Wednesday, November 30, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter November 30, 2005

Dear Friends,

The "Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act" currently has 81
cosponsors. The legislation would provide a tax credit of up to $500
per hearing aid, once every five years. The tax credit would be
available either for persons age 55 and older, or for parents
purchasing a hearing aid for a dependent child. This legislation is
important given the costly nature of most hearing aids (averaging
$1,800 per aid in 2004), and the fact that there is almost no 3rd
party insurance coverage. Many individuals simply defer having their
hearing loss treated because they cannot afford hearing aids.

We are pleased and excited to have partnered with a local Labor Ready
branch to offer employment to deaf and disabled in the warehousing,
hospitality, landscaping, construction, light manufacturing, retail,
wholesale, facilities and sanitation industries.

One of the letters below introduces us to a new Deaf California blog
and highlights an interesting and serious issue that involves deaf
people and law enforcement. We have partnered with New Vision
Environmental Services to develop solutions that will lead to safer
interactions between deaf community members and the law enforcement.

Remember us as the holidays are coming up! Don't forget to use the
Albertsons, Ralph, and Food4Less Cards this coming Holidays 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
ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

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Our Winterfest fundraiser is this coming Saturday and we are ready
with a good line up of volunteers and donations of food for the operation.

We have started fundraising activities to build up the stock for The
New Year's event.

Materials for the Deaf Latino Health Fiesta event has been developed
and ordered.

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 18, 2005 at the Westminster
Lanes and we are working this out with the lane management. We are
seeking sponsors for this event th help us cover the cost of the lanes
which is estimated from $800 to $1,300.

Drastic Social Security rule changes for Title II Old Age, Survivors,
and Disability Insurance and SSI programs such as outlined in
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/200\
5/pdf/05-14845.pdf

renews our calls for self-reliance ideas for organizations who serve
the deaf and disabled and our very own idea, our California Disability
Gaming Initiative idea and that can be found at
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/cdgicinfo.pdf is an idea that works for
Native Americans. Why shouldn't it work for the Disability
communities? The proposed Social Security rules will limit appeals
and create a new process that is less about truth-seeking and more
hostile to applicants.

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

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 ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 1/3 >

Deaf woman frustrated by hospital experience
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2005/11/25/deaf_woman_fr\
ustrated_by_hospital_experience/


Deaf town rezoning application not filed yet
http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/13256440.htm

Chopper ride for Miss Deaf
http://www.observer.org.sz/main.asp?id=14646&Section=entertain

Football fundraiser aids disabled troops, families
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20051127-9999-2m27buddy.html

Hospital reaches out to hearing-impaired patients
http://www.northernlife.ca/localnewsarticle.asp?view=99831

New hope for hearing impaired
http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?category=National&slug=New+hope+f\
or+hearing+impaired&id=80951


-------------< CALIFORNIA DEAFIE HAPPENINGS >

COME TO OUR MEETUPS!

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37
/ - meets each 3rd Wednesdays of the
month.

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

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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.

Map link to location of Tacos Mexico
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1227+E+17th+St%2C+Santa+Ana%2C+CA%2C+92701&hl=en

The purpose of the Deaf Latino Health Fiesta is to connect 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.

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"Mamma Mia" The SMASH HIT MUSICAL!

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show. Now it's your turn to fall
for this smash-hit musical that combines the storytelling magic of
ABBA with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. A
mother confronts her past as three men return to the Greek Island
they've not visited for 21 years... just as her 20-year old daughter
is about to be married!

To date, over 20 million people have had the time of their lives at
Mamma Mia! Isn't it time you joined them?

WHEN:
Sunday, December 4, 2005

TIME:
Two Performances:
1:00 PM Matinee
6:30 PM Evening

WHERE:
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95113
http://www.amtsj.org/

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New Years Party

Happy Holidays, Everyone!! Let's celebrate our new year of 2006!

Last year was a huge success! Be seeing you all there to celebrate
with us!

When? December 31st, 2005 Saturday nite

Where? Niles Hall 37270 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA (cross street- G St.)

