Monday, January 30, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter January 30, 2006

Dear Friends,

Macy's Community Shopping Day 2006, an in-store shopping event and
fundraiser for charities in the Orange County community, will be held
on May 12, 2006 at Macy's South Coast Plaza. We have 200 tickets to
sell. We need to sell at least 100 of the tickets at $10 each. And
we'll need at least 5 or more volunteers on hand as well. Besides a
good operation at Macy's Community Shopping Day would be as good as a
decent birthday gift to the editor from our communities. The money
will be used for office operating expenses and the fee for our Orange
County fair fundraiser stand which is expected to be around $900 plus
the cost of insurance.

Starting February 9, 2006 Californians who toss batteries in the trash
can, would be getting themselves in trouble according to a new
California law. Millions of Californians who use hearing aids,
cochlear implants, hand held communicators are affected. There is
absolutely nothing going on within the California's deaf and hard of
hearing communities with regards to education of proper disposal of
their hearing aid, cochlear implant processors, and mobile
communicator batteries.

People are still signing up for our American Sign Language (ASL)
classes and we still have seats open on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
We also have a children's ASL classes on Saturday mornings. You can
find more information on Http://asl.deafadvocacy.org and we hope a lot
of people get a good opportunity to enjoy learning to sign and
communicating with deaf people like the big deaf social event each
month at the Block at Orange.

Our prayers and condolences goes to the family and girlfriend of Lee
Carter of Canoga Park, California who was gunned down last week by
suspected gang members because they saw him using sign language. This
is not the first time this kind of news happened. We have probation
officers learning sign language not because they're accommodating the
deaf, but because gang members are increasingly using sign language to
communicate.

Free or low cost dental care agency listing by state on this website
http://www.toothwoman.net/er/index.html so if you or anyone you know
needs dental care, you can count on this site to help create better
smiles.

Panhandling in the deaf communities is making a strong comeback. A
safe possibility is that this is a direct result of many deaf people
getting their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cut starting this
month and unlike many deaf elitists, we are very sympathetic to those
who need to make their ends meet. The interpreting industry being
sucked into the Video Relay Services (VRS) castles has created
interpreter shortages everywhere. Its very bad that many deaf people
are being denied the opportunities to find work and get social service
assistance from public agencies because they cant find interpreters to
accommodate the communication needs. And the interpreter shortage is
a legally acceptable excuse for not getting interpreters. Therefore
they fall back to the panhandling safety net and unlike many deaf
organizations out there, WE UNDERSTAND their needs and we support them
100% and we have copy master of one of the popular forms of
panhandling systems, the famous Robert Herbert Meyers "ABC" Card, at
Http://www.deafadvocacy.com/cbep/des.pdf and we even have testimony
from James (Jimbo) Stinson of Washington State that he once made about
$700 a day selling these ABC cards in the big city. And according to
a former Florida Association of the Deaf president, Stephen Hardy,
it's "Free Enterprise". To most of the deaf communities, it's a means
of survival, not an embarrassment as the deaf elitists call it.

We are having a Bowl-A-Thon next February 18, 2006 at the Westminster
Lanes from 8 am to noon. We now have sponsors and bowlers ready to
make this a success story. Check on
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/bowlathon/2006/ for more information.

Chinese New Year and Tet Festival is here you need to be thinking of
all the good deeds we've done to our community members when you pass
out those red envelopes.

OCDAC Communications
ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

-------------< INSIDE NEWS >

With our subscribership from the international communities increasing
at a steady pace, we wish to make this newsletter accessible to them
and the easiest way to accomplish this is by directing them to
http://www.babelfish.altavista.com/ and entering
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ in the website
translation box and the babelfish will help our international
subscribers become strong advocates for the deaf and disability
communities.

We have started on our giant Orange County Fair educational booth
planning for this upcoming summer. This year's theme is 'Flower
Power' and its a retro theme. We are waiting for the official invite.
Our OC Fair fundraiser merchandise stand is taking a nice shape. We
plan to subcontract 2 people to man the fundraiser stand for us.

We have started a Campbell's product label collection campaign to help
us raise the means to get supplies for our office and if we're able to
get 1,500,000 lables we'd be able to get ourselves a brand new van to
replace the blue van which we use heavily to transport deaf-blind
people to events and we also use to conduct numerous fundraiser and
education activities. Start saving your campbells product labels today
and mail them to us on the first week of each month. We have
aproximately 1050 subscribers and if each one of them accumulates and
sends us 900-1000 labels a month, we'd be able to get the van in 2 or
3 months in addition to lots of new equipment for our office and
internal and external education programs! Lets get those labels
coming, the program ends in June.

Weve had fireworks stand fundraisers in the past. They've all been
very successful in raising thousand$ for us in a very short time.
Theyre also extremely stressful to those who run it. And add preparing
for the OC Fair while running the fireworks stand is a great recipe
for a burnout because OC Fair happens just right after the fireworks
stand. So the more people that we get involved with the fireworks
stand, the less stress it is upon the management volunteers. We're
going to have one either through TNT (Red Devil) or Blockbuster. Next
week is when we are going to be focusing on our qualifications and
contacting the fireworks companies. The proceeds from the fireworks
stand usually go to the costs of our OC Fair education project. If
youre interested in our fireworks stand fundraiser this coming summer,
please reply by email.

We got invited last week to the Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cookoff
on June 4, 2006 and it has in the past 3 years been good success of us
having a food stand fundraiser there. We will only sell hot dogs,
nachos, baked potato, bagged snacks, and sodas. Pretty much like last
year. It will be a very small version of the Winterfest as they limit
us to 5 different items to sell.

Theres going to be a large deaf bowling tournament by the Pacific
Coast Deaf Bowlers Association in the end of May. We've been invited
to have a booth there. This is attended by 1,500 people most of these
are big spenders and we're trying to decide if it will be feasible for
us to invest $455.00 in which it could bring a return of approximately
$1,000. If people or corporations sponsor us, then we can do it.

We have began planning for our booth at the Pet Expo thats coming up
April, 2006 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. This will be our 3rd
year there. The booth rules have changed and we have to have at least
90 percent of the products were selling at the Pet Expo to be pet
related. We have already sent written communications to several pet
products wholesalers asking for donations of overstock and/or
discontinued pet products for our booth. We will have our service
animal training, certification, and advocacy education materials for
the public.

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

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

Toss that battery in the trash and you'll be breaking the law
http://www.4hearingloss.com/archives/2006/01/toss_that_batte.html

Yoga teacher caters to deaf
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=community&id=3852513

Deaf dog learns new tricks to find a home
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/01/27/ndog27.xml&sShee\
t=/news/2006/01/27/ixhome.html


A joyful noise from Shores Deaf Church
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060124/NEWS04/601240366/1006

Meet on education of hearing impaired
http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/24/stories/2006012416890300.htm

College provides help to hearing impaired
http://www.theranger.org/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/01/26/43d957b85825d

Disabled have new job opportunity
http://www.journal-news.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/01/25/HJN012606CONNEX\
_s.html


Chocolate Factory Accused Of Discriminating Against Disabled
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/6441489/detail.html

Tesco agree to waive disabled woman's fine
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=324444

Fire Safety for the Deaf
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=5211

Suspected Gang Members Kill Deaf Man
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=local&id=3854425

Disabled take to the slopes in Niigata
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20060129TDY02006.htm

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

COME TO OUR MEETUPS!

