Monday, May 01, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter May 1, 2006

Dear Friends,

Every day at the office building is Earth Day. OCDAC celebrates Earth
Day each day of the year. Our office electricity and lighting is
produced via photovoltaic array system. Meaning powered by sunshine.
Therefore the light we use to see day and night, the computers we use
to communicate and exercise our mission and vision statements, and the
refrigerator and microwave we use to feed our volunteers with are all
powered by a clean and renewable energy source that don't contribute
to the deluge of contaminants already in the air. Check out the
newsletter's photo gallery for photos of our office building's
photovoltaic array system or for those who are not members can go to
this http://www.alldeaf.com/showthread.php?p=513371#post513371
location for the photos.

Pet Expo was a BARKING success! We provided valuable education on
service animals and raised more than twice as much as we did last
year. Setup and closing was smoothest we've ever seen in any of the
expo's and festivals we've participated. We've established
relationsips with dog trainers to help train deaf community member's
pets to become service animals. Photos in the newsletter's album.

And the weekend after at the DeafNation Expo it was a loud success on
the education and the fundraising fronts. From free books, to toys,
to jewelry, to emergency materials, the deaf communities enjoyed our
booth. The kids loved our final freebie giveaway and ended the expo
with a loud note for us! We made many deaf kids happy with us and
that means we made the future of Deaf society happy with us too!
Photos in the newsletter's album.

This issue of the OCDAC Newsletter we are experimenting with the links
to the outside news. Related links to each of the stories is provided
to help our readers get the maximum knowledge from the stories and
issues presented. Our agency's mission is education and this
improvement makes us one of the top leaders in educating people about
deafness, their people, and issues.

Our poll on deaf society is showing more clear results and will help
us develop our strategic planning. The poll will never close as we
will be using this poll as some sort of a weather barometer that will
constantly change and help us determine the best way to use our resources.

Our new ASL classes start next week. 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.
Http://www.deafadvocacy.org/education/flyers/aslclass.pdf

We've added a new LINKS section that will help you get information
about deafness, disability, advocacy, and the ADA.

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. 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 8 more tickets to qualify for the share of
the Macy's fundraiser pot.

The short break the editor had was short and exciting and releases
this newsletter a day earlier because May 1, 2006 is expected to be a
huge day of national interest and we plan on taking advantage of it to
advance our mission and vision statements. Our website has been
updated a new message scroll.

Many thanks to everyone who sent in their letters. You are all the
great components to making this newsletter as the true voice of the
deaf communities!

OCDAC Communications
ocdac@deafadvocacy.org

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GoodSearch is now one of our our partners, we would ask each of our
subscribers to add the GoodSearch toolbar to their browser. It's easy as;

1) Going to http://www.goodsearch.com

2) Enter "Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center" under the box under "I'm
Supporting" and click the "Verify" box.

3) Download the goodsearch toolbar for your browser.

4) Ask 10 of your friends, associates, and relatives to do this for us
too.

Whenever the GoodSearch search engine is used, GoodSearch shares the
advertising revenue with our agency. We hope you all can do this for
us as you can be helping us with our mission and vision statements
even though you may be far away or way too busy to help us out at our
events and office.
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
communities.

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
http://ocdac.choose-a-thon.com/ To walk in the event go to
http://ocdac.choose-a-thon.com/site/page/pg3990-aa93314_93826_93313-
or email dbs@deafadvocacy.org with your full name and email address.
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 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, braille, 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
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/community/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.

