Our very own ASLNews.com is making a comeback with a new website
design. For maximum benefit, you will need to adjust your screen
resolution to 1024 x 768 or larger otherwise it'll look funny. The
ASLNews.com website is now available for you to look at and comment to
us about it.
We have been getting a lot of access equipment donations in the past
few weeks from companies that are involved with these equipments.
They are TTY's, loud phone ringers, and phone amplifiers. We've been
able to clean and refurbish many of them and we are offering these to
people and businesses at a price that is far less than what they would
be paying if they bought these devices from the manufacturer's
dealers. So we have a "Brown Bag Deal" for businesses who want to
make themselves accessible to the deaf communities. They are;
1) TTYs are telephone devices the deaf people use to talk over the
telephone. They're from different companies. They can cost between
$300 to $600 each and were offering them for $60.00 plus shipping each.
2) Ameriphone SR-100 super phone ringer devices emit super loud
shreiks when the phone rings. They retail for $40 each and were
offering them for $15.00 plus shipping each.
3) Ameriphone HA-30 amplifier amplifies the telephone through the
phone cords. They retail for $30 each and were offering them for $10
plus shipping each.
Brown Bag Deal is all 3 devices for $75.00 plus shipping each. These
also are excellent accommodations you can provide to employees with
hearing and speech impairments. They go a long way to preventing some
access complaints and even lawsuit issues by deaf community members.
If you are (or know of anyone who is) interested in these accessories
contact us by reply email or through the office phone 949-955-0054.
Our service animal education and fundraiser booth at the Pet Expo this
year will be at the same location as last year.
This weekly newsletter will soon be available in print form to be
mailed out each week. The price is going to be $90 per year for the
print version and the price is highly reasonable due to it's very rich
deaf and disability advocacy content and very little advertising. Last
week we announced the incorrect price for it and our apologies for the
inconvenience. This still beats out the Deafweekly.com print news.
They will also be available in other alternative formats like in
braille, floppies, and in large print for people with vision impairments.
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With our subscribership from the international communities increasing
at a steady pace, we wish to make this newsletter accessible to them
and the easiest way to accomplish this is by directing them to
http://www.babelfish.altavista.com/ and entering
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ in the website
translation box and the babelfish will help our international
subscribers become strong advocates for the deaf and disability
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 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.
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
http://www.deafadvocacy.com/cdgicinfo.pdf is an idea that works for
Native Americans. Why shouldn't it work for the Disability
communities? The proposed Social Security rules will limit appeals
and create a new process that is less about truth-seeking and more
hostile to applicants.
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Take a look at our new magazine fundraiser and this is one of the ways
you can help us do the good work for the deaf and disabled communities.
The URL is http://www.magfundraising.com/GroupPage.aspx?e=788159
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OU offers Megillah power-point presentation for the deaf
Deaf Talkabout: Pluses and minuses to medical cure for deafness
Woman Hosts Polk County TV Show Despite Deafness
Protesters: Deaf need interpreters with doctor
Senate subcommittee passes sign language bill
Deaf text-messager killed by train
Indian deaf sportspersons to tour Pakistan
Software for the handicapped launched
Hearing test for every baby in England
-------------< CALIFORNIA DEAFIE HAPPENINGS >
COME TO OUR MEETUPS!
The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37/ - and the he Orange County Deaf & Hearing
Impaired Meetup Group http://deaf.meetup.com/38/ meets each 3rd
Fridays of the month.
Dont be a fool on April 1, come to our meetup on Friday April 21, 2006.
The Orange County American Sign Language & Orange County Deaf &
Hearing Impaired December Green Meetup
Friday, March 21, 7:00 PM
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
17595 Harvard Ave #B
Meet the 2 meetups!
Come learn ASL while playing bingo!
