Monday, October 03, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter October 3, 2005

Dear Friends,

WHEW! what a blast into "Crazy October"! Our first event this month
was a huge success. We raised plenty $$$$ to help our office continue
it's mission and live up to it's vision. Photos of this event will be
uploaded to the website sometime toward the end of this week.

Late October or early November when all the the 'Crazy October'
boothing activities are over, we shall begin our move into the new
office facilities on Orange. Benefits of the move is going from a
hybrid storage/business center into a professional building that is
very close to the Block at Orange, cheaper access to T-1 internet,
reception services, posh waiting rooms and break rooms, location to
support businesses like audiologists, restaurants, and finally better
location for community members to find us. Take a look at the
building's website and see the
great pictures of our new office building.

OCDAC Communications

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

We badly need a volunteer coordinator who will help us keep in touch
with volunteers and to contact them and make sure they are given the
opportunities to participate in our activities. Our volunteer list has
grown dramatically in the past few months. We really need help
managing them.

We have decided to eliminate our Rose parade fundraiser and replace it
with an illumination booth at a bigger times square like New Year's
event at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

We also need committees for the Pirate's festival, Silverado Festival,
and Winter Festival fundraisers as well.

We have started on our Valentine's day dance event next February.

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Our new ASL class start September 28th! For more info and to download
a copy of
the registration form go to

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Horak was first deaf man to join Coast Guard Auxiliary

Woman helps deaf cricket side

Ford's Theater to provide i-Caption handheld captioning system for deaf

Audit: School for the Deaf and Blind still needs to do more training

BBC2 thriller set to blast off


Disabled man may sue police

Hiroaki Yamada Hearing-impaired deserve the right to drive


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 Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates Presents

7th Annual Family Village Festival

A Multicultural Experience

Saturday, October 8, 2005
10:00 am ˆ 5:00 pm

Join us for the 7th Annual Family Village Festival, A celebration of
cultures from around the world!


-Live music
-Hands-on demonstrations
-Cultural Cuisine

-Storytelling to include a deaf storyteller!

Sign language interpreter will be provided for all storytellers from
11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the grounds of the Riverside Public Library-
Main Branch- across from the City of Riverside Municipal Museum 3580
Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA.

Visit the Riverside Municipal Museum's website for regular updates,
downloadable participant applications and more!

(951) 826-5273 Voice


What Is So Hard About Learning ASL Workshop.

Workshop will focus on your perceptions of: difficulty in learning ASL
the attitudes and motivations of ASL Learners the
advantages/disadvantages of Deaf and Hearing ASL teachers
linguistic difficulties Deaf Culture

When: Saturday, October 15, 2005

Where: Mission Springs Community Church
48835 Kato Road, Fremont, CA

Time: 11 AM to 3 PM

10:30 AM registration at the door. Please send a quick e-mail to let
Sandra know you are coming by October 12th. $50 per participant.

Please note: A minimum of 10 particpants is needed to hold this workshop.

This workshop is offered for (.4) CEU's certificates issued by SAS may
or may not be accepted by other organizations, schools, or employments.

This workshop is presented in ASL only.

Questions? Contact Sandra via e-mail [email protected] or
[email protected]

Sandra's ASL Services (SAS, owner
PO Box 610743
San Jose, CA 95161

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Please visit our iGive store

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Accessible Emergency Notification and Communication: State of the Science

A Conference at Gallaudet University
November 2-3, 2005
Sponsored by the RERC on Telecommunications Access

Go to for the
conference program, registration form, directions, and other information.

The recent disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast
has highlighted the importance of access to emergency communications
by people with disabilities.

This timely conference will bring together experts in accessibility,
mass media, emergency communications, telecommunications, Internet,
and government policy to analyze barriers and technological solutions
for effective emergency communications with and for people with

Presentations will cover : Government efforts in accessible
communications; Radio Broadcast Data, Television Captioning and
Description, NOAA Weather Radio update, Emergency Alert System update,
Common Alerting Protocol, Solutions for Alerting Employees in Federal
Government, Campus-level Alerting and Information, Research on
Awakening People with Hearing Disabilities from Sleep, Support for
Text and Video over Networks in Times of Emergency, 9-1-1 Access
during Technological Change, Relay Services in Emergency (facilities
recovery and 9-1-1 access), E-mail Alerting services, Wireless
Location-Based Notification, Phone Notification Systems, and
Communication When There is No Technology.

The $175 registration fee includes lunches, breaks, and a reception.
A small exhibition will also be hosted at the conference.

Registration deadline is October 25.

Questions? [email protected]
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WHEN: October 5, 2005, begin gathering at 9:00 a.m.

Also, October 4th, 5:30, strategy meeting: ENDependence Center of
Northern Virginia, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA. (703)
525-3268. Near Orange Line Metro, Clarendon stop.

WHERE: RALLY at 1 First St. NE, Washington, D.C., Map and other useful
links (Close to
Capitol South and Union Station METRO stations )

People with disabilities can make a big first impression on the new
U.S. Supreme Court. Oral argument in two major disability cases is
scheduled for October 5th, 2005;

-Gonzales v. Oregon (assisted suicide) and
-Schaffer v. Weast (burden of proof in education cases).

Turn out is critical. If we are successful, it will be a major news
story, as it was in 1997.

We know that some activists will come from around the country, but
much of the turn out will depend on the disability community in the
states around Washington, D.C.. An investment in getting the message
of disability rights to this Court can pay off for decades to come.

