Friday, April 14, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter April 14, 2006

Dear Friends,

Whew! The editor had to weather 2 episodes of malicious
rumormongering last week alone. One was a malicious email message
formed out of a CNN article and another was a libelous website on an . And someone threw a brick through his living room
window. Someone is trying hard to intimidate him. He and the Orange
County Deaf Advocacy Center will not be intimidated. He believes the
imps from the old deaf guard are responsible for the annoyances.
Donations to help with the costs of replacing the window ($45.00 - not
tax deductible) would be appreciated and our fundraising within the
deaf communities has been impacted and would appreciated donations as

It's a sad thing that the deaf community members are being subjected
to ridicule as we're seeing judges shout at deaf people in the
courtrooms. Its like if they have no gist or idea of reasonable
accommodations to deaf people. You can really see a video of Judge
Ralph Eriksson shouting in his bench and it is very offensive and the
deaf community demands an apology to Judge Ralph Eriksson's reckless
behavior in the color of law. It's a mockery of our disability. The
use of C.A.R.T. in this particular situation would be a reasonable
accommodation. The link to this story is in the outside news section.

We have finally developed our new deaf awareness activity coloring
booklets that teaches people about deafness, what people are doing
about it, their special equipment, finger spelling and some sign
language. We are very excited that this new product will help people
learn and understand more about deafness. This development has been
glorified with a gift from a nearby law firm of a working Xerox 5320
copy machine which is a wonderful addition to our educational arsenal.

We have a service animal awareness and fundraising booth at the Pet
Expo event in the Orange County Fairgrounds April 21-23. Next Week.
Our booth will be in the same place as last year. for more information
about the Pet Expo go to our website and click on the3 events section.

Don't forget this coming Saturday we have our SSP training workshop in
the classroom. April 15, 2006 - 12 noon - 5pm - Room 102 - $20.00 fee
- RSVP required [email protected] .

Don't forget DeafNation Expo is coming up in less than 3 weeks!
DeafNation Expo is a gathering of deaf and their friends, relatives,
associates, related trades and businesses, organizations. There
will be a lot of chatting, booths, and entertainment. The DeafNation
Expo flyer is at
Http:// and it
is FREE ADMISSION event and if you're in the Southland, you would
enjoy a day with us at this event. Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center
will have an educational booth there.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is having it's first annual
walk-a-thon on May 20th 2006 at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley,
California. To find out more or to sponsor one of our walkers go to To walk in the event go to
or email [email protected] with your full name and email address.

There is an interesting poster delveloped and distributed by ADAPT (
) due to HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson allegedly being insensitive
to people with disabilities in subsidizing housing. Interestingly the
National Disability Rights Network has "major concerns" that this
unintentionally could incite threats or harm to the Secretary. "If
the intended audience is distracted by the tactics used to promote the
message, the message itself may not be heard." says Kathleen H.
McGinley Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy of the National
Disability Rights Network. ADAPT is demanding an apology from National
Disability Rights Network for that kind of remark.

Our new ASL classes start in May. Our class fees are much much cheaper
than what is being publicized in the Deaf California News mailing
list. Please take a look at our ASL Class flyer and tell your
friends, associates, and relatives about it.

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 fees for our Orange County
fair fundraiser stand which is expected to be around $900 plus the
cost of insurance. We need to sell 30 more tickets to qualify for the
share of the pot.

OCDAC Communications
[email protected]

-------------< INSIDE NEWS >

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

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.

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. This
still beats out the other deaf print news. They will also be available
in other alternative formats like floppies, and in large print for
people with vision impairments.

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 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 >

Judge Shouts In Court, Hearing Impaired Man Sent To Jail

Deaf, Perhaps, But Not Mute,70585-0.html?tw=wn_technology_1

Deaf awareness open house scheduled

USM gears up for third Maine Deaf Film Festival

Teaching the deaf and mute to dance!\

Greenfield apartments for deaf seniors model for others

A handy tool for the hearing impaired

Sound of silence\

Disabled Rights Group writes to PM

Disabled Workers Suffer From Low Wages

Charity shows its commitment to disabled\

Paraplegic sets example for other disabled veterans

Disabled scheme boost



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 to our meetup on Friday April 21, 2006.

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

Friday, April 21, 7:00 PM

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

Meet the 2 meetups!
Beginning May a $2.00 donation suggested per person to help us cover
the costs of the meetup membership program. If you give us a $5.00
donation instead, we'll give you an "I Love You" Handsign Stamp
commemorative pin!

We have been considering using our office, especially the classroom,
for our meetups and we have the means to offer snacks for a small
donation to the people that come to the meetups hosted by our office.
The food table will have cold drinks, danish pastry, popcorn, veggies
and dip, chips and dip, flavored coffees, and hot chocolate.



Come learn ASL while playing bingo!


May 27, 2006
4pm to 7pm
$1 per card per game – 7 cards for $5
Great Prizes! Players must be at least 18 years of age.


