Wednesday, January 11, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter January 11, 2006

Dear Friends,

Today's Supreme Court ruling is a big victory for inmates with
disabilities. This allows them to sue the states for making their
prisons and their program offerings inaccessible to inmates with
disabilities. We have a few deaf clients who will benefit from this
ruling. Learn more about this ruling in one of the outside news
sections. Scroll down the newsletter to learn about a new website
that teaches sign language to kids. With the Alito hearings going on
now, NAD and AAPD writes to the Senate Judiciary Committee on their
thoughts on the Supreme Court nominee. Read all about that down in
the newsletter. CISS Ombudsman Rafael Pinchas blows the horn on the
special treatment the Israeli teams got in the recent congress and games.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center management will be taking a lot
of time off from work this and next week because we're all tired and
need to catch up with our personal obligations. Many of us had been
neglecting ourselves while we take care of other people's problems.
Our volunteer teams continue to help us with our mission through their
assigned projects. One of them hints a new van could be in our hands
by the end of this month.

We are having a Bowl-A-Thon next February 18, 2006 at the Westminster
Lanes from 8 am to noon and we finally worked this out with the lane
owner. We have worked out the planning of this event and check on
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/bowlathon/2006/ for more information.

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. The van is showing strong signs it will need to
be replaced very soon. We use it to transport over 15 deaf and
deaf-blind people to various social and educational events each month.
These deaf and deaf-blind clients who are unable to use the bus cant
qualify for our local ACCESS program since their system's rules make
it extremely difficult to do so. Recent complaints from community
members tell us the local ACCESS system is not deaf-blind friendly.
Therefore our deaf and deaf-blind friends are relying on us to help
them participate in our society's offerings and that is done primarily
through our blue van. The wipers have ceased working making it
inoperable on rainy days, the transmission is bad limiting our travel
to local areas. We cant fo faster then 55 mph without overheating,
and the sliding door on the side fell off because the metal cracked at
the top. The van has been heavily used in assisting us with our
mission and vision statements. We would appreciate your help in
getting us a new van soon so we can continue helping these deaf and
deaf-blind people and our education and fundraising activities. 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!

This is going to be a great newsletter again. It is packed with fresh
advocacy news, tools, and participation opportunities for our
community members.

OCDAC Communications
ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

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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 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.

We are contemplating a foodstand booth at the Whales Festival next
March at Dana Point, California. This will be similar to our
successful Fullerton Winter Festival booth.

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.
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Take a look at our new magazine fundraiser and this is one of the ways
you can help us do the good work for the deaf and disabled communities.

The URL is http://www.magfundraising.com/GroupPage.aspx?e=788159

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Age Barriers Soften for Cochlear Implants
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/09/AR2006010901532.\
html


100% pass rate at School for the Deaf
http://www.observer.org.sz/main.asp?id=16498&Section=main

Transitional Housing Available For Deaf Women
http://www.kirotv.com/news/5986133/detail.html

Two lawmakers want changes in special license plates for disabled veterans
http://www.eyewitnessnewstv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4347334&nav=F2DO

Developmentally Disabled Have New Options for Higher Education
http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=Janua\
ry&x=20060110155248GLnesnoM8.222598e-02&t=livefeeds/wf-latest.html


Charity warns over charges to disabled
http://www.irishexaminer.com/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sgDv-s-bu8LCUsgdL1\
1Zs5FWAE.asp


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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.

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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 for extra raffle tickets.

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

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average American depends on more than 264 computers per day—from the
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New TV Show Signing Times! www.signingtimeskids.org by The Signing
Time Foundation.

The mission of the Signing Time Foundation is to enrich the lives of
children of all abilities.