AT THE OCDAC CLASSROOM
March 25, 2006
4pm to 7pm
$1 per card per game – 7 cards for $5
PROCEEDS BENEFIT ORANGE COUNTY DEAF ADVOCACY CENTER
For more info contact [email protected]
California School for the Deaf, Riverside - Drama Production
A Bad Year For Tomatoes
When: Friday, March 24, 2006 7:00 PM (ASL only) Saturday, March 25,
2006 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Where: CSDR Social Hall 3044 Horace St. Riverside, CA 92506
TICKET INFO: Advance Ticket Sale*
Pre-Sale Tickets $8.00 Adult and H.S. Students $5.00 Senior Citizens
and Students under 14
At Door Prices $10.00 Adults and H.S. Students $7.00 Senior Citizens
and Students under 14
*Deadline 3/20/06 For Advance Tickets
Call for more info-951-782-6502 Voice/TTY
DEAF SEMINAR SATURDAYS
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
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.
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Even though most of us working on computers only work on one, the
average American depends on more than 264 computers per day—from the
tiniest microprocessor to the largest mainframe! That is a lot of
people depending on a lot of computers! Think of how much money could
go to the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center if 264 supporters bought
one computer each at www.iGive.com/ocdac, where up to 26% of every
purchase is donated to the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center! At
www.iGive.com/ocdac, membership is free! So hurry up and visit the
Mall at www.iGive.com/ocdac, where you can shop at 600+ stores for all
your favorite electronics and computers from Dell, HP Shopping, Buy,
Computers4SURE, The Apple Store, SONY, and Gateway!
-------------< DEAF GRAPEVINE >
EDITOR'S COMMENTARY ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S REVERSE ROBIN HOOD BUDGET ZEAL
Call it a "reverse Robin Hood" budget because it takes The
Administration's habit of robbing from the poor and middle class to
pay back his wealthy supporters to new heights. Here's some of the
highlights of how The Administration's plan would effect us all;
1) Social Security: The Administration is trying to use the budget to
sneak through his old $700 billion dollar plan to privatize Social
Security and immediately slash benefits by $6.3 billion dollars.
2) Health Care: The Administration would slash Medicaid by $13.7
billion over 5 years, abandoning millions of young, elderly, poor and
disabled Americans who depend on Medicaid as their health care option
of last resort.
3) Education: The Administration is pushing for the largest cut in the
history of the Department of Education, and to completely eliminate
the Perkins loan, a vital program for college students in need.
4) Child care: The Administration wants to kick 400,000 children out
of child care programs for low income working families.
5) Budget busting tax breaks for the rich: The Administration's budget
would only continue to explode the deficit by giving away over $900
billion dollars to richest 1% of the population over 10 years.
6) Deeper debt: The Administration wants to give so much away to
millionaires that even after his service cuts the annual deficit would
grow by almost $200 billion dollars
So what are we going to do about it? Sit and watch the congress
prostitute themselves to the administration? We've lost a lot already
in the past 8 months and unless someone makes a stink over the
Administration's zeal, our lives as low income Americans are going stink!
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The National Council on Disability (NCD) will celebrate the 16th
anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a
disability policy seminar in Washington, DC, on July 26, 2006. As you
are aware, the landmark ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990. We
consider the passage of ADA to be one of the great historical events
of the civil rights movement in the United States.
NCD will conduct a half-day seminar based on findings from its
National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, which will be released
during the seminar. As in past years
each chapter from the progress report is devoted to a specific issue
affecting people with disabilities.
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Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds
of assistive living devices at http://store.deafadvocacy.org
-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 2/3 >
Hicks aids hearing impaired
Deaf students compete at Manchester Memorial
PUC questions AT&T job cuts ( at relay call centers ) after merger
Silent tales enthrall children
I play in a deaf football team
I read you, teacher!
DALTREY: I'M DEAF
Bonnie Funk bridges gap between hearing and deaf communities
Deaf man sentenced in prison stabbing
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Students With Disabilities In Private Schools
Troy R. Justesen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special
Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department
of Education is pleased to share with you news of the release of some
helpful information about students with disabilities placed by their
parents in private schools.
A useful online resource for school districts and parents about how
the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
provides for students with disabilities enrolled by their parents in
private elementary schools and secondary schools is now available on
the Department's Web site. Titled Questions and Answers on Serving
Children with Disabilities Placed by Their Parents at Private Schools,
this resource was developed in response to queries from state
officials, elected representatives and parents since a change to IDEA
became effective on July 1, 2005. This resource is posted to the IDEA
2004 Resources Web page at
The statutory revisions to the IDEA in 2004 significantly changed the
obligation of states and local education agencies (LEAs) to children
with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private elementary and
secondary schools. While previously it was the responsibility of the
LEAs in which the parents resided to conduct child find and provide
equitable services to these students, that responsibility has now
shifted to the LEAs in which the private schools are located.
