Wednesday, March 01, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter March 1, 2006

Dear Friends,

One of the most interesting and fascinating stories that we've come
across in these days is we have students raising funds to help pay for
a deaf teacher's cochlear implant. Kudos to the students who made a
positive impact on their deaf teacher. The story is in the outside
news section.

People connected to Univeristy High school's deaf and hard of hearing
program appear to be playing sick games with us. We really dont
deserve this and dont appreciate such childishness from one of the
last of the ASL militant strongholds in the Southland. We dont need
their childish games. If 'transportation' is an issue, they can
easily walk over to our agency than send us silly email messages.

We might have a new person moving in from Seattle, Washington who will
help us with a number of our activities. We are thrilled at the
strong possibility of one of our newsletter contributors, Mac Crary,
becoming more physically involved with our agency operations in the
near future. Mac is oral deaf and has a strong personal mission
himself and our facilities are perfect for that mission and having him
with us will strengthen our alignment with our mission and vision

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.

This has rather been a slow week in the area of community advocacy.
Not all 52 weeks is seen bustling with community advocacy activities.

We have a church in Brea offering us the use of their property for an
ASL festival like event. Yesterday I had an interesting discussion
with people connected to it and the idea looks excellent for us to
have small "ASL Sunday Festivals" each Sunday complete with outreach
booths from various organizations serving the deaf and free food to
all participants. We should begin this on or around the 2nd week of
April. This will be a great suppliment to our education program.

The editor's younger brother, Robert, made it through open heart
surgery last Monday. He had been a familiar face in the office, our
fundraising and educational outreach activities. We look forward to
his ongoing of our mission and vision statements.

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.

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 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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Students Treat Deaf Teacher\

Facilitator works to better communication for deaf

Parents sue deaf-blind school,1249,635186816,00.html

Giving the deaf a voice of their own

Akron flier breaks ground for deaf pilots\

Funding to NTID Tops $7M for International Project

World Deaf Cycling Championships to Host Power Training Clinic

Aspen Skiing Co. gives deaf kids special opportunity



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.


Cinderella Waltz A Modernized and Twisted Version in American Sign

Fremont, California - 22 February 2006 -- Do you ever dream of
escaping your every day life to live in a world of luxury? So does
Rosey Snow, the heroine of the California School for the Deaf's spring
high school production of Cinderella Waltz written by Don Nigro and
directed by Megg Davis.

Production assistant, Heidi Burns explained, "Rosey dreams of living
out her own fairy tale story-and she is well on her way with a crazy
stepmother, wicked stepsisters and a fairy godmother that is straight
from....well, you'll you have see for yourself. This hilarious take
on the fairy tale classic is unlike any Cinderella story you've ever

Director Davis asks, "Everyone has her/his own fairytale, so the
question is what fairytale is yours?"


Performance dates are: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 10:30 AM for
mainstreamed schools only; Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 9:00 AM for
Elementary and Middle Schools only; open for public at 7:30 PM;
Friday, March 17 at 9:30 AM is for High School students only; open for
public at 7:30 PM; open for public at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Saturday,
March 18, 2006.


Tickets are $12 each person and can be purchased and picked up from
the Outreach Division at 39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont, CA 94538 or
purchased on line at . For more
information, call Outreach at 510 794 3707.

This play is suited for ages high school and above. The cast will be
performing a revised children's version for mainstream schools on
Wednesday, March 15, and for the CSD Elementary Department on
Thursday, March 16.


The acting cast includes Logan Bowers as "Mr. Snow," Shara Winesburg
as "Regan," Leila Hanamuni as "Rosey Snow," Tony Guido as "Troll,"
Ian Guzman as "Prince Alfred," Shanna Grossinger as "Mrs. Snow," Liz
Jarashow as "Mother Magee," Mallory Malzkhuhn as ""Gonaril," Dack
Viring as "Zed, the Village Idiot."

Student Stage crew includes Everett Glenn, Omar Guzman, Lizzie Finley,
and stage manager Brittany Comegna. Organizing Props/Make-up Student
Crew are Blair Rasmus and Clara Baldwin. Ushers include Ross Nahinu
and Emerald Brown.

The student crews have support from the school staff including
teachers, Hedi Burns and Jennifer Hipskind as the production
assistants, cottage counselor Sheila Korolev as the wardrobe
coordinator and Celia May Baldwin, the Dean of Students, as the producer.


Deaf Pizza Gathering - Important meeting on decision to stay there or

Hello, everyone. This is a special reminder notice for our March
social gathering at Shakey's Pizza in Palm Springs.

