Tuesday, November 15, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter November 15, 2005

Dear Friends,

Last Friday at the Block at Orange deaf social event approximately 200
people attended and we passed out copies of our HUD packets to people
along with our Deaf Latino Health Fiesta, and our monthly Meetup flyers.

The new updates on the popular Sidekick II communicators have a lot of
enhancements and this newsletter becomes very accessible to the
Sidekick devices with the latest update.

In this issue you will see a story in 3 different news websites that
deaf students plan to sue Utah State for lack of interpreters. School
says interpreter shortage. Let's see who is responsible for creating
the interpreter shortages at Utah and many other places throughout the
United States. It's time that the larger deaf organizations start
looking into the issues that created the interpreter shortages and
take corrective action before it gets worse.

We will be holding a Support Service Provider for the Deaf Blind on
Saturday Nov. 19th from 12pm to 5pm. This is a free 5 hour training
workshop open to anyone interested in working with the Deaf Blind.
Training will take place at our offices in Irvine. If you can come to
the training workshop please RSVP. If you have any questions please
email Beth Koenig [email protected]

We are making a difference. Thanks to the huge support and the flood
of calls to the Member(s) of the House of Representatives, urging them
to oppose the House Budget Reconciliation bill that contains over $50
plus billion in cuts to health and human services, including $12
billion in cuts to Medicaid are working. Last Saturday the House
Republican leaders pulled the bill from the floor, they don't have
enough votes to pass it as is. They'll try again this week so keep
up the calls/e-mails to your House Members. Even if you've contacted
them before, contact ( 800-426-8073 or http://www.house.gov/ ) them
again. Tell them cuts to Medicaid, etc. are bad policy. Tell them
that the 'Stop the Raid on Social Security Act of 2005' and the
'Social Security Guarantee Act of 2005' has a lot of things that would
do a lot of harm to the disability communities. They think they can
wear us down, they think we'll lose our focus. We must keep the
pressure on and OCDAC Newsletter will always be on the guard for all
of us for these nasty stealth bills that are being brought up in Congress.

Begin your journey toward self-sufficiency by becoming a Discovery
Toys consultant! Discovery Toys focuses on learning through play,
with products specifically designed to maximize learning moments, has
proven to be a success as the company has now witnessed an entire
generation grow up with Discovery Toys. Many parents and their adult
children credit DISCOVERY TOYS® products with helping them to develop
core skills and self-esteem, which contributed to their later life
accomplishments and success as adults. Beth Koenig is your Discovery
Toys consultant. Her Discovery Toys website is at
Http://www.discoverthetoys.net and this is a great business
opportunity for people disabilities. Discovery Toys is one of our
supported activities through our Community Business Enterprise Program.

We are planning a Deaf Latino Health Fiesta for the public at Tacos
Mexico Restaurant in Santa Ana that has been good to hold our
outreach events toward deaf Latinos. The event is on December 9, 2005.
6pm till 11 pm. This will go on at the same time as the Block at
Orange social events. We're just inviting them over to see our
outreach program as part of the 2nd Friday experience at the Block at
Orange. The purpose of the Deaf Latino Health Fiesta is to introduce
to deaf and non-deaf latinos of positive co-existence opportunities in
the health area. We will have material in Spanish of the various
health opportunities our society offers. Across the street from Tacos
Mexico is another Starbucks Cafe, next to it are Denny's and Popeye's,
and near to Subway's, and Taco Bell.

Please update your mailboxes to permit our newsletters as were getting
a lot of bounces in the past week.

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

OCDAC Communications
[email protected]

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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.

We are having a Bowl-A-Thon next February and a committee is being
formed for that.

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.

Our online magazine fundraiser is doing well.

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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

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]

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Deaf students threaten to sue Utah State for more interpreters

Scam artists prosper by exploiting service for the deaf

Govt to work on rehabilitation of disabled persons in rural

Woman honored for work with disabled

New hope for 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.


