Wednesday, February 22, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter February 22, 2006

Dear Friends,

Our Bowl-A-Thon was a major success. There is disagreement on the
number of participants but we all agree that this is a major success.
We raised over $2,200 most coming from sponsors. We're doing it
again February 17, 2007.

We have new event planner and she is charged with coordinating our
external events and her first projects will be to organize a monthly
deaf disco program, a luau, a fashion show, and a golf tournament.
She is fully deaf and has a cochlear implant. She has an excellent
reputation in athletics and international competitions. She has just
relocated into Irvine from Oklahoma. We welcome her into our family
at our deaf center.

Our new website is back up. Its taken a very sleek appearance
comparing to rusty battleship it's taking place. This is only a
temporary site for now while we develop our conceptual "deaf
webvocate" experiment that will develop into a powerful tool for everyone.

We got the official invite yesterday to the Orange County Fair. This
3 week education booth is our largest deaf awareness education booth.
Last year we were visited by over 70,000 people and the fair was
visited by over 1 million people. We are very excited we are going to
do it again this year.

Sorenson Communications finally decides to become interoperable. They
are going to unbundle their system so their videophones can be used to
call any VRS providers they choose. This is a victory for deaf
consumer watchdogs like this newsletter.

Romantic communications between the Los Angeles based deaf social
service agency and the deaf Southlanders are loud in this week's
Community Bullhorn section.

This week, we are starting our giant campaign to educate people in the
Southland of positive options we have for those who are facing hearing
and vision loss. We have a great display board and lots of equipment
to demonstrate. We have all the materials on hand ready to be
launched in a regional campaign on positive education.

Our subscribers have been sending us Campbell labels we appreciate
greatly for their assistance and we ask you to join them in support of
our educational and advocacy programs through the Campbell labels program.

Last week, the editor was contacted by one of our stronger supporters
stating that some of the material we have been distributing in this
newsletter has been bringing out strong emotions. First of all, we
are going to thank this person for contacting us regarding deaf
politics, specifically the CISS drama that has been unfolding in the
past few months. We understand the deaf community as a whole has
become fragile and such strong information we publish in this
newsletter would chip away at our strength as a community. We
appreciate his taking the time to write to us in this issue. It is
important for us to hear from the Deaf community as this debate
continues. We have studied his comments on deaf politics and believe
that it is very fair to our subscribers that we present realistic
observations of what goes on in the deaf community. As we both know,
this is a complicated and difficult issue which affects the Deaf
community. We are open to suggestions as to how to improve the OCDAC
Newsletter's position on deaf politics. We value his and your opinions
on our handling of deaf politics and appreciate our subscribers
actively contributing to this discussion. As the Deaf community
proceeds to debate on this issue, we look forward to a thorough review
of this issue. While we want to promote all aspects of the Deaf
community, we really don't want to do so at the expense of some parts.
Unfortunately the weed and seed concept seem to be the best solution
to the gross indiscipline by major deaf organizations we've been
witnessing. Once again, we thank this subscriber for his honest
observations. We hope that you all will continue to share your
thoughts and ideas with us.

OCDAC Communications
[email protected]

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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 and entering in the website
translation box and the babelfish will help our international
subscribers become strong advocates for the deaf and disability

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

We have started on our giant Orange County Fair educational booth
planning for this upcoming summer. This year's theme is 'Flower
Power' and its a retro theme. We have started working on the display
board for the gadgets.

Our OC Fair fundraiser merchandise stand is taking upon a nice shape
and color. We plan to subcontract 3 people to man the fundraiser
stand for us. We should be finished with the application this week.

We have started a Campbell's product label collection campaign to help
us raise the means to get supplies for our office 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 lots of new equipment for our office and internal and external
education programs! Lets get those labels coming, the program ends in

Drastic Social Security rule changes for Title II Old Age, Survivors,
and Disability Insurance and SSI programs such as outlined in\

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 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

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Hearing-impaired kids learn through SEE\

Love signs

Spanish-speaking family helps deaf son be heard

Georgia's Deaf School Under Fire

Local outreach to deaf makes some effec\

Sertoma Club Raises Funds for Deaf Camp

Deaf get on-screen help to communicate in surgeries\

Texting spells freedom for deaf students\



The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group - - and the he Orange County Deaf & Hearing
Impaired Meetup Group meets each 3rd
Fridays of the month.