For more info contact [email protected]

Our SSP classes are less taxing to the community.

Our next SSP training class is on April 15, 2006 from 12 noon to 5 pm.

This is for people interested in working with the Deaf-Blind. The
class will take place in our classroom at 2960 Main Street A102 ,
Irvine, CA 92614

There is a fee of $20 for this 5 hour workshop as we have to pay for
the room use and printing of the handbook and other materials.

This class is required to work with our Deaf-Blind clients. Please
contact me with any questions.

Beth Koenig
[email protected]
(714) 414-7982



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

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
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 >

Gally President Watch at
This Gally President Watch forum is very interesting! Here are clips
from the website's introduction.
"Dr. I. King Jordan, the current president of Gallaudet University,
has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2006. " ...
"Thus an important chapter comes to end for the University, and with
it a new beginning. But whether there will be the same fanfare is
unlikely. " ... "The University has constituted a search committee
( and to them we leave the
task of actual screening and selection." ... " This forum is of
course also open to those who are not alumni. " ... "This site
aspires to be an alternative to whisperings in school hallways
(especially at Gallaudet), conferring in the nighttime in dimly lit
living rooms, and showering with tortured sentiments of anxiety and
horror. "
The site is all yours!

-------------< BULLETIN >

Budget Deal in House Collapses

Good news this! Leaders in the House acknowledged last night they do
not have the votes to pass their Fiscal 2007 budget resolution.

The deal fell apart when moderate Republicans demanded more
discretionary funding, conservatives wanted more assurances about
changes to the budget process to limit future spending, and
appropriators became concerned that budget process changes would limit
their power.

Majority Leader Boehner may try to revive a deal after the two-week
recess, but it won't be easy.

The House budget resolution is $10 billion below the level needed to
maintain current services and does not include the funds necessary to
extend TMA or fill in the next year's SCHIP shortfall. In addition,
the resolution includes reconciliation instructions requiring
committees to cut $6.7 billion. The Ways and Means Committee is
instructed to cut $4 billion from programs under its jurisdiction.
Budget Chairman Nussle has said Medicare is not the target of this
cut. However, the Ways and Means Committee has the power to determine
how those cuts will be made.

What happens if there is no resolution? There is no legal requirement
Congress have a budget resolution. Without one, by mid-May the House
and the Senate will vote on a "deeming resolution" that will simply
set the overall discretionary amount. (The House and Senate may differ
on that number). Then the appropriators will start working off that
number and begin passing bills. The same disagreements in play during
this week's budget struggle will resurface again in the fall at the
end of the appropriations process.
DIMENET Hot News Network

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

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

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

Funding cuts threaten deaf theater groups\

Language and the law

Verizon Wireless Offers New Plan For Deaf And Hearing-Impaired Customers

Indiana Deaf players' smiles shine on diamond

Big event for deaf hockey players

Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarms

A sign of God for the hearing impaired

Kaiser's access to disabled under fire

Jamaica to be disabled friendly

Hospital charges disabled to park\

Parents Claim Schools Staff Mistreated 7 Disabled Students

Kilpatrick urges fee for disabled bus riders

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

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer Receives Tony Coelho Award for Work in the
Area of Employment

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) today received the
Tony Coelho Award for his work toward expanding job opportunities for
people with disabilities.

"I am honored to receive this distinguished award," Hoyer said. "This
July, it will be 16 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act
was signed into law. Over the years, there is no question that the ADA
has ushered in significant change, and we can be proud of its
accomplishments. However, one area that has not improved enough is

Hoyer noted that only thirty-two percent of people of working age who
have a disability are employed. As a result, three times as many
individuals with disabilities live in poverty as those without. "I
want to applaud the many private individuals and business leaders who
have worked so hard to reverse these disturbing trends," Hoyer said.

Hoyer said he remains steadfast in his commitment to fulfilling the
promise of the ADA and expanding opportunities wherever possible.
"With thousands of severely injured soldiers returning home from Iraq,
we have a special responsibility to assure that they will receive fair
treatment as they attempt to return to work and re-integrate
themselves into our communities," he said.

Hoyer expressed disappointment about the Bush administration's lack of
commitment to improving the employment picture for people with
disabilities. President Bush has proposed to cut funding for the
Office of Disability Employment Policy by 57% since FY 2005, and the
EEOC has documented troubling statistics about the number of people
with disabilities in the federal workforce. "Despite all the talk by
President Bush about his 'New Freedom Initiative,' the reality is that
we are losing ground in our national commitment to developing and
implementing strategies for employing people with disabilities."

"There is clearly still much work that remains to be done," Hoyer
added. "I want to assure my good friends in this fight that I remain
committed to this important cause."

The Tony Coelho Award was started by Joyce A. Bender, CEO of Bender
Consulting Services, Inc., in 2001 to recognize The Honorable Tony
Coelho for a life of work enabling people with disabilities to gain
competitive employment. As a former Congressman and author of the
Americans with Disabilities Act, Coelho went on to serve as Chairman
of The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
for eight years.