Beach Blanket Babylon - San Francisco's longest running Musical will
have an interpreted performance on: Sunday November 20th at 4pm -
Interpreters - Sherry Hicks and Michael Velez
$25 - $75 Ask for Deaf Seating (415) 421-4222
Steve Silver's - Beach Blanket Babylon


The Orange County American Sign Language November Meetup

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 PM

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

Let's meet and sign!

Free Raffle Ticket to each participant, $1.00 for extra raffle tickets.

Prizes include, ASL Placemats, ASL Jewelry, Firestarters, and ASL pin.

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Please visit our iGive store http://www.igive.com/ocdac for your
holiday shopping needs.

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CSD teams up With Deaf Seniors of America

Members of Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) voted to collaborate with
CSD, a national non-profit organization, to provide increased services
to seniors who are deaf and hard of hearing. The decision came during
DSA's 8th biennial conference in San Francisco, Calif. on Aug. 31
through Sept. 5.

"The decision for DSA and CSD to work together represents an
investment to enhance our efforts and maximize our available
resources," said Bob D. Cook, DSA president.

The collaboration will make it possible for DSA and CSD to capitalize
on each organization's strengths in locating funds for programming
targeted at deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens on local, state
and national levels. These projects could include outreach, education
and wellness programming.

"Deaf senior citizens have shaped today's Deaf America," said Benjamin
Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. "By providing services and
activities that meet their unique and particular needs, we are
recognizing and honoring their important contributions to the community."

CSD currently provides deaf senior citizen services in San Antonio,
Texas; Sioux Falls, S.D. and Frederick, Md. The programs provide
support in reducing isolation through education on coping skills,
providing transportation and independent living services, and by
offering recreational activities and skills training.

Over 2,200 people registered for the DSA conference. In addition to
sponsoring the conference, CSD staff participated in and presented
workshops, including "Volunteerism in Retirement," "Giving Back to the
Community" and "Philanthropy." Staff also demonstrated CSD's video
relay service, CSDVRS, and shared other information on CSD's programs
and services.

For more information about CSD's services or collaboration with DSA,
contact Lori Breslow, chief program officer for CSD's National
Programs division, at (800) 642-6410 (Voice) or (866) 273-3323 (TTY).

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The California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) was selected to
host the sixth annual Clerc Classic on January 12 - 14, 2006. The
Clerc Classic VI consists of boys' basketball tournament, girls'
basketball tournament and cheerleading competition all combined into a
sports extravaganza for schools/programs for the deaf and hard of
hearing throughout the nation.

Background information:

This national classic was named after Laurent Clerc, a Deaf man who
pioneered the education of Deaf people in the United States. After
moving to the United States from France in 1817, Clerc went on to
complete 50 years of teaching. Many of his students became leaders in
the community spearheading the establishment of schools for the deaf
throughout the country. Many states around the nation adopted Clerc's
method of teaching Deaf students including schools in California,
Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Arizona, Tennessee and Virginia. In all, more
than thirty residential schools for the deaf were established all over
the nation during Clerc's lifetime.

The gathering of Deaf and Hard of Hearing basketball high school
players and cheerleaders from eight schools for the deaf fulfills the
vision of Laurent Clerc. The Clerc Classic participants will not only
showcase their talents on the basketball floor but also have the
opportunity to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally through
fellowship with one another.

Teams participating in the Clerc Classic include:

Host: California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR)

• California School for the Deaf, Fremont
• Indiana School for the Deaf
• Marlton High School
• Maryland School for the Deaf
• Model Secondary School for the Deaf
• Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (Arizona)
• North Star Academy (Minnesota)

There will be approximately 330 players, coaches and volunteers at the
Classic and we will provide lodging and meals for them. We expect to
draw over 1,000 spectators to the Classic this year. We plan to have
all basketball games and cheerleader competition officiated by deaf
referees/judges from all over the country this year. We continue to
take pride in exposing deaf children to various deaf adult role models.

Game results and pictures will be posted to the Clerc Classic VI
webpage on the CSDR website frequently during the day. We also will
have Live Score for all games throughout the weekend. The Clerc
Classic VI website is continuously under construction keeping our
visitors updated.