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37/ - and the he Orange County Deaf & Hearing
Impaired Meetup Group http://deaf.meetup.com/38/ meets each 3rd
Fridays of the month.

-------------< 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 >

This Los Angeles based deaf social service agency had a very colorful
and romantic fireworks chapter with the deaf communities of the
Southern California areas. But we need to know what started it, what
the first firework sounded like, what the flash-point was like, the
first fuse that was lit that started all the fireworks.

Mark Apodaca, a former CEO of this Los Angeles Based social service
agency, filed this lawsuit that started the romantic fireworks chapter
in the history of Southern California deaf communities.

Mark Apodaca's lawsuit : Http://www.deafadvocacy.com/wai/apodaca.doc

Soon in February, we will highlight some of the romantic fireworks
that went on between the Los Angeles deaf social service agency and
the deaf communities. You all be ready for that!

If you want to help remedy the unfairness of our agency having to do
over 90% of the the work of the Los Angeles based deaf social service
agency, Please send us a donation.

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

The Medicare Rights Center (MRC) needs to hear about all the problems
with the Medicare Part D benefit, whether they happen to you or
someone in your community. With this information, we will be armed
with the needed evidence to push for a decent Medicare drug benefit.

Submit your story at: http://www.medicarerights.org/partdstories.html

-------------< 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 >

Augustana adds degree in sign language interpreting
http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060127/NEWS/601270302/10\
01


Award for deaf school
http://www.hertsad.co.uk/content/herts/news/story.aspx?brand=HADOnline&category=\
News&tBrand=herts24&tCategory=newshadnew&itemid=WEED26%20Jan%202006%2012%3A13%3A\
25%3A793


Deaf collie hopes for thumbs up
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4650964.stm

Minister to the deaf also boxes professionally
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=community&id=3849508

Pair emphasizes benefits of deaf culture
http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-27/1138290851147150.xml&c\
oll=6


Disabled athlete gets his leg back
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_objectid=16631804&method=fu\
ll&siteid=50082&headline=disabled-athlete-gets-his-leg-back-name_page.html


Lawsuit aims to end wait for disabled
http://www.thespectrum.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060124/NEWS01/601240303/\
1002


Lewisboro gets grant for disabled access
http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060128/NEWS02/6012803\
27/1018


ACT mulls photo ID for disabled parking permits
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200601/s1557369.htm

Cathedral Home builds home for deaf program
http://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/more.asp?StoryID=104630

Letting operators warn potential victims curbs fraud, deaf service says
http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060129/NEWS/601290314/10\
01


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

The budget reconciliation bill will do more harm to the Disabled
Americans if passed. Disabled Americans who cannot pay for needed and
costly long-term care could be denied health coverage if they gave
money to churches, helped family members or donated to charities at
any time in the past 5 years. Disabled Americans may have to sell
their homes, family farms or ranches in order to get long-term care
services. Millions of Disabled Americans will be denied medically
necessary care if they are unable to pay new premiums and higher
copays. Many may become uninsured and be forced to go to more costly
emergency rooms to get the care they need. Medicare beneficiaries
will have to pay $2.7 billion in higher coinsurance and premiums.

Is this the domestic humanitarianism we expect from our elected
representatives? Remember this is an election year and you must
remind your congressperson of that.

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

"We grew too large for our shoes," said Deaf & Hearing Connection
director Julie Church

-------------< 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.

-------------< COMMUNITY BULLHORN >

NIGHTMARE on Frist Street

There is a classic cliffhanger you've probably seen in more than one
horror movie and it generally goes like this. One character in the
movie is in some kind of a trance under an evil spell, and their
inaction or unwitting complicity is required for the evil plan to be
fulfilled. And you see the hero of the movie shaking them, and
yelling at them, "Snap out of it!" because only by working together
can the good and the just prevail. Because it is a movie at the last
minute the hero always succeeds in getting the other character to come
to their senses and everyone cheers. And that's exactly what is going
on right now with the nightmare nomination of Samuel Alito to the
Supreme Court.

Is "nightmare" too strong a word? Actually, that's the word that Bill
Frist used just the other day in referring to their own nominee. For
decades they have dreamed of overturning every progressive precedent
since the New Deal, for privacy rights, for labor rights, for the
rights of people to be protected from socially irresponsible
corporations, and more. And now they even want to absolve the
president himself from having to obey the laws of the people as passed
by Congress, with Sam Alito the prime mover and judicial theorist
behind the so-called "unitary executive" theory. That is nothing more
than dictatorship with a make-over. A dream to them perhaps, but
truly said a very scary nightmare for the rest of us.

However, YOU can put a stop to the destruction of the very foundations
of our democracy but speaking out to your senators and demanding they
stand up for us at http://www.emailtocongress.com

There you will find a one click for that will send your personal
message to all your members of Congress at once, and you can make it a
letter to the editor of your nearest daily newspaper all at the same time.

Be ye not deceived by the corporate media talking heads who have taken
over our airwaves. They speak of "done deals" to try to discourage
some from taking action, like zombies in a horror movie. But more and
more of us are suddenly waking up now and realizing that we not only
DO have the power to put a stop to a reactionary takeover our highest
court, we have a DUTY as citizens to do so by telling our senators
that they must take a stand and will support them if they do so.

Alito's problem is that he is NOT a judge. He is an advocate. He has
a lifelong commitment to being an advocate, and here is the important
part, his supporters are pushing him precisely because THEY believe he
will be their advocate. They drop kicked their own Miers because she
did not have enough proven fealty to the agenda of the extremist
Federalist society or the doctrine of a particular religious group.
He is just like Roberts, a stealth nominee who promised to be fair in
his confirmation hearing, and then lurched to the far right to cast
his first vote on the Supreme Court to try down to strike the TWICE
expressed will of the people by voter initiative in Oregon.

In 1985 Alito stated categorically his belief that a woman's right to
privacy is not constitutional. At his hearing he refused to say if he
still holds this view, the equivalent of taking the Fifth Amendment.
But Robert Bork said the other day that HE believes without a doubt
that Alito is still that same guy. His supporters are only interested
in installing a lock down vote who will rule as THEY want every time,
without regard to the facts, the law or prior precedent. They want
our country to be ruled by the kingly decree of their presidential
signing statements, one of Alito's own personal brainstorms. And just
like Frist, they will admit it even if Alito himself will not. In
fact, they are bragging about it.

ACTION SITE: http://www.emailtocongress.com

What Alito's advocates fear the most is that the American people will
suddenly come to their senses, that more and more will speak out as
they are doing now, and that our representatives will listen and obey
the will of the people. That is why they've been in such a hurry to
try to push this thing though. But thousands and thousands and
thousands ARE speaking up. Please add your voice to the growing
chorus and the people will surely prevail. Together we will dispel
the dark cloud over our Supreme Court. Because for people like Bill
Frist real participatory democracy would be the worst nightmare of
all, a nightmare on Frist Street.