TRAVEL FUNDS: There will be a limited amount of funding to support
the travel expenses of activists with disabilities. Please contact
Diane Coleman ([email protected]) to apply for travel funds. And if
you can find a local funder to match the NDY funds, you can help the
funds stretch further.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the cases pending before the court:

Gonzales v. State of Oregon

Schaffer v. Weast

Not Dead Yet
7521 Madison Street
Forest Park, Illinois 60130

708-209-1500 (Voice)
708-209-1826 (TTY)
708-209-1735 (fax)
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Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds of
assistive living devices at

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"This is a great honour to my community, but most of all to the blind
children that I teach. I will be a better teacher because of the
scholarship," Betty Napeyok Volla, a primary school teacher in Moroto,

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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



By Rafael PINKHASOV PINCHAS, CISS/Deaflympics Ombudsman







New York, USA - Last year, on the eve of the Olympic Summer Games held
in Athens, Greece, the three USA-based publications - The Courier
Journal, The Herald-Leader and The CISS/Deaflympics E-News Magazine -
carried a story by glorifying one deaf person and 2004 Olympic Torch
Relay Runner selectee - Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins - and her work on
behalf of the deaf sports.

Each of these publications reported that Dr. Scoggins was a silver
Deaflympics medalist in both swimming and volleyball. Even one
newspaper - the Courier Journal - went far ahead by upgrading the
image of Dr. Scoggins - albeit, an unjustified one - with headlining
of its story such as Deaflympics Star Chosen To Run Games Torch.

Upon reading of these stories, this Ombudsman, a long time and
diligent student of the CISS/Deaflympics affairs, issued an immediate
rebuttal in which each of these three publications' published
information that Dr. Scoggins won a silver medal in swimming was an
untruthful and inaccurate one

To date, Dr. Scoggins has not publicly contested this Ombudsman's July
15, 2004 rebuttal that she was indeed a 1973 Deaflympics silver
medalist in swimming!

Now, there is another and new problem conceived by Jerald Jordan, the
reputed CISS/Deaflympics anarchist, self-styled and one-man
Deaflympics Games Database Project coordinator.

A huge historical inconsistency is being apparently done by Jordan and
it is related to the same person - Dr. Scoggins, his bosom friend,
ally and collaborator in the ongoing lawsuit matters against this

Since this past July, the CISS/Deaflympics e-News Magazine has
rampantly been displaying the information produced by Jordan himself.

And, to date, in lieu of the disclaimer policy, there has been no
rebuttal or rectification ( including from Dr.Scoggins herself ) on
whether Jordan's work has been regarded as a reliable, truthful and
accurate one.

In the CISS/Deaflympics e-News Magazine's website there is a mention
under the GAMES/1977 Deaflympic Summer Games, Bucharest, Romania,
Participants heading column that the names of 126 athletes were
recorded as members of the USA team.

However, there is no name of Bobbie Beth Bridges ( currently known by
her first name and married surname of Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins ) on
the list at all.

What happened?

Did Dr. Scoggins actually compete at the 1977 Games and, therefore,
win a silver medal with her USA volleyball team there?

Furthermore, it should be noted that, according to a reliable report,
at the start of this coming November, there will held new elections
for the top USADSF positions in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and that
whether Dr. Scoggins will be running for re-election as the USADSF
President for her third term there.

USADSF is an acronym for the United States Deaf Sports Federation.

In the last four years, since she was re-elected as the USADSF
President for the second term in 2001, under Dr. Scoggins' leadership
and guidance, the USADSF has, among the other things, been viewed as
the Number One Abuser of the CISS/Deaflympics legal structure and that
this past January her 172-member USA team at the 20th Deaflympics in
Australia produced its worst ever medal showing in the Deaflympic
Summer Games' history since 1961

In addition, Dr. Scoggins is also a prominent Board Member of the
National Association of the Deaf ( NAD ) in the USA.

Because of Jordan's continued irresponsible, lowly-rated and messy
work with the still historically-relevant Deaflympic Games Database
Project, including his omitting of Dr. Scoggins' name ( or her maiden
surname of Bridges ) as a member of the 1977 USA Deaflympics team,
both Jordan and Scoggins, put themselves in an odd, awkward and
ridiculing situation.

In the event it will be found out that Jordan will be the one to err
with his work by not including the name of Bridges or Scoggins on the
list of the 1977 Games Participants, then the normally
Jordan/Ammons-influenced, weak and dysfunctional CISS/Deaflympics
Executive Committee will have to do something with its so-called
Honorary Member for Life - Jordan - by seriously questioning his
continuing role as a person in charge of the Games Database Project.

Or, in the event Dr. Scoggins will be found to be at fault, then the
responsible people in the media and USADSF should take appropriate
action against her for her another and new act of chicanery or lying.

Thus, the big question is still up in the air: who has committed an
act of improperty - Jordan or Dr. Scoggins?

Finally, in order to clear up these very touchy credibility and
veracity issues on an instant basis, a rebuttal explanation from
Jordan or Dr. Scoggins or both - preferably, a public one - will be
very welcomed!


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

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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I am a deaf relay user.
I think it is terrible that criminals are using Relay to steal from
people. It is hard enough to get people to take Relay calls and not
hang up. Now, instead of thinking I am a telemarketer, they will think
I am a criminal! I understand some businesses are even blocking their
phone numbers so no deaf person can call them.
I want the FCC to solve this problem. I like Internet Relay the way it
is, but I am willing to accept using a screen name and a password in
order to save Relay for people like me who need it. The FCC should
require proof of need in order to use Internet Relay.
Rolando Scotts

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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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