Parenting Skills Classes

When: Apr. 5 ­ Jun. 14 (10 weeks), Wednesdays
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: SJCD ­ 25580 Campus Drive, Hayward, CA 94542
Cost: $10.00 Single Parent / $15.00 per Couple for each class
(Discounts available based on need)

Childcare available.

In this 10-week module, parents will focus on Helping and Guiding

Topics will include:

teaching children social skills
modeling kindness and respect for others
helping children understand and deal with bullies
teaching kids how to handle peer pressure
a parent¹s powerful role in sexuality education and the prevention of
youth substance abuse.

These classes may be approved for court mandates.

Classes are taught by LaRonda Zupp, M.S., Family Life Coordinator /
Certified Parent Educator.

To Register or for more information, contact: LaRonda Zupp at
[email protected]

Or call 510-881-2247 TTY * 510-881-2245 Voice Msg.

LaRonda Zupp, M.S.
Family Life Coordinator/Parent Educator
St. Joseph's Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Workshop Presentations
Parenting Skills Education
Late-Deaf Adult Education & Support
25580 Campus Drive, Hayward, CA 94542
510-881-2247 TTY
510-881-2245 Voice Msg.
510-881-2248 Fax
[email protected]


MATA TV Show "LIVE" Audience & Movie Show: BEYOND THE WORLD I & II

Saturday, March 11, 2006 4:30 - 9:00 pm
Senior Center, 21215 La Puente Road, Walnut, CA 91789
(This is between the I-10 and 60 freeways just west of Grand Avenue)
Tickets are $10, $8 with student ID, and free for DAF Members and
MATA.TV Subscribers

Tickets available at or buy them at the door

4:30 pm - Registration & Exhibit tour (ASL Media and Products)
5:00 pm - Evans the ASL Talk Show (with Deaf celebrities)
6:00 pm - Dinner break (socialize with Deaf-ASL people)
7:30 pm - Movie show: Beyond the World Part One and Two. (ASL
interpreters and English subtitles)

ASL 24 hours Learning DVDs (with LIVE interactives)
ISLTV (Interactive sign language TV online)
MATA.TV (Internet TV entertainment channel for Deaf-ASL)
Deaf Culture, Success, and Lifestyles in Evans the ASL Talk Show
MATA EXPO 2006 Tickets Available

For more information, contact MATA.TV at [email protected] or fax

-------------< 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, where up to 26% of every
purchase is donated to the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center! At, membership is free! So hurry up and visit the
Mall at, 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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MATA Expo 2006

Ontario, CA - November 3-4, 2006

The upcoming MATA Expo 2006 for the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing to be
held Two (2) days: November 3-4, 2006, mirrors society's increased
awareness of Deaf people's needs.

'MATA' means 'See you later or again" in japanese language and "Eyes"
in tagalog language. Mata is a symbolic word "visual concept + small
world" in the Deaf-related community.

MATA Expo is more than just a trade show. It is an opportunity for
companies, organizations, and individuals with talents to show off
their deaf / hard of hearing products to thousands of people at once
and make announcements about new products and services. It is also a
showcase for deaf performing artists in various media types (deaf
films, deaf celebrities and cultural arts presented from US
nationwide and International). MATA EXPO empowers Diversity and Deaf

A paramount emphasis will be on the changes and progress made in
quality of life for Deaf and Hard-of -hearing American consumers.

Part of the show's focus will be a celebration of society's increasing
awareness of the needs of the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing. Included will
be a detailed look at the recent legislation passed and written into
laws that positively impact the quality of life for the Deaf and

In past, MATA EXPO 2005 (Long Beach Convention Center on November 5,
2005). was a huge success event and attracted to 5,500 plus participants.

Open to the public, the show targets not only Deaf people but also
their employers, friends and family, government and nonprofit
organizations as well as students enrolled in sign language and Deaf
culture classes.


Ontario Convention Center
Exhibit Hall B
2000 Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Dear All,

Great progress was made during the 7th Ad Hoc Committee negotiations
at the United Nations in NY for the Convention on the Rights of People
with Disabilities. The session concluded on Feb 3. The next session is
scheduled for August. It now looks like the negotiations on the
convention will be concluded at that time. Two outstanding articles
remain to be worked out. One on monitoring, which will receive a good
deal of attention in Geneva inter-sessionally, and one on
international cooperation.

Now it is more important than ever for the US disability community to
begin mobilize to support universal ratification of the treaty.

If you have not done so already, please take a moment to visit and
register at the Convention YES website at and be
sure to sign the petition in support of the Convention. If you have
visited the site before, please take another look. A lot has changed
and we hope you will be pleased.