The People's Email Network

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

Lawyers say deaf man accused of assault can't stand trial
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4413614&nav=4QcS

Mental Health Care of Deaf People: A Culturally Affirmative Approach
http://psychservices.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/57/1/147

Karachi is slowly going deaf: PMA
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C01%5C26%5Cstory_26-1-2006_p\
g7_50


Runners needed to raise funds for deaf
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5048256.html

Group advocates for deaf women
http://www.news14charlotte.com/content/living/smart_woman/default.asp?ArID=11180\
5&AC=True


New voting equipment to aid the disabled
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/lf/01-26-06-8103\
65.html


Court decision seen as victory for developmentally disabled
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20060127/REVIEW27\
/TPNational/TopStories


Bill to help disabled find jobs
http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/161704/4/

Family searches for disabled girl's dog
http://www.al.com/news/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/news/1138529720230660.xml&\
coll=3


The sky's the limit for some disabled kids
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-cfly29jan29,0,2712510.story?c\
oll=sfla-news-broward


-------------< 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 have partnered with NetFlix to help community members enjoy movies
in the safety of their homes and our subscribers are given a free 2
week trial membership to NetFlix. If you haven't tried NetFlix yet,
you should log into Http://www.fundraising.com/movies and be sure to
enter our group code # 521684 and enjoy your 2 free weeks of
membership and if you decide to continue the membership after the free
trial, you will help us get $10 for each new membership. Most movies
offered by NetFlix have subtitling and or closed captioning in them.

-------------< 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.

===============================

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.

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

Dear Mr. Roehm,

This might interest you. It was in the web under STOP DEAF MILITANTS
and the follow up post states the the Representative in question
requested the author appear at a budget hearing. He is advocating for
the CLOSING of Salem, Oregon's School for the Deaf because the cost of
preserving deaf culture isn't worth the expense.

Here's the link:

http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1115

Mac

-------------< 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
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
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and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter January 25, 2006

Dear Friends,

People are still signing up for our American Sign Language (ASL)
classes and we still have seats open on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
We also have a children's ASL classes on Saturday mornings. You can
find more information on Http://asl.deafadvocacy.org and we hope a lot
of people get a good opportunity to enjoy learning to sign and
communicating with deaf people like the big deaf social event each
month at the Block at Orange.

We are having a Bowl-A-Thon next February 18, 2006 at the Westminster
Lanes from 8 am to noon. We now have sponsors and bowlers ready to
make this a success story. Check on
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/bowlathon/2006/ for more information.

The ongoing Blackberry saga is ominous with a shutdown looming and the
Blackberry owners are already singing the blues.
Research in Motion was dealt a setback Last Monday after the Supreme
Court turned down a request to review a major patent infringement
ruling against it. RIM now faces a possible injunction that could
result in service disruptions to its more than 4 million users. Most
of the users are from the deaf communities.

Grantwriting seems to be taking up most of the office time in the last
3 weeks of January. Most deadlines of these grants are in the month
of February and we've finished with one grant and have 10 more grants
to write up. We are happy we still have our volunteers helping us
with our office and organizational needs.

Keeping in contact is very important and in order for us to keep our
email list current, we have to remove email addresses that are
bouncing too many of our newsletters. If you feel you havent received
any newsletters for at least 3 weeks, please check on the status of
your subscription with yahoogroups and feel free to sign up again if
you wish to continue receiving our newsletters.

OCDAC Communications
ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

-------------< INSIDE NEWS >

With our subscribership from the international communities increasing
at a steady pace, we wish to make this newsletter accessible to them
and the easiest way to accomplish this is by directing them to
http://www.babelfish.altavista.com/ and entering
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ in the website
translation box and the babelfish will help our international
subscribers become strong advocates for the deaf and disability
communities.

Macy's Community Shopping Day 2006, an in-store shopping event and
fundraiser for charities in the Orange County community, will be held
on May 12, 2006 at Macy's South Coast Plaza. We will have tickets to
sell for these next week. We need to sell 100 of the tickets at $10
each. And we'll need at least 5 or more volunteers on hand as well.
Besides a good operation at Macy's Community Shopping Day would be as
good as a decent birthday gift to the editor from our communities.

We have started on our giant Orange County Fair educational booth
planning for this upcoming summer. This year's theme is 'Flower
Power' and its a retro theme. We are waiting for the official invite.

We have started a Campbell's product label collection campaign to help
us raise the means to get supplies for our office and if we're able to
get 1,500,000 lables we'd be able to get ourselves a brand new van to
replace the blue van which we use heavily to transport deaf-blind
people to events and we also use to conduct numerous fundraiser and
education activities. Start saving your campbells product labels today
and mail them to us on the first week of each month. We have
aproximately 1050 subscribers and if each one of them accumulates and
sends us 900-1000 labels a month, we'd be able to get the van in 2 or
3 months in addition to lots of new equipment for our office and
internal and external education programs! Lets get those labels
coming, the program ends in June.

Weve had fireworks stand fundraisers in the past. They've all been
very successful in raising thousand$ for us in a very short time.
Theyre also extremely stressful to those who run it. And add preparing
for the OC Fair while running the fireworks stand is a great recipe
for a burnout because OC Fair happens just right after the fireworks
stand. So the more people that we get involved with the fireworks
stand, the less stress it is upon the management volunteers. We're
going to have one either through TNT (Red Devil) or Blockbuster. Next
week is when we are going to be focusing on our qualifications and
contacting the fireworks companies. The proceeds from the fireworks
stand usually go to the costs of our OC Fair education project. If
youre interested in our fireworks stand fundraiser this coming summer,
please reply by email.

We got invited last week to the Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cookoff
on June 4, 2006 and it has in the past 3 years been good success of us
having a food stand fundraiser there. We will only sell hot dogs,
nachos, baked potato, bagged snacks, and sodas. Pretty much like last
year. It will be a very small version of the Winterfest as they limit
us to 5 different items to sell.

Theres going to be a large deaf bowling tournament by the Pacific
Coast Deaf Bowlers Association in the end of May. We've been invited
to have a booth there. This is attended by 1,500 people most of these
are big spenders and we're trying to decide if it will be feasible for
us to invest $455.00 in which it could bring a return of approximately
$1,000. If people or corporations sponsor us, then we can do it.

We have began planning for our booth at the Pet Expo thats coming up
April, 2006 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. This will be our 3rd
year there. The booth rules have changed and we have to have at least
90 percent of the products were selling at the Pet Expo to be pet
related. We have already sent written communications to several pet
products wholesalers asking for donations of overstock and/or
discontinued pet products for our booth. We will have our service
animal training, certification, and advocacy education materials for
the public.

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

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

Lawyer for disabled assails state policies
http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_3431624

Tuba's low notes are music to ears of deaf children
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/1BAA1B\
2280E00B7E862571000023809D?OpenDocument


Deaf design sign dictionaries for banking, AIDS education
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Render&c=Article\
&cid=1137799507186&call_pageid=991479973472


GSD teams up to notch win
http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/680/public/news691108.html

Driver injured in crash of bus carrying New Jersey deaf students
http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060119/NEWS/60119001

Bill would allow disabled Georgians to keep monkeys as helpers
http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/politics/13680539.htm

Disabled people worship together
http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2006/01/22/news/104450.txt

He gives dignity and hope to the disabled
http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/22/stories/2006012214830200.htm

BIG EARS: KEM initiative to help hearing-impaired child
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=166152

Only 30% hearing impaired children get access to education
http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=227777&cat=India

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

COME TO OUR MEETUPS!

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37/ - and the he Orange County Deaf & Hearing
Impaired Meetup Group http://deaf.meetup.com/38/ meets each 3rd
Fridays of the month.

===================================

Hi Friends!

It's that time again! Our next meeting will be this Saturday January
28th. If you are new: it's at the HEAR Center in Pasadena from 10AM
-12 and it will be captioned. If you need directions please let us know.

The topic will be "How does it really feel to be HOH?" We will share
personal experience (good and bad) and share ideas to live better with
hearing loss! Sounds like a lot of fun !

