Wednesday, February 08, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter February 8, 2006

Dear Friends,

We are having a Bowl-A-Thon next Saturday 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 for more information. We
have some new sponsors and plenty of room for more bowlers.

Our 2005 agency service statistics have been compiled and are
available to anyone who request them. Our statistics gives people an
interesting perspective of what we do at the office in terms of
helping people. Our statistics are broken down extensively and gives
the reader a good snapshot of the type of clients we get and the
services we provide. To request a free 9 page hardcopy of these
statistics, please reply with a postal mailing address and we will get
a copy in your hands within 3 weeks of your request. 2005 had been an
exciting year for our community, clients, and volunteers.

Kudos to our Deaf Blind Services Director, Beth Koenig, for helping
one of her deaf-blind clients living in Anaheim, California regain
much of his remaining sight through his successful surgery last
Monday. She is getting a lot of praise from people who are close to
the client. She had to deal with his suicidal thoughts on several
occasions. Imagine a deaf person losing his sight, losing his very
last means of communication. He's already lost one of his eyes. He was
losing the sight in his other eye, losing his will to live. Beth has
spent lots of time with him. Beth has spent countless hours making
arrangements for his surgery. Beth has gone with him to the doctor's
offices, hospital offices to make all the arrangements to get her
deaf-blind client's remaining sight back. The results Beths dedication
to her client has been positive. He got much of his sight back. She
succeeded. Her success has come with a heavy price. Her family has
difficulty understanding her goodwill, her ambition to help others,
her big heart for helping others. The day after this successful
surgery, she was practically evicted from her home according her
sister's boyfriend. Simply because she spent too much time away from
home. Their main complaint was that she was not contributing to the
almost twisted needs of her abusive family. She was away from home to
serve and help those who need help, away from home to help a man
regain his sight, regain his will to live again. As this graft was
being typed up, she was sleeping at the office, not in her home, a
price she has to pay for being a miracle worker in Orange County. Our
agency is very proud of her because she has the will to help others,
she has the will to serve her community, and she was very much at
peace helping other people. Beth Koenig is a genuine asset to our
agency and our community.

MK Battery of Anaheim, California becomes a leader in educating the
California deaf communities on proper battery disposal information.
Their announcement and flyer information can be found in the letters
section. Kudos to MK Battery.

We finally got ourselves a new van! A group of volunteers and
businesses in West Orange County pooled together to get us a new van.
The new van is expected to be delivered this coming Thursday. Now we
have to get rid of the old van and we're willing to sell it to anyone
very very cheap. The old van runs ok and needs a lot of work.

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

An important message to our American Online (AOL) subscribers. As
announced on USA Today on February 5, 2005 AOL plans on charging for
'authentication' or 'certification' services as a method of cutting
down on unwanted email and spam to their members. In lay-man's terms
if we were to make sure our AOL subscribers were to receive our
newsletters, we'd have to pay AOL a fee to certify our newsletter to
ensure delivery. This is expected to happen within the next few
weeks. Since this newsletter is chock full of news web links, we may
be required to pay such fees and we may have to pass these costs onto
our AOL subscribers if our FEC grant does not cover these costs. The
best way to deal with this is to get a non AOL email address and sign
up for our newsletter through that non AOL email address. The
announcement is on\

and we hope our subscribers take action as soon as possible to ensure
they dont miss any of our newsletters.

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 are waiting for the official invite.
Our OC Fair fundraiser merchandise stand is taking a nice shape. We
plan to subcontract 2 people to man the fundraiser stand for us.

We have started a Campbell's product label collection campaign to help
us raise the means to get supplies for our office 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

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

Hearing and deaf students join together

Bobsled gold medalist sees improvement in deaf son, new teammate\

Cowlitz County unveils ballot machines to aid the disabled

Deaf golfer a pioneer on the fairways

Disabled persons threaten to boycott elections
Needs of disabled people not addressed

Worker sues automaker for firing due to lost vision



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.


20 City Blvd. West,
Orange, CA 92868

Location is just where the 5 freeway meets the 22 freeway at The City
Drive Exit in the city of Orange. February 10 , 6pm till closing.
Always heavy turnout be it smoke, rain, or 'moon shine'!


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

Friday, February, 7:00 PM

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

Meet the 2 meetups!

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

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

WRAD, Inc. is happy to present "A CELEBRATION OF LOVE"- A Romantic
Valentine's Day Luncheon

Saturday February 11, 2006

11:30am- 3:30pm

Holly Street Bar and Grill
175 East Holly Street
Pasadena, California 91103

General Admission- $25 per person
Special Admission - $22 per person on SSI

The program includes:

*** CJ Jones, a well-known deaf celebrity and comedian, as the Master
of Ceremonies.

***Grilled Chicken Breast with Whole Grain Mustard Cognac Sauce with
Garlic Mashed Potatoes and vegetables, unlimited baskets of crusty
bread or a vegetarian pasta lunch. And Vanilla Gelato dessert !!!
Unlimited coffee, iced tea, and soft drinks. Tax and tips are included.

