opportunity for people who want to be on the top of
the .WS cyber real estate market. Take a look at the ASL video at
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/cbep/website05.wmv and if you're
interested in this self-sufficiency program please go to
http://website.ws/ocdac for an easy sign
up. Or if you do not know American Sign Language, go straight to the
reseller page at http://website.ws/ocdac for a video of the program.

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We need letters! Send to ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

-------------< EPILOG >

If you wish to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send in
news, stories, and opinions relating to the disability community. Your
support in this effort to move the disability community forward will
be greatly appreciated. We will continue to aggressively pursue
justice, fairness, and equality for the disability community as it has
been doing since November 1996. We have chosen
that EDUCATION is the best way to accomplish this objective.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is a community based
organization that puts people with disabilities first in their
advocacy for equal opportunities in safety, health, and productive living.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center provides services for disabled
individuals and their families in our community who need help in
navigating the social services maze. Every day people go without
proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a
variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness,
age, domestic violence, or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to
hard times, disabled individuals are at the most risk. With the
generous support of people like you, we are able to help many of these
families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but
to work toward a brighter future with programs in job training,
education, counseling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter October 23, 2005

Dear Friends,

The Health Fair in Anaheim last Saturday was good. Had a good turnout.

National Association of the Deaf has decided to relocate the NAD
Conference to Palm Desert, California. We are thrilled to see this
large deaf organization having their conference here in our home
state. We will make every effort to participate in this great event.
More information on the NAD conference is in this newsletter.

We got the invite to Fullerton Winter Festival. It's a food stand
fundraiser and we did very well last year. We submitted all the
permits, fees, and applications on the same day we received the invite
in hopes we get all of our menu offerings.

Crazy October is already wearing us down. The editor's back already
hurts from all the loading and unloading of fundraising and
educational materials. So far the results of Crazy October has been
very positive on the educational booths and mixed on the fundraising
booths. It's almost over with next Saturday being the last booth.

HOT NEWS is RIM loses their appeal and with over 30% of the deaf
communities dependent on RIM based communication devices, the impact
on the deaf communities could be huge.

Finally take the time to read the letters we've been getting.

OCDAC Communications

-------------< INSIDE NEWS >

We are ready for our educational booth at 'Mata Expo' (Mata.tv's
version of Deaf Expo)

We have started fundrasising activities to build up the stock for The
New Year's event.

We have started on the planning our free Valentine's day dance event
next February. This will be supported by vendors who purchased booths
and we already have 2 vendors lined up for this.

Drastic Social Security rule changes for Title II Old Age, Survivors,
and Disability Insurance and SSI programs such as outlined in
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/200\
5/pdf/05-14845.pdf

renews our calls for self-reliance ideas for organizations who serve
the deaf and disabled and our very own idea, our California Disability
Gaming Initiative idea and that can be found at
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/cdgicinfo.pdf is an idea that works for
Native Americans. Why shouldn't it work for the Disability
communities? The proposed Social Security rules will limit appeals
and create a new process that is less about truth-seeking and more
hostile to applicants.
-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

We will soon have our 'Pledge Weeks' ahead to help us solicit funds
for the new Deaf Center in Orange County.

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 1/3 >

RIM loses latest NTP ruling, risks U.S. shutdown
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2005-10-21-rim-blackberry_x.\
htm?csp=26

(Editor : Approximately 30 percent of the deaf communities use RIM
based communicators)

New transplant fund for deaf children in Shanghai
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-10/22/content_3666350.htm

The Trust Co. taps Deaf Link for hearing-impaired services
http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2005/10/17/daily29.html

Disabled youths make a difference for victims of Katrina
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051023/NEWS01/510230\
425/1008


Helping the hearing-impaired earn money
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/man/2005/10/20/feat/helping.the.hearing.impaire\
d.earn.money.html


Videophones revolutionize communication for the hearing impaired
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051009/REPOSITORY/510\
090378/1013/NEWS03


-------------< CALIFORNIA DEAFIE HAPPENINGS >

COME TO OUR MEETUPS!

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37
/ - meets each 3rd Wednesdays of the
month.

The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group -
http://deaf.meetup.com/
38/ - meets each 1st Saturdays of the month.

===============================

CSDR'S MAGIC HOMECOMMING!

The CSDR's Homecoming Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 11th. The
Varsity will play at 7 pm after the JV plays at 4 pm. It will be first
time in school's history we will play under lights!

Attached is the link to the flyer for your information.

http://csdr-cde.ca.gov/homecoming.pdf

For more information, please contact John Castrese, Athletic Director at
jcastrese@csdr-cde.ca.gov. Thank you.

CSDR will host a Magic Show by the professionals on Wednesday,
November 16th at 7:30 pm at Social Hall. Three professional magicians
will perform for the fundraising event for the Extreme Magicians III team.

For more information, please link to this site:

http://csdr-cde.ca.gov/magicshow.html

Please contact Farley Warshaw at fwarshaw@csdr-cde.ca.gov if you have
any question. Thank you.
===============================

The Sunshine Boys

We are once again having an ASL-interpreted play at the Palm Canyon
Theatre at Alejo and North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. This
play is a comedy by Neil Simon about two old, retired Vaudeville
comedians getting together again for a one time Ed Sullivan TV
special. It is a fun play, has no bad language, sex, or violence.

WHEN? Sunday, Nov 6th, curtain time 2 p.m.

WHERE? The Palm Canyon Theatre, 538 No Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

HOW MUCH? Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and ASL students, $17. Anyone with a
valid
student ID card can buy tickets for $10

BUYING TICKETS? Call the box office, 760-323-5123, and give the code
"CVD" for $17 tickets and seats in the area reserved for our Deaf and
hard-of-hearing patrons. Pay for tickets with a credit card when you
call and tickets will be available at the box office before the
performance. You can also go to the box office to reserve your seat
and purchase tickets with cash.

The box office does not have TTY, text, or on-line ticket sales, so
you may need to call via a relay service.

I hope you will come and support the Palm Canyon Theatre's commitment
to making live theatre accessible to our local ASL community.

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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

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

NAD Relocates 2006 Biennial Conference to Southern California

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that
its 48th Biennial National Conference will be held at Desert Springs ­
a J.W. Marriott Resort, in Palm Desert, California, June 29-July 3,
2006, which is in close proximity to the Palm Springs International
Airport. Mother Nature, in the form of Hurricane Katrina, forced the
NAD to find a new location for the conference originally scheduled for
New Orleans, Louisiana.

