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

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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 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.

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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

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

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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 each for extra raffle
tickets.

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

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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

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

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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!!!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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