As usual we will have breakfast treats, coffee, OJ... But most
important, hanging out to visit and catch up with friends.

Hope to see a lot of you there! Have a great week.

NOTE: All meetings will be captioned.

January 28 (fourth Saturday of every month)
10am - Noon
THE HEAR CENTER
301 E. Del Mar in Pasadena
(Meeting entrance is through the back door)
Take care,
Danny

-------------< 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 >

DEAF'S RIGHTS ARE ABUSED IN COLUMBUS, MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GEORGIA.

Brought to you by Wanda Leigh Garner Gaddis, a deaf woman born and
raised in Columbus, Georgia where she experiences complete injustice
since her mother's death in May 18, 1994. Her mother's name was
Christene C. Garner. This complete injustice continues in the new year
of 2006. Wanda is accused of mental illness and jewel thefts by her
older hearing half brother, Dave Garner, several local relatives took
David's side so did his friends who are lawyers, judges, accountants
and bankers just because Wanda is born deaf and a female..The legal
system and Columbus Police Department gave her brother the
preferential treatment because he was 9 years older, hearing, grew up
in public schools with all lawyers, judges, accountants, and relatives.

David Garner died from throat cancer January 29, 1997. He made sure
his "friends" continue to abuse his younger deaf half sister forever.
One of the lawyers involved labeled Mrs. Gaddis a "sad, disturbed
case" based on the status of existence of her being "a born deaf
female." It's all on public records and the legal system refuses to
give Wanda Leigh Garner Gaddis her rights to be heard. They heard
David Garner's side only. They used David Garner as Wanda's "
interpreter" and "spokesperson." Their mother's lawyer, Attorney
Larry Taylor abuses Wanda outrageously. As soon as he saw Wanda, he
screamed and hollered and threatened her and ran her out of his
office!!!! Wanda's mother hired Attorney Larry Taylor to represent
both of her children, Wanda and David. Not David alone.
Why is Attorney Larry Taylor abusing Wanda Gaddis? Why is the Legal
System of Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia continuing to condone
Attorney Larry Taylor's legal malpractice for 12 years now? Attorney
Larry Taylor continues to run his lawyer business on 820 Second Ave,
Columbus, Georgia 31902.

It means people who practices Law in Columbus, Muscogee County,
Georgia perceives all Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in United
States are second class citizens, mentally undeveloped and cognizance
disabled.

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

Please join The Disability Law Resource Project (DLRP) at ILRU for a
Web cast on SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI
(Supplemental Security Income).

Jacquie Brennan, an attorney who specializes in disability law will
present the Web cast "SSDI and SSI - What are They and What's the
Difference?" on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 3:00pm Eastern; 2:00pm
Central; 1:00pm Mountain; 12:00pm Pacific; 11:00am Alaska; 9:00am Hawaii.

The Social Security Administration administers disability benefits
under two programs - Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and
Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This Web cast will explore these
two programs, the similarities and the differences, as well as the
process for applying for benefits. We will discuss how to apply, how
to appeal, and what an administrative law judge wants (and does not
want) to hear at a Social Security hearing.

Jacquie Brennan is a disability law attorney who works with ILRU. In
her 8 years as an attorney, Ms. Brennan has focused her practice on
disability and civil rights issues. Ms. Brennan's interest in
disability law began with her nine children, five of whom are adopted
and have different kinds of disabilities. She has successfully handled
dozens of social security cases involving different kinds of
disabilities. She serves on many disability-related boards and
advisory committees, and is a frequent presenter on disability and
civil rights issues for professional and consumer audiences.

To link to this Web cast and download accompanying materials visit:
http://www.ilru.org/html/training/webcasts/calendar.html

For instructions on how to access a Web cast visit:
http://www.ilru.org/html/training/webcasts/instructions.html

Please visit this site ahead of time to test and ensure your computer
is configured and updated to participate in the Web cast.

For technical assistance, please check out our FAQ (frequently asked
questions) at: http://www.ilru.org/html/training/webcasts/FAQ.html or
contact a Web cast team member at webcast@ilru.org or 713.520.0232
(v/tty).

This Web cast is supported through the Disability Law Resource Project
(DLRP), a project of ILRU. DLRP (www.dlrp.org) is one of ten
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) funded
by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
(NIDRR) to provide training, technical assistance and materials
dissemination on the ADA and other disability-related laws. NIDRR is
part of the U.S. Department of Education.

The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenters and no
endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, January 25, 2006!

-------------< 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 technicians share SolarAid success
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Render&c=Article\
&cid=1137799507189&call_pageid=991479973472


Students safe after Maryland accident
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=15966012&BRD=1697&PAG=461&dept_id=4455\
1&rfi=6



http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/13695413.htm

Blind, deaf inmate executed
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17854617%255E1702,\
00.html


Service monkeys: Bill would give disabled a hand
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/0121legmonkey.html

Disabled embraced by church
http://www.masslive.com/chicopeeholyoke/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-2/113791\
9650313840.xml&coll=1


NGO to employ hearing disabled in kiosks
http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=166563

Main Hoon Na: Sonu Nigam to hearing impaired students
http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1006284&CatID=7

Meet on education of hearing impaired
http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/24/stories/2006012416890300.htm

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

Seminar slated for businesses schools on access for the disabled

A learning seminar for schools and businesses is expected to attract
more than 200 people to the Hermiston Convention Center on Friday,
according to Terri Dickens of the Umatilla-Morrow ESD and coordinator
of the event.

The seminar will help provide understanding of the Americans with
Disabilities Act and will include a special presentation on evacuating
people with disabilities. The seminar is being provided as part of the
Eastern Oregon IDEA Partnership and the Safe & Healthy Schools Program.

Among the speakers will be Kevin McGuire, a lawyer who has conducted
more than 500 conferences on accessibility issues. McGuire is a former
staff assistant to Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rep. Hamilton Fish, Jr. He
was also an assistant district attorney in the Bronx and holds degrees
from Boston University and Georgetown University.

Another key presentation will come from Nancy Latini, assistant state
superintendent of schools for student learning and partnerships, whose
duties include overseeing the state's services to special populations.
She will be joined by Eric Richards, director of Special Education in
the Oregon Department of Education.

The list of featured presenters also includes Nancy Hungerford from
the Hungerford Law Firm and Deanne Carr from Greater Oregon Behavioral
Health.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. Lunch is
included in the $10 registration fee.

Participants may register at www.umesd.k12.or.us/staffdev by choosing
the 2006 IDEA Summit and Safe & Healthy Schools link or by mailing a
check, money order, or purchase order to Heather Gastin at 2001 SW
Nye, Pendleton, OR 97801. For more information, call the ESD at
1-800-522-8396.

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

"We grew too large for our shoes," said Deaf & Hearing Connection
director Julie Church

-------------< 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.

-------------< COMMUNITY BULLHORN >

The US Department of Justice is threatening to sue the state of New
York over delays in bringing new voting machines to the state and
complying with other requirements of the Help America Vote Act. Wan
Kim, assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Civil
Rights Division in a letter to the state Board of Elections and state
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer last week said that the state was
lagging behind every other state in complying with HAVA requirements.
Thus far, New York has received $220 million in federal funds to help
comply with HAVA requirements.