"We grieve with the rest of the nation on the destruction caused to
several states by the hurricane. Because of the uncertainty about the
New Orleans city infrastructure, the NAD Board of Directors felt that
it was in the best interest of all involved to move the 48th Biennial
National Conference in 2006 to Region IV and return to New Orleans in
2008," said NAD President Andrew J. Lange.

The Desert Springs Resort sits on over 450 acres of lush grounds and
lakes and is one of the largest resort complexes in the southwestern
United States. Located 11 miles from Palm Springs International
Airport, 78 miles from Ontario Airport and 130 miles from Los Angeles
International Airport, the resort is a self-contained, thriving oasis
with gorgeous meeting space all on the same floor, two championship
golf courses on the property, tennis and swimming facilities, and one
of the finest resort spas in the United States. Five restaurants,
Starbucks and several small food outlets will sure that attendees will
not go hungry.

"This is the perfect place to have a conference," said NAD Chief
Executive Officer Nancy J. Bloch, "the meeting space is wonderful and
everything is under one roof. This conference is about change, a
unique and different kind of conference site, a change in dates, and
most importantly -- we will all be changed in the most positive way
after the 2006 NAD Conference experience!"

The Conference officially begins on Thursday, June 29 with forums and
workshops starting in the afternoon and Opening Ceremonies and a
Welcome Reception that evening. Pre-conference sessions for the NAD
Board and official delegates take place on June 28. The NAD College
Bowl Competition is on Saturday, July 1. The NAD 125th Anniversary
Celebration Banquet is scheduled for Sunday evening, July 2, and the
NAD Miss Deaf America Pageant finals will be held on Monday evening,
July 3, the last night of the conference week.

Exhibits, workshops and forums will all take place in two huge
ballrooms that easily accommodate all NAD Conference plans, with major
evening events taking place right next door to exhibits and workshops.

"The California Association of the Deaf is thrilled to welcome the NAD
Biennial National Conference to our beautiful state," said Richard
Ray, President. "We look forward to working with the NAD to make this
a most memorable event."

The basic 2006 NAD Conference schedule is now on the NAD website at:
http://www.nad.org/2006confschedule

Detailed information will be posted on the NAD website within the next
few weeks. "Our focus, in respect to the conference, the last few
weeks since Hurricane Katrina was finding a new location for our large
and unique meeting," said President Lange. "Now the NAD Board of
Directors and NAD Headquarters staff are hard at work to ensure a
successful national conference in Southern California," he continued.

To keep up-to-date on 2006 NAD Conference news, please subscribe to
the NAD Conference eNews at: http://www.nad.org/eNewsletters

The NAD will also honor 2006 NAD Conference pre-registrations at the
new location. If you have questions about your pre-registration,
please contact: conference@nad.org

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

Contact: Beth Slough, 402-694-3656 v/TTY
Communications Coordinator
Hamilton Relay, Inc.

Relay Presented at the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus

The Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (CHHC) participated in a
Luncheon Briefing on Emergency Preparedness yesterday in The CHHC, a
bipartisan caucus of members from the House and Senate, is committed
to supporting the needs of those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Founded in 2001, CHHC highlights the issues of critical importance to
those with hearing loss through periodic briefings and correspondence
with all Members of Congress. The caucus briefing was also supported
by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance and Friends of Hearing Health.

Presenters include Dan Sutherland, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil
Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Cheryl Heppner,
Executive Director of Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Persons; and Dixie Ziegler, Vice President of
Hamilton Relay. These key leaders presented on topics such as
Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Communication Access and the
impacts emergencies have on individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Dan Sutherland outlined the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on
individuals with disabilities including deaf or hard of hearing
people, highlighting the efforts of the Interagency Coordinating
Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities.
The council plays an important role in ensuring accessibility for
those with disabilities during emergency situations and disasters.

Cheryl Heppner reported on the findings of a recent special needs
assessment conducted by The National Organization on Disability (NOD),
along with what's been learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Heppner also shared how the nation can assist those with hearing loss
to be prepared for future emergencies and disasters.

Dixie Ziegler focused on the necessity of providing individuals who
are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Disabled with functionally
equivalent telephone accessibility. Through the availability of
today's wide array of advanced Telecommunications Relay Services,
opportunities for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech
disabled to communicate over the telephone have emerged. Ziegler
explained how Hamilton Relay ensures uninterrupted, 24-hour telephone
access to its customers in the event of a disaster.

"Hamilton Relay is extremely pleased to have sponsored this event,"
says Dixie Ziegler. "We hope that this caucus will result in better
preparedness for all types of disasters."

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 2/3 >

Deaf tow-truck operator is fighting the feds over regulation that's
holding back his business
http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ%2FMGArticle%2FWSJ_Basic\
Article&c=MGArticle&cid=1128767697302&path=
!business!article&s=1037645507703

To restore a special sense
http://www.hindu.com/mag/2005/10/23/stories/2005102300360700.htm

Executives cash in on set-asides for disabled
http://www.nj.com/business/ledger/index.ssf?/base/business-1/1130043145273880.xm\
l&coll=1


Disabled-parking stalls far from buses
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002578173_bumper23m.html

Technology helps hearing impaired
http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051020/NEWS01/5102\
00354/1006


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

ATTENTION CAPTEL USERS, CRS USERS, AND ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED IN THE
CALIFORNIA RELAY SERVICE

Learn about Captioned Telephone Service (CaptTel), an exciting
opportunity to read what the other calling party is saying during a
telephone conversation.

Meeting:
California Relay Service Advisory (CRSAC) Public Meeting

What is CRSAC?
The California Relay Service Advisory Committee (CRSAC) reviews
specialized phone services for hard of hearing, deaf, and
speech-disabled callers.

When:
Friday, October 28, 2005

Where:
Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Avenue, Van Nuys, CA, 91406
Airtel Plaza Hotel Telephone: 800-2-AIRTEL (800-224-7835)

Room:
Concorde III Meeting Room

Time:
2:00pm - 5:00pm Business Meeting
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner Break
6:00pm - 7:00pm New Captioned Telephone Expanded Field Trial:
Overview and user panel
7:00pm - 8:00pm Public Input

Additional Meeting Information:
No cost. No obligation.
6:00pm - 7:00pm CapTel users will describe their experience with this
new free service.

Public comment is invited.

Communication Services Available: ASL Sign Language interpreters &
Real-time captioning

For more information:
Changchup Nyima
Voice: 1-510-302-1100 Ext.: 110
TTY: 1-510-302-1118
Email: changchup@ddtp.org

Judie Hughes
Marketing Project Analyst
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program
505 14th Street, Suite 400
Oakland, California 94612

510.302.1100 Ext.: 107
510.302.1130 Fax
510.302.1115 TTY

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

"Over 20,000 patients are going to receive an implant from us this
year, whether it's a Cochlear implant or a Baha," Dr. Chris Roberts
Chief executive of the Cochlear Corporation.