Time? 7:00pm - 1:00am

Cost? $20.00 per person ~ Early Bird before December 10th, Saturday

$25.00 before December 30th, Friday ~~ $30.00 at the door

How? order online tixs: www.dcara.org OR Email: Q4Stacey@yahoo.com

Proceed? All admissons goes toward to Deaf Community Center (DCC)

~~Great Entertaiment by VIKEE & comedians ~~ DJ/Dancing by Steve Longo
~~ Irish Chef Catered (appitizers) ~~No Host Bar (beer/wine) ~~
Raffle$$ ~~ midnight champange ~~

Contact Stacey K. Hughes/NYE 2005 Chairperson: Q4Stacey@yahoo.com
<http://us.f500.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=Q4Stacey@yahoo.com>

check www.deaffundraiser.org for Map & more infos

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

Even though most of us working on computers only work on one, the
average American depends on more than 264 computers per day—from the
tiniest microprocessor to the largest mainframe! That is a lot of
people depending on a lot of computers! Think of how much money could
go to the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center if 264 supporters bought
one computer each at www.iGive.com/ocdac, where up to 26% of every
purchase is donated to the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center! At
www.iGive.com/ocdac, membership is free! So hurry up and visit the
Mall at www.iGive.com/ocdac, where you can shop at 600+ stores for all
your favorite electronics and computers from Dell, HP Shopping, Buy,
Computers4SURE, The Apple Store, SONY, and Gateway!

-------------< DEAF GRAPEVINE >

According to court documents, Steve (James) Kittell, has filed Chapter
7 bankruptcy and recently a court hearing has taken place and at least
2 deaf people who lost money through Kittell's business gimmicks
showed up in court to object the filing. The sad thing is that we've
been warning people since the late 1990's not to support Kittell's
business gimmicks. Kittell has very poor business leadership and no
one listens to us until it's too late, until they realize the hard
way, through loss of money in the tens of thousands of dollars, that
we were right all along. Kittell took part a number of business
gimmicks including deafcaution.com, targetdeaf.com, Deaf Success
Magazine , Lazoona, Deaf Fiesta ,Deaf Carnival ,Target Deaf, Deaf
Training, Cyberwood. Steve recently won a settlement from UPS worth
almost a million dollars and appears to be working very hard to keep
every penny than returning the money to those who loaned out for his
business gimmicks.

http://www.deafadvocacy.com/wai/skmm.htm

-------------< BULLETIN >

November 29, 2005

Dear Mr. Jean Bourquin, IOC Manager for Sports

Thank you for your last week's November 22 e-mail letter.

I must now state that I was surprised to read the contents of your
last e-mail letter, in which you said that the IOC will remain neutral
or do nothing against the CISS, including the voting fraud committed
by certain persons in the CISS.

On October 10, 2005, I wrote to you by asking you such a question,

"Is it a logical, justified and appropriate manner for the IOC to
provide financial assistance to an international sports organization
such as the Deaflympics ( now it is called as the ICSD or CISS ) while
the leaders of that same Deaflympics organization are engaged in their
acts of anarchism, election fraud, manipulation and deception before
the whole world?"

To my much regret, you have not specifically answered to that
important question yet.

If you are still unable to personally answer that very important
question, then please refer the above-described and specific question
directly to the IOC President Dr. Rogge or IOC Executive Board for his
or their respective answer.

Also, recently you advised me to get in touch with the International
Court of Arbitration for Sport ( CAS ) in Lausanne, Switzerland,
which, as you believe, could help us to act as a mediator.

Do tell me how can one expect the deaf sports anarchists like
Dr.Ammons and Mr. Jordan to voluntarily agree to accept to the full
jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to solve the
outstanding global sports issue like the 2005 CISS Congress election
fraud?

I must tell you now in advance that the most likely scenario will be
that if I or anyone else will file a Statement of Claim against Dr.
Ammons and Mr. Jordan - the alleged 2005 Congress election cheaters -
before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, then Dr. Ammons and Mr.
Jordan, as potential defendants, WILL NOT voluntarily and willingly
agree to submit to the full jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration
for Sport!

So, at which court or place can the deaf sports anarchists - Dr.
Ammons and Mr. Jordan - be brought to justice?