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

A warning that falls on deaf ears
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,8124-2002315,00.html

Cinema set to reel out sign language films
http://news.scotsman.com/entertainment.cfm?id=104282006

Organization aids people with hearing difficulties
http://www.news-journal.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/23/01232006New_hearin\
g.html


Hindi cinema tilting towards the disabled
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IE420060121061704&Page=4&Title=Featu\
res+-+People+%26+Lifestyle&Topic=0


Disabled sprinter's plea over leg
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/PA_NEWA19367811137849539A000?source=\
PA%20Feed


Clinic cleans teeth for disabled patients
http://joongangdaily.joins.com/200601/22/200601222155404379900091009101.html

Disabled are poorly served by JWOD Act
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060121/OPINION03/601210384/-\
1/OPINION


His point is to teach disabled kids fencing
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/ideas/bal-id.achievers22jan22,1,5691540\
.story?coll=bal-ideas-headlines


Train runs over 2 hearing-impaired brothers
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C01%5C22%5Cstory_22-1-2006_p\
g7_18


In 2006, Let's Not Overlook The Deaf, Hearing Impaired - or Hearing
http://www.creativematch.co.uk/viewNews/?91864

Totally disabled veterans exempt under new property tax law
http://www.enidnews.com/localnews/local_story_024003629.html

-------------< 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 have partnered with NetFlix to help community members enjoy movies
in the safety of their homes and our subscribers are given a free 2
week trial membership to NetFlix. If you haven't tried NetFlix yet,
you should log into Http://www.fundraising.com/movies and be sure to
enter our group code # 521684 and enjoy your 2 free weeks of
membership and if you decide to continue the membership after the free
trial, you will help us get $10 for each new membership. Most movies
offered by NetFlix have subtitling and or closed captioning in them.

-------------< 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.

===============================

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.

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

Deliverance by Mac Crary copyright 2006

Those who spoke against Statecraft as a form of deception in the
1980's were the Princes of Deception. As John Stockwell and Oliver
Stone, cynical nammies, were spreading their rumors of hatred about
misused power, so they lured the gullible into their own misuse of power.

Seeing me as special, the runt of the litter from his own ship, the
Little Queen (U.S.S. San Jacinto, World War Two) on which my father
also served, the George Bushes chose me as a child of a humanist,
stigmatized or dignified by non-violence, to solve their secret
weapon: The AIDS onslaught. Wrapped like a ghost in a condom, they
laughed if he gets outta that one we'll call the dammed Houdini.

Well, I didn't get out of it. They tortured and poisoned me, they
raped my deaf girlfriend and forcibly separated us. They framed me
for rape to recruit their English quislings. They way I have been
used is a serious story, a gigantic flaw in our politics, and a
mystifying show of tyranny.

I'm aware that "no one believes" me. What keeps me running is the
hope that fear someone could believe me at this late date might deter
those who tortured me.

Let me tell you a little of what I saw. I knew something was very
wrong when Primo Levi committed suicide shortly after I wrote him a
letter. I saw them construct a poem around the 1987 Wall Street
Crash, and burn down the Jackson Labs. I saw them orchestrate Exxon
Valdez and the bombing of the USS Iowa. I saw them make deals over
Nelson Mandela's and Vaclav Havel's freedom in return for accomplice,
which also allowed for the Palestine State. I saw the chess game over
John Heinz and John John Kennedy. But I was not fooled that the
adoption of a war game over Midori was anything other than an
accomplice act. Not when I learned the distortion she was marketing.

I was a library clerk being used as a soldier of fortune.

I heard from them the morning Roberto Clemente died. I saw them run
to the King Powers with a ribald carrot tape. I saw their nuclear
secrets. I saw them use my report on HIV (Operation: Death Seed) as
poetry in the Kuwait War and repeat the audacity with Operation: Iron
Hammer, from "The Firefly Song".

Everybody took it as a "wake up" call (even though they themselves
remain fast asleep) when innocent people were blindsided (in the
manner I was struck down in childhood) by the vicious act of Queen
Elizabeth on 9/11/2001 (a snitty over Princess Diana) on behalf of the
same cult of men, sanitized through the bizarre distortion of Peter
Gabriel's sick and evil mind, on behalf of the guilty. Diana meant
more to Elizabeth than all the AIDS victims in the world, I can tell
you that having read their notes on the subject from day one. And I
heard their cult of rock stars jeering that I am the enemy, the
imposter, the pretender to the Lennon crown, the anti-Lennon.

Richard Starkey's message is French. He is not insulted that the AIDS
onslaught was done, but only that he wasn't consulted. Now he's
accomplice so he isn't mad anymore. He gets the money and believes
forgiveness will set it right.

I was tortured as a child (they deliberatedly and systematically slew
my offspring, abortion being the weapon of choice). As all this
warfare was going on, Bush and Clinton were hiring undercover
prostitutes to sleep with me in order to target a Frankenstein
neuroplasm they inflicted in my facial nerve, a brain injury, in
anticipation of the day violinist Midori came demanding the Lennon
murder papers they had planted on my home and eloping with the
klansman who tortured me as a child (they knew she would). I was
tortured again. I suffered seizures, homelessness, erectile
dysfunction, trauma, skin conditions, disorientation. In a
particularly sick incident the Japanese Secret Service ripchorded the
seizure trauma through my heart while expressing that Midori had taken
a lover. It was extremely advanced in fashion of sadism. I lay on
the floor of my empty apartment, shattered. They had orchestrated a
fiance relationship with a girl named Rosine just to create conditions
for practical brutality.

As terrible as it was, their rape of deaf Jeannie had a gratuitous aspect.

The Clintons induced schizophrenia chemically to disable my testimony.
They denied I was tortured, so they could terrorize us again with the
very men who deafened me and forced my mother to sell her home. I was
gassed a little boy. They saught to make me "the bad guy", a
non-violent laughingstock spat on by women, by Black and white alike.
Why don't you catch HIV, they jeered, and be our savior?

The guilty always blame me. Yoko Ono was accomplice with those who
started AIDS when they slaved me as a mandatory AIDS testing guinea
pig on Mt. Desert Island in 1988 (proof of which exists). She got
jeering AIDS victims to side with those who released the virus by
marketeering her Lennon sob story. Although her hatred has had
punishing consequences for me and Jeannie, it has no moral worth. She
is not someone I would want to be on judgement day. In demanding
apology from me she will have to make do with the crowd hysteria she
has sown. Has anyone but me done anything at all?

You certainly won't hear them answering a question like why am I to
blame for HIV if it isn't manmade?

You have never seen anyone so single-mindedly determined to shatter
another man's dreams. Indeed, I am great fear that cancer is the
outcome of the poison crime McCartney engineered leading to acid
reflux syndrome. The lies McCartney has told in cold blood have been
life-shattering. Fat boy stooge lies.

In light of this, I did the decent thing and became a porno-junkie.
Having someone to blame has come to be the way the collaborationist
faction define themselves and sooth their morbid psyches, in order to
deflect true guilt from where it belongs, and this compensating method
of victimizing other victims was a plan that Reagan, Bush and Gore
counted on in using me for the AIDS onslaught and swearing that Mt.
Desert Island was all a sick hoax. The Beatles, the celebrity
superstate, Japan, all of them guilty of accomplice, have shown no mercy.

Then there's the matter of true authorship of the Gail Burstyn AIDS
scroll.

The Public had a right to know. The guilty should be on death row by
now. Instead, they have been empowered, largely by English deceit, in
escalating toward nuclear war, foaming that they are the victims, in a
religious ultimatum. Those who released HIV, with Yoko Ono as their
clear and present Generalissimo of the hour, then channeled the venom
of the HIV positive in what New York still thinks glamorously to be
their uprising army. How stupid and pathetic can you be?

