Saturday, January 07, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter January 7, 2006

Dear Friends,

We begin this year with our hearts going out to the thousands of deaf
and disabled people who got their SSI checks cut down starting this
month. We always have the resources and leads on group housing, soup
kitchens, food banks, free health clinics for our community members
who need assistance.

The nasty Medicare cuts bill S. 1932 failed to survive in the Senate
and it was sent back to the House and that will give the disability
communities plenty of time to try change the minds of our legislators.
With a national budget hemorrhaging red ink, even the profligate pork
barrel princes in Congress had to do something. And what is their
solution? Will they trim back even modestly any of the gratuitous tax
cuts gifted to the most wealthy and the most fortunate? No, they
propose to cut the last ropes of what remains of the social safety net
for those hurt most by their "soak the masses and give it all to the
corporate kingpins" policies, apparently to pave the way for even MORE
reckless tax injustice. They want to cut to the bone Medicare,
Medical, food stamps, student loans, pension protection, Supplemental
Social Security. The list goes on and on. Your members of Congress are
all up for election this year. It would not hurt to remind them of that.

We're thrilled a new project called National Deaf Education Project
NOW seeks to reform the deaf education system we have. Many of the
deaf people continue to graduate from schools practically uneducated
and be open to such manipulation by the so called 'powers that be
members' of the deaf communities that think they are the 'gods' above
us. This will be one of the first steps in changing the deaf
education system so the deaf people can graduate from schools with a
strong sense of being able to determine what their self worth is and
not let others decide that for them.

Our new sign language class registration forms have been released.
You can see them at Http://asl.deafadvocacy.org and we've added
classes for kids!

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 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! What youre
probably throwing away in the trash can every week could be used to
help us with our mission and vision statements. Here is a list of
qualifying products
http://www.labelsforeducation.com/eligibleproductsEN.aspx and start
saving the labels for us today. We have large envelopes and we'll be
happy to mail you a large envelope to assist with your collection of
the labels.

Finally we need to show our lasting appreciation for surfcity.net for
being our web resource host. They have been extremely generous with
their web hosting services and they have helped us with our mission
and vision statements in the past few years and were forever grateful
to surfcity.net for helping us with a major aspect of our education
program.

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

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

Center opens world to hearing-impaired
http://www.masslive.com/holyokeplus/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1136364088\
74741.xml&coll=1


Dogs provide ears for deaf
http://newsok.com/article/1726717/?template=health/main

Wanda, Deaf Poet from Georgia
http://hometown.aol.com/wandadaxx1/myhomepage/diary.html

Researcher: iPod earbuds could damage hearing
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/12/30/ear.ipod.protect.reut/index.html

NHS 'is failing babies by delaying ear implants'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/12/29/naid29.xml&sShee\
t=/news/2005/12/29/ixhome.html


Jobs for hearing impaired teens session's focus
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=15828752&BRD=2703&PAG=461&dept_id=5551\
06&rfi=6


Deaf athletes manhandle federation chief over theft
http://www.thetidenews.com/article.aspx?qrDate=12/25/2005&qrTitle=Deaf%20athlete\
s%20manhandle%20federation%20chief%20over%20theft&qrColumn=SPORTS


-------------< 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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Self Help for Hard of Hearing People-San Fernando Valley Chapter will
hold their monthly meeting Wednesday, January 18 at More Than Waffles
Restaurant, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino in the Town & Country Shopping
Mall lower level from 10 - 11:30 AM. We will be discussing support,
information and education on the latest issues dealing with hearing
loss. For more information call (818) 785-8858 or email
Geneandbev1948@aol.com Be sure to put SHHH-SFV in the subject line.

Eleanor Staretz, Publicity

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

As we promised. We begin our informational series on a Los Angeles
Based deaf social service agency with a letter that was sent to the
late Lenny Meyer on October 17, 2001.

To see this letter click on Http://www.deafadvocacy.com/wai/lennyout.jpg

If you don't know who the late Lenny Meyer was, we direct you to a
September 25, 2001 letter by Dr. Lawrence Fleischer protesting his
removal from a board under the Los Angeles deaf social service agency.
This letter was sent to Tom Lee who was the chief of California State
Office of Deaf Access which is responsible for funding deaf social
service agencies throughout California.

To see the letter click on Http://www.deafadvocacy.com/wai/tomlee.pdf

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
of the the work of the Los Angeles based agency. Please send us a
donation.

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DHHCAN CAPTION 2006 INFORMATION AND ACTION GUIDE
- 100% Captioning of TV Programs? Not Exactly.
- Special Requirements for News Programs
- Sending a Complaint
- Visual Presentation of Emergency Information

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network has prepared
this Guide to give you information about what must be captioned on
January 1, 2006, when the requirements for captioning of many
television programs increase. We've also included information about
how you can send a complaint about programs that are not captioned as
required, or have problems with the captioning.