Or, you twice suggested me to liaise with Dr. Ammons, but Dr. Ammons
still continues to refuse to cooperate with me or Mr. Roehm ( to this
day, Dr. Ammons has not, for example, answered to the October 26, 2005
10 QUESTIONS Letter by Mr. Roehm to Dr. Ammons yet ), then what action
shall, in the best interests of deaf sports world, be taken upon
further? Strictly speaking, if Dr. Ammons still refuses to answer the
10 questions is an opened indication that she is ducking the said
negative issues which encompasses the CISS. Furthermore, I, as well as
others, are strongly determined for Dr. Ammons and Mr. Jordan be
brought to justice...count on it.

Please advise.

I hope you will not remain indifferent to my request and concerns. And
I hope you will do something that will benefit our Deaf Sports
Movement a great deal now and in the future.

Looking forward to hear from you again.

William Schyman
Deaf Sports Advocate
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

cc: Dr. Ammons
Dr. Lawrence Fleischer, newly-elected USADSF President
Mr. Richard Roehm, Deaf Civil Rights Advocate

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds
of assistive living devices at http://store.deafadvocacy.org

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 2/3 >

Deaf need to have use of interpreters
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_T\
ype1&c=Article&cid=1132786212183&call_pageid=970599119419


Thalidomide musical opens deaf and disability arts festival
http://www.24dash.com/content/news/viewNews.php?navID=7&newsID=1506

Pupils prove that deaf does not equal stupid
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=105&art_id=vn20051122061025\
232C624031


Disabled mom tries to keep dreams alive
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05331/612553.stm

Hearing-impaired golfers have fun at unique clinic
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/sports/youth/112205c_youth_golf_deaf

Thesis could aid hearing-impaired
http://www2.townonline.com/chelmsford/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=373779

-------------< ADVOCACY NEWS >

NEWS RELEASE
NCD #05-503
November 30, 2005

Contact: Mark S. Quigley
202-272-2004
202-272-2074 TTY

National Council on Disability Calls for Immediate Changes to Get
People with Disabilities Who Receive Federal Benefits Back to Work

WASHINGTON-The National Council on Disability (NCD) today released its
report The Social Security Administration's Efforts to Promote
Employment for People with Disabilities: New Solutions for Old
Problems
(http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2005/ssa-promoteemployment.htm
), calling on Congress and the Social Security Administration to make
immediate changes that will get more people with disabilities who
receive Social Security benefits back to gainful employment.

According to NCD chairperson Lex Frieden, "Our nation's current
disability benefit programs are based on a policy principle that
assumes that the presence of a significant disability and lack of
substantial earnings equate with a complete inability to work.
Americans with disabilities remain underemployed, despite the fact
that many are willing and able to work. This scenario is alarming.
Although the Social Security Administration (SSA) has instituted a
number of incentives to reduce the numerous obstacles to employment
faced by its Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security
Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries, such efforts have had little
impact because few beneficiaries are aware of these incentives and how
they affect benefits and access to health care."

"In recent times there has not been a comprehensive, research-based
examination of the practices that are most likely to support the
employment of SSI and DI beneficiaries. NCD undertook this study to
address that absence and found that the complex obstacles to
employment faced by SSA beneficiaries require a comprehensive set of
solutions. New approaches must be identified that emphasize
beneficiary control of career planning and the ability to access
self-selected services and supports. Public and private health care
providers must develop new collaborations and new approaches to
combining coverage from multiple sources to improve program
efficiencies. SSA must continue to work with the Rehabilitation
Services Administration and the Department of Labor to improve
implementation of the Ticket to Work program and identify new
approaches that will overcome the traditional inability of SSA
beneficiaries to benefit from services provided by the nation's
employment and training programs. Secondary and postsecondary
educational institutions must emphasize benefits counseling and
financial management training as the foundation for beneficiary
self-direction and economic self-sufficiency. Federal agencies and the
business community must realize that collaborative approaches to
incorporating beneficiaries into the workforce are needed as a way to
reduce dependence on federal benefits while simultaneously enhancing
the productivity and competitiveness of large and small business,"
Frieden concluded.

The recommendations discussed in this report need to be addressed in
policy and procedural modifications by both Congress and the Social
Security Administration to significantly address the continuing number
of SSA beneficiaries who never leave the SSI and DI rolls, and to
increase the number of beneficiaries who enter, or reenter, the U.S.
workforce.

For more information, contact Mark Quigley at 202-272-2004 or
202-272-2074 TTY.

# # #

Mark S. Quigley

Director of Communications
National Council on Disability
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20004
202-272-2008

-------------< DEAF QUOTES >

"They told me an interpreter would come, but they never showed up,"
said Joan Case of the Concord Hospital emergency room workers.