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

Do you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on stores? You can get a free
community partners card at those stores and then add it to our list of
supporters. A percent of what you buy will go to helping our Deaf
youth program. If you already have a school or other program that you
are supporting, don't worry, you can add your card to support our
program too! There are two ways to add your card. You can email your
First and Last name with your phone number and community partners card
number to ocdac@deafadvocacy.org or you can download and print our
Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/AlbertsonsSignup.pdf and have your
friends, neighbors, associates, and relatives sign up as supporters
and then mail the form to the address on the form. To reach our
funding goal we need 25,000 supporters who shop at Albertsons /
Sav-on. And remember to use your community partners card when you shop
at Albertsons or Sav-on.

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

Press Release - October 21, 2005

Note: to translate this material in your native language, visit

http://babelfish.altavista.com


From: www.deafsportlawsuit.com

USA COURT FOR DISTRICT OF MARYLAND MAKES DECISIONS:
1) COURT IS NOT PROPER FORUM TO RESOLVE DISPUTES BETWEEN DEAF
PLAINTIFF AND DEAF DEFENDANTS
2) COURT REJECTS $1 MILLION CLAIM BY DEAF ANARCHISTS AMMONS AND JORDAN
VS. DEAF OMBUDSMAN PINCHAS
3) CISS/DEAFLYMPICS WAS NOT A PARTY TO LAWSUIT

Yesterday, on October 20, 2005, the Press Office of the
CISS/Deaflympics has issued to the world its brief and vaguely-worded
Press Release with its propaganda-themed U.S. District Court of
Maryland Rejected Pinchas' 4th Civil Action Suit headline

www.deaflympics.com

Once again, defendants Donalda Ammons ( herein, "Ammons" ) and Jerald
Jordan ( "Jordan" ) - individually or jointly or through their
attorney from the National Association of the Deaf ( NAD ) Kelby N.
Brick or the Press Office of the CISS/Deaflympics - have failed to
clearly and truthfully explain as to what actually happened with the
lawsuit case, including what was decided by the Court and why the
Court dismissed the case, etcetra.

Ammons and Jordan or their attorney Kelby N.Brick have also continued
to irresponsibly, intentionally and misleadingly imply that the
organization of the CISS/Deaflympics was involved as a lawsuit party.

By utilizing the above-mentioned questionable propaganda tactics,
especially among the 94-nation-members CISS/Deaflympics organization
and its leaders, Ammons and Jordan have again "painted" themselves as
the "true lawsuit battle winners," while Pinchas is "a loser!"

However, the facts and reality were and are quite different ones.

For the purposes of clarification, rebuttal, accurate and fair
reporting, here are the following facts.

On March 2, 2005, plaintiff Rafael Pinkhasov Pinchas ( "Pinchas" ),
appearing as a pro se, submitted his defamation of character lawsuit
action against four ( 4 ) different defendants - Ammons, Jordan,
Bobbie Beth Scoggins ( "Scoggins") and the United States Deaf Sports
Federation ( "USADSF" ).

The organization of the CISS/Deaflympics, like in the previous
lawsuits, was not specifically named by Pinchas as a party to this
lawsuit action.

Like in the three previous lawsuit actions filed in 2001 and 2003 (
twice ) by Pinchas against Ammons and Jordan on an individual basis,
the Court in Maryland again dismissed Pinchas' claim this time. Such a
dismissal was principally based on the fact that "this Court is not a
proper place or it has no jurisdction over disputes related to the
internal rules" of deaf organizations such as the CISS/Deaflympics.

Additionally, here are the main points outlined in Senior Judge
William M.Nickerson's 11-paged Civil Action Number WMN-05-629
Memorandum Decision recently:

- "While the Court can understand Pinchas' frustration at being
precluded from serving a very worthy cause about which he is obviously
passionate, this Court has repeatedly indicated to Pinchas that the
federal courts are not proper forum to resolve his disputes with
Ammons, Jordan, Scoggins and USADSF;"

- "As for the requirement of joinder of CISS/Deaflympics, Ammons and
Jordan have proffered nothing to establish that CISS/Deaflympics is a
necessary party in this action. While the Complaint repeatedly
mentions the USADSF and it might be inferred that the Individual
Defendants ( that is, Ammons, Jordan and Scoggins ) were acting on
behalf on that organization, the Complaint does not, as Ammons and
Jordan claim, "refer to action taken by CISS/Deaflympics," That
Ammons' and Jordan's actions may have taken place at CISS/Deaflympics
events is not a basis, without more, of imputing liability to
CISS/Deaflympics;"

- "Turning to the counterclaims and motion for sanctions filed by
defendants Ammons and Jordan, the Court notes that there is a certain
insubstantial element to them as well. To support their "Malicious
Prosecution" claim, Ammons and Jordan reference the four previous
suits that Pinchas has filed against them and then assert that they
have "incurred attorney fees" and "suffered extreme mental and
emotional anquish as a result of Pinchas' "deliberate and malicious
actions." Ammons and Jordan ask for $1,000,000.00 in damages. Ammons
and Jordan have clearly failed, however, to state a claim for
malicious prosecution...Here, Ammons and Jordan have not pled the
requisite special damages to support a malicious prosecution claim;"

- "While Ammons and Jordan did file a motion for sanctions, Paper
Number 11, they did not do so under the procedures prescribed in Rule
11. Rule 11 states that a motion for sanctions shall first be served
on the opposing party and "shall not be filed with or presented to the
court unless, within 21 days after service of the motion...the
challenged paper, claim, or defense, contention, allegation, or denial
is not withdrawn or appropriately corrected." Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure, Rule 11 ( c) 1 ) ( A ). Ammons and Jordan indicate in
their certificate of service that they served the motion to Pinchas at
the same time as they filed their motion with the Court and thus, were
not in compliance with Rule 11. The motion for sanctions will be denied."

The Memorandum Decision, among the other things, also stated that
"this suit arises out of a highly contentious and long standing
dispute amongst the parties" and that "Defendants ( Ammons, Jordan and
Scoggins ) "have conspired to prevent him ( Pinchas ) from having any
active role in the international deaf sports community."

In the meantime, a legal battle between the CISS/Deaflympics Ombudsman
( Pinchas ) against two deaf sports anarchists ( Ammons and Jordan ),
Scoggins and USADSF continues.