100% Captioning of TV Programs? Not Exactly.

On January 1, 2006, 100% of NEW programs, both analog and digital,
must be closed captioned. But that doesn't mean that you will be able
to change from channel to channel and see everything on your
television with captions.

These programs do not require 100% closed captioning:
1. English or Spanish language programs first shown before January 1,
1998, or for digital captions, before July 1, 2002: only 30% must be
captioned.
2. New Spanish language programs: only 50% must be captioned.

These programs are not required to be closed captioned at all:
1. Most programs shown from 2 am to 6 am local time.
2. Locally-produced and distributed non-news programs with no repeat
value, such as parades and school sports events.
3. Commercials of five minutes or less.
4. Instructional programs produced locally by public TV stations for
use in grades K-12 or postsecondary schools 5. Programs in languages
other than Spanish and English 6. Programs shown on new networks for
the first four years of the network's operations 7. Public service
announcements and promotional ads of less than 10 minutes 8. Programs
by providers with an annual gross revenue under $3 million (but these
programmers must still "pass through" the captions of any programs
that already have them)

Special Requirements for News Programs

TV news programs also must provide 100% closed captioning as of
January 1, 2006.

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and their affiliates must realtime caption their
news in the "top 25" television markets. Realtime captioning should
give you captions for everything that is being spoken.

The country's top 25 markets are:
AZ: Phoenix
CA: Los Angeles
Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto
San Diego
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
CO: Denver
DC: Washington, DC
FL: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne
Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota
GA: Atlanta
IL: Chicago
MD: Baltimore
MA: Boston
MI: Detroit
MO: St. Louis
MN: Minneapolis/St. Paul
NY: New York City
OH: Cleveland
OR: Portland
PA: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
TX: Dallas/Fort Worth
Houston
WA: Seattle

Non-broadcast networks (such as cable) which serve at least 50% of
households subscribing to video program services must also realtime
caption their news.

All other news programs are allowed to caption with electronic
newsroom technique (ENT). This captioning is pre-scripted, which
causes gaps when the program has live news updates, breaking news, ad
libs, live interviews, sports and weather updates, and field reports.

Sending a Complaint

1. Put it in Writing
The Federal Communications Commission oversees and enforces the
regulations for TV closed captioning. You must send a complaint by
writing to your TV "distributor".

2. Your Distributor: Who to Write, Where to Send the Complaint
- If you use an antenna to receive your TV signal, write to General
Manager of the TV station that the program came from. You can find the
address of the station in your telephone book.

- If you use cable or satellite TV service, write to the General
Manager of the cable or satellite company. The address should be on
your cable or satellite bill.

3. What to Put in the Complaint
Give as much detail as you can. This will help identify what needs to
be fixed. Here are some things to include:

- Start the letter with, "This letter is sent in regard to FCC rules
at 47 CFR Part 79.1"

- Give your full address, daytime phone or TTY number, email address.

- List the TV shows that were not captioned or had a captioning
problem, with the TV channel name and number. Also include the date
and time of the shows.

Examples:
CSI had no captioning on WBX 4 on January 4, 2006 from 9-10 pm.
American Idol on WNYC 12 lost captions from 8:45 to 9 pm on
January 6, 2006.
Desperate Housewives on WKSR 9 captions disappeared during the
first advertisement at 9:10 pm.
CNN did not have captioning from 12 pm to 1 pm even though it
always has, and the TV Guide said it would be captioned.

Please send a copy of your complaint to DHHCAN at this mailing
address, 826 Locust Drive, West River, MD 20778 or fax it to (410)
867-6429.

4. What to Do After Sending the Complaint If you do not have a
satisfactory response in 45 days, contact the FCC with a copy of the
written complaint that you sent to the TV distributor. Include a copy
of their distributor's response, if any. Send both letters to the FCC
at 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20554, Attn. CICD/CGB.

Visual Presentation of Emergency Information

Visual presentation of emergency information is required of broadcast,
cable, and satellite TV providers. This is covered under a different
regulation, and you can send complaints directly to the FCC.

Emergency information is defined as any information that is intended
to protect life, health, safety or property.

Some examples of things that qualify as an emergency are:
Dangerous weather -- hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, tidal
wave, icing conditions, heavy snow, widespread fire, warning and watch
of impending change in weather
Dangerous situations -- widespread power failure, discharge of toxic
gas, industrial explosion, civil disorder, school closing, changes in
school bus schedules resulting from conditions.

Information that must be presented visually if it is provided audibly:
- Specific details about the areas that will be affected by the emergency
- Evacuation orders, detailed descriptions of areas to be evacuated,
specific evacuation routes
- Approved shelters or how to take shelter in one's home
- Instructions on how to secure personal property
- Road closures
- How to obtain relief assistance

Note that this requires visual information but not necessarily
captioning. Theoretically any effective means of providing all this
information could be used, including holding up signs.

