Thursday, November 16, 2006

OCDAC Newsletter November 16, 2006

Dear Friends,

We now have 2007 ASL calendars for sale now. Check our ebay catalog

and they make great holiday gifts.

We also have a huge stock of American Sign Language Alphabet
place-mats this year we wont run out like we did last year.\

and they also make great holiday gifts too.

The holiday shopping season has already begun and we are offering
accessible holiday offerings such as brailled holiday cards, and many
more items to make holiday season a real blessing for people with
disabilities. They can all be found in our ebay store.

Start your holiday shopping at our eBay store today! Lots of products
for the deaf, and blind, and other disabilities. We have gifts for
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many other
holidays, birthdays, anniversaries. Remember your parents, grand
parents, brothers, sisters, family members, co-workers who need
adaptive equipment. Employers can shop here for equipment and
accessories for their hearing impaired workers. Stop by today to
start your holiday shopping.

We are selling 2007 Entertainment Books for $35 each, save $$$$ in
coupons! You can get them at our office or go to our website for the
link. We already have sold some and we have a few of books left over.

We got invited to 2 more educational outreach events in March. The
stem cell committee meets in November 27. The California Relay
Services has launched an educational campaign against the problematic
'hang-ups' the deaf community has been experiencing using the relay
services. Check our website for that information. Our website
scrolling marquee has been changed too.

Many many thinks to those of you have sent in those big donation
checks. This is the society's permission to continue the good deeds
we have been doing since June 1998.

OCDAC Communications
[email protected]

-------------< HOUSING NEWS >

The editor was recently elected as the head super of his apartment
association. This will enable him to use the apartment building our
training program and there is room for 15 deaf people to babysit the
vacant apartments for the owners.

-------------< SEASONAL NEWS >

At this time of the year, as we reflect upon our own lives,
lets stop and think about the other disabled around us who are less
fortunate. Some of our disabled friends cannot afford to feed their
families. Some of them live in cars, in parks, or in alleys. For a
few, its by choice, for most it's by chance.

This shopping list will be a good gift to a family of 4.

3 cans meat (6.5 oz, tuna, pork, chicken, or beef)
3 cans vegetables (15 oz.)
3 cans fruit (16 oz)
3 cans soup (11 oz.)
3 boxes of macaroni and cheese
2 boxes of dry soup
2 boxes of hot cereal
2 lbs. dry beans
2 lbs rice
2 boxes powdered milk (2 qt.)
2 cans of evaporated milk
2 boxes crackers
1 jar peanut butter (18 oz.)

Optional items: dish detergent, toothpaste, soap bars. Also add :
Information on local food banks, food assistance programs, and local
soup kitchens.

So please, if you can afford it, grab some extra groceries for a
disabled's family. An ideal holiday gift to a needy disabled's
family would be groceries that lasts a few days. Contact your local
deaf/disability association for information on connecting to a needy
disabled's family.

Our office can accept these types of donations for our needy clients.

-------------< 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

This weekly newsletter is now 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 that are chock full of
distracting advertisements. They are now available in other
alternative formats like floppies, braille, and in large print for
people with vision impairments. For more information, please email
[email protected]

Our Campbell's product label collection campaign to help us raise the
means to get supplies for our office is producing results. Start
saving your Campbells product labels today and mail them to us on the
first week of each month. We have aproximately 1600 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. Our
big thanks to those who sent in their labels.

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

Take a look and bookmark our new search page! It's a good source of
information you can use.

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

January 12 -15, 2007
New Orleans, Louisiana

Make sure your State is Represented!

You can find more information on the web about the SILC Congress at:




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 this Friday November 17, 2006.

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

Friday, November 17, 7:00 PM

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

Meet the 2 meetups


Oral Deaf Orange County Club

Come to our meetup on Tuesday December 5, 2006.

Oral Deaf Orange County Club

Tuesday, December 5, 7:00 PM

Natále Coffee
2801 W. MacArthur A2
Santa Ana, CA



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

Deaf employment rights FULL

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 >

See what we offer at Ebay!