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Rutgers University Program for Disability Research invites you to
participate in a discussion of important issues facing persons with
disabilities who are working or who want to work. The purpose of this
online discussion is to inform policy and program recommendations for
employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Your
participation is entirely voluntary. You can choose whether you want
to read information, respond to issues, or raise issues on this online
discussion. The amount of time that you spend on it will be up to you.
You can choose to remain anonymous by not including your name or
identifying information OR you can choose to include your name and
identifying information. You will be directed to our welcome letter
for more information about this study when you first enter the online
discussion. This online discussion is funded by the National Council
on Disability. It is located at http://www.ncdadaemploymentstudy.com

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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 >

Repairs needed at pool used by deaf, hearing impaired
http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/11/Neighborhoodtimes/Repairs_needed_at_poo.shtml

Tearing Down Barriers for the Deaf in Las Tunas, Cuba
http://www.periodico26.cu/english/news_tunas/barriers011006.htm

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

Lions take up cause as agency funding sags
http://www.chronicle-tribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060110/NEWS01/6011\
00307/1002


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AAPD and NAD Writes to Senate Judiciary Committee Members On Judge
Alito's Views on Disability Rights under the Constitution

By Facsimile: 202-224-9102

United States Senate Judiciary Committee Members
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 224
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Chairman Specter, Ranking Member Leahy, and Committee Members:

We write on behalf of the American Association of People with
Disabilities (AAPD) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) to
encourage you to use this week's confirmation hearings to clarify
Judge Alito's views regarding Congressional authority to protect
disability rights under the Constitution. We also write to thank you
for your leadership in posing a number of questions during Judge
Roberts' confirmation hearings last September exploring how he would
approach disability-related legal issues as a member of the Supreme Court.

AAPD is a national non-partisan membership organization working to
promote the political and economic empowerment of the more than 50
million children and adults with disabilities and their families in
the U.S. With more than 100,000 members, AAPD is the country's largest
cross-disability membership organization. Founded on the fifth
anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), AAPD has a
strong interest in promoting full enforcement and implementation of
the ADA and other key disability rights laws.

NAD is a national non-partisan membership organization working to
promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf
and hard of hearing individuals in the U.S. Established in 1880, NAD
is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the
accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing
Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunication.

After carefully reviewing Judge Alito's record, AAPD and NAD issued
separate statements on December 21 (copy attached) and December 27
(copy attached) expressing concerns about how Judge Alito might
approach issues of federalism and states' rights in the context of the
ADA and other disability rights laws. We share the concerns expressed
by Senators Specter, DeWine and Kennedy during the Roberts
confirmation hearings that the U.S. Supreme Court in cases like
University of Alabama v. Garrett has interpreted the Constitution in a
manner that makes it unnecessarily difficult if not impossible for
Congress to establish a record of unconstitutional discrimination
against disabled state residents sufficient to abrogate state
sovereign immunity under the Eleventh Amendment.

Our concerns regarding Judge Alito derive primarily from two opinions
he authored while serving on the Third Circuit, Chittester v. Dept of
Community & Econ Devt and U.S. v. Rybar. In the Chittester case, Judge
Alito wrote an opinion stiking down Congress' ability to make a state
agency comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act's (FMLA's)
guarantee of up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave for personal illness.
In his opinion, Judge Alito noted that Congress had intended to
abrogate the states' Eleventh Amendment immunity when it passed the
FMLA. Evaluating the challenge under the Equal Protection Clause of
the Fourteenth Amendment, Judge Alito found that Congress had failed
to make findings sufficient to abrogate the state's immunity under the
Equal Protection Clause. He went on to find that, even if such
findings had been made, the FMLA provisions requiring unpaid leave for
illness would not be congruent or proportional to unconstitutional
conduct by state employers.

Three years after the Chittister ruling, Chief Justice Rehnquist wrote
a majority opinion for the Supreme Court upholding a related FMLA
provision requiring up to twelve weeks of leave to care for a family
member with a serious health condition. Chief Justice Rehnquist's
opinion emphasized that the state employers' failure to provide for
family leave implicated the right of women to be free from
gender-based discrimination in the workplace.