In advance, DHHCAN expresses its special gratitude for your interest
and participation for full compliance with the FCC regulations on TV
captioning.

About DHHCAN:
DHHCAN, established in 1993, serves as the national coalition of
organizations representing the interests of deaf and/or hard of
hearing citizens in public policy and legislative issues relating to
rights, quality of life, equal access, and self-representation.
DHHCAN also provides a forum for proactive discussion on issues of
importance and movement toward universal, barrier-free access with
emphasis on quality, certification, and standards. Member
organizations are: American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB),
American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA), American
Society for Deaf Children (ASDC), Association of Late-Deafened Adults
(ALDA), The Caption Center at WGBH, Communication Service for the Deaf
(CSD), Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and
Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), Deaf Seniors of America (DSA),
Gallaudet University, Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA),
National Association of the Deaf (NAD), National Black Deaf Advocates
(NBDA), National Catholic Office of the Deaf (NCOD), Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), and Telecommunications for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing, Inc.(TDI).

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

Lawsuit says beaches not accessible to disabled
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/13536812.htm

Lawmakers look to reverse Medicaid cuts to working disabled
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/13534800.htm

Disabled people are denied their rights for one mean-spirited reason
http://www.examiner.ie/pport/web/opinion/Full_Story/did-sgbRfO0fQPNGcsg7IQHSmeYh\
NE.asp


Disabled man's upset over theft
http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/News/story.aspx?brand=ENOnline&category=N\
ews&tBrand=enonline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED03%20Jan%202006%2012%3A13%3A01%3A2\
63


Scooter thieves sting the disabled
http://www.theunion.com/article/20060103/NEWS/101030098

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

National Deaf Education Project NOW Http://www.ndepnow.org

The debate over deaf education has continued for decades and yet one
thing remains unchanged--many of our children continue to leave school
unprepared, without the communication, language, or literacy skills
necessary for an individual to become a productive and happy adult. We
know the statistics all too well-- 3rd grading reading skills,
deficiencies in many academic subjects and yet as Marc Marschark has
recently written, "There is general agreement that such difficulties
are not direct consequences of hearing loss."

Even with the advent of newborn hearing screening, early
identification of hearing loss, and new technologies, our children
continue to face a limited future. Why is this? While communication
and language are at the heart of everything we do as humans and
without them there can be no cognitive, academic, social, emotional
and literacy growth, American law and educational policy do not
recognize this fundamental truth, and indeed, often work against it.

Check out the website for more information on this great deaf advocacy
component!

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

"I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that
makes its principal proponents deaf," Pete Townshend

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

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

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Dangerous to the Deaf Copyright Mac Crary 2005

CELL PHONES

The use of cell phones while driving should be banned because
they increase the dangers on the road, especially to pedestrians,
among which the deaf are more vulnerable than the hearing endowed.
Where was his turn signal? How can the drive sound the horn in the
timely way? Cell phones will be the cause of many injuries and deaths.

THE COWARD FRIPP

The coward Fripp is another danger to American society and
most particularly to the deaf. The coward Fripp raped my deaf
girlfriend to make sure I understood the lengths he would go to
humiliating me for Reagan. He had me homeless when suffering seizures
from child trauma. No act is too low for this murderer. Because he
is beyond the reach of law, he scorns words as though they are
meaningless. He carefully inserted the word RAPE into the psyche of a
victim of torture to justify his own acts of beastiality. He then
began tampering with neuro-trauma like a malicious child, trying to
trigger an outburst through suffering that he could falsify, point to
and misattribute; doing all in his power to convict by public jeering.
This is not something I would "only" accused of. I was PUNISHED for
his fraudulent claims and TERROR LIBELS and am still being punished
for them.

The coward Fripp is accomplice in mass murder. To cover his
dirty he took me hostage to rape slanders and my mother hostage to
fear FOR her daughter (involved in torturing me) while making me again
hostage to fear OF my sister. I was tortured again, during
interrogation about torture, and the second time was the more brutal.
The coward Fripp has lied to the AIDS victims and suckered them,
while performing an infamy for Reagan. He peckersniffs with Billy
Graham in a grim charade seeking to secure a right to mobilize AIDS
victims to the call of his commercial religious chicanery and towards
that end encouraged unsafe practices, scheming to profit from the
spread of HIV, a bolodlust only surrender will quench.

Blackmailing a family whose first son was tortured is normal
conduct for an English on the make for foreign spoils. I worked
extremely hard for this psychopath and he answered me with rape
allegations and the rape of my loved one. His entire entourage are a
claque of spoiled, effete nazis.