*** DJ Live music with Joe Mc Roberts and Koylee, the dancer from
Majestic Element who will sign Valentine songs

*** A story about Valentine being presented by Dr. Patrick Seamans,
who was raised in France, the nation of love and romance

*** The Bar is available with someone to use sign language to
communicate if needed

*** Dating Game, and Artwork contest for best artistic expression
of love and romance for PRIZES!!!

*** Other surprises too!

-------------< 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!

-------------< DEAF GRAPEVINE >



How would you like to be in my next movie? I know you've probably
heard I'm making a documentary about the health care industry (but the
HMOs don't know this, so don't tell them -- they think I'm making a
romantic comedy).

If you've followed my work over the years, you know that I keep a
pretty low profile while I'm making my movies. I don't give
interviews, I don't go on TV and I don't defrost my refrigerator. I do
keep my website updated on a daily basis (there's been something like
4,000,000 visitors just this week alone) and the rest of the time
I'm... well, I can't tell you what I'm doing, but you can pretty much
guess. It gets harder and harder sneaking into corporate headquarters,
but I've found that just dying my hair black and wearing a skort
really helps.

Back to my invitation to be in my movie. Have you ever found yourself
getting ready to file for bankruptcy because you can't pay your kid's
hospital bill, and then you say to yourself, "Boy, I sure would like
to be in Michael Moore's health care movie!"?

Or, after being turned down for the third time by your HMO for an
operation they should be paying for, do you ever think to yourself,
"Now THIS travesty should be in that 'Sicko' movie!"?

Or maybe you've just been told that your father is going to have to
just, well, die because he can't afford the drugs he needs to get
better -- and it's then that you say, "Damn, what did I do with
Michael Moore's home number?!"

OK, here's your chance. As you can imagine, we've got the goods on
these crooks. All we need now is to put a few of you in the movie and
let the world see what the greatest country ever in the history of the
universe does to its own people, simply because they have the
misfortune of getting sick. Because getting sick, unless you are rich,
is a crime -- a crime for which you must pay, sometimes with your own

About four hundred years from now, historians will look back at us
like we were some sort of barbarians, but for now we're just the
laughing stock of the Western world.

So, if you'd like me to know what you've been through with your
insurance company, or what it's been like to have no insurance at all,
or how the hospitals and doctors wouldn't treat you (or if they did,
how they sent you into poverty trying to pay their crazy bills) ...if
you have been abused in any way by this sick, greedy, grubby system
and it has caused you or your loved ones great sorrow and pain, let me

Send me a short, factual account of what has happened to you -- and
what IS happening to you right now if you have been unable to get the
health care you need. Send it to [email protected]. I will read
every single one of them (even if I can't respond to or help everyone,
I will be able to bring to light a few of your stories).

Thank you in advance for sharing them with me and trusting me to try
and do something about a very corrupt system that simply has to go.

Oh, and if you happen to work for an HMO or a pharmaceutical company
or a profit-making hospital and you have simply seen too much abuse of
your fellow human beings and can't take it any longer -- and you would
like the truth to be told -- please write me at
[email protected]. I will protect your privacy and I will tell
the world what you are unable to tell.

I am looking for a few heroes with a conscience. I know you are out there.

Thank you, all of you, for your help and your continued support
through the years. I promise you that with "Sicko" we will do our best
to give you not only a great movie, but a chance to bring down this
evil empire, once and for all.

In the meantime, stay well. I hear fruits and vegetables help.

Michael Moore
[email protected] <>

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

Submit your story at:

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

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

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

Device bridges gap for hearing impaired\

Deaf teacher gets management post\

Riverside Church for Deaf Says Caltrans Underpaid for Its Land,0,6064173\

Reintegration of disabled people guaranteed

Volunteers Help Deaf Gulfport Resident Rebuild

Special help for disabled youngsters\

State already has a system in place that enables disabled people to vote\

Chat group allows deaf to socialize

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Dear Colleague,

Since lgtinc's launch one month ago, 21 people have become authors and
started posting articles (one has receive over 18,000 views). 13
Advocacy Events (for example, Freedom Day in New Mexico, February 8th)
and 5 timely Opportunities have also been posted. In addition
numerous web sites have been added to the Issues Categories so you can
stay in touch with the people and groups making a difference.



PS Click on

-View the Home Page regularly for updates to the What's Hot,
Opportunities & Good News
-View Authors & their Stories
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-------------< DEAF QUOTES >

"I really don't want him going in without an interpreter," Jacob's mom
tells police.

