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
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 [email protected]
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.
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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
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.
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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
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Two treats of a lifetime for deaf schoolchildren
Deaf choir fills church with signed music
Special technology helps hearing-impaired teacher hear her students
Ministry upgrades services to deaf school children, parents
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COME TO OUR MEETUPS!
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.
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
State Theatre of California
39 South El Molino Ave., Pasadena CA
CALL (626) 356-PLAY
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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
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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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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.
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Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds of
assistive living devices at http://store.deafadvocacy.org
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A loving hand, a healing heart
Proposed levy would buy independence for disabled
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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
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:
D. C. 6,718
New Hampshire 3,729
New Jersey 13,034
New Mexico 8,167
New York 36,174
North Carolina 29,392
North Dakota 2,885
Rhode Island 4,528
South Carolina 13,519
South Dakota 4,326
West Virginia 5,481
Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues
To contact Steve Gold directly, write to [email protected]
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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.
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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
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
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
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
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 -
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
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.
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
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
Debt spiral for elderly and disabled
-------------< 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
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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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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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been doing since November 1996. We have chosen
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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
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