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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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)


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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

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