Thursday, March 16, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter March 16, 2006

Dear Friends,

The editor had a relaxing weekend at a very remote location after the
successful OC-Mixer. It was the most stressful week leading up to
this critical networking event. He enjoyed being in an area that was
pelted with heavy rains and pea-sized hail. He comes back with a bold
warning to those who are on the HUD Section 8 waiting list. You need
to make sure your information with the county's HUD Section 8 program
is correct and current. We're picking up complaints and evidences
that people are being knocked off the waiting lists because the
county's HUD program is not getting the periodical information
required to stay on the waiting lists. And interestingly we're
finding thats because the applicants address information at HUD's
county office has been changing or morphing by 'themselves' in the
county HUD offices. The result would be the HUD's county office
sending the maintennance forms to addresses that is not even the
applicants correct addresses. And that would result in the applicants
being knocked off the waiting lists because they're not responding to
the maintennance requests. The best way to deal with this potential
problem is to call them at least once a month to verify the current
mailing address hey have on their hands. This will give you the
opportunity to make corrections and ensure that you remain on the
waiting list. Maybe go on the extreme side by calling them weekly or
even daily if you have the time for it. Its a habit really worth
going home to.

The OC-Mixer was a huge success. We had to overcome some interesting
anomolies in the hours leading up to and in the first hour of the
mixer event. We handed out hundreds of goodie bags to corporate
leaders and networkers and we've gotten some strong support hints from
a few corporate officers. Hopefully they will make good on their
promises to help us with our needs to expand our services and to
provide support to our office operating expenses. Pictures of our
booth are at the ocdacvolunteer list.

Just as we're thrilled about our success at the OC-Mixer, we have
become saddened to see that charity fraud has been making the big news
in the county. At least by the way of the Orange County Register
newspaper, our local newspaper. Some telemarketing con-artists have
been tricking people by as much as $83 million under the color of
charity. This could cast a nasty cloud doubt over the success we've
achieved at the OC-Mixer. It really pays to check on the charity
status of any organization that asks you to send money. There are ways
you can check on the legitimacy of our and as well as other charity
status at a few key websites. Here are 2 links that lead you to our
information used for checking.

Our information at the California Attorney General Charity Registry

And our information at the California Secretary of State's California
Business Portal has our correct information but requires registration
information to access it. The same thing goes for accessing our
information at the Better Business Bureau.

We are a legitimate charity that deserves community support. It's is
very sad that much of the money intended for good causes like ours has
been falling into the hands of telemarketing con-artists and casts a
nasty dark cloud over our ability to raise money through our cold
calling activities at the office by our volunteers.

Our service animal education and fundraiser booth at the Pet Expo this
year will be at the same location as last year.

We are putting together a fantastic golf tournament at a golf course
near our office and the date would be for this fantastic event is
Friday September 22, 2006 and we will have a fantastic game, food, and
prizes for all players. We are also putting together a walk-a-thon
fundraiser event to take place on May 20, 2006 at the Mile Square Park.

The URL to our famous safety education coloring books for deaf kids
has been discovered incorrect in last week's newsletter and has been
corrected. These are excellent educational supplements to any school
for the deaf. They teach deaf kids safety. For information on our
coloring books please check

This weekly newsletter will soon be available in print form to be
mailed out once a month. The price is going to be $50 per year and
the price is highly reasonable due to it's very rich deaf and
disability advocacy content. They will be available in large print
for people with vision impairments.

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 began 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 submitted the application for
our fundraiser booth. Your prayers are needed to help the fair
management be considerate and allow us conduct fundraising as they
know that the good results will be put into good use to advance
positive relationships between the deaf and the hearing communities.

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
June. Our big thanks to those who sent in their labels.

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.

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

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 >

Deaf beauty queen was text-messaging when hit by train

Deaf Children Victims Of Bureaucratic Turf Wars

Telecommunications device stolen from deaf person

RIT Unveils Deaf Studies Archive During Heritage Month

Health Tip: Cochlear Implant May Help Profoundly Deaf

Next-generation cochlear implants aim to assist hearing-impaired\

ND School for the Deaf names superintendent



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.



Come learn ASL while playing bingo!


March 25, 2006
4pm to 7pm
$1 per card per game – 7 cards for $5
Great Prizes!


For more info contact [email protected]

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

Friday, March 17, 7:00 PM

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

Meet the 2 meetups!


We are having two 2 hour FREE educational seminars to our community

Protecting yourself from deaf-run scams
March 25, 2006, 10 am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 3pm

Disaster preparedness
May 27, 2006, 10 am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 3pm

Getting the most from your Sidekick
June 24, 2006, 10 am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 3pm

Healthy Hands and Eyes workshop
August 26, 2006, 10 am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 3pm

Dealing with creditors
September 30, 2006, 10 am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 3pm

Deaf motorist safety
October 28, 2006, 10 am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 3pm

Deaf employment rights
November 25, 2006, 10 am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 3pm

Safety at home
December 30, 2006, 10 am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 3pm

Classes take place at the OCDAC classroom. RSVP is required and 8
students maximum per class. Reply back with reservation choices. And
the seminars are always FREE.