The feigned protest worked, but it was an act by the Princes of Deception.

Mac Crary
315 Maynard Ave. S. #309
Seattle, WA 98104
-------------< 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
to work toward a brighter future with programs in job training,
education, counseling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter January 16, 2006

Dear Friends,

People are already signing up for our American Sign Language (ASL)
classes and we still have seats open on Tuesday and Wednesday nights
and we're ready to add a Thursday night if necessary. We also have a
children's ASL classes on Saturday mornings. You can find more
information on Http://asl.deafadvocacy.org and we hope a lot of people
get a good opportunity to enjoy learning to sign and communicating
with deaf people like the big deaf social event last Friday at the
Block at Orange.

We are having a Bowl-A-Thon next February 18, 2006 at the Westminster
Lanes from 8 am to noon. We now have sponsors and bowlers ready to
make this a success story. Check on
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/bowlathon/2006/ for more information.

A new deaf political group has formed in the South Orange County area.
This group has a strong socialist flavor and places a lot emphasis on
a lot of elements the editor feels needs restraining. This group is
called Silent Greens Party.

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center always embraces diversity. Our
actions all live up to the famous line "I have a dream that my four
children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged
by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." by
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We have started a Campbell's product label collection campaign to help
us raise the means to get supplies for our office and if we're able to
get 1,500,000 lables we'd be able to get ourselves a brand new van to
replace the blue van which we use heavily to transport deaf-blind
people to events and we also use to conduct numerous fundraiser and
education activities. Start saving your campbells product labels today
and mail them to us on the first week of each month. We have
aproximately 1050 subscribers and if each one of them accumulates and
sends us 900-1000 labels a month, we'd be able to get the van in 2 or
3 months in addition to lots of new equipment for our office and
internal and external education programs! Lets get those labels
coming, the program ends in June.

Our weekly newsletters get a lot of subscriber support as we have been
getting thank you letters and content submissions from a number of our
subscribers each week. One of the easiest ways our subscribers can do
to thank us for newsletters like these is to forward our newsletters
to their personal friends mailing lists and groups lists and asking
them to join our family of subscribers.

OCDAC Communications
ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

-------------< INSIDE NEWS >

With our subscribership from the international communities increasing
at a steady pace, we wish to make this newsletter accessible to them
and the easiest way to accomplish this is by directing them to
http://www.babelfish.altavista.com/ and entering
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ in the website
translation box and the babelfish will help our international
subscribers become strong advocates for the deaf and disability
communities.

We have started on our Orange County Fair booth for this upcoming summer.

We have began planning for our booth at the Pet Expo thats coming up
April, 2006 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. This will be our 3rd
year there. The booth rules have changed and we have to have at least
90 percent of the products were selling at the Pet Expo to be pet
related. We have already sent written communications to several pet
products wholesalers asking for donations of overstock and/or
discontinued pet products for our booth. We will have our service
animal training, certification, and advocacy education materials for
the public.

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

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

Lawmaker pushes to recognize sign language as foreign language
http://www.otrantonelmondo.com/News.asp?nav=3&id=546&page=News&action=search

Academic praises deaf education
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411749/648949

Health specialist leads deaf charity
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5047836.html

Deaf people to receive better care as doctors learn to sign
http://english.eastday.com/eastday/englishedition/metro/userobject1ai1785050.htm\
l


Suspension of pilot project to hit disabled
http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?storyflag=y&leftnm=lmnu2&l\
eftindx=2&lselect=1&chklogin=N&autono=211538


Americall to pay $200,000 for refusing to hire blind job applicant
http://hr.cch.com/news/employment/011106a.asp

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

COME TO OUR MEETUPS!

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37/ - and the he Orange County Deaf & Hearing
Impaired Meetup Group http://deaf.meetup.com/38/ meets each 3rd
Fridays of the month.

===================================

The Orange County American Sign Language & Orange County Deaf &
Hearing Impaired December Meetup

When:
Friday, January 20, 7:00 PM

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

What:
Meet the 2 meetups!

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

Prizes include, I love you Figurine, ASL Placemats, ASL Jewelry,
Firestarters, and ASL pin.

===================================

Speechreading Classes

Hearing Loss Network will be hosting a Speechreading (Lipreading)
Course in San Diego beginning January 28.

The course will consist of six two-hour meetings, which will be held
on Saturdays from 10AM to noon. Class dates will be January 28,
February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11. Note that there is no class on
February 18.

Classes will be held at:
Clairemont Friendship Senior Center
4425 Bannock Ave.
San Diego, CA 92111

There is no charge for the course; we suggest a donation of $5 per
meeting for those who can afford it.

Please let me know if you plan to attend, so we know how many to
expect. Also, please contact me if you'd like more information.

Best wishes,
Larry

---------------------------
Larry Sivertson
Executive Director, Hearing Loss Network
larry@hearinglossnetwork.org
858-278-9630 (Voice/TTY)
http://www.hearinglossnetwork.org

===================================

The Marlton Alumni Association cordially invites you to join us for
the 3-3 man Basketball Games at Marlton School 4000 Santo Tomas Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90008 .On Saturday January 21, 2006 at 1:30PM to 6:30PM.

Important!!! All who want to play, please show up one hour before the
game starts. We need to know how many teams will participate in an 3-3
Man Tournament so we can make tournament brackets for elimination.
Details will be explained clearly at court. There will be 3-3 man
teams playing on half-courts inside the gym.

All Monies will go to Marlton Sports Fund.

Admission:

(chat with people and watch 3-3 man basektball Tourney, come on there)

PER PLAYER

(Details will be explained clearly at court)

Don't Miss this Exciting Day!!!

-------------< 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 >

Action Alert from the Disability Policy Collaboration

The Budget Reconciliation Conference Report Erodes Decades of Progress
For Disability Policies and Programs

Why is the Budget Reconciliation Conference Report so bad for chapters
of The Arc, affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy, and ADAPT? The
overall conference report seriously erodes decades of progress the
disability community has made in creating and expanding for policies
and programs that improve the lives of people with disabilities
nationwide. The devil is in the details.

Home and Community Services
---------------------------

* Section 6086 of the conference report sets back efforts to provide
community services to people with disabilities.

-Efforts to eliminate the institutional bias in the Medicaid program
would be set back decades because the conference report would give
states unprecedented leeway in limiting services to people in
community-based settings.

* Section 6086 has some provisions of a good bill, S. 1602, introduced
by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Evan Bayh(D-IN) and Hillary
Clinton (D-NY) with the support of the disability community.

-Section 6086 would establish a new option for states to provide home-
and community-based services (HCBS) without needing to use a waiver
process;

-Section 6086 would allow states to provide any of the services now
covered under HCBS waivers; and states would also now be required to
establish stricter eligibility (level of care) criteria for
institutional services than for community-based services.

* Overall, the good provisions are far outweighed by the new state
flexibility provisions included in Section 6086 of the conference
report. In fact, it will undermine the home and community services
program as well as other services in Medicaid.

-This establishes a harmful precedent in the basic Medicaid program;

-Section 6086 would allow states to cap the number of people to be
served under the new home and community services Medicaid option;

-It would allow states to provide these services in limited areas of
the state;

-It would explicitly allow states to maintain waiting lists for these
services; and

-It would allow states to grandfather current HCBS users for as little
as one year.