We encourage you to question Judge Alito regarding his views of
Congressional authority to protect people with disabilities against
discrimination by states. We are concerned that the analysis he
espoused in Chittister might be used to overturn favorable ADA
decisions like Tennessee v. Lane on the grounds that either Congress
did not make adequate findings regarding discrimination by states in
the administration of justice, or that the ADA's requirements of
access to state courthouses are not a congruent and proportional
response to the findings before Congress when it enacted the ADA. Does
he recognize that the failure to provide leave for personal illness
might lead to unconstitutional disability discrimination, just as the
failure to provide for family leave might lead to unconstitutional
gender discrimination?

More broadly, we encourage you to explore Judge Alito's view of the
appropriate balance of power between Congress and the States. Although
the Garrett decision addressed Congressional power under '5 of the
Fourteenth Amendment, federalism concerns have lead to similar efforts
to narrow Congressional authority to protect disabled individuals
against discrimination by states under the Commerce Clause and the
Spending Clause. In U.S. v. Rybar, Judge Alito dissented from a Third
Circuit opinion finding that Congress had the authority to regulate
and ban intrastate possession of machine guns under the Commerce
Clause. Judge Alito argued that Congress needed to have made factual
findings that the matter regulated had a link to interstate commerce.
We are concerned that Judge Alito's proposed Congressional requirement
in Rybar, which goes beyond the holdings of the Rehnquist Court's
Commerce Clause rulings, could become another vehicle for
second-guessing Congressional findings and striking down important
civil rights laws if his views were to prevail on the Supreme Court.

We encourage you to question Judge Alito to determine whether he would
hold Congress to the same high standards for findings of
unconstitutional conduct by states and congruence and proportionality
under the Commerce Clause and the Spending Clause as has been applied
under '5 of the Fourteenth Amendment. Judge Alito's approach to these
issues can have a dramatic effect on Congress's ability to provide for
accessibility and non-discrimination in areas ranging from education
to voting to communication access to participating in community life.

As AAPD noted in its December 21 statement, Judge Alito's record in
the area of statutory construction of disability laws is mixed.
Although we disagree with the holdings of some of these decisions, we
also note a number of positive rulings interpreting key laws like the
ADA and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. On balance,
we believe his approach to federalism and states' rights deserves the
greatest attention at the hearings, and will be a determining factor
as we decide whether to oppose, remain neutral, or support his
nomination. If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in
this letter or our statement further, please contact Andrew Imparato
of AAPD at 202 457-0046 or ImparatoA@aol.com, or Kelby Brick, NAD's
Director of Law and Advocacy, at brick@nad.org.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew J. Imparato
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
1629 K Street NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20006
202-457-0046 (V/TTY)
www.aapd.com

Nancy J. Bloch
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
814 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-587-7730 (V/TTY)
www.nad.org

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1. 121 Sup. Ct. 955 (2001) (5-4 decision with Justice O'Connor in the
majority striking down parts of the ADA protecting the rights of
disabled state employees); cf. Tennessee v. Lane, 541 U.S. 509 (2004)
(5-4 decision with Justice O'Connor joining the dissenters in Garrett
to form a majority upholding the ADA's requirements of equal access
for parties to state judicial proceedings).
2. 226 F.3d 223 (2000) (Alito, J., writing for the panel).
3. 103 F.3d 273, 286-294 (1996) (Alito, J., dissenting).
4. Nevada Dept of Human Resources v. Hibbs, 538 U.S. 721 (2003).
5. 103 F.3d 273, 286-294 (3d Cir. 1996).
6. See, e.g., Gonzales v. Reich, 125 S.Ct. 2195 (2005) (accepting
arguments rejected by Judge Alito in a Commerce Clause challenge to
Congress's authority to regulate possession and cultivation of
marijuana within states.
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"Relay Review will remain as independent and unbiased as is possible."
- Tayler Mayer

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

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Press Release - January 8, 2006

From: www.deafsportlawsuit.com

Note: to translate this material in your language, please visit
www.babelfish.altavista.com

WAS THERE THE CISS VICE PRESIDENCY ELECTION VOTE SWITCH AT 2005
CONGRESS IN AUSTRALIA?

By Rafael Pinkhasov Pinchas, CISS Ombudsman

SUMMARIES:

* WHO DID ACTUALLY WIN CISS VICE PRESIDENCY ELECTION POSITION?