As you may know, there has been some discussion as to whether or not
our group should continue with Shakey's or move to another PS or CC
location. At the Feb gathering the group decided that some additional
alternatives to the Chinese buffet should be looked into and discussed
before a decision is made. Alternative restaurants have now been
investigated and this will be discussed at the March gathering.
Several restaurants have been looked at, and those most closely
fitting the groups needs have been determined. The things considered
in alternative locations were:

a) suitability of the facility's layout to accommodate our Deaf group
b) comparable pricing to Shakey's buffet
c) availability of ample parking
d) flexibility of the restaurant to our variable number of
participants each month

Please try to attend the Shakey's gathering on Sat, 4 March, between
11 am and 2 pm. The subject of location and the most viable options
will be discussed. The Deaf attendees will be asked to vote on
staying at Shakey's or relocating to another specified location.

Please be assured that, as normal, hearing participants will not be
permitted to vote on this Deaf community matter. Our participation
and involvement with your social activities is with your grace, and
for this we are very appreciative. The hearing members of your group
will gladly support whatever decision you make.

Thank you. And we hope you will be able to attend and cast your vote.

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average American depends on more than 264 computers per day—from the
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Computers4SURE, The Apple Store, SONY, and Gateway!
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TDI Agrees that All VRS Providers Allow Users of Their Equipment to
Access Other VRS Providers

Press Release
February 22, 2006

Contact: Jenny Witteborg
Email: [email protected]

TDI Agrees that All VRS Providers Allow Users of Their Equipment to
Access Other VRS Providers

Silver Spring, Maryland – Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing, Inc. (TDI) learned last Monday of the agreement by Sorenson
Communications to allow its VP-100 users to access other VRS providers
by no later than July 1, 2006. This certainly levels the playing
field for interoperability and functional equivalency, and TDI is
pleased that Sorenson Communications has now decided to participate
with other VRS vendors in providing publicly administered Video Relay
Services in an unlimited competitive market across America.

Sorenson Communications announced its plans to allow the users of its
VP-100 videophones to access not only Sorenson's VRS interpreters but
also the interpreters of other Video Relay Service (VRS) providers by
no later than July 1, 2006. Sorenson has indicated its intent to
unbundle the use of its equipment from the use of its video relay
services so that its customers, if they choose, would be able to use
its high-end technology to connect to other VRS providers.

Dr. Roy E. Miller, TDI Board President, said, "The TDI Board of
Directors is elated over this good news. We believe all VRS providers
should keep the issue of equipment usage separate from the issue of
which relay service a person chooses to use, and that they should
compete with other VRS providers on the basis of the quality of their
VRS services. This week's turn of events is leveling the playing
field among VRS providers, and VRS users will ultimately benefit
substantially by experiencing greater choice and better quality of VRS

Dr. Miller went further to say, "TDI wishes to thank its national
consumer advocacy partner organizations, the rest of the VRS industry,
the Federal Communications Commission, and, in particular, the
California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
for their key efforts toward bringing about this week's decision by
Sorenson Communications. TDI pledges to work closely with all VRS
providers, the FCC, and all other stakeholders in accomplishing a
smooth transition to this new era of total consumer choice in the
selection of VRS service providers."
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Disability and Health Congressional Briefing
121 Cannon House Office Building
March 16, 2006
2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and The
External Partners Group

Invite you to join us at a briefing for the:

109TH CONGRESS 2005-2006

Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Jim Langevin (D-RI),
Nancy Johnson (R-CT), and Major Owens (D-NY) Co-Chairs

The purpose of this briefing is to inform Members of Congress and
their staff regarding the rate of disabilities especially as it
differs from state to state as well as the differences in health
status of people with disabilities. This information can be used to
guide policy decisions affecting people with disabilities and to
inform health strategies at the state and national levels. Moreover,
Congressional staff will know where to obtain information about
disability and be aware of initiatives to help their constituents
through state and national health promotion interventions designed for
people with disabilities.

Invited Speakers:

Congressman Jim Ramstad, R-MN
Co-Chair House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus

Congressman James Langevin, D-RI,
Co-Chair House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus

Jose Cordero, MD,
MPH Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Glenn Fujiura, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Human Development in the University of Illinois
Chicago, College of Applied Health Sciences

Catherine Leigh Graham,
Rehabilitation Engineer, University of South Carolina School of Medicine

James H. Rimmer, Ph.D.,
Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the
University of Illinois at Chicago

John E. Crews, DPA,
Lead Scientist, Disability and Health Team, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention

George Jesien, Ph.D,
Past Chair External Partners' Group and Executive Director of the
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Please RSVP to Kim Musheno at [email protected], or by phone at

Light refreshments will be served.
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Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds
of assistive living devices at

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Despite disability law, service dogs still being turned away

Tinnitus: a problem which is still ambiguous

Deaf aid dog meets pupils\

Lion's Den

School for deaf gets inspirational message from NAACP president

Deaf Catholics welcomed with outreach services

Officiating numbs pain of childhood for deaf woman

Imagination's 'Hip Hop': Missing a Beat\

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ADAPT National Days of Action: March 18th - 23rd
By Randy Alexander

Nationally, ADAPT focuses on promoting services in the community
instead of warehousing people with disabilities in institutions and
nursing homes. Attendant services (help with things like eating,
dressing, toileting, moving from wheelchair to bed, etc.) are the
cornerstone to community based services for people with severe
disabilities. ADAPT is working to get 25% of the Medicaid long term
care funds redirected to pay for a national, mandated attendant
services program. In Tennessee, ADAPT is making plans for its national
days of action during the week of March 18th -23rd in Nashville.