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

Hi. I am casting the new musical Sleeping Beauty Wakes, an upcoming
co-production between The Kirk Douglas Theatre and Deaf West here in .
In my attempt to reach as many deaf and hard of hearing actors as
possible, I was hoping you could email the attached flyer to any
appropriate members of your constituency and/or sister organizations.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks in advance for your help.

Bonnie Grisan

Bonnie Grisan
Associate Casting Director
Center Theatre Group
Ahmanson Theatre - Mark Taper Forum -

[email protected] ( Email Bonnie for the flyer )

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Deadline for Summer Internship Program - December 1, 2006

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Internship Opportunities

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is
committed to the development of leadership, employment, and
self-sufficiency skills of students with disabilities. In fact,
through the sponsorship of Mitsubishi Electric America Foundationand
the Microsoft Corporation, students have opportunities to develop
those skills.

2007 Summer Congressional Internship for College Students with

Administered by AAPD and sponsored by the Mitsubishi Electric America
Foundation, second-semester sophomores through first-semester seniors
interested in working on Capitol Hill are encouraged to apply.
Accepted candidates will work in congressional offices in Washington,
DC. Roundtrip travel and housing will be provided to interns, and each
student will receive a stipend.

Applications are available at:
Apply by: December 1, 2006 (5:00pm, EST).

Questions and submissions for Congressional program to:
[email protected].


2007 Summer Information Technology (I.T.) Internship for College
Students with Disabilities

Administered by AAPD and sponsored by Microsoft Corporation,
undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in information
technology are encouraged to apply. Accepted candidates will work in
various agencies in the executive branch of the federal government.
Roundtrip travel and housing will be provided to interns, and each
student will receive a stipend.

Applications are available at:
Apply by: December 1, 2006 (5:00pm, EST).

Questions and submissions for I.T. program to:
[email protected].

For more information, please contact:

Shonda McLaughlin, PhD, CRC
Program Manager of Mentoring & Leadership
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
1629 K St NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-457-0046, Ext 26 or 1-800-840-8844
Email: [email protected]

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

Take a look and bookmark our new search page! It's a good source of
information you can use.

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

Laguna Honda Hospital Sued for Discrimination

CONTACT: Karen Stevenson
510-271-4781 (work)
510-710-5335 (cell)

Laguna Honda Residents Sue San Francisco for Discrimination

San Francisco, CA - Six residents of Laguna Honda Hospital, joined by
the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRCSF) in San Francisco,
filed a class action lawsuit, Mark Chambers et al.v. City and County
of San Francisco, in federal court to challenge San Franciscos
discriminatory actions resulting in their unnecessary confinement at
Laguna Honda Hospital, a more than 1,000- bed nursing facility owned
and operated by the City.

The plaintiffs are capable of, and would prefer to live in their own
homes or in the community.

"I am 47 years old and have been at Laguna Honda for seven years,"
said Mark Chambers, the lead plaintiff and a computer systems manager
before suffering a head injury. "I don't want to spend the rest of my
life here. I want to be part of the world outside."

San Francisco's actions violate the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA), which requires that individuals with disabilities be provided
services in the "most integrated setting appropriate" to their needs.
The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed this right in Olmstead v. L.C. in
1999, concluding that unnecessary institutionalization violates the ADA.

Ironically, San Francisco now boasts a new, state-of-the- art,
community-based housing and Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Center. The
Mission Creek Day Health opened on May 1, 2006 and offers adult day
health care programs for seniors and people with disabilities and is
partnered with Mission Creek Senior Community,a residential housing
facility. Mission Creek Day Health is a cost-effective alternative to
nursing home care and a preventative health service for frail elders
or adults with chronic, disabling conditions who are at risk of
institutionalization placement.

"Laguna Honda is out of step with the choices people would make ifthey
truly had a choice; and the direction the rest of the country is
taking to reduce the use of nursing homes," according to Herb Levine,
Director of the Independent Living Resource Center, the organizational
Plaintiff. There are better choices than Laguna Honda to provide San
Franciscans with the highest quality life options.

In a partial settlement of a prior class action lawsuit against San
Francisco, Davis et. al. v. CHHSA et al., San Francisco assessed and
developed discharge plans for all current and potential Laguna Honda

"Laguna Honda residents continue to be unnecessarily institutionalized
in violation of the ADA. San Francisco's own assessments show that
approximately 80% of Laguna Honda residents could leave if they were
offered services and housing in the community, and at least half of
the residents prefer to live in the community," said Elissa Gershon of
Protection and Advocacy, Inc., one of the attorneys for Plaintiffs.

