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

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We are ready for our educational booth at 'Mata Expo' ('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\

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

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RIM loses latest NTP ruling, risks U.S. shutdown\

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

New transplant fund for deaf children in Shanghai

The Trust Co. taps Deaf Link for hearing-impaired services

Disabled youths make a difference for victims of Katrina\

Helping the hearing-impaired earn money\

Videophones revolutionize communication for the hearing impaired\



The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
/ - meets each 3rd Wednesdays of the

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



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.

For more information, please contact John Castrese, Athletic Director at
[email protected]. 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:

Please contact Farley Warshaw at [email protected] 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
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.

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Please visit our iGive store

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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:

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:

The NAD will also honor 2006 NAD Conference pre-registrations at the
new location. If you have questions about your pre-registration,
please contact: [email protected]

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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."

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Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds
of assistive living devices at

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Deaf tow-truck operator is fighting the feds over regulation that's
holding back his business\

To restore a special sense

Executives cash in on set-asides for disabled\

Disabled-parking stalls far from buses

Technology helps hearing impaired\

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

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.

Friday, October 28, 2005

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

Concorde III Meeting Room

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: [email protected]

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

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"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.

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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 [email protected] or you can download and print our
Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at 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 21, 2005

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



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

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

- "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.

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Benefit Being Held For Deaf Honduran Girl

Implant may help deaf hear music

Employers Help Parents With Disabled Children\

Hearing-impaired victims to enjoy group's assistance\

Interpreter praised for work with hearing impaired


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

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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


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to create a professional looking website. And all _________.WS owners
automatically become .WS website resellers and it comes with an
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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 and if you're
interested in this self-sufficiency program please go to for an easy sign
up. Or if you do not know American Sign Language, go straight to the
reseller page at for a video of the program.

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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 [email protected]


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

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

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