-------------< DEAF QUOTES >

"Now I love church, all of it," Betty Trimarchi of Temple Baptist
Church being accessible with interpreters.

-------------< 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 > Provides One-Stop Source for Talent

Swansea, IL [April 12, 2006] – All too often, actors or actresses who
are deaf or hard of hearing have difficulty gaining access to casting
opportunities for different reasons, says Vikee Waltrip, the founder
of "As an actress, I came to recognize the absence of
a valuable, centralized resource where producers, casting directors
and directors could come to seek out specific talent for roles of deaf
or hard of hearing characters."

From this realization emerged The Web site, created
with the assistance of Davideo Productions CEO David H. Pierce and
artist/actor Chuck Baird, facilitates identification of actors who are
best suited to a role requiring specific skills, such as American Sign
Language fluency. Waltrip explains, "Our database includes people
involved with a variety of show business genres, including films,
television, theater, live entertainment, and non-broadcast video

Waltrip notes that a key element of is that all
contact information will remain strictly confidential. "The only time
contact information will ever be provided is when the talent – an
actor, for instance – has agreed to share it with a specific
individual or party. This is so important because of Internet privacy
and protection of information."

Web visitors who wish to contact performers in the database pay a
small fee to, minimizing the cost to actors and
actresses. Waltrip is quick to emphasize, though, that she is not an
agent. "I am in no way an agent or manager. The monies involved for
performances, contractual details and other factors of a role are
between the performer and the producer or sponsor. We only serve as a
starting point."

She adds, " is a service that is really critical. I've
seen firsthand how people look for performers for their production or
event and become frustrated that they can't find any. As a result,
they use the same performers again and again. This service will not
only provide a place for talents to be discovered and hired, but also
help ensure that hiring parties have a choice of diverse skills and
talents to accommodate their needs."

Performing groups or individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or
children of deaf adults (CODA) are encouraged to submit their pictures
and information at no charge until December 31, 2006. After that, a
small membership fee will apply. For more information, please visit or contact [email protected].

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

Tullow to host Irish Deaf soccer events

Special gear helps deaf, blind communicate


Priest cleared of abuse charges: The Rev. Murphy will return to St.
Francis Xavier Church in Weymouth

Hearing-impaired may drive soon

Columbus Industries opens doors for hearing-impaired\

UTD professor awarded $1.3M for new hearing impaired technology\

High-tech Carson classroom helping hearing impaired students

Visual, Hearing Impaired Kids Enjoy 'Circus Of Senses

County to buy 130 voting machines with disabled access

Third-graders get insight into world of disabled

Best Buddies volunteer time with disabled\

HCM City to give free bus tickets to disabled

Let's clear the hurdles for Scotland's disabled


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-------------< LETTERS >


Last week's reply to the emergency freeway call box question has
prompted a friend who works at Cal-Trans to offer additional
information to our subscribers. And this information pertains to the
freeways inside Orange County.

"I read about your reply to your customer about Call Boxes. that is
good, I add this: For your information, Most call boxes will be
removed on FWY 22, 5 and some areas in 57, 55, 405. It is due to
major road construction and when it is near completion, new call boxes
with tty will be installed. It is
part of Caltran's normal process. North FWY 5 ( pass under huge
bridges of 91) will start its construction soon, there might be some
boxes remove too for a while."



Dear Mr. Decker:

Though I know that NDRN is a professional organization with highly
paid lobbyists who drive DC policy, it would be refreshing if NDRN
folks would read the eligibility section of AAA (Who is Eligible for
AAA) before trashing a campaign to get more accessible, affordable
integrated housing. ADAPT has always promoted services that are based
on need not disability label. NDRN is wrong in their assertions about
the eligibility for AAA. It is for people in nursing home and OTHER
INSTITUTIONS. ADAPT different then many DC groups believes that the
identity politics and silo funding has harmed the delivery of
disability services in this country and pit disability groups against
each other. Our efforts in MFP and MiCASSA are just two legislative
efforts that prove our cross disability efforts. Real Choice grants
(a section from MiCASSA) are also cross-disability promoted by ADAPT.

ADAPT is a non-violent activist disability rights organization and
NDRN's suggestion that our "Wanted" poster might incite violence is
totally offensive. ADAPT demands that NDRN publicly apologize for
this irresponsible allusion that we are inciting violence. Yes we are
holding Secretary Jackson accountable for the lack of accessible,
affordable, integrated housing in this country however the "Wanted"
campaign is to get a meeting not to incite violence. Highly paid
professionals may not like ADAPT's "guerilla theater" but to make the
suggestion that free speech posters incite violence is outrageous.
After a decade of working together NDRN's slur is particularly offensive.

Again we demand a written apology from the NDRN BOD and you as
Executive Directer.

For an Institution and Barrier Free America,

The ADAPT Community
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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
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and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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