Fripp is a wheedle in the secret state, wheedling the powers
of totalitarian surveillance towards marketable cultural human
treasures as a hustler in corporate war crimes. He turned the U.S.
into his playground for Ringo Starr's feud against common decency.
The coward Fripp has a secret-state license to subvert justice by
asserting lies and enforcing them through secret courts like the
so-called "Taliban", where I was convicted of RAPE as punishment for
reporting that Reagan started AIDS, as planned when Reagan planted the
evidence on my home. What else can these monsters do in having been
found out in RAPE and TORTURE but turn the thumbscrews of their
license to slander? It should be noted again that this was the coward
Fripp's repayment for years of love and dedication: To protect and
advance the guilty, to torture the innocent and to rape a retarded
deaf girl who has epilepsy. Note that: This is the coward Fripp's
pseudo-judicial hate crime artistry. He advanced rape allegations
about me to exploit tragedy and cash in on my talents without reward.
He has brayed openly of its experimental slavery.


PETER GABRIEL

What Peter Gabriel says is worse than a lie. It is the
opposite of the truth and the weaker or more vulnerable you are the
more this dangerous predator will abuse you. He has engineered a scam
in which if I do not become homeless no one will sympathize or accord
me credibility, much less protect me from the men who tortured me as a
child. In the past he has driven me into near death trauma after
raping my loved one to exploit my art which he claims is his property,
being that the rape of my loved one doesn't appease his threat to give
me HIV. He has suggested in the past that if I want the rewards of my
poetry I should voluntarily take HIV as a poison. He has hypnotized
me with rape allegations to justify working with those who released HIV.

Only in the warped fiction of Peter Gabriel's mental
landscape does being accused of rape make it true. He didn't even
have a victim, just a sneer. I know that the way that other writers
in journalism justify this atrocity is to say to themselves that such
tactics would only work on a guilty conscience. That isn't true.
Their tactics would have worked the same on anyone who had been
inflicted with a prior neuro-trauma for the purpose of facilitating
the render of hypnosis. That is why such methods are illegal and
constitute malpractice.

Gabriel has appealed to the street, where such victimization
is bound to stir up titillation and humiliated me by semi-public
broadcast of how I was pedophiled as a child to terrorize me and
attempt to make my testimony too frightening to pursue.

I am dealing with the criminally insane and plead with you
for prompt and meaningful humanitarian intervention.

Mac Crary
315 Maynard Ave. S. #309S
Seattle, WA 98104

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

Music Making Fans Deaf?
http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/6134/articles/story/8841090

THEY WANT ONLY HEARING-IMPAIRED GUY
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,4136,99735,00.html

San Francisco Airport to Offer Hearing Impaired Passengers
Announcements on Video Screens
http://www.airportbusiness.com/article/article.jsp?id=4769&siteSection=4

Stroger Hospital to increase services for deaf, hearing-impaired
http://www.wqad.com/Global/story.asp?S=4281322&nav=1sW7

Simple Plan Help The Hearing Impaired
http://www.chartattack.com/damn/2005/12/1908.cfm

Deaf youth sterilised 5 months after marriage
http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=208627&cat=India

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

Dear Colleague,

It's official, I now moderate a web site. Several years ago, a
wonderful volunteer managed one for me called Accessman. PLEASE take
some time to check its replacement out at http://www.lgtinc.org .
Hopefully it will help stir, connect and mobilize. Over the next
several months, I'll be testing it, your feedback is needed.

Thanks,

Mark Johnson
Director of Advocacy
Shepherd Center
404-350-7490

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Lucy Gwin asks that her friends call her at the hospital, 785-295-8712
or, starting sometime tomorrow at her temporary apartment,
785-272-0559. She's in the Central time zone. Do you know who she is
and respect her work? Then you're her friend. PLEASE call her.

She's lonely. She's having one health crisis after another and she's
scared, to boot. She has chemical pneumonia on top of existing lung
problems due to a home remodeling mistake made by a handyman, but the
Topeka CIL has stepped in and is helping her take care of that stuff.
They've gone well beyond what most CILs are able to do for people, in
my opinion.

What Lucy needs right now are calls from people who love her and like
her walking on this side of Earth. She needs community.

Josie

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ADAPT has entered this http://SinceSlicedBread.com contest that has
the potential of us winning $100,000.

Our entry was called Work Incentive for Personal Attendants (WIPA)

This proposal suggested training people with disabilities (75%
unemployment rate) to be Personal Attendants for other people with
disabilities. It suggested using Vocational Rehabilitation funding for
the training. Benefits would be to reduce the shortage of Personal
Attendants while reducing the disability unemployment rate.

If ADAPT's proposal is one of the 21 selected as a finalist, we will
need a lot of "registered" voters to win the $100,000

Please distribute and ask folks to "register". It could win ADAPT
$100,000

bob kafka
The ADAPT Community

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