-------------< 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 http://www.magfundraising.com/GroupPage.aspx?e=788159

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

Deaf Golfer Lee Seung-Man Leads GS Caltex Championship
http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/sports/200604/kt2006042819443511640.htm
Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=Lee+Seung-man+go\
lf


Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine must not impede progress on deaf and
blind schools
http://www.dailypress.com/news/opinion/dp-08667sy0apr28,0,3443436.story?coll=dp-\
opinion-editorials

Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=Timothy+Kaine+de\
af+blind+school


Initiative helps the disabled, seniors prepare for storms
http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060428/NEWS01/604280339/\
1010

Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=Initiative+helps\
+the+disabled+seniors+prepare+for+storms


Mentally disabled looking for more support from N.J.
http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060428/COLUMNISTS03/6042\
80319/1203/NEWS01

Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=Mentally+disable\
d+looking+for+more+support+from+NJ


Hearing-impaired pilot lands in Muscat
http://www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=28517&pn=local
Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=hearing+impaired\
+pilot


-------------< 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.

Come to our meetup on Friday May 19, 2006.

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

When:
Friday, May 19, 7:00 PM

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

What:
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.

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ASL BINGO!

Come learn ASL while playing bingo!

AT THE OCDAC CLASSROOM

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.

PROCEEDS BENEFIT ORANGE COUNTY DEAF ADVOCACY CENTER

For more info contact bethko@gmail.com

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Our next SSP training class is on May 6, 2006 and May 20, 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
bethko@gmail.com
(714) 414-7982

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DEAF SEMINAR SATURDAYS

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

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.

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California School for the Deaf, Riverside presents 2nd Annual Paws
Movie Night

With Movie Judges:

Bernard Bragg- Actor
CJ Jones- Producer
Terrylene-Actress
Ty Giordano-Actor
Julie Rems- DeafHope Executive Director
Eric Calbert- Video Production Specialist

Thursday, May 18, 2006 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (voice interpreted)

CSDR Social Hall
3044 Horace Street
Riverside, CA 92506

Email: ylee@csdr-csdr.ca.gov
Limited seats-First come first serve
Admissions: $5.00
Tickets: Buy at TV Class
6 Short Movies by Students

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly CautionedSome May be inappropriate for
Children Under 13.
Some Language And Sexual Content.

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

Hello all poker and golf players including fans,

Here is a quick run-over of these scheduled events that we are still
accepting entries to--

**First about the DeafNation Poker Tour at Foxwoods Casino:

Good news is that for the DeafNation Poker Tour, we now have over 200
players and a sweet pot climbing upwards to 80K, which will be held at
Foxwoods Casino on June 8, 2006. For those people who want to join the
event, please send the entry forms as you can before space is sold
out. Join the poker mania and sign up asap!

For Foxwood Casino's Hotel group/individual reservations, go to our
website get more info on how to book rooms.

More details about DeafNation Poker Tour is on www.deafnation.com.
See you there!

**Secondly, about the upcoming DeafNation Golf Classic/Charities:

Sign up your kids for the First Deaf Junior Golf Classic benefiting
the DeafNation Foundation, which will be held in Mt. Airy, Maryland.
There will be Deaf role model leaders instructing Deaf youth golfers
in the game of golf, including a Deaf PGA instructor and other Deaf
golf instructors. Entries accepted includes ages 8-18. FREE ENTRY!

Sign up for the DeafNation Golf Classic at the Hershey Country Club in
Hershey, PA; it will be held July 11-13th, 2006. The DeafNation Golf
Classic offers up to $10,000+ in a cash purse. Sign up early before
June 23rd to get the early bird special! DeafNation has been hosting
Golf Classics and Charities in the excitement of bringing more
exposure to the deaf sporting world to the game of golf, both to the
youth and adults.

Other future golfing events:
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Svc Charity Golf-Covington, WA
(www.adwas.org)

Thursday, October 5, 2006
West Suburban Assoc. of the Deaf Charity Golf-Bloomingdale, ILL
(www.wsadeaf.org)

Thursday, October 26, 2006
DeafHope Charity Golf-San Ramon, CA (www.deaf-hope.org)

Please contact joel at joel@deafnation.com if you have any questions.