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

Do you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on stores? You can get a free
community partners card at those stores and then add it to our list of
supporters. A percent of what you buy will go to helping our Deaf
youth program. If you already have a school or other program that you
are supporting, don't worry, you can add your card to support our
program too! There are two ways to add your card. You can email your
First and Last name with your phone number and community partners card
number to ocdac@deafadvocacy.org or you can download and print our
Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/AlbertsonsSignup.pdf and have your
friends, neighbors, associates, and relatives sign up as supporters
and then mail the form to the address on the form. To reach our
funding goal we need 25,000 supporters who shop at Albertsons /
Sav-on. And remember to use your community partners card when you shop
at Albertsons or Sav-on.

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PRESS RELEASE - November 27, 2005

To translate this material in your language, please visit
www.babelfish.altavista.com

From: www.deafsportlawsuit.com

2 GALLAUDET EMPLOYEES AND CISS LEADER TO APPEAR AT WASHINGTON, D.C.,
COURT ON JANUARY 18, 2006

By RAFAEL PINKHASOV PINCHAS, CISS Ombudsman

SUMMARIES:

* JANUARY 18, 2006 COURT DATE FOR 3 DEAF LITIGANTS

* DID SLAVA KLIMOV AND DONALDA AMMONS STEAL THE 2001 CISS CONGRESS AND
DEAFLYMPIC GAMES VIDEOTAPE?

* 3 DEAF FAMILY MEMBERS OF SLAVA KLIMOV DUMPED AS RUSSIA'S TOP SPORTS
OFFICIALS

* QUESTIONABLE LEGAL TACTICS BY DEAF LAWYER KELBY BRICK

* N.A.D. EMPLOYEE BRICK ACTS AS A LAWYER FOR AMMONS

* ANOTHER EXCUSE BY AMMONS TO ATTEND DECEMBER 15, 2005 HEARING

New York, USA - The Superior Court of the District of Columbia in
Washington, D.C., has finally set January 18, 2006 as a hearing date
for the case involving the three deaf litigants: Mr. Felix Shlimovich,
a plaintiff, and Mr. Slava Klimov and Dr. Donalda Ammons, the defendants.

Mr. Shlimovich is a citizen of the Russian Federation, while Mr.
Klimov and Dr. Ammons are employees of the Gallaudet University. Dr.
Ammons is also the President of the International Committee of Sports
for the Deaf ( CISS ).

Magistrate Judge Ronald A. Goodbread is in charge of the case, whose
main count is the property theft allegedly committed by the two
defendants.

Mr. Slava Klimov, by acting as an accomplice and informant for Dr.
Ammons and with the aid of Mr. Nikolay Klimov ( his deaf father ) and
Mr. Jakov Frenkel ( his deaf brother-in-law ), was the person, as Mr.
Shlimovich alleges in his lawsuit papers, to secretly hand out the
original of Mr.Shlimovich-produced videotape of the 2001 CISS Congress
and Deaflympic Summer Games activities to Dr. Ammons. To date, neither
Mr. Slava Klimov nor Dr. Ammons have returned such an original
videotape to its sole and rightful owner - Mr. Shlimovich.

For additional details, please visit

www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update39.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update40.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update42.htm

By the way, after filing the lawsuit against Mr. Slava Klimov and
Dr.Ammons on February 17, 2004, the Executive Board of the Russian
Committee of Deaf Sports ( "RCDS" ) in Moscow, Russia, held several
meetings in which all three family members of Mr. Slava Klimov were in
stages ousted from the high level positions in the RCDS: Mr. Nikolay
Klimov as its President, Mr. Jakov Frenkel as its Vice President and
Ms. Ekaterina Klimova, deaf sister of Mr. Slava Klimov and spouse of
Mr. Jakov Frenkel, as its secretary.

In addition, at the start of this month the Executive Committee of
RCDS held another meeting, in which it unanimously voted to remove the
name of Mr. Jakov Frenkel as an European Deaf Sports Organization's (
EDSO ) Technical Director in Indoor Football.