* THE SWEDES ARE SILENT

* CISS OMBUDSMAN VISITS ISRAEL

* $12,500 PENALTY DEBT BY ISRAELIS

* ANARCHISTS JORDAN AND AMMONS FAVORED LANESMAN OVER THE DISLIKED
RUKHLEDEV

* LANESMAN, LIKE AMMONS, AN ILLEGALLY-ELECTED CISS OFFICIAL

* A FOILED FACE-TO-FACE MEETING BETWEEN LANESMAN AND CISS OMBUDSMAN

New York, USA - Another tactics of dirty politics inside the CISS
administration may be uncovered.

During the first twelve days of the month of December, 2005, this
Ombudsman received one and same rumor from various sources which
questioned the election procedure for the position of the CISS Vice
President during the 39th CISS Congress session held on January 4, 2005.

The rumor was ( and still is ) that the Russian Valery Rukhledev
actually won election by collecting 66 or 62 votes.

But Lennart Edwall, the Jerald Jordan-encouraged and appointed chief
scrutineer of the election session from Sweden ( he was also known as
a bitter political rival of Rukhledev in the European Deaf Sports
Organization ( EDSO ) along with Jordan secretly, intentionally and
skillfully SWITCHED all these votes to David Lanesman, an underdog
candidate from Israel!

This way Lanesman, instead, "won" the election for this position.

Lanesman "got" 62 votes, Rukhledev - 39, Jessica Rohde of Denmark -
15, while 4 votes were placed as void ones

www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update67.htm
www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update72.htm

This Ombudsman also received information that immediately after the
end of election for the Vice Presidency position Edwall dealt with
Jordan by delivering to him all delegates' voting ballots in person
alone ( we have a September 3, 2005 document produced by Jordan
himself, which mentioned that "he ( Jordan ) was the very person to
provide the blank printed voting ballots to scrutineers ( or tellers )
and that he was the very last person to collect and retain the counted
voting ballots" ).

On that document Jordan also wrote to say that "he did not run the
elections," which was a lie ( on the opposite, the 39th CISS Congress
Minutes report clearly show the name of Jordan as a floor meeting leader )

www.deafsportlawsuit.com/update82.htm

Following the reception of these rumors and in order to responsibly
double-check and verify the facts, on December 13, 2005 this Ombudsman
made a swift move: he sent an-email letter to the Executive Board of
the National Deaf Sports Association of Sweden ( SDI ) and its
President Arne Lundquist, by asking them to request their member
Edwall to provide his detailed explanation as to what he, as a chief
scrutineer of the 39th CISS Congress election session, exactly did on
January 4th.

Alas, to this minute, there has been no response from Sweden at all!

WHAT CISS OMBUDSMAN LEARNED DURING HIS TRIP TO ISRAEL

Recently this Ombudsman made his investigative trip to Israel where he
had the opportunity to meet and talk with various Israelis ( this
Ombudsman is fluent in both Hebrew and Hebrew Sign Language ).

On December 26, 2005, there was held a huge funeral ceremony for Moshe
Shemtov, the late President of the National Deaf Association in
Israel, in a cemetery outside the city of Tel Aviv. By attending such
a funeral ( by coincidence, Lanesman also was present there ), this
Ombudsman learned first-hand the following facts from the Israelis:

- before the start of the elections, that is, on January 2 or 3,
2005, Lanesman spent considerable amount of time meeting in private
with Jordan, the would-to-be chief architect of the January 4th
election fraud scheme, at the hotel premises in Melbourne ( there,
Lanesman also secretly met with the so-called would-to-be new CISS
President, Donalda Ammons );

- personally, Lanesman was "very surprised" that he won the Vice
Presidency position by defeating the Russian Rukhledev and that he
initially expected that he would, instead, win the lesser position -
Member-at-Large;

- Lanesman, as it was disclosed through the grapevine, boasted that he
won the election thanks to the "help, encouragement and support" he
received from the deaf Americans Jordan, Ammons, Tiffany Granfors and
her husband Roland Granfors ( all of these four Americans were in
Australia during the election ) and that the Americans made sure that
the loathsome Russian Rukhledev would not get any seat position in the
new CISS Executive Committee;