Questions and Answers address such topics as child find and individual
evaluations for parentally placed private school children, the
provision of equitable services, and preschool and out-of-state
parentally placed private school children with disabilities.
Questions and Answers is the latest resource added to the IDEA 2004
Resources Web page, intended to assist educators, students and families.
-------------< DEAF QUOTES >
"I thank God and my family, especially my parents, for supporting me
and being there for me," Bahasa Melayu SMK Sultan Abdul Samad school
-------------< 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
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/community/AlbertsonsSignup.pdf and have
your friends, neighbors, associates, and relatives sign up as
supporters and then mail the form to the address on the form. To reach
our funding goal we need 25,000 supporters who shop at Albertsons /
Sav-on. And remember to use your community partners card when you shop
at Albertsons or Sav-on.
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March 2, 2006
Dr. Jacques Rogge
The International Olympic Committee
1007 Chateau d'Vidy
Subject: Kidnapping/Murder of My Deaf Husband and CISS President
Dear Dr. Rogge:
I am a deaf spouse of Felix Shlimovich who has been a missing person
since December 11, 2005. Before his disappearance my husband was a
manager of the Russian Deaf Sports Committee and traveled to
Deaflympic Games many times.
I do sincerely hope and pray that you, a concerned and caring citizen,
will read this very painful message of mine and do something in
finding the truth as to what actually happened to my beloved husband.
Since the day of Felix's disappearance, our family members - Samuel
Shlimovich ( Felix's aging and ailing father ), Anatoliy Shlimovich (
Felix's deaf brother ) and I have tirelessly and sleeplessly been
working day and night to locate Felix or his body.
Recently, on February 4, 2006, an advertisement was published in the
popular Russian daily newspaper - MOSCOW KOMSOMOLETS. On that
newspaper advertisement my family appealed to the Russian public for
help in locating Felix's whereabouts and in which a monetary reward
incentive was set up for this purpose.
So far, there is no positive result.
However, my family received the following leads related to Felix's
1) that the persons who were involved in planning to kidnap ( and,
possibly, murder ) of Felix were the three deaf members of the
Nikolai Klimov family: Nikolai himself, his son - Slava Klimov, his
son-in-law - Yakov Frenkel, as well as their close female friend from
the USA - Donalda Ammons,
2) that the idea, influence and order to harm Felix came directly from
Washington, D.C., that is, from the two Gallaudet University employees
- Slava Klimov and Donalda Ammons, and
3) that Nikolai Klimov, as a result, decided to launch and finance the
horrific operation to eliminate Felix from his life's existence by
hiring the service of deaf hit persons in Moscow.
Please note the following facts: 1) Donalda Ammons is the current
President of the CISS and she is employed as a teacher at Gallaudet
University; 2) Slava Klimov is also an employee of Gallaudet
University and since 2001 he has been acting as an informant for
Donalda Ammons in her legal case against one prominent and outspoken
deaf sports leader from New York; 3) Nikolai Klimov - was removed as
the President of the Russian Deaf Sports Committee in 2004; 4) Yakov
Frenkel was also removed as the Vice President of the Russian Sports
Committee in 2004.
Previously, I was aware of the facts that twice - on February 27, 2003
in Sweden and on January 3, 2005 in Australia, respectively - at the
influence and orders of Donalda Ammons - the local police and
security agents were attempting to arrest Felix in these respective
places because Felix accused Donalda Ammons, with the assistance of
the Klimov family members, in allegedly stealing his exclusive
property - the original of his produced videofilm of the 37th CISS
Congress and 2001 Deaflympic Summer Games.
For such an alleged theft and by being unable to retrieve his own
property from either Donalda Ammons or the Klimovs - father and son,
Felix filed the two separate lawsuits against these persons in
Washington, D.C., and Moscow.