All the best,

Will Smith
Founder and Chairman
Center for International Rehabilitation

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Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds
of assistive living devices at

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

School for Deaf hosts regional academic contest\

Quiz Bowl Held for the Deaf

Subtitles: Deaf to the Problem

Deaf find implants help break silence,0,446895.story?coll=orl-home\

New deaf school director criticized for lack of experience

Hormone aldosterone linked to quality of hearing

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News and Views for the Disability Community
February 13 - 17, 2006

Bush Budget Cuts Popular Disability Programs
Source: The Washington Post

Support International Convention on Disability Rights
Source: Center for International Rehabilitation

ADAPT National Days of Action: March 18-23

Michael Allen: "The Politics of Forced Psychiatric Treatment"
Source: New York Times

Judith Heumann: "Changing Attitudes"
Source: University of Pennsylvania Speech

Curtis Decker: "TBI Cuts in the Federal Budget"
Source: National Disability Rights Network Press Release

Paul Marchand: "President's Priorities Are Not Ours"
Source: ProfNet Press Release

Bobby Coward and Michael Cooper on MetroAccess
Source: The Washington Post

Kay Redfield Jamison: "The Many Stigmas of Mental Illness"
Source: The Lancet

Disability Playwright John Belluso Dies
Source: New York Times

Stan Kosloski, ADA Coalition of Conn., on Equal Access
Source: Norwich Bulletin

Nursing Homes v. Community Care in Conn.
Source: Associated Press

Returning Vets Face PTSD Stigma in Job Search
Source: The Herald - Everett, Washington

Disability Rights and Wrongs
Source: World Council of Churches

Rare Disability Gets Privileged Parking
Source: Associated Press

NY Teachers Call for Increased Disability Rights Funding

Increased Grassroots Support for Stem Cell Research in MO.
Source: Missouri News-Leader

HAVA: New Voting Machines in Utah
Source: Herald Journal

Northern Ireland Strengthens Disability Rights Law
Source: Press Association

Welsh Government Backs Away from Pledge of Support
Source: BBC


ADA Watch is a project of:

National Coalition for Disability Rights
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 300
Washington, District of Columbia 20004

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"I felt like it was nip and tuck. We were just too close together,"
team captain Wayman Chow

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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 [email protected] or you can download and print our
Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at 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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We are all familiar with the Los Angeles based deaf social service
agency having poor relations (romantic fireworks) with the deaf
Southlanders. As illustrative as it gets, click on the following URLs
for your enjoyment;


"LA Deaf Forum Watch"

"FUAQ" Frequent Un Answered Questions

"Deaf Community Alliance in Greater Los Angeles for Social Justice"


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

Study scrutinizes schools for deaf, blind

Sign Language Instructor Sentenced For Sex Offense

Suit claims Web attack upset services for deaf

Deaf get on-screen help to communicate in surgeries\

Study of sign language drastically increasing\

Deaf Ex-Con Convicted For Again Raping Deaf Girlfriend


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

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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:// 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.


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:// and this is a great business
opportunity for people disabilities. Discovery Toys is one of our
supported activities through our Community Business Enterprise Program.

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The ASLPI Center (soon to become the ASL Institute), in conjunction
with the Deaf Education Program at California State University,
Northridge (CSUN), is planning to expand its ASLPI rating team this
summer to meet the demands for ASLPI services.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to become a part of our team.

For more information, please contact Mel Carter at The ASLPI
[email protected]

Or Rachel Friedman Narr at CSUN Email: [email protected]

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If you wish to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send in
news, stories, and opinions relating to the disability community. Your
support in this effort to move the disability community forward will
be greatly appreciated. We will continue to aggressively pursue
justice, fairness, and equality for the disability community as it has
been doing since November 1996. We have chosen
that EDUCATION is the best way to accomplish this objective.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is a community based
organization that puts people with disabilities first in their
advocacy for equal opportunities in safety, health, and productive living.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center provides services for disabled
individuals and their families in our community who need help in
navigating the social services maze. Every day people go without
proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a
variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness,
age, domestic violence, or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to
hard times, disabled individuals are at the most risk. With the
generous support of people like you, we are able to help many of these
families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but
to work toward a brighter future with programs in job training,
education, counseling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

Feel free to forward this email message to anyone and any of your
personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far
and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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interest to people with disabilities, their friends, associates, and
relatives and promote advocacy in the disability community.
Information circulated does not necessarily express the views of The
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