Another and separate discrimination lawsuit involving Pinchas as a
plaintiff vs. the same four defendants is still pending before the
USA District Court for the District of South Dakota in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota.

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 3/3 >

Benefit Being Held For Deaf Honduran Girl
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_295151355.html

Implant may help deaf hear music
http://paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=123152

Employers Help Parents With Disabled Children
http://www.theday.com/eng/web/news/re.aspx?re=26D8D87B-AB77-49E1-95E2-49BBADAB7A\
91


Hearing-impaired victims to enjoy group's assistance
http://www.thetidenews.com/article.aspx?qrDate=10/23/2005&qrTitle=Hearing-impair\
ed%20victims%20to%20enjoy%20group%E2%80%99s%20assistance&qrColumn=NATION


Interpreter praised for work with hearing impaired
http://www.4hearingloss.com/archives/2005/10/interpreter_pra.html

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

Assistant Professor at a California State University

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.org/intake.htm

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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

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

Begin your journey toward self-sufficiency by becoming a .WS domain
reseller! Become an owner of a _________.WS website for only $10 a
month! Includes hosting, email, and easy to use website design tools
to create a professional looking website. And all _________.WS owners
automatically become .WS website resellers and it comes with an
automatic selling program. All you have to do is lead people to your
reseller website! The WS stands for 'website'! This is an excellent
self-sufficiency opportunity for people who want to be on the top of
the .WS cyber real estate market. Take a look at the ASL video at
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/cbep/website05.wmv and if you're
interested in this self-sufficiency program please go to
http://website.ws/ocdac for an easy sign
up. Or if you do not know American Sign Language, go straight to the
reseller page at http://website.ws/ocdac for a video of the program.

-------------< LETTERS >

I work for FEMA and am lending myself available to help as much as I
can. If you contact me with questions I will research the answers and
help any way that I can. I can likely get most information directly to
you. Unfortunately, I can not, for security reasons, access individual
claims, but I can tell you where to go, what to do and how to proceed.
Hopefully, I can make the application process a little easier to
understand and navigate. As you may know, we have been overwhelmed
with people in need and we are all trying every way we can to help the
people and each other.

If you need information on resources just let me know and I will do my
best to find the information for you. I have a wealth of information
right here and am happy to help.

I have been helping people already, people I know, people I meet in
stores, etc. and it was suggested to me that I post here. That is
what it means to be a part of this agency. We are all so committed to
helping people.

Feel free to write.

Stephanie fotojunkie1967@yahoo.com

============================

Hello Everyone!

This is Myrna Danielson, Raymond Anderson and their Son Lil Raymond
leave from the travel on Sunday August 28, 2005 at 7:00am apt home.
And Raymond's mother and her Husband Charles left from my apt home
last sunday that safe Hurricane Katrina. We went to The Econ Lodge,
Houston, Tx with family that night.We live in stay in the hotel
Recency Suite & Inn Houston, tx on August 30th and Sept 16, 2005. My
boyfriend Raymond Anderson and his Son Lil Raymond still live in stay
his mother Mary Samuel 's APT Houston, Tx. My supervisor John Lantron
call me my mother in law told me ready confirmation ticket from Naval
Support Activity Mid South on Sept 19,2005. i came to airport memphis
from my supervisor Pn1 Lantron pick me up Airport Memphis Sept 20. He
took me drop in the Navy Inn Millington Tn. God bless you and Thank
God save me for it. travel. Myrna Danielson and Raymond Anderson are
deaf and without tty.

============================

U can report abt me and all deaf 14 peoples here at San Antonio,Tx.
Some of deaf peoples sleep at Methodist Mission Homes in 6487 Whitby
Rd San Antonio, Tx 78240. The Red Cross help find the new apartment
for me and mt bf Curtis Tucker. We got the apt last months ago in
September 12, 2005 before my bf with me his family stay motel at
Austin, Tx for 3 days in Aug 30 to Sept 4,th, 2005 until We left
Austin,Tx and arrived to San Antonio,Tx. We stay sleep other the hotel
in Sept 4, 2004 to Sept 12, 2005. The name of apartment is The Peach
Creek Apartment.I have my new deaf and hoh mexico and black men and
ladies from San Antonio,Tx. My address is 333 Hedges St Apt 402 San
Antonio, Tx 78203 also My mailing address is Post Office Box 190203
San Antonio, Tx. 78203. My tty nbr is 210- 212- 7387.
Before My bf Curtis and I been looked for my family and kids and my 2
nephews with his mother Cindy Williams is my baby sister in Kelly Usa.
We cant find them in Texas. We keep call to Red Cross abt them from my
family and kids. The Red Cross keep look for them lists their names in
the computer fews weeks ago. We need ur help and find my family and
kids in Texas. Pls call or email me anytimes. Give to u my family and
kids names.
Ruby Williams-08-0852
Billy Williams-07-15-49
Ericka Cindy Williams-01-22-76
Christopher Kyle Williams-09-18-92
Darius Elijah Robinsin-05-16-98
Keenen Khalil Williams - 04-11 or 12-97
Noel,Jr - 09-04-02
Where is they flood them home at 1901 Rosary New Orleans, La 70122.
Her nbr is 504-284-5884.

I want u tell them my old friends deaf and hoh peoples I say BIG HELLO
TO Y'ALL FOR ME, PLS!

God Bless Yall for all deaf and hoh peoples
Save Yall Ur Lifes and Love Ur Friends
Mr. Curtis Tucker and Ms. Gretta Williams

-------------< EPILOG >

If you wish to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send in
news, stories, and opinions relating to the disability community. Your
support in this effort to move the disability community forward will
be greatly appreciated. We will continue to aggressively pursue
justice, fairness, and equality for the disability community as it has
been doing since November 1996. We have chosen
that EDUCATION is the best way to accomplish this objective.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is a community based
organization that puts people with disabilities first in their
advocacy for equal opportunities in safety, health, and productive living.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center provides services for disabled
individuals and their families in our community who need help in
navigating the social services maze. Every day people go without
proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a
variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness,
age, domestic violence, or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to
hard times, disabled individuals are at the most risk. With the
generous support of people like you, we are able to help many of these
families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but
to work toward a brighter future with programs in job training,
education, counseling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

Feel free to forward this email message to anyone and any of your
personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far
and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter October 16, 2005

Dear Friends,

Last week we had a booth at the Accessible Los Angeles Expo. There,
we got invited to do an educational booth at a leadership conference
to be held in Pasadena late next month. KZLA is co-sponsoring our
fundraiser on Monday night at the Westminster Lanes.