-------------< 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
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Computers4SURE, The Apple Store, SONY, and Gateway!

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

TDI Appoints Neil McDevitt as National Coordinator for CEPIN Project

Press Release - March 10, 2006

Contact: Claude L. Stout, Executive Director
Email: [email protected]

TDI Appoints Neil McDevitt as National Coordinator for CEPIN Project

Silver Spring, MD [March 10, 2006] – Telecommunications for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing, Inc (TDI) announced today that Neil McDevitt has
been selected as the new National Coordinator for the Community
Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) Project.

As a volunteer firefighter in suburban Philadelphia, PA, Mr. McDevitt
is one of a handful of emergency responders in the country who are
also profoundly deaf. In addition to hands-on fire and rescue
experience with the Fire Department of Montgomery Township, he has
provided fire safety presentations to deaf children and adults and
given non-verbal communication classes to firefighters, police
officers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Claude L. Stout, TDI Executive Director, said, "TDI extends a big
welcome to Neil as the newest member of its CEPIN team. We look
forward to having his support and expertise as we fulfill the
objectives of the project in the remainder of the grant, which ends in
September 2006. We are fortunate to have his leadership as we go down
the home stretch. TDI's ongoing collaboration with the four
partnering community service centers is vital toward the eventual
success of the project."

Mr. McDevitt has been involved with CEPIN for the past several months
as one of its leading subject matter experts in developing a course,
which aims to foster interaction between emergency responders and
people who are deaf or hard of hearing. In addition, Neil brings 10
years of project management experience as a Senior Information
Security Specialist with Prudential Financial. He is a graduate of
Gallaudet University and lives in Montgomery Township, PA with his
wife and two children.

Mr. McDevitt replaces Mr. James D. House who has returned to his
previous position as Public Relations and Resource Development Officer
with TDI. Mr. House will continue to assist the CEPIN Project as a
subject matter expert, and represent TDI as needed on other emergency
preparedness activities.

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California Family and Disabled Daughter Head for US Supreme Court

Adult disabled child removed from parents' care, confined illegally
and subsequently injured while in state care. Parents denied right to
represent her in suit against her state conservators.

Washington, DC (PRWEB). February 28, 2006 -- The parents of an 35-year
old adult autistic woman have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to
intervene in a Ninth circuit civil rights lawsuit that denied them the
right to represent their daughter.

Their attorney, Gerard Wallace, stated, "The courts are saying that
challenges to the legality of Nancy's removal and confinement can only
be pursued by those who are confining her. This is the same as saying
that only the jailors of criminal defendants can challenge the
legality of their arrests and prosecutions. Barring the natural
guardians of disabled persons from representing them in suits against
their jailors means that the disabled have no where to turn for help."

The Golin case raises issues similar to Anna Nicole Smith's case,
Marshall v. Marshall (04-1544). Both involve the scope of the "probate
exception" that would arguably prevent federal jurisdictional matters
related to state probate matters from being heard by federal courts.
Like the Smith case, the Ninth Circuit raised in part similar issues
to deny the Golins a hearing in federal court on their civil rights

The Golins raised and cared for their only child Nancy at home since
birth until late 2001, when she was taken from her family by local
police in Palo Alto, California. She had wandered away from her family
one evening, returning happy and unharmed the next morning. Police put
her in the psychiatric ward of Stanford hospital, rebuffing her
parents. The Golins contend this constituted a wholesale denial of her
4th and 14th Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable seizure, as
there was no warrant or emergency. Two weeks later, a local court told
the state they had no authority to hold her because she was merely
autistic. Despite this they defied the laws, hiding her away. Nancy
has never been allowed to go home again. To keep her, parents showed
the state sought the help of the local DA to charge the parents with
some kind of criminal offense. After the parents protested to local
media, police briefly locked them up, then later dismissed charges.
When the state was finally appointed conservator over her parents'
objections, the procedures misapplied four statutory frameworks
protecting developmentally disabled citizens. This, despite the
parents' showing that Nancy has been raped, drugged, received
fractures, denied emergency medical care and subjected to life
threatening conditions in State custody. The Golins are still only
permitted to visit their daughter under approved supervision, even
though the State admits their relationship is close and loving.

The Golins sued the state and county in 2003 in United States Federal
District Court on a Section 1983 and 1985 civil rights lawsuit (Golin
v. Allenby et al, NDCal 03-04752). The suit, on their own and their
daughter's behalf, was for injuries, conspiracy, malicious prosecution
and wrongful confinement, among other claims. This escalated to the
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where in June of
this year the Golins were again denied standing (Golin v. Allenby et
al, 04-15900). The parents also appealed directly to Gov.
Schwarzenegger and their State Senator, Jeff Denham, to no avail.

The District Court ruled that the federal courts lacked jurisdiction,
since now only the State had standing to seek redress on Nancy's
behalf, because the state appointed itself her conservator, despite
the fact that the state would then be both plaintiff and defendant.