I was also aware of the two following facts that during Felix's visit
to the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., on March
17, 2004, Felix was verbally abused and physically attacked by Slava
Klimov there ( an incident report was filed with the Gallaudet
University police department on that day ). In addition, on January
12, 2005, during the Deaflympic Summer Games, at the premises of the
Melbourne Sports and Athletic Complex in Melbourne, Australia, Jerald
Jordan, the former President of the CISS, 1995 Olympic Order
holder and now a senior advisor to Donalda Ammons in the CISS,
secretly met with Felix and there Jerald Jordan vainly persuaded Felix
to drop his lawsuit cases against Ammons and her accomplices.
The recent court case held in Washington, D.C., on January 18, 2006,
in which Felix as a plaintiff was absent and in which both defendants
Slava Klimov and Donalda Ammons appeared, is now being dismissed
because of Felix's non-showing up at the court's premises on that day.
It is quite unbelievably, outrageous and appalling that a
still-sitting-in-the-office President of the International Olympic
Committee of the Deaf ( CISS ) - Donalda Ammons - is being directly
and indirectly implicated in this criminal act: the kidnapping and
possible murder of Felix!
I write to you because the IOC has influence over the CISS and
Donalda Ammons since the IOC, as I understand, provides some financial
assistance to the CISS. I do also understand that you and your people
in the IOC have a close working relationship with Donalda Ammons.
Therefore, I am now appealing to you, dear IOC President, to take
appropriate action, including using your influence in pressuring
Donalda Ammons to tell the truth and provide accurate information as
to what factually happened with Felix's mysterious disappearance on
the night of December 11, 2005.
Please help my family and me.
With Tears in Eyes,
Irina Im Sem Nyu Shlimovich
copy sent to Mr. Igor Kotz,
Editor-in-Chief of Sovetskii Sport newspaper
Bolshoi Spasoglinishevskii Pereulok, 8
e-mail: [email protected]
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How to Lick Hearing Loss
School for the Deaf club to stage fund-raiser play
Deaf-friendly synagogues offer sign language interpreters
Rani celebrates her Birthday with deaf and blind students
Sign language plan may not jibe with colleges
School for the Deaf club to stage fund-raiser play
Future uncertain for Idaho deaf, blind school
Women & Murder
-------------< DEAF FRIENDLY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES >
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children credit DISCOVERY TOYS® products with helping them to develop
core skills and self-esteem, which contributed to their later life
accomplishments and success as adults. Beth Koenig is your Discovery
Toys consultant. Her Discovery Toys website is at
Http://www.discoverthetoys.net and this is a great business
opportunity for people disabilities. Discovery Toys is one of our
supported activities through our Community Business Enterprise Program.
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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Alexa Posny as the
Director of OSEP effective April 17, 2006. Since 2001, Posny has
served as the Deputy Commissioner of Education in the Kansas State
Department of Education. In this position, she was responsible for the
overall operations of the Learning Services Division, leading and
supervising the delivery of services for school districts and
teacher-preparation institutions. These services included school
improvement and accreditation; licensure and teacher education; state
and federal education programs; special education and technical
education; and planning and research. Thanks to Posny's leadership,
Kansas is viewed as a national leader in the inclusion of students
with disabilities in its statewide accountability system. Posny has
been invited to OSEP and the Office of Elementary and Secondary
Education (OESE) on numerous occasions to share Kansas' experience in
implementing alternate assessments under IDEA and the No Child Left
Behind assessment provisions for students with disabilities.
Posny began her career as a teacher of students with emotional and
learning disabilities. Prior to her appointment as deputy
commissioner, she served as the State Director of Special Education
for the Kansas State Department of Education. During her career, Posny
has been a Director of Special Education in school districts in
Kansas, Wisconsin and Illinois, and the Director of Curriculum and
Instruction at the Title I Technical Assistance Center in Kansas. She
has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas.
Posny holds a doctorate in Educational Administration with a minor in
Special Education, as well as a master's degree in Behavioral
Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She holds a
bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of
Wisconsin at Stevens Point. In addition, she has published numerous
articles and resource guides over the years.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to
Troy Justesen for his leadership as acting director of OSEP, and to
all of the OSEP staff for their continued high performance and focus
on improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youths
during this transition.
John H. Hager
Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and
U. S. Department of Education
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If you wish to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send in
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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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