We have applied the Diamond vs Los Angeles case to free a deaf
prisoner this coming Tuesday.

Dave Geffen is an ADA lawyer in the area of Los Angeles. He can be
contacted by his AIM ID Geffenlaw and his email is geffenlaw@aol.com
another notable ADA attorney is Dr. Richard Rosen he can practice any
where in the USA and he used to be a Gallaudet University instructor
and he can be reached at rosenlaw@att.net and finally my favorite ADA
lawyer is Morse Mehrban and is an excellent Title III attorney and has
made the news a few times for mass suing businesses over ADA
violations. Hes helped us with a few cases some with success. Morse
has a website at http://www.mehrban.com/ and handles a large spectrum
of cases.

The featured news article is that a New Jersey school district has
decided to ban the use of American Sign Language on the bus.

Deaf Community Services of San Diego is terminating their relationship
with COMMEND, a 24 hr interpreting service program. Their letter is
included in this broadcast. Lack of available interpreters is the reason.

For those of you who recently joined our newsletter, a BIG welcome!
We are happy you became a part of this huge family willing to learn
more about the deaf and disability news, advocacy, and communications
from leaders of the deaf and disability communities.

OCDAC Communications

-------------< INSIDE NEWS >

We expect to begin moving into our new office in Orange soon.

We are almost ready for our educational booth at 'Mata Expo'
(Mata.tv's version of Deaf Expo)

We have started fundrasising activities to build up the stock for this
event.

We also need committees for the Kids Day (formerly Pirate's) festival,
Silverado Festival, and Winter Festival fundraisers as well.

We have started on the planning our free Valentine's day dance event
next February. This will be supported by vendors who purchased booths
and we already have 2 vendors lined up for this.

Drastic Social Security rule changes for Title II Old Age, Survivors,
and Disability Insurance and SSI programs such as outlined in
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/200\
5/pdf/05-14845.pdf

renews our calls for self-reliance ideas for organizations who serve
the deaf and disabled and our very own idea, our California Disability
Gaming Initiative idea and that can be found at
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/cdgicinfo.pdf is an idea that works for
Native Americans. Why shouldn't it work for the Disability
communities? The proposed rules will limit appeals and create a new
process that is less about truth-seeking and more hostile to applicants.

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

Our new ASL class start September 28th! For more info and to download
a copy of
the registration form go to http://asl.deafadvocacy.org

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 1/3 >

Cisco develops first contact centre for the deaf
http://www.whatpc.co.uk/vnunet/news/2143832/cisco-develops-first-contact

Deaf Bowlers Share Signs and Spares
http://kgmb9.com/kgmb/display.cfm?storyID=6162

Police Arrest Suspect in Rape of Deaf/Mute Victim
http://www.news10.net/storyfull2.aspx?storyid=13591

Disabled need handicapped-accessible trailers
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/thesunherald/news/local/12887678.htm

-------------< CALIFORNIA DEAFIE HAPPENINGS >

COME TO OUR MEETUPS!
The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37
/ - meets each 3rd Wednesdays of the
month.
The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group -
http://deaf.meetup.com/
38/ - meets each 1st Saturdays of the month.

===============================

BREA CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
300 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 529-3014

Press Release

Contact: Caitlin Mercer
Phone: (714) 624-4962


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 A.M. PDT, October 13, 2005

BREA CHURCH ANNOUNCES SERVICES FOR THE DEAF

BREA, CA, OCTOBER 13, 2005: Brea Congregational Church (UCC) is
pleased to announce a pilot program to provide American Sign Language
Interpretation for all regular Sunday worship services in November and
December, 2005. "We are excited about the opportunity to welcome deaf
members of our community," advised Pastor Rick Marshall. "We are a
congregation with a proud history of openness and hospitality, and we
feel that reaching out to the deaf community, and their families and
friends, is a special way to express this tradition."

. Worship Services are Held: Sunday, 10:00 am Dates for Interpreted
Services: November 6, 13, 20 and 27, and December 4, 11, 18 and 25
(Christmas Day)
. Worship services, including scripture readings, sermon and music
will be interpreted.
. Interpreter available after services to facilitate communication
between congregation members and new visitors during our regular
social hour.
. Church Location: 300 E. Imperial Highway, Brea, CA 92821 Church
Office: (714) 529-3014 - On Imperial just East of Brea Boulevard -
. For more information: Text-Message or Relay call to 714-624-4962
or e-mail BCCDeafOutreach@aol.com

===============================

The Orange County American Sign Language October Meetup event

When:
Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 PM

Where:
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
17595 Harvard Ave #B
Irvine, CA
(949) 660-1332

What:
Let's meet and sign!

===============================

ASL Song Workshop
Saturday, November 19 , 2005
10:30 AM Registration
11:00 AM ­ 5:00 PM Workshop
Mission Springs Community Church 48835 Kato Road, Fremont, CA 94539

Directions: From Highway 680 in Fremont, exit west on Scott Creek
Road. Cross Warm Springs Blvd and continue on Kato Road. It will be on
left side before railroad tracks. Check mapquest.com for details.

Workshop will focus on:
· Translating a song into ASL
· Conceptual meaning of the lyrics

What to bring?
· Bring copies of English Lyrics of your favorite song(s)
· Please bring your CD and portable CD player.

This workshop is offered for (.6) CEU's. Certificates issued by SAS
(Sandra's ASL Services) may or may not be accepted by other
organizations,schools, or employment.

This workshop is specifically offered for former and present ASL
students of all levels.

This workshop is presented in ASL only.

This workshop is not recommended for participant who has no knowledge
of ASL.

Questions? Contact Sandra via e-mail at ASLteacherSDA@aol.com
-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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

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

Deaf people from Louisiana in need of housing assistance from FEMA
need to contact disaster relief center.

The Louisiana Advocacy Center, The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf
(LCD) and the DISASTER RELIEF Center-Baton Rouge are asking you to
help find Deaf people, Deaf/Blind people, hard of hearing and speech
impaired people WHO ARE IN NEED OF FEMA HOUSING IN BATON ROUGE.

A FEMA Housing Community will soon open in Baker, LA for qualified
FEMA participants.

Anyone from Louisiana who has moved to another State may apply to
return to Louisiana and move into this housing.