Sign up now! :)

Thank you,

John Critser
Communications
www.deafnation.com
critser@deafnation.com

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

NAD Fulton III Committee Seeks Feedback on Recommendations

The Fulton III Committee recently completed its Proposed Vision for
2020 and Strategic Recommendations. To view the document as a webpage
go to : http://www.nad.org/f3recommendations

The Fulton III Committee wants your feedback on the Proposed Vision
2020 and Strategic Recommendations from all who have an interest in
the future of the NAD.

NAD members, State Association affiliates and their membership,
Organizational affiliates, and youth members (i.e., Junior NAD,
Collegiate NAD, YLC alumni, Miss Deaf America alumni), as well as
loyal donors and friends of the NAD are invited to share their input.

Please submit your input via the Fulton III Online Feedback Form
at:http://www.nad.org/f3comments

About the Fulton III Committee

The Fulton III Committee was formed by the NAD Board in response to a
2002 NAD Conference resolution, to explore ways to restructure the NAD
as a federation, including, but not limited to, its board,
headquarters operations, membership, and representation with an eye to
long-term strategy. This includes ways to overhaul organizational
communications, member involvement, and outreach to the public.

For more information about the Committee please go to the F3 webpage
at:http://www.nad.org/f3

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Third Public Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Persons with
Disabilities

The US Department of State and US Agency for International Development
will convene the third public meeting of the Advisory Committee on
Persons with Disabilities on Monday, May 1, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The meeting will be held in the Reagan Building and International
Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004) in
Hemisphere A room.

The Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities was established in
June 2004 for the purpose of serving the Secretary of State and the
Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
in an advisory capacity with respect to the consideration of the
interests of persons with disabilities in the formulation and
implementation of U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance. The
Advisory Committee is made up of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,
USAID Administrator Randall Tobias and Executive Director Stephanie
Ortoleva (all ex-officio members); and eight members from outside the
United States government: Senda Benaissa, Walter Bollinger, Joni
Eareckson Tada, Vail Horton, John Kemp, Albert H. Linden, Jr.,
Kathleen Martinez, and John Register.

Individuals wishing to attend must arrive ahead of time and attendees
must also have valid, government-issued photo-identification in order
to enter the building. Attendees requiring reasonable accommodation
should indicate their requirements one week prior to the event to
Sherri Hansen at HansenSM@state.gov.

###

Stephanie Ortoleva
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Room 7822
Washington, D.C. 20520
Phone: 202.647.9551
Fax: 202.647.4344
Email: ortolevas@state.gov

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

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 >

Deaf Woman Missing After A.M. Walk Found With Family
http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/9037052/detail.html
Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=Carol+McGavitt+d\
eaf+woman


Emergency text service pioneered
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/4951964.stm
Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=emergency+text+d\
eaf


Ordinance would relax rules for house conversions for disabled
http://www.orovillemr.com/news/bayarea/ci_3762204
Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=Ordinance+would+\
relax+rules+for+house+conversions+for+disabled


Help more disabled students
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-ed.special28apr28,0,1909895.story?c\
oll=bal-opinion-headlines

Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=help+more+disabl\
ed+student


Hard of hearing isn't the same as hearing impaired
http://www.star.niu.edu/articles/?id=23090
Related Links
http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?CharityID=807571&Keywords=Hard+of+hearing+\
hearing+impaired


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

Fifth Annual Bridges Conference to Take Place May 31 ­ June 2 in San
Antonio National Forum About Employment Issues & Latinos with Disabilities

Proyecto Visión's annual Bridges to Employment Conference will take
place May 31 - June 2 in San Antonio, Texas at the Holiday Inn
Riverwalk hotel. It is the premiere event on employment and Latinos
with disabilities in the United States. Each year recruiters,
vocational experts and jobseekers from around the country convene to
participate in trainings and exchanges on occupational issues, and
collaborate to increase job opportunities for Latinos with disabilities.