The website address is http://www.csdr-cde.ca.gov/clerc.

To ensure you have the ultimate experience when you visit Clerc's
website, please download the latest Quicktime player
(http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download) and upgrade your Internet
browser to the latest version.

Clerc's website also provides a RSS feed. Go grab it at

We also sell combo tickets online. 3 full days of games for only $25

To order tickets, go to http://www.csdr-cde.ca.gov/clerc/?page_id=24

We are looking forward to see you all in Clerc Classic VI tournament!

John Castrese
Athletic Director
California School for the Deaf, Riverside
HOME of the CUBS!
[email protected]

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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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Deaf Students Threaten to Sue USU Over Claimed Lack of Interpreters

Indian deaf cricketers score win in run up to World Cup

Field for disabled kids coming to KC

Court Rules Parents of Disabled Children Have Burden of Proof

For hearing-impaired Kayleigh Toombs, nothing seems to slow her down

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CSDVRS Goes 24/7, Introduces New Services

(Sioux Falls, S.D.) CSDVRS announced today that its national video
relay service is now operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CSD
chose to implement around the clock service effective Nov. 1, even
though the regulatory requirement to do so is not until Jan. 1, 2006.

As part of the "Switch to CSDVRS" plan, CSDVRS also unveiled
additional new features, enhanced voice carry-over (CSDVRS VCO) and
sign language to Spanish services.

Sign language users and hearing people can now use CSDVRS at any time
to communicate with each other via telephone and a video interpreter.
A sign language user communicates through a videophone with a TV or a
Web cam with a computer and high-speed Internet. This service,
provided at no charge, is funded through the National Exchange
Carriers Association (NECA)..

CSDVRS VCO is an innovative way for a deaf or hard of hearing caller
to use a standard telephone to speak directly to the hearing person
while viewing a video interpreter (VI) who signs when the hearing
person speaks. Following trials conducted during the Association of
Late-Deafened Adults' 2005 conference (ALDAcon) in Salt Lake City,
Utah, CSDVRS VCO has been expanded with three communication options to
meet the needs of hard of hearing and late-deafened users..

Hard of hearing or late-deafened users can now specify one of three
communication preferences in their profile: a VI communicating in
American Sign Language, a VI using English-based sign language alone
or the VI signing in English and moving closer to the video screen to
allow lip reading. A demonstration of each of these three
communication preferences can be seen at www.csdvrs.com/vcosample.htm.

The 41.3 million people who make up the growing Hispanic population
have become the country's largest ethnic minority. For that reason,
CSD also launched Spanish CSDVRS to meet the needs of deaf and hard of
hearing sign language users who wish to communicate with hearing
persons that speak Spanish. Through Spanish CSDVRS, video interpreters
can now translate sign language to spoken Spanish and vice versa. .

Sign language users can use Spanish CSDVRS by connecting through
Spanish.csdvrs.tv or go to http://call.csdvrs.com. Hearing Hispanic
callers should call toll-free 1-866-WANT-VRS (866-926-8877) and select
the Spanish option. Operating hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST, Mondays
through Fridays..

With 30 years of experience in providing sign language interpreting,
telecommunications and video relay services, and call center
operations, CSD launched CSDVRS in March 2005. CSDVRS is the first
deaf-operated service in the country and offers professional,
certified sign language interpreters and seamless conversations, where
facial expressions and nuances can be portrayed spontaneously. CSDVRS
users appreciate the quicker pace and more natural flow of VRS
conversations. For information on CSD's "Switch to CSDVRS" plan, go to

About CSD CSD is a private, nonprofit telecommunications and human
services organization based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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"represent a major technological advance for the civil rights and
economic opportunities of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals," said
Kelby Brick on Video Relay Services

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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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The NAD Needs Your Opinions!