Please Provide Detailed Contact Information for all (including all
family members) who need FEMA Housing in Baker, LA and contact:

DISASTER RELIEF CENTER "INFORMATION and REFERRAL"
Bill Dugas, Executive Director
Dawn Melendez, Coordinator of Interpreters
225-266-2395 (24 hours a day)
2585 Brightside Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820
225/ 766-9320 V/TTY
225/ 766-1190
225/ 766-6615 Fax
888/ 834-7955 Toll Free
Bill Dugas email: cdcstfdsp@aol.com
Dawn Melendez email: dawn@deafservicesinc.com

Fred

W. Fred Roy III
Executive Director
Louisiana Commission for the Deaf
8225 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-4834
225-925-4175 Video Phone/v/tdd
800-256-1523 v/tdd
225-922-1515 FAX
225-235-4203 Cell
froy1@dss.state.la.us (email & Cell IM)
www.dss.state.la.us
-------------< BULLETIN >

Disability Funders Network (DFN) is instituting a 'Rapid Response Fund'

An estimated 20 percent of the United States population has a
disability making this the largest minority group in the nation.
People with disabilities have the highest rate of poverty of any
minority group in the United States. Geographically, nearly 40
percent of people reporting a
disability live in the South-twice the percentage of people with
disabilities in the other regions of the country.

"People with disabilities, including older adults, face a vast range
of barriers to safety and survival during disasters that are often
overlooked by rescue and recovery efforts," said Jeanne Argoff,
executive director of Disability Funders Network (DFN). "Our goal is
to raise grantmakers' awareness of not only the importance of
including the disability community in their disaster preparedness,
rescue and recovery efforts, but also to increase their understanding
of the disability community's needs following a crisis."

Among the last to be rescued following Hurricane Katrina, people with
disabilities faced difficulties in making their presence known,
resulting in unnecessary deaths. Those rescued were forced to
evacuate-leaving behind necessities such as life-saving medications,
equipment, aids and
service animals. Often, they were sent to places unable and sometimes
unwilling to meet their needs.

The disability community's needs following Katrina and Rita are far
reaching-from assistive technology such as teletypewriters, signaling
devices and hearing/speech amplification devices, to durable medical
products like wheelchairs, walkers, canes and adaptive accessories.
Medical supplies-including oxygen, hospital beds and transfer
lifts-are also in high demand.

Conventional relief groups have not consistently demonstrated that
they understand how to assist disaster survivors with disabilities.

"Disability Funders Network (DFN) is instituting a 'Rapid Response
Fund'-effective October 4, 2005 -to make grants to nonprofit
organizations providing direct relief to people with disabilities in
the affected regions," announced Sylvia Clark, chair of Disability
Funders Network and executive director of NEC Foundation of America.
And to best prepare for future crises, Disability Funders Network
(DFN) has an ongoing initiative, "Emergency Preparedness for People
with Disabilities and Older Adults: What Grantmakers Need to Know."

Jeanne Argoff
Executive Director
Disability Funders Network
2529 Kirklyn Street
Falls Church, VA 22043
703-560-0099
703-560-1151 (FAX)
NJArgoff@aol.com
http://www.disabilityfunders.org
-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 2/3 >

Cops learn to 'hear' deaf
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,6119,2-7-1442_1815823,00.html

New interpreters cut deaf charity's burden
http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/content/islington/gazette/news/story.aspx?bran\
d=ISLGOnline&category=news&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newsislg&itemid=WeED12\
%20Oct%202005%2012%3A35%3A08%3A807


Disabled people stopped from working
http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Disabled-people-stopped-from-working/2005\
/10/13/1128796645848.html?oneclick=true


Disabled people have new voice
http://www.thisisguernsey.com/code/shownewsarticle.pl?ArticleID=013593

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

Advocacy always includes fighting corruption within the deaf
communities. We also need to apply our advocacy skills to rights
some wrongs in one of the deaf and/or disabled communities. They can
be like dealing with deaf organizations that do things like
disenfranchising over 150 voters in places like Australia. This is
what my e-mail letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s
official Jean Laurent Bourquin at jean_laurent.bourquin@olympic.org
going to look like to shed light on the democratic anomolies
discovered in the latest CISS congress that took place in Australia.

-----------------------------------------------------

October 16, 2005

attn: IOC President and Executive Board
c/o Jean Laurent Bourquin

Dear Olympic Officials,

I am Richard Roehm and am a long time civil rights advocate for the
deaf people. I am also a big sports and Olympic fan.

I write to you now to demonstrate my full support for William Schyman,
the well-known and widely-respected deaf personality. As you may know,
last week Mr. Schyman sent to you his letter in which he urged you and
your organization to take appropriate action against the Deaflympics
leaders.

Moreover, I have just learned from your website that the IOC will be
holding its Executive Board meeting this coming October 26 in Lausanne.

Owing to this fact, I do urge your Board to do something with the
Deaflympics' organization and its leaders ( especially with Dr. Ammons
from the USA ), who were elected to the top positions during the
recent 39th CISS/Deaflympics Congress in Australia in a
highly-questionably, dishonest, corrupt and fraudulent manner.

If you will have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely Yours,

Richard Roehm
A Civil Rights Advocate for the Deaf
Santa Ana, California, USA

-----------------------------------------------------

Also send or CC a copy to pressoffice@olympic.org to maximize the
attention this issue needs.

We hope you can join us in writing letters like this and emailing them
it to the International Olympic Committee. Feel free to copy the
letter above personalize it with your contact information and mailing
it to them.

We call all it the write way to right a wrong. And that's the DEAF WAI!

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

"I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be
blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness
would make him appreciate sight; silence would teach him the joys of
sound." Helen Keller

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

Do you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on stores? You can get a free
community partners card at those stores and then add it to our list of
supporters. A percent of what you buy will go to helping our Deaf
youth program. If you already have a school or other program that you
are supporting, don't worry, you can add your card to support our
program too! There are two ways to add your card. You can email your
First and Last name with your phone number and community partners card
number to ocdac@deafadvocacy.org or you can download and print our
Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/AlbertsonsSignup.pdf and have your
friends, neighbors, associates, and relatives sign up as supporters
and then mail the form to the address on the
form. To reach our funding goal we need 25,000 supporters who shop at
Albertsons / Sav-on. And remember to use your community partners card
when you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on.

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

MoPix News from WGBH- October 14

SONY'S THE FOG ROLLS IN WITH CAPTIONS THIS WEEK

The Fog, cc only, from Sony Pictures, rated PG-13

A century in the past, off the coast of Northern California, a
horrible shipwreck that might have involved foul play killed a crew of
sailors. Now, their ghosts are back for revenge, traveling in the form
of an eerie fog. That's bad news for the residents of a small town.

Link to MoPix-equipped theater locations and contact information at
www.mopix.org. Contact theaters directly for film and showtime
information.