Schedule

The event begins at 2:00 p.m. on May 31 with a series of two special
presentations followed by an evening welcome reception. A full day of
workshops and roundtables is scheduled for June 1, interspersed with
catered networking breaks. June 2 will offer additional training sessions,
concluding with the plenary luncheon at 2:00 p.m. Throughout the
conference attendees will have access to assistive technology experts
to experiment with adaptive software and devices for use in the workplace.

Program, Speakers, Attendees

Representatives from Latino and disability advocacy organizations,
employers and professional Latinos who have disabilities will lead
workshops and roundtables on a variety of topics. Training sessions
will provide information about vocational training opportunities and
regional job
openings. Other agenda topics include resume writing; interview
preparation; recruiting, retention and promotion; asset-building
programs; benefits and transitions to employment; current legislation
and advocacy, and providing culturally competent services. Sessions
will be conducted in either English or Spanish with simultaneous
translation into whichever language is not being used.

Each year the Bridges conference attracts human resource
professionals, recruiters, entrepreneurs, diversity managers, Latino
and disability service providers, and disabled Latino jobseekers and
their family members from around the country. The San Antonio event
will build on the results of
Bridges conferences held in Raleigh, NC (2005), Chicago, IL (2004),
New York, NY (2003) and Anaheim, CA (2002).

Conference Specifics

The $150 fee includes the welcome reception, continental breakfasts,
all conference sessions and materials, and the closing luncheon.
Scholarships are available for unemployed or low-income Latinos with
disabilities to cover the registration fee. Scholarship awards are
based on financial need and strength of the application. Call (866)
367-5361 toll-free for scholarship information, or visit
www.projectvision.net <http://www.proyectovision.net/> to register to
attend and/or apply for a scholarship online.

The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk hotel.

Sponsors

Proyecto Visión is the first National Technical Assistance Center for
Latinos with Disabilities living in the United States. The goal of the
project is to connect Latinos with disabilities to employment. To
advance the goals of the President¹s New Freedom Initiative, Proyecto
Visión¹s staff provides training, capacity-building support and links
to employers and service providers to connect Latinos with
disabilities to jobs, training and technology. Proyecto Visión is
funded by the Department of Education¹s Rehabilitation Services
Administration. www.projectvision.net <http://www.proyectovision.net>

Proyecto Visión is based at the World Institute on Disability (WID) in
Oakland, CA. WID is a nonprofit research, public policy and advocacy
center dedicated to promoting independence and societal inclusion of
people with disabilities. WID has earned a reputation for high quality
research and public education on a wide range of issues. The Board of
Directors and staff, over half of whom are people with disabilities,
are respected national leaders in the disability field as well as in
industry, government and social services. www.wid.org

The staff of the San Antonio Independent Living Services (SAILS)
center is co-organizing and co-sponsoring this year¹s conference.
SAILS is a non-profit, federally designated center for Independent
Living that serves individuals who reside in the Greater San Antonio
Area. SAILS has been assisting people with disabilities to maintain
their rights for more than 24 years. www.sailstx.org

Additional support for the Conference was made possible with
contributions from co-sponsors Wal-Mart, the American Express
Foundation, Consumers for Cable Choice and the Epilepsy Foundation.

Contacts
Kathy Martinez, director, for program information - (510) 251-4326,
kathy@wid.org Robin Savinar, manager, for registration queries - (510)
251-4325, robin@wid.org, or Marisa Ortiz, San Antonio Independent
Living Services, for questions about San Antonio - (210) 281-1878 or
mortiz@sailstx.org.

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

"You have to really focus and concentrate. It's like you're alone out
there and you have to think about how you're going to do your best"
Kelso High golfer Dehne' O'Connor

-------------< 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 ocdac@deafadvocacy.org 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.

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

Steven J. Tingus, Director of the National Institute onDisability and
Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the Office of Special Education and
Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education,
and Chair of the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR)
is pleased to provide you with notice of an ICDR public meeting and
request for written comments with respect to the federal disability
and rehabilitation research agenda.