* Section 6086 of the Budget Reconciliation Conference Report will
tear at the basic fabric of the Medicaid program. You should reject
the conference report because it will:

-Undermine beneficiary protections through introduction of caps and
waiting lists into the basic Medicaid program and through offering
services in limited areas of the state;

-Undermine state advocacy efforts to move people out of institutions
based on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead, which required
that waiting lists at least move at a reasonable pace; and cap the
number of eligible beneficiaries and maintaining waiting lists for
services now covered under the state Medicaid plan, such as personal
care services and rehabilitation services, by moving them into the new
home-and community-based services option.

Cost Sharing
------------

* The Budget Reconciliation Conference Report contains new Medicaid
beneficiary cost sharing provisions that will likely result in many
beneficiaries forgoing health care, because they have no money to pay
for their share of the cost.

-The bill has no limits on cost sharing for Medicaid beneficiaries
below 100 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $800 per
month for an individual). This means that SSI beneficiaries with
disabilities could be required to pay any level of cost sharing their
Governor chooses.

For example, an SSI beneficiary with a developmental disability,
living in a group home, could have their entire monthly personal needs
allowance depleted by co-pays for Medicaid services (e.g., doctor's
visits, prescription drugs, therapy services, wheelchairs). This would
make it far more difficult for them to meet their basic needs (e.g.,
dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids that Medicaid may not cover,
toiletries, and transportation) and virtually impossible to afford any
type of leisure activity – like tickets to a movie.

-Medicaid beneficiaries with incomes from 100 - 150 percent of the
Federal Poverty Level (approximately $800 - $1200 for an individual
monthly) could be required to pay up to five
percent of their monthly income for co-pays for all Medicaid services.
This would impact Many Disabled Adult Children ("DACs") with
developmental disabilities; and

-Unlike current Medicaid law, cost sharing is enforceable under this
bill, meaning that the provision of a Medicaid service will be
conditioned on the receipt of the co-pay.

For example, a pharmacist can refuse to dispense a prescription drug
if the beneficiary fails to pay the co-pay.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Title VII Subtitle A
---------------------------------------------------------------------

* The Budget Reconciliation Conference Report reauthorizes TANF with
onerous work requirements that make it almost impossible for TANF
recipients with disabilities or those caring for family members with
disabilities to meet these requirements.

-States would be mandated to have at least 50 percent of the people
receiving assistance from TANF working. States would also no longer be
allowed any credit for individuals they had previously assisted in
finding employment. Together these changes will result in a 69 percent
increase in the
number of families that will have to participate in work-related
activities.

-The Secretary of Health and Human Services would be given much
discretion to tighten regulations about what activities count as work
and how to verify work activities. This could negatively impact people
with disabilities who want to work, but cannot meet more stringent
requirements.

Background - The General Accountability Office has determined that
approximately 44 percent of TANF recipients receiving assistance have
a disability or have a child or adult relative with a disability.

* The conference report does not include any of the disability
provisions supported by The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy that would
give states the flexibility to better serve people with disabilities
by providing longer time frames for rehabilitative services and
through the provision of other supports.

- Despite these new requirements on the states, the final bill
includes no new TANF funding and only $200 million more in child care
funding; and

- Because the resources available for child care are insufficient to
meet the demand, states will likely be forced to cut child care
funding for low income families who do not receive TANF. This will
make it even more difficult for families who have children with
disabilities that require child care to find appropriate and
affordable care.

- There is no safety net for TANF recipients who cannot meet the new
work requirements. The recipients would be sanctioned off the program
and left with no financial support to survive.

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

ONLINE COURSE:
Olmstead and Community: A Three Course Series on Community Integration
for Persons with Disabilities

Course One--Disability Policy and the Olmstead Decision

Presented by the IL NET of Independent Living Research Utilization
(ILRU), a program of TIRR, Houston, Texas.

The IL NET is operated in partnership with NCIL and with the online
facilitation support of Utah State University.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 27, 2006

COURSE DATES:
February 6-24, 2006
For course information and to register online, go to:
http://www.ilru.org/html/training/online/index.html

PURPOSE:
Participants will learn about the background and significance of the
U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead decision. They will examine a framework
for analyzing disability policy that may be used to determine if state
and federal laws and programs really support the rights of persons
with disabilities. They will also better understand how the ADA formed
the basis for the Olmstead Decision and the importance of that
decision for people with disabilities.

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Center and SILC staff, managers, and executives, as well as board
members. This is a beginner to intermediate level course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss and provide
examples of both the "old paradigm" and the "new paradigm" of
disability and its implications for current laws and programs
including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Participants will be
able to apply the principles of the Olmstead Decision to their own
communities.

FORMAT:
Assignments will be given for each of the 15 days. Participants will
receive a manual (via the Internet) and will interact in discussion
forums via the Internet. Discussion questions and exercises will be
posted on the website. Participants will devote an average of 3-5
hours per week to assignments and activities.

THE INSTRUCTOR:
Richard Petty, MBA, has extensive experience in the independent living
movement. He served as the director of a center for independent living
for ten years. He is currently the director of ILRU's IL Net and the
Partnership for Community Living, a technical assistance program
serving the CMS Real Choice Initiative.

PAYMENT INFORMATION:
The course fee is $65 per participant. Payment may be made by credit
card through the Web site at the time of registration. Credit card
orders are also accepted by phone at 713.520.0232 ext. 130. Do not
send credit card information by e-mail, since such transactions are
not secure. Checks or money orders are also accepted and should be
mailed with a completed application form. Return your completed
registration form and payment to:

ILRU/ONLINE LEARNING 2006
2323 S Shepherd, Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77019

REGISTRATION FORM: http://www.ilru.org/html/forms/online_registration.htm

ONLINE COURSES FROM ILRU:
This online course is presented by the IL NET, the national training
and technical assistance project for centers for independent living
and statewide independent living councils. The IL NET is operated by
the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program at TIRR in
partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).
Online course implementation is facilitated by the Interdisciplinary
Training Division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah
State University.

OTHER QUESTIONS: Contact Dawn Heinsohn at ILRU, 713.520.0232 ext. 130

-------------< 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 >

APPEAL FOR RETURN OF VITAL DEAF AID
http://www.iwcp.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1252&ArticleID=1313863

Deaf pupils set to be film stars
http://www.hornseyjournal.co.uk/content/haringey/hornseyjournal/news/story.aspx?\
brand=HCEJOnline&category=news&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newshcej&itemid=We\
ED12%20Jan%202006%2012%3A05%3A30%3A573


Hearing dogs charity to set up shop for a week
http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=55382006

HOA rules can't prohibit group home for disabled
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/northphoenix/articles/0113hoaguy0113Z3.\
html


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

Please join The Disability Law Resource Project (DLRP) at ILRU for a
Webcast on the State Best Practices for the Employment of People with
Disabilities in State Government.

Chris Kuczynski, EEOC, Karen Joeckel, VT. Dept. of Human Resources and
Greg Trapp, NM Commission for the Blind will present "Lessons Learned
from the EEOC Final Report on Best Practices for the Employment of
People with Disabilities in State Government" Web cast on Wednesday,
January 18, 2006 at 3:00pm Eastern; 2:00pm Central; 1:00pm Mountain;
12:00pm Pacific; 11:00am Alaska; 9:00am Hawaii.

With more than five million employees nationwide, state employers can
serve an important role in helping to reduce the unacceptably high
unemployment rate among this nation's people with disabilities. On
October 31, 2005, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) published its Final Report on Best Practices for the Employment
of People with Disabilities in State Government. The report reviews
best practices in nine states - Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri,
New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington - that
promote the hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with
disabilities in state government jobs. The report also notes some
policies and practices uncovered during EEOC's review that may
inadvertently prevent some individuals with disabilities from getting
or keeping state jobs.