MOPIX INSTALLATION NEWS

MoPix Now Available: AMC Tysons Corner 16
Auditorium #1
1961 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA
703 734-6212 (voice)

MoPix Now Available: Clearview Squire Cinemas
Auditorium #2
115 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck, NY
516 466-9172 (voice)

MoPix Now Available: Clearview New City Cinema 6
Auditorium 6
202 South Main Street
New City, NY
845 634-4439 (voice)

MoPix Now Available: Clearview Chelsea Cinemas
Auditorium 4
260 West 23rd Street
New York, NY
212 691-5519

...AND SOME MOPIX COMING SOON NEWS

MoPix Coming Soon:

AMC Randhurst 16, Mount Prospect, IL
AMC South Barrington 30, S. Barrington, IL
AMC Northbrook 14, Northbrook, IL
AMC Maple Ridge 8, Amherst, NY
Muvico Baywalk 20, St. Petersburg, FL (two auditoriums will be
equipped at this location)
Consolidated Kingstowne 16, Kingstowne, VA (coming this Winter)
Consolidated New Town Cinemas 12, Williamsburg, VA (coming this Winter)


NOW PLAYING

Available with closed captions using the Rear Window Captioning
system, and audio descriptions utilizing the DVS Theatrical System:

In Her Shoes from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(comedy - rated PG-13)

Two for the Money from Universal Pictures
(drama, sports - rated R)

Serenity from Universal Pictures
(science fiction, action, adventure - rated PG-13)

Roll Bounce from Twentieth Century Fox Films
(comedy, drama, romance - rated PG-13)

The Transporter 2 starring Jason Stratham from Twentieth Century Fox
Films (action, adventure - rated PG-13)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin starring Steve Carrell and Catherine Keener
from Universal Pictures
(comedy, romance - rated R)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp from Warner
Bros. Pictures
(fantasy, comedy, family - rated PG)

Now playing with captions only (DVS is not available for these films):

The Fog starring Tom Welling (TV's Smallville), Maggie Grace (TV's
Lost) and Selma Blair from Sony Pictures
(horror - rated PG-13)

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit from DreamWorks Pictures
(animated, comedy, action - rated G)

Greatest Game Ever Played from Buena Vista Pictures
(sports, drama, biography - rated PG)

Oliver Twist starring Ben Kingsley from Sony Pictures
(drama, children's - rated PG-13)

Into The Blue starring Jessica Alba from Columbia/MGM Pictures
(drama, action, adventure - rated PG-13)

Flightplan starring Jodie Foster from Buena Vista Pictures
(thriller - rated PG-13)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride from Warner Bros. Pictures
(animated, fantasy, comedy - rated PG)

Just Like Heaven starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo from
DreamWorks Pictures
(romance, supernatural - rated PG-13)

Exorcism of Emily Rose starring Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson and
Campbell Scott from Sony Pictures
(drama - rated PG-13)


MOPIX COMING SOON

* North Country starring Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand from
Warner Bros. Pictures (Oct 21) (cc only)
* Stay starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts from Twentieth Century
Fox Films (Oct 21) (cc dvs)
* Doom starring Karl Urban and The Rock from Universal Pictures (Oct
21) (cc dvs)
* Legend of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
from Columbia Pictures (Oct 28) (cc dvs)
* Prime starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman from Universal Pictures
(Oct 28) (cc dvs)
* Chicken Little, an animated film from Buena Vista Pictures (Nov 4)
(cc dvs)
* The Family Stone starring Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker and
Claire Danes from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Nov 4) (cc dvs)
* Jarhead starring Jack Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper from
Universal Pictures (Nov 11) (cc dvs)
* Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang from Warner Bros. Pictures (Nov 11) (cc only)
* Zathura starring Tim Robbins from Sony Pictures (Nov 11) (cc dvs)
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from Warner Bros. Pictures (Nov
18) (cc description)
* Walk the Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon from
Twentieth Century Fox Films (Nov 18) (cc dvs)
* Rent starring Cory DuVal, Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs and Jesse L.
Martin from Sony Pictures (Nov 23) (cc and dvs)
* Syriana starring George Clooney and Matt Damon from Warner Bros.
Pictures (Nov 23) (cc only)
* The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe from
Buena Vista Pictures (Dec 9) (cc dvs)
* Memoirs of a Geisha starring Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe and Michelle
Yeoh and directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) from Sony Pictures (Dec 9)
(cc dvs)
* King Kong starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody and
directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) from Universal Pictures
(Dec 14) (cc dvs)
* All the Kings Men starring Sean Penn, Jude Law and Kate Winslet from
Columbia Pictures (Dec 16) (cc with dvs tba)
* Cheaper by the Dozen 2 starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt and Hilary
Duff from Twentieth Century Fox Films (Dec 21) (cc dvs)
* Fun with Dick and Jane starring Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni from Sony
Pictures (Dec 21) (cc dvs)
* The Producers starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Uma
Thurman from Universal Pictures (Dec 21) (cc dvs)
* Munich starring Eric Bana and Geoffrey Rush and directed by Steven
Spielberg from Universal Pictures (Dec 23) (cc dvs)
* Rumor Has It starring Jennifer Aniston, Shirley MacLaine, Mark
Ruffalo and Kevin Costner from Warner Bros. Pictures (Dec 23) (cc only)
* Bandidas starring Selma Hayek and Penelope Cruz from Twentieth
Century Fox Films (Jan 6) (cc dvs)
* Slither from Universal Pictures (Jan 6) (cc dvs)
* Underworld: Evolution from Sony Pictures (Jan 20) (cc dvs)
* Annapolis starring James Franco from Buena Vista Pictures (Jan 27)
(cc with dvs tbd)
* Big Mamma's House 2 starring Martin Lawrence and Nia Long from
Twentieth Century Fox Films (Jan 27) (cc dvs)
* Tristan and Isolde starring James Franco and Sophia Myles from
Twentieth Century Fox Films (Feb 3) (cc dvs)
* Curious George from Universal Pictures (Feb 10) (cc dvs)
* The Pink Panther starring Steve Martin from MGM/Columbia Pictures
(Feb 10) (cc dvs)
* The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston from
Universal Pictures (Feb 17) (cc dvs)
* V for Vendetta starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving from Warner
Bros. Pictures (Mar 17) (cc only)
* Accepted from Universal Pictures (Apr 21) (cc dvs)
* The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks from Columbia Pictures ((May
19) (cc with dvs tba)
* Over the Hedge from DreamWorks Pictures (May 19) (cc with dvs tba)
* Cars, an animated film from Buena Vista Pictures and Pixar
Entertainment (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles) with the voices of Paul
Newman, Bonnie Hunt and Richard Petty (Jun 9) (cc with dvs tbd)
* The Fast and the Furious 3 from Universal Pictures (Jun 16) (cc dvs)
* The Inside Man starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie
Foster and directed by Spike Lee from Universal Pictures (Jun 27) (cc dvs)
* Children of Men from Universal Pictures (Sept 29) (cc dvs)
* Flushed Away from DreamWorks Pictures (Nov 3) (cc with dvs tba)
* Good Shepherd from Universal Pictures (Dec 22) (cc dvs)
* Shrek 3 from DreamWorks Pictures (May 18) (cc with dvs tba)
* Transformers from DreamWorks Pictures (Jul 4) (cc with dvs tba)
* Lucky You starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Debra Messing and
Robert Duvall from Warner Bros. Pictures (tba 2006 debut) (cc only)