- many Israelis were unaware of the fact that before the start of the
39th CISS Congress, Israel owed to the CISS a total of $12,500 in
penalties, that is, $5,000 for its withdrawal in hosting the 2003 Deaf
World Championship in Orienteering, $2,500 for its withdrawal of Men's
Football team from the 20th Deaflympics Qualifying Round, and $5,000
for its withdrawal of Men's Basketball team from the 20th Deaflympics
Final Round;

- many Israelis were shocked to learn that by owing $12,500 to the
CISS and by violating certain CISS rules, Lanesman was still allowed
to be nominated - and to run - for the CISS Vice Presidency position, and

-many Israelis also expressed their disbelief over the fact that an
Israeli ( Lanesman ) beat the Russian ( Rukhledev ) in the election
because they believe that Russia is a world sports power and pays to
the CISS a hefty $1,000 in its annual membership dues, while Israel,
with its limited number of deaf sports members and programs, gives
away to the CISS a mere $100 or $150 in annual membership dues.

In addition, before, during and after the December 26th funeral
ceremony, through the two middlemen - deaf and non-deaf - a good-faith
attempt was made to arrange a face-to-face meeting between Lanesman
and this Ombudsman. The main aim of such a proposed meeting was to
verify and obtain certain facts and evidence from Lanesman directly.
However, an insecure and uncooperative Lanesman chose to decline to
meet with the Ombudsman in any manner.

Another attempt - obtaining the documentary proof on whether Israel
actually paid the $12,500 penalty fee to the CISS - was made. Again,
Lanesman flatly evaded to cooperate in producing such a document.
Nevertheless, one high-ranking Israeli official informed this
Ombudsman that they have no evidence to support the claim that the
$12,500 penalty debt was ever paid to the CISS!

Thus, the two January 4, 2005-raised cardinal issues are up in the air
now: was there a CISS Vice Presidency election vote switch and how and
why was Lanesman allowed to run for the high-ranking CISS position?

Let the world investigate further and make an appropriate move.

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

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

Center's open house encourages kids to use their imaginations
http://www.gazette.net/stories/011106/potonew202244_31929.shtml

Deaf and Dumb in the news
http://ichuddersfield.icnetwork.co.uk/0200sport/0100news/tm_objectid=16569423&me\
thod=full&siteid=50060&headline=deaf-and-dumb-in-the-news-name_page.html


Court gives disabled inmate right to sue
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0601110164jan11,1,6054538.sto\
ry?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed



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

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

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Exciting news from DeafSpot.net and Hamilton Relay
DeafSpot.net and Hamilton Relay are thrilled to announce the inclusion
of Hamilton Relay as the exclusive relay provider on the DeafSpot
toolbar. This new feature on the toolbar allows relay users to place
Hamilton Relay calls from their web browser while viewing any site on
the Internet. Relay users simply select the type of relay call they
prefer by clicking on the Hamilton Relay icon, which is integrated
into the toolbar. Relay users no longer need to open a separate
browser window to connect with Hamilton Relay - it's as easy as one
click on the toolbar.
Both companies agree that this new feature enhances the toolbar by
making it a one stop shop for relay, deaf news updates, Google
internet search, deaf links, shopping options, and even a blocker for
those annoying pop-ups.

The DeafSpot.net toolbar is simple to download. It installs in seconds
onto your Internet Explorer or Fire Fox web browser. Go go
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The list of benefits is extensive:
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Dear Mr.Bourquin,

I have not heard from your office after I mailed to you my letter and
enclosed documents regarding Russia' s drafted Statement of Claim
vs.USADSF before the CAS last month.

Yesterday I released to the world my newest material, which I am also
sending to you now ( see below ).

I do still hope that the IOC and you will get a better and clearer
idea as to what kind of leaders/administrators the CISS has in these
modern times.

Olympically Yours,

Rafael Pinchas
CISS Ombudsman

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