"Not only is San Francisco violating the law by institutionalizing
people whom it has assessed as not wanting or needing to be at Laguna
Honda, but San Francisco plans to perpetuate this discrimination for
generations to come by building a potentially larger Laguna Honda,"
according to Arlene Mayerson of the Disability Rights Education and
Defense Fund, one of the attorneys for Plaintiffs.

The Laguna Honda rebuild will cost taxpayers at least $600 million to
construct and presently $180 million a year to operate, including
$48.7 million per year from San Francisco9s General Fund. This
represents a 30% increase in the past three years.

"San Francisco is spending enormous sums to keep more than 1,000
people at one of the nation's most costly institutions instead of
using those dollars to provide the housing and services they need to
live independently, "said Jennifer Mathis of the Bazelon Center for
Mental Health Law, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

Individual Plaintiffs are individuals with disabilities, all of whom
have resided at Laguna Honda for one to 26 years. The services they
would need in order to be discharged based on an assessment by San
Francisco include: affordable, accessible housing; case management;
assistance with meals and money management; transportation; primary
health care; and mental health services. All of these services are or
could be made available in San Francisco, but have not been provided
to the Plaintiffs.

Most seniors want to live in their own homes as long as possible, said
Bruce Vignery from AARP, one of the attorneys for Plaintiffs. When
seniors have a choice, they don't choose to live in nursing homes.

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

"I'm a deaf athlete, but I don't want to be called a 'deaf athlete,' "
Martel Van Zant says.

-------------< 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! It doesnt cost you anything more than your purchases to
be a supporter. 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 >

New EEOC Publication Addresses Employment Rights of People with
Hearing Loss

Cari M. Dominguez, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC), today announced the issuance of a new
question-and-answer (Q&A) fact sheet on the application of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to job applicants and employees
who are deaf or who have hearing impairments: Questions and Answers
about Deafness and Hearing Impairments in the Workplace and the
Americans with Disabilities Act.

The new Q&A publication includes many real-life examples that
illustrate the kinds of jobs that people with hearing loss
successfully perform and the wide range of accommodations available.

Topics addressed in the document include:

When a hearing loss is a disability under the ADA;

When an employer may ask an applicant or employee about a hearing
impairment and what it should do if an applicant voluntarily discloses
the impairment;

What type of reasonable accommodation an applicant or employee with a
hearing disability may need; and

What an employer should do if it has safety concerns about an
applicant or employee with a hearing impairment.

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

Advocates for Community Services:

The MFP submittal date of November 1st is now history. We understand
CMS got 37 submittals by the deadline.

Below is a link to a good article on Targeted Case Management
(TCM)which is a Medicaid program that can be used for identification
of and service coordination for folks transitioning out of institutions.

During your states development of the Demonstration Operational
Protocol (DOP) there may be an opportunity to push for TCM.

There are three critical pieces in transitioning folks out of

1. Identification
2. Service Coordination
3. Housing - Accessible, Affordable, Integrated

If your state DID NOT APPLY there is no reason they cannot move the
money from the nursing home/institution to the community under the
current rules and regulations (THEY FOOLISHLY JUST WON'T GET THE

Identification of folks who want out of nursing homes and other
institutions,in the non-responding states, will require the state to
provide them community services or explain WHY THEY TURNED DOWN

As former CMS Administrator said about MFP: "States have NO MORE

Don't Mourn...ORGANIZE!!

The ADAPT Community

Shortcut to the Targeted Case Management article:

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

Your Participation Needed!

The National Collaborative of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC) is
conducting a federally-funded, wide-scale assessment project to
quantify the interpreter supply and demand nationwide.

The purpose of the survey is to determine the shortage of interpreters
in the United States.

If you decide to take part in this study, you will fill out a
survey/questionnaire about when you need an interpreter, the types of
settings in which you need interpreters and when you cannot get
interpreters. It will take about 7 minutes.

Use the following URL for more information

-------------< EPILOG >

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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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