More information and photos can be found at,
Contact Jeffrey Golin, (650) 814-6284, or e-mail at [email protected]

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

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

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

Drinks charge shepherd: I was just looking for my deaf dog\

Cochlear implants aim for age-related loss

This lab promises hope for the hearing impaired

Doctors training in sign language

MetroWest beat: Framingham home to Deaf Assoc. crown

Swaziland Government grants US$33 000 to deaf, visually impaired

UNA students with disabilities focus on what they can do\

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

National ADA Symposium & Expo - April 10-12, 2206 in St. Louis, MO

Don't miss the opportunity to attend the most comprehensive event
available on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related
disability laws.

There are only six days left until the March 17th "Early Bird"
registration fee deadline! After the 17th, the registration fee will
increase from $350 per person to $425. Visit and
register today.

Note: The National ADA Symposium keynote speaker, Lex Frieden, was
named Person of the Year in the January 2006 issue of New Mobility
magazine. Frieden was recognized, in large part, to his leadership on
the behalf of people with disabilities after hurricane Katrina. The
full story can be read at

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"I learned that you had to respect other people because there were a
lot of people who weren't as fortunate as I was," Ray Houser

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

This letter was found in our mailbox and is worthy of this being
included in the community bullhorn because it is part of the ongoing
CISS-Ammons drama.


March 10, 2006

Dear Dr. Jane Fernandes,

I decided to write to you and send this copy to all members of the
Gallaudet Board of Directors because I learned that you are in charge
of accepting applications for those persons who are considered as
candidates for the honorary doctorate degree at Gallaudet every year.

In these days, I have read plenty about the ongoing selection
procedure of a new Gallaudet President as Irving King Jordan will soon
retire from this position.

Now I want to talk about another Jordan - Jerald Jordan. I believe he
is also from Gallaudet.

What bothers me the most is that Jerald received a honorary doctorate
degree from Gallaudet some time ago.

For what reason?

He was the past President of the CISS and now he acts as a CISS advisor.

Many people all over the world in the first place thought that Jerald
was a good CISS President and role model for everyone.

How wrong many people and I are about Jerald Jordan and his past and
present skills in sports leadership!

Many people and I have lately read different stories about Jerald and
his poor, mismanaged and weak work on behalf of the deaf international
sports and CISS in the last few years.

Jerald made many wrongful and hurtful things for the CISS recently.

Let me show you examples of his many wrongdoings:

he was an advisor for a CISS REVIEW Book in 2001, in which over 200
errors were made on its book pages;

he, as a CISS Legal Commission member, allowed to break over four
hundred ( 400 ) CISS internal rules between 2000 and 2005;

he made over nine hundred ( 900 ) errors in his Deaflympics Database
History research project which is published in;

he, as an advisor, was engaged in poor preparation of the 2005
Deaflympics Games Results Book, in which over six hundred ( 600 )
mistakes were discovered;

I was in Australia for the 2005 Deaflympics and there Jerald lobbied
for the American candidate Ammons and against Russian Rukhledev for
the CISS Presidency position there at the 2005 CISS Congress, in which
Ammons won ( as a Honorary CISS member he was, instead, supposed to
stay in the sidelines and be a neutral person ), and

Jerald also at that 2005 CISS Congress mishandled the elections where
over two hundred seventy ( 270 ) votes were missing for several CISS
Executive Board positions.

Because of these misconducts and improper things committed by him, is
Jerald Jordan an appropriate role model for any deaf sports leader?

Is it morally right and proper for Gallaudet to award its HONORARY
DOCTORATE DEGREE for such a bad deaf leader as Jerald Jordan?

I do now ask you the following:

does your Committee have a rule in its honorary degree criteria
procedure, in which under exceptional circumstances, that is, in the
event its degree recipient does improper and wrongful acts ( like
Jerald Jordan has already done many times ), you and your Committee at
Gallaudet should revoke its honorary doctorate degree from Jerald
Jordan because he received it in an undeserved, dishonest and
unmeritorious manner?

Please advise me of if there is such a rule and what do you think of
my suggestion?

William Ollen, Toronto, Canada
Fighter for Equal and Just Rights of Deaf People All Over the World

cc: All members of the Board of Directors of Gallaudet University
( attn: Patricia Kunkle, secretary )

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

Deaf teacher incorporates culture into language class

Partially-deaf woman sues Slippery Rock

Supports deaf candidate for mayor\

ACT Test Prep Course for Students with Hearing Loss

Deaf teacher overcomes obstacles

GoAmerica - Hands On Merger Terminated

Crufts Celebrates 75 Years Of Independence For Guide Dog Users

Phone hearing device 'heaven' for user\

Deaf Man Shot By Deputy

Technology helps deaf communicate easily\

Deaf-mute drowns in pool


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I just want to thank you for the great happy face mug you gave me at
the (OC-Mixer) Expo. I love it and have been using it for the last two
days. Also I will read the to little books. Good luck with the great
organization you are running and all the help you are providing.

I got a lot off stuff and conections but the mug really made my meeting.

Thank you,
Ilja Haverkorn

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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.

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