We are pleased to inform you that the ICDR, authorized by the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is holding a meeting to seek
comments from the public with respect to the federal disability and
rehabilitation research agenda. This dialogue with the public is of
critical importance, and we are encouraging individuals with
disabilities, persons who represent service providers, service
provider organizations, disability and rehabilitation research and
policy groups and representatives of advocacy organizations with
specialized knowledge and experience, to suggest specific ways to
improve future research for individuals with disabilities. The ICDR is
also interested in hearing from individuals concerning how well the
existing federal research programs are responding to the changing
needs of individuals with disabilities.

The meeting will take place May 23, 2006, from 10 a.m. to3 p.m. at the
Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th Street N.W., Washington DC, 20036
Telephone: (202) 393-1000.

The meeting will be open and accessible to the general public. Public
comments will be analyzed, along with other sources of information, to
make recommendations for future research directions and to coordinate
the federal research effort in disability; however, the ICDR cannot
respond individually to comments.

All individuals planning to attend the public meeting, including those
presenting comments, must make reservations by May 9, 2006, by
contacting Robert Jaeger, using the contact information below.
Individuals who wish to present comments must request time on the
agenda, which will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Participants will be allowed approximately five minutes to present
their comments.

Prior to the meeting, participants must submit written copies of their
comments, along with any other written or electronic versions of
supporting information, such as agency or organization policy
statements, recommendations, research findings and research
literature. Walk-ins must bring two written copies of their comments.
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may
call (202) 205-4475. Individuals who need accommodations for a
disability in order to attend or participate at the meeting (i.e.,
interpreting services, assistive listening devices, material in
alternative format) should notify ROBERT JAEGER by May 9, 2006.

Robert Jaeger, Executive Secretary, ICDR
U.S. Department of Education
550 12th Street, S.W., room 6050
Potomac Center Plaza
Washington, DC 20202-2700
Telephone: (202) 245-7386
Fax: (202) 245-7633
Robert.Jaeger@ed.gov

A copy of the Federal Register notice can be viewed at:
www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-2/041106c.html

Steven James Tingus, M.S., C.Phil.
Director,
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Chair, Interagency Committee on Disability Research
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education
550 12th Street, SW, Room 6056
Washington, DC 20024-6122
Direct Line: (202) 245-7549
NIDRR's Main Line: (202) 245-7640
Fax Line: (202) 245-7630
E-Mail: Steven.Tingus@ed.gov

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

Area Council for Deaf vandalized again
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The Final Cut
by Mac Crary, copyright 2006

Robert Fripp is a cowardly English rock musician in a wierd religious
cult who believes that he has a license to sexually molest deaf people.

The coward Fripp wangled an explanation for his collusion with Zell (a
man who used me for an AIDS experiment on Mt. Desert Island in
1988) by saying such a catastrophic hate crime was legitimized by a
letter I wrote in 1982 to Leslie Katz; further he and his cult justify
executing the rape of a retarded girl (deaf Jeannie) as a lesson in
connection with the AIDS operation on Mt. Desert Island and punishment
for my letter to Leslie, which he claims without speaking openly
establishes my blame in the death of John Lennon (which is his real
motive, letters in evidence having been planted on my home when I was
tortured as a child, a fact he denies so he can doubly victimize me).
Lennon's murder was a crime in which neither I nor deaf Jeannie played
any role whatsoever. Nor did I touch Leslie Katz, or anyone else,
as the coward has relentlessly implied in his brutal harassment and
surveillance ordeal.

The problem with the justification scenario offered by the coward
Fripp, seething that Katz justifies Zell is that it fails to explain
either Zell's postcard to me, or his involvement with the people who
attacked me in childhood. It totally fails to explain the comments he
made in advance of the AIDS experiment (referred to in the postcard),
in 1981-82, when he began casing me, a fact which predates the crime
of AIDS. Fripp used Leslie opportunistically to justify his collusion
and exists to make a joke of his role in collusion in a mass murder
operation, seething that this would implicate Reagan, so that
therefore none of it is true.