ADAPT has a long history of organizing in the disability community and
using civil disobedience and similar non- violent direct action
tactics to achieve its goals. In 1983, as a project of the Atlantis
Community in Denver, ADAPT began its national campaign for lifts on
buses and access to public transit for people with disabilities. ADAPT
started as American Disabled for Accessible Public Transit. For seven
years ADAPT blocked buses in cities across the US to demonstrate the
need for access to public transit. Many went to jail for the right to

ADAPT played a major role in gaining passage of the Americans with
Disabilities Act, ADA, particularly in ADA's stringent requirements
relating to accessible transit, and its being seen as a civil rights
law. Passage of this bill has meant victory for ADAPT in our struggle
for lifts on buses.

Once the transit issue was won and access was begun to be guaranteed,
ADAPT felt it was clear attendant services must be our next issue. In
a national planning meeting July 1990 ADAPT targeted the reallocation
of one quarter of the federal and state Medicaid dollars from
institutional programs to consumer controlled community based
programs. ADAPT now also stands for American Disabled For Attendant
Programs Today.

Many of ADAPT's members have been locked away in nursing homes and
institutions because of their need for attendant services. Many had to
fight to get out, and were among the lucky few who were able to get
enough support services to live in the community.

Because of outdated attitudes toward people with disabilities which
label us as "sick", our needs are seen as "medical" and a huge system
of institutional facilities has developed to provide for these needs.
This institutionalized industry which has developed continues to use
up massive amounts of funds to maintain the status quo. ADAPT wants to
reverse the bias so that community based attendant services are the
common option, and nursing homes are reserved as a last resort.

ADAPT is planning a national ADAPT action during the week of March
18th to March 23rd in Nashville, Tennessee and the group is seeking
volunteers. The event will engage hundreds of people with disabilities
in activities that will change their lives.

The focus of this campaign will be called, "Money Follows the Person."
With potential federal and state legislation in the works which would
allow those who need personal attendants to have a choice to have
their services provided out of the home rather than being forced into
institutionalized care. The Money Follows the Person Act is part of a
national effort to encourage states to allow the money to follow the
person, so people who are living in nursing homes or other
institutions could have the money "follow them" as they move out into
the community onto community based services.

For more information:

Lorre Mendelson
lorreleon (at)

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"If I can place anybody who is unemployed in an English-based job,
people will realize what a wonderful thing this is," Morton Warnow

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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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Works by deaf filmmakers wanted for televised film festival
WETA, CINE and Gallaudet University are looking for films made by deaf
filmmakers living and working in the United States to be part of a
special on-air film festival and screening event. Deaf filmmakers are
encouraged to submit short films or videos, three to 12 minutes in
length, on any topic.

All genres are welcome: animation, documentaries, films for children,
experimental work, etc. All submissions will be screened by a panel of
film and video professionals.

Selected entries will be included in an on-air film showcase which
will broadcast on WETA, TV-26, this fall. A screening event will be
held in Washington, D.C., around the time of the broadcast.

To enter, return a completed submission form and video,, to the WETA Creative
Services department, postmarked by June 30. Entry is free.

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Caltrans will pay Riverside deaf church $4.3 million for land\

Deaf Students Allegedly Abused at School

Deaf folks seek free office\

Deaf boy succeeds in school case\

Deaf, hard of hearing bloggers keeping tabs on VanderGiesen case\

Local beautician opens her own shop after long recovery from meningitis

Plight of deaf mini tribe heard at last\


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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We represent a non profit organization for the Deaf people in (Bao
Chung Deaf). We are looking for a volunteer who fluently in ASL to
participate in a training program as an instructor in Vietnam for 3
weeks, and 03 volunteers (must be deaf person) to try out our 10 days
Vietnam Travel for The Deaf tour. We will pay for the land tour
including meal, hotel and transportation. Participate volunteer will
pay for their own air fare and/or travel insurance. If interested,
please email [email protected] for detail. Thank You.
Time of travel for the ASL instructor: April 10 – 30, 2006
Time of travel for volunteer tourist: April 12 – April 25, 2006
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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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