The NAD Fulton III Committee wants input, ideas, and suggestions from

Ways You Can Share Your Opinions:

* Talk with Committee members at events around the country. Find out
where Fulton III Committee presentations will be held at:

* Complete a short survey at: http://www.nad.org/f3survey

* Send an email to: [email protected]

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Not enough to sign


The Wales Deaf International Rugby Takes Place At Sardis Road

Readjustment pay now hurts disabled veteran

Free bus travel for OAPS and disabled


1) 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


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

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The PA Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), is requesting
input from people with disabilities in PA on current housing
arrangements, needs, and compliance issues.

To that end, the following link provides a survey form which can be
completed and submitted to SILC in order for them to formulate policy
and promote it to State Agencies and offices.

Please complete, share the link, or print for others to complete who
might have input to provide on the current status of housing for
people with disabilities in PA.


John Lorence Tri County Patriots for Independent Living
Civil Rights Specialist 69 East Beau Street

[email protected] Washington, PA 15301
Voice: 724-223-5115 Fax: 724-223-5119
Dimenet BBS # 724-223-0160 TTY/TDD: 724-228-402


Okay I am still waiting receive e-mail from you soon smile bye. I
am deaf I can use signing languages and orals.I have hard time looking
for dating deaf women around cincinnati. I need deaf women dating with
someone. I am 31. I am single. I not smoking. I am aloney. I am from
cincinnati grewup mylife. can you help me a idea find for me. I will
go out with her evening. Let me know all information e-mail
me [email protected] Hope have nice day takecare smile bye.

Gary Michel


First, it was a great letter that I read submitted by you to the news
enterprise. Second, yes this city often turns it back on the disabled
individuals. I fought to get a new building's parking lot to meet the
code for handicapped individuals and provide a safe entry point for
those with disabilities. Our city council did not care that they have
to struggle with a down hil slope in an alley (busy alley) to get to
the structure which just happens to be a new dental office. This new
structure is located on Florista, east of Los Alamitos Blvd and west
of the thrift store for precious life. While I wish no harm to the
dentist who just wanted to build a new office for her practice, I am
not pleased with the lack of concern for others by this city council.
I will be happy to talk to you but I must not allow my name used. I
live here and I know what will happen to me. My phone number is
562-716-9591 (cell). I encourage you to please do a very close
inspection of our city. It is about time someone starts speaking up
those who do not know how or can not. I can also provide you with
information on another structure that has no handicapp spaces. In
fact, I heard there are many complaints about that problem too. But
nothing has changed. Please have the ADA do a through inspection.

Best Wishes,


November 7, 2005

Dear Supporters of Disability Rights and Services:

We are asking you today for your financial support for a Disability
Activist Legal Defense and Education Fund (DALDEF) for ADAPT activists
who have been or will be arrested advocating for the rights of people
with disabilities and older Americans to live and receive services in
their homes and communities.

The battles to reform the institutionally biased long term care system
must continue if we are to protect people from being needlessly
warehoused in nursing homes and other institutions. 104 people were
recently arrested in DC occupying the offices of the Congressional
leadership of both parties. Their crime was advocating for the passage
of MiCASSA and Money Follows the Person, two pieces of legislation
that when passed, will move us a long way down the road to ending the
institutional bias.

Through hard work by a local DC lawyer a good deal was negotiated.
Even so the fines and legal fees totaled over $6,000.

We need your financial assistance!

Next March ADAPT will be hold its next National Gathering in
Nashville, Tennessee.

Tennessee has one of the worst records in the country for providing
home and community services. In fact Tennessee is in the process of
slashing Medicaid funding for health and long term services for
thousands of disabled and older Tennesseans.

We anticipate over 500 disabled activists will converge on Nashville,
Tennessee to support the struggle of local activists who have been
battling a Governor intent on throwing people off services and send a
message to Senator Frist that Congress must act to end the
institutional battle.

All contributions to ADAPT are tax deductible.

Your contribution will be used solely for legal defense and education

So please send your $50, $100, $500, $1000 or whatever you can afford to:

The ADAPT Community - DALDEF
1339 Lamar Sq Drive Suite 101
Austin, Texas 78704

For an Institution Free America,

Steve Gold Diane Coleman Marjorie Rifkin
Gayle Hafner

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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.

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

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