-------------< 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 [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.

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

Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee for the National Council on
Disability Recruitment Closes February 24, 2006

Washington, DC: At its January 30, 2006 quarterly meeting, the
National Council on Disability (NCD) announced the opening of a
nationwide search for at least four new members of its Cultural
Diversity Advisory Committee (CDAC). The charter that established CDAC
under the Federal Advisory Committee Act states that this committee is
to provide advice and recommendations to NCD on issues affecting
people with disabilities from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Specifically, the committee will help identify issues, expand
outreach, infuse participation, and elevate the voices of underserved
and unserved segments of this nation's population that will help NCD
develop federal policy that will address the needs and advance the
civil and human rights of people from diverse cultures.

NCD is an independent federal agency whose work is guided by 15
executive members appointed by the President and confirmed by the
Senate. NCD is authorized to make recommendations to the President and
Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities. The agency's
overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and
procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with
disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability;
and to support the empowerment of people with disabilities to achieve
economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and
integration into all aspects of society. CDAC's mission is to assist
the capacity of NCD to be culturally and linguistically competent in
all NCD activities and to promote the development of exemplary
cultural and linguistic policies, programs, practices, and procedures
in recommendations to the President and the Congress.

Recruitment for CDAC will close and all applications must be received
by February 24, 2006. To submit a complete application, please send
three documents: (1) a resume, (b) a letter of recommendation, and
(3) a cover letter pointing out your leadership, diversity and
disability related experiences to: [email protected] Postal
mail can be sent to:

Cultural-Diversity CDAC Recruiting

National Council on Disability

1331 F Street, Suite 850

Washington, DC 20004

Questions can be directed to Dr. Gerrie Hawkins, NCD's Designated
Federal Official at: [email protected] in time to allow
applicants to meet the February 24, 2006 closing date of the
recruitment process. To read more about CDAC, you may wish to access
the NCD Website at:

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

And pop go his ears\

Deaf students feel at home with sign language Bible study


How can we give deaf children a better start?

Lawsuit alleges iPods' hearing risk; Apple turns deaf ear

Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church celebrates 82 years of service\

Not all theaters equal for deaf fans\
!flair!ae : Congregating Hearing Impaired People From All Over The World


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

-------------< 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:// 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 .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 and if you're
interested in this self-sufficiency program please go to for an easy sign
up. Or if you do not know American Sign Language, go straight to the
reseller page at for a video of the program.


Begin your journey toward self-sufficiency by becoming a Discovery
Toys consultant! Discovery Toys focuses on learning through play,
with products specifically designed to maximize learning moments, has
proven to be a success as the company has now witnessed an entire
generation grow up with Discovery Toys. Many parents and their adult
children credit DISCOVERY TOYS® products with helping them to develop
core skills and self-esteem, which contributed to their later life
accomplishments and success as adults. Beth Koenig is your Discovery
Toys consultant. Her Discovery Toys website is at
Http:// 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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In a recent issue of your e-mail newsletter you noted the new
California Law regarding battery recycling and how it affects Cochlear
Implant and Hearing Aid users. Being that my company is in the
battery business I talked with a few colleagues and put this flyer
together. I have also posted a notice at and sent
something to for posting.
Please feel free to copy, post and distribute as you see fit. I have
taken time to note that really ALL batteries need to be recycled which
will also affect text-message users, anyone who uses a motorized
scooter or wheelchair, even flashlight batteries, you name it.
Caitlin Mercer
MK Battery
(800) 372-9253 ext 2024
[email protected]

Flyer is at Http://


Hi Mr. Roehm,

My name is Valerie George and I am a Physician Assistant that works
with the program in Geriatrics at UCI Medical Center. I am working
with Dr. Laura Mosqueda and Dr. Elizabeth Morrison on a research
project for people who are Aging with a Disability.

We are interested in people who are age 20-60 and how they view their
primary care. We are trying to learn if their needs are being met with
primary care issues such as routine exams, knowledgable practioners,
equiptment use in the office that addresses their disability. We are
conducting both questionnaires and focus groups with with different
consumers, providers and community organization leaders. We will be
taking the data that is attained and put it towards the next phase of
the project in creating a model clinic where consumers can get the
best primary care available.

I would like to try to speak with you either by email or phone to
discuss in detail our project and see if you may have some consumers
that are interested. We have a $10.00 honorarium for the consumers if
they complete the questionnaires and a $30.00-50.00 (depending on
transportation needs) for the focus groups.

I am available at 714-456-5530 or by this email ( [email protected] ).

Thank you,
Valerie George, PA-C
Project Cordinator
Aging with a Disability

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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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