Fripp betrayed a true friend and a generation at risk in favor of a
berzerker religious cult who rape and torture deaf children, because
Reagan promised him the "intellectual property" goldmine.

It's true, typical of an English, and also very sad.


Mac Crary
315 Maynard Ave. S. #309
Seattle, WA
98104

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BOYCOTT Matthew Moore's People of Color Conference!!!

Matthew Moore, a white man who I've been told is not very well liked
by many, has announced that he has set up a People of Color conference
-- www.peopleofcolor.com -- to take place next March in Indianapolis.
I'm encouraging all Deaf people of color (POC) to boycott this
conference!

First, of all, Moore is a WHITE man. While white allies are
important, his announcement is slap in the face to Deaf people of
color everywhere. It is like the equivalent of a hearing person who
does not know sign language that has decided to set up a conference
for Deaf people to help them learn about ASL. This person has NO
business setting up such a conference!!

Given that this WHITE man is plastering his name, business name all
over the conference pages of a conference one should stop and
seriously question his motives.

While a Deaf POC conference such as this one is NEEDED, it should be
set up, coordinated and run by DEAF PEOPLE OF COLOR, not some white
man who appears to just want to advertise his name and business. I
encourage all Deaf people of color to BOYCOTT this conference and
instead come together to set one up of our own through organizations
such as NBDA, IDC, NDLC, etc.

As for this conference, please do not attend and encourage others to
BOYCOTT it as well. Let's send a message that we are not anyone's
TOKENS! Shame on you, Matthew Moore!

Chris Leon
http://chrisleonroar.blogspot.com/

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DCARA CEO position available

***JOB OPENING*** CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA) is a non-profit,
community-based social service agency serving the Deaf community of
the San Francisco Bay Area and 14 counties in Northern California.
DCARA's mission is to promote self-determination, independence, and
celebration of American Sign Language (ASL) among a diverse Deaf
community, regardless of their communication background, through its
services and programs.

For the position of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DCARA is
seeking a strong and dynamic leader to build on over 40 years of
continuous growth and evolution of the agency and maintain a staff
that is stable and proud of the services they provide to the Deaf
community, including Deafened, Deaf-Blind, and hard-of-hearing
members. The CEO will report directly to the Board of Directors and
will be responsible for all aspects of the agency's operations,
programs, finances, and personnel. The CEO will also provide
direction and leadership towards the achievement of the agency's
philosophy, mission, strategies, and goals. The position is based at
DCARA Headquarters in San Leandro, California.

For further information on DCARA, visit www.dcara.org

DCARA is looking for a person of integrity with strong interpersonal
and communication skills who will maintain effective partnerships with
community, staff, and the Board of Directors. DCARA is also looking
for an inspiring organizational leader who motivates and challenges
the staff and community to continue growing.

The successful candidate will possess the following strengths:
* Solid track record in Deaf leadership and program oversight and
development
* Excellent organizational and financial management skills
* Ability to recruit, manage, and team-build
* Strong professional networks in the Deaf Community
* Positive outlook on Deaf Culture and ASL

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
* Fluency in ASL; ability to communicate with persons of all social,
economic and language levels
* Strong background in social service programs for the Deaf
* Bachelor's degree; a Master's degree is preferred
* Five years of experience in non-profit, community-based management
and supervision of a large staff
* Professional experience with grant procurement, project management,
and fundraising efforts

SALARY: Commensurate with capability and experience (plus excellent
benefits)

Interested applicants will need to submit the following: resume, cover
letter, and application (available at www.dcara.org) to
searchchair@dcara.org or to the attention of Liz Brading, DCARA Search
Committee Chair; 14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200; San Leandro, CA
94578. Screened applicants must be willing to interview in person.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

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