On the eve of the coming hearing, Mr. Shlimovich made the following
comment to this website,

"I am still trying to bring these 2 uncooperative defendants to
justice. An attorney for defendant Ammons, Mr. Kelby Brick, under his
questionable legal tactics ( to my knowledge, Mr. Brick, who is also a
NAD Home Office worker, does not have a Washington, D.C.-license to
do business in this Washington, D.C.-based Court ) managed to
convince the Court to close this case without a trial. Mr. Brick had
done so without my prior knowledge and consultation. When I found out
about this unexpected case's closure recently, I strongly objected to
the Clerk of the Court and asked for its reinstatement. As a result,
this past October 31st and November 1st the Court twice sent letters
to parties by informing each party that the case would be heard on
December 15, 2005. But, again, the Court postponed it to a new date -
now it is set for January 18, 2006. I do not know why there was such a
new postponement but I have just received information that Dr. Ammons
will not be available for the December 15 hearing date because on that
day she will be attending the Asia-Pacific Deaf Sports Leadership Camp
Seminar in Singapore."


-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 3/3 >

Instant messaging reaches out and touches deaf people
http://www.4hearingloss.com/archives/2005/11/instant_messagi.html

Special Masses help church's deaf parishioners feel at home
http://www.4hearingloss.com/archives/2005/11/special_masses.html

South Africa gears up for International Day of Disabled
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn200511260929071\
16C681173


Putnam Office for Disabled moves
http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/PC_Disability-27Nov05.htm

Helping hearing impaired be independent
http://www.sheboygan-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051121/MAN0101/51121\
0343/1358


-------------< DEAF FRIENDLY JOB OPPORTUNITIES >

1) Temporary warehousing, hospitality, landscaping, construction,
light manufacturing, retail, wholesale, facilities and sanitation
through various employers.

All candidates interested in any of the job opportunities are required
to apply for our job placement services. Our intake form is at
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/intake.htm

-------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

We recycle used cell phones, empty printer and toner cartridges! If
you have any of these to unload from your hands, please send or drop
them at our agency at 2960 Main Street, A100, Irvine, California 92614

-------------< DEAF FRIENDLY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES >

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

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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
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opportunity for people disabilities. Discovery Toys is one of our
supported activities through our Community Business Enterprise Program.

-------------< LETTERS >

I don't know if you can spread this forum to other deaf ppl. This is
my first new deaf Californians forum but deaf people from other states
are welcome as well. Even interpreters can join, adult children of
deaf parents or relatives can join as well. No kids under 18 are
allowed. Because usually when I study, so many forums use fun "sexy"
or "flirt" talks so children shouldn't be in the forums that way.
It's not a good idea for young deaf children/hearing children. They
need to wait until they'll be 18. :-) It's at:
http://www.getphpbb.com/phpbb/memberlist.php?mforum=californiadeaf
It's very slow. I have two moderators on the forum, nope, they're
both hearing. But they're my friends for many times from one forum to
another. Roses is interesting in learning more about deaf ppl. Star
who is an officer has ASL experience. ;-) She can help some deaf
people who receive tickets from officers. To help them understand why
they got a ticket. It isn't a mean to get OUT of the ticket as some
wants people to believe since it's a no-winning ticket. Maybe one
charge can be dropped (or two if proved an officer is wrong) but still
other charges a person has to face up the responsibility as an ADULT.
There's no trick of "how to get out of ticket."

I was once told a deaf person tried to get out of the traffic citation
as, "I'm deaf and I deserve my right. An officer lied." Later on,
this same person paid the ticket after he was found guilty and also
guilty of being contempt of the court (he was arrested). He made a
big mistake. After some tickets and some years, he was revoked
permanently becuz of his frequent arguments in the court and at DMV
hearing. Shame on him. He tried to beat the system as being a "deaf"
but he has to realize deaf and hearing people are same people
regardless of being disabled or not, whether; working, driving,
cooking, cleaning, taking care of kids, etc. Star is useful in her
ways helping some deaf people if she can. She has her own forums
which I attend regularly. Maybe in both forums, deaf can join in and
ask questions relating the traffic laws. Guests cannot post, so they
need to register in order to post or reply the post. I hope I receive
many good deaf people coming to the forums. But as any rule apply, if
a deaf person acting up in the forum or was being rude or harrass,
threats, etc..then I might have to ban him/her temporary or
permanently depend on how severe it is.

Cynthia

-------------< EPILOG >

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
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