--
CREDITS

Closed captioning and description of films provided by the Media
Access Group at WGBH, a nonprofit division of Boston public
broadcaster WGBH. The Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical
systems were developed by WGBH to make feature films accessible the
date films open in theaters nationwide— and during regular showtimes—
to movie fans who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind or visually impaired.

For more information on the WGBH's Motion Picture Access (MoPix)
efforts, including how to encourage a theater in your area to install
the access systems, please visit <www.mopix.org>, e-mail
access@wgbh.org or call 617 300-3700 v, 617 300-2489 TTY.

Thanks to AMC Theatres, CEC Theaters, Clearview Theaters, Consolidated
Theaters,Crown Theatres, Douglas Theatre Company, Famous Players,
Gateway Theaters,Loews Cineplex, Malco Theatres, Mann Theatres, Muvico
Theatres and National Amusements Theatres,IMAX and OMNIMAX theatres,
Disney themeparks, Busch Gardens Adventure Parks,SeaWorld, the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology/MIT the Hollywood studios and to
all the movie fans out there.
- -
Media Access Group at WGBH
mary_watkins@wgbh.org
<http://access.wgbh.org>
125 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
617 300-3700 v/fax, 617 300-2489 TTY
-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 3/3 >

District tells hearing-impaired girl to stop using sign language on bus
http://wildcat.arizona.edu/papers/94/140/01_99_m.html

Nod to deaf at city hall
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Edmonton/2005/10/13/1260475-sun.html

Culture influences response to abuse
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/bg/10-13-05-7122\
44.html


Treat the Disabled as Citizens — DCA Chief
http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=71622&d=13&m=10&y=2005&pix=kin\
gdom.jpg&category=Kingdom


Disabled 'require more jobs help'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4337736.stm

Hearing impaired make a pitch for World Cup
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=152690

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

Assistant Professor at a California State University



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.org/intake.htm

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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

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

Begin your journey toward self-sufficiency by becoming a .WS domain
reseller! Become an owner of a _________.WS website for only $10 a
month! Includes hosting, email, and easy to use website design tools
to create a professional looking website. And all _________.WS owners
automatically become .WS website resellers and it comes with an
automatic selling program. All you have to do is lead people to your
reseller website! The WS stands for 'website'! This is an excellent
self-sufficiency opportunity for people who want to be on the top of
the .WS cyber real estate market. Take a look at the ASL video at
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/cbep/website05.wmv and if you're
interested in this self-sufficiency program please go to
http://website.ws/ocdac for an easy sign
up. Or if you do not know American Sign Language, go straight to the
reseller page at http://website.ws/ocdac for a video of the program.

-------------< LETTERS >

I deeply regret to inform you that after many years of service to the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, Deaf Community Services of San
Diego, Inc. (DCS) will no longer be able to provide 24 hour emergency
interpreting services also know in the community as COMMEND. It has
been a difficult decision to make knowing that many of the members of
our community depend on this system to have effective communication in
an emergency situation. We will discontinue the COMMEND services as of
October 14th. There will be a two week reprieve during which time the
COMMEND number; (800) 422-7444 will be responded to only with possible
referrals. After October 28th there will not be any response to that
number.


DCS will be available during the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday
through Friday to handle any emergency calls at our regular number
(619) 398-2488. We will also handle prescheduled medical services for
evenings and weekends during our regular business hours.

We were forced to modify our services due to the limited availability
of after-hours qualified interpreters for emergency purposes. The
amount of work during regular business hours has
caused a shortage of interpreters during after-business hours,
especially for those on call. It is also difficult for an on-call
interpreter to be available for all areas of the county, and it is
not financially feasible to have an on-call interpreter for each area.

To remedy the situation the hospitals were given the following choices:

Locate a list of local certified Sign Language interpreters by going
to the web site of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
www.rid.org. They are a national certification agency for sign
language interpreters. This site will allow you to pull up a directory
for your area.

Contact Network Interpreting Services. They are based out of Idaho,
but provide local services. They have expressed an interest to us
about setting up emergency service in San Diego. Their website is
www.aslnis.com: < http://www.aslnis.com/> and phone number is (800)
284-1043.

Another contact is a group of local certified interpreters who plan to
develop a system especially to service the north county hospitals. The
contact name is Billieanne McLellan, email beai@juno.com:
<mailto:beai@juno.com> phone (760) 855-1075.

I know this will cause a hardship to our many valued community members
and I hope that a solution to this problem will be developed soon. We
made an official announcement regarding this matter at Deaf Awareness
Day but I want to make sure that the community knows what is happening
and we ask everyone to share this information so that all community
members are aware.

Sincerely,

Glenn Liptak

Director of Human Resources & Communication Services
Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc.
3930 Fourth Avenue, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92103
619.398.2450 Direct Voice
619.398.2439 Direct Fax
619.398.2438 TTY

-------------< EPILOG >

If you wish to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send in
news, stories, and opinions relating to the disability community. Your
support in this effort to move the disability community forward will
be greatly appreciated. We will continue to aggressively pursue
justice, fairness, and equality for the disability community as it has
been doing since November 1996. We have chosen
that EDUCATION is the best way to accomplish this objective.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is a community based
organization that puts people with disabilities first in their
advocacy for equal opportunities in safety, health, and productive living.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center provides services for disabled
individuals and their families in our community who need help in
navigating the social services maze. Every day people go without
proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a
variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness,
age, domestic violence, or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to
hard times, disabled individuals are at the most risk. With the
generous support of people like you, we are able to help many of these
families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but
to work toward a brighter future with programs in job training,
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