On this Web cast, Chris Kuczynski, who supervised drafting of the
Final Report, will be joined by representatives from Kansas, New
Mexico, and Vermont to talk about some of the report's most
significant findings.

Chris Kuczynski is Assistant Legal Counsel and Director of the
Americans with Disabilities Act Policy Division at the United States
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this position, he
supervises the development of policy guidance interpreting Title I of
the ADA. Mr. Kuczynski also advises EEOC's field offices, Office of
General Counsel, and Chair and Commissioners on ADA investigations and
litigation.

To link to this Web cast and download accompanying materials visit:
http://www.ilru.org/html/training/webcasts/calendar.html

For instructions on how to access a Web cast visit:
http://www.ilru.org/html/training/webcasts/instructions.html

Please visit this site ahead of time to test and ensure your computer
is configured and updated to participate in the Web cast.

For technical assistance, please check out our FAQs (frequently asked
questions) at: http://www.ilru.org/html/training/webcasts/FAQ.html or
contact a Web cast team member at webcast@ilru.org or 713/520-0232
(v/tty).

This Web cast is supported through the Disability Law Resource Project
(DLRP), a project of ILRU. DLRP (www.dlrp.org) is one of ten
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) funded
by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
(NIDRR) (grant number H133D010210) to provide training, technical
assistance and materials dissemination on the ADA and other
disability- related laws. NIDRR is part of the U.S. Department of
Education.

The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenters and no
endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.

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

"We are trying to help the hearing and speaking disabled to break
communication barriers and catch up with the modern information world
outside," Fei Feng, chairman of the Hongkou District Deaf and Mute
Association.

-------------< 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.

-------------< COMMUNITY BULLHORN >

Press Release - January 13, 2006

From: www.deafsportlawsuit.com

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

www.babelfish.altavista.com

KIDNAPPING OR MURDER OF FELIX SHLIMOVICH IN MOSCOW
JANUARY 18, 2006 COURT CASE IN WASHINGTON VS. AMMONS AND HER YOUNG
ACCOMPLICE IN JEOPARDY

By Rafael Pinkhasov Pinchas, CISS Ombudsman

New York, USA - The scheduled trial between plaintiff Felix Shlimovich
and co-defendants Donalda Ammons, the
so-called CISS President and deaf sports anarchist, and Slava Klimov,
her young Russian accomplice and informant, may not take place this
coming January 18, 2006 at the Superior Court of the District of
Columbia, in Washington, D.C.

The reason is that since this past December 11, 2005 night plaintiff
Shlimovich has been a missing person.

Massive search for Shlimovich's whereabouts has been continuing by the
local police, his family and friends in the city of Moscow and outside.
.
So far, no positive results in locating Shlimovich or his body.

Shlimovich has accused four deaf persons-co-conspirators - Nikolay
Klimov, his son Slava and his son--in-law Jakob Frenkel, and Donalda
Ammons - in allegedly stealing his property: the original of the
videotape of the 37th CISS Congress.

For that reason and before his disappearance, he initiated the two
different lawsuits against these people.

On February 17, 2004 Shlimovich filed a Statement of Claim vs. Slava
Klimov and Ammons, both of them employees of the Washington,
D.C.-based Gallaudet University, at the Court in Washington, D.C.

Another lawsuit submission by Shlimovich against the four defendants -
Nikolay Klimov, his son Slava, Frenkel and Ammons - has been pending
before the Taganskiy District Court in Moscow.

On December 13, 2005, Shlimovich, through his Russian lawyer, was
supposed to pay the required-court fee for his pending lawsuit case in
Moscow. Then, the next day, on December 14, 2005, Shlimovich was
supposed to fly to the USA in order to prepare for his another
January 18, 2006-scheduled court trial.

For additional details of these two pending legal cases, visit

www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update39.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update40.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update41.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update42.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update53.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update54.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update86.htm

However, since December 11 night Shlimovich has mysteriously disappeared.

Various reports received from Moscow indicate that he was either
allegedly kidnapped or murdered by accomplices of Nikolay Klimov on
that night.

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

Local Company Caters To Deaf Employees
http://www.kfmb.com/features/larry_himmel/story.php?id=34518

Montreal band helps hearing-impaired hear music
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051216/simple_plan_051216/\
20051216?hub=Entertainment


Poor, disabled struggle with new drug plan
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060113/NEWS/601130636

NZ 'world leader' in deaf education: visiting academic
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/bulletins/radionz/200601140853/8c80429

Deaf, mute learn to blog
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/art/2006/01/14/236003/Deaf__mute_learn_to_blog.htm

-------------< 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 have partnered with NetFlix to help community members enjoy movies
in the safety of their homes and our subscribers are given a free 2
week trial membership to NetFlix. If you haven't tried NetFlix yet,
you should log into Http://www.fundraising.com/movies and be sure to
enter our group code # 521684 and enjoy your 2 free weeks of
membership and if you decide to continue the membership after the free
trial, you will help us get $10 for each new membership. Most movies
offered by NetFlix have subtitling and or closed captioning in them.

-------------< 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.

===============================

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.

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

Greetings,

The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) is
currently developing a curriculum for a training course for First
Responders (police, fire and emergency medical technicians) and people
who are Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind. We will
be presenting the first pilot of our training in San Francisco on
Tuesday, February 28.

The pilot will be the first opportunity for first responders and Deaf,
hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind people to participate in
an interactive workshop designed to provide greater understanding of
their respective roles and responsibilities during any crises,
emergency or disaster, natural or manmade, and provide constructive
feedback for improvement of the course.

We are seeking both professionals and community members to take part
in the pilot.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened or deaf-blind or a
professional serving any of these populations we need you to be a part
of this groundbreaking training and tell us what you think and how we
can improve the workshop for the future.

The workshop will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San
Francisco on Tuesday, February 28, from 8:00am -5:00pm.

Space is limited, so registration is required. Please complete a
registration form for each person who plans to attend.

You are also invited to share this information with anyone you feel
would benefit from participation in the training.

If you are unable to access the registration form, please email me and
I will be sure you get one.

Working Together: Emergency Responders and Deaf, Hard of Hearing and
Deaf-Blind People

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
St Mark¹s Lutheran Church
Urban Life Center Conference Room
1111 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA

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CEPIN Registration Form
Space is Limited; Registration Required
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2006

Name:
Address:
Agency/Organization:
Position:
Email:
Phone/TTY/Fax:

The information presented in this training will benefit anyone
involved with emergency planning, response and recovery efforts. The
primary focus of the curriculum is direct interaction between first
responders and people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened or
deaf-blind.

NOTE: ASL interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided. All
other accommodations will be provided upon request.

MAIL or FAX registration/requests to:
Christine Seymour
CEPIN Regional Specialist, Western States & Hawaii
14895 E 14th St, Suite 200, San Leandro, CA 94578
(408) 461-3030 Voice (510) 483-0755 TTY (510) 483-1790 Fax
christine.seymour@dcara.org

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Hello, everyone.

This is just a reminder that this coming Wednesday is the third of the
month--time for the Palm Desert Mall gathering. I hope you'll be able
to make it sometime between 6:30 or so until 9 pm when the mall
closes. We'll be in the food court area of the PD mall at Monterey
and Hwy 111.

Kay

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