THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced a bill Thursday that would make Medicare cover hearing aids.
An expanded hate crimes bill signed into law Wednesday makes it a federal offense to commit a crime against a person based on their disability.
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DO YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT OUR WEBSTORE.
We have lots of new items and our webstore count stands at over 550 items!
Lots of products for the deaf, and blind, and other disabilities. 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.
Buy Here, Buy Now, Pay Less with our ADA kits! This includes long term savings associated with ADA compliance.
Stop by http://stores.ebay.com/OCDAC-Adaptive-Equipment-and-More today to start your shopping.
Albertsons Community Partner Program
You Must Re-link Your Card Every year to Continue Giving!
If you are currently part of the Albertsons Community Partner program and use
your card to give 4% of all your purchases to the Mission, you will have to
re-link your card number for us to continue earning funds! Use your Preferred
Savings Card Number and link (or re-link) to "Orange County Deaf Advocacy
Center" at http://www.albertsonscp.com
The Mission's ID # is: 49001002038. You'll need to re-link your card every year
so we can keep earning 4% of all your purchases for Orange County Deaf Advocacy
Please pass this notice around to your friends, relatives, co-workers, and
neighbors so they can link their cards as well.
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FACE TO FACE TIMES
As We Reflect Upon Ourselves, Lets Stop And Think Of The Less Fortunate Hearing
Impaired And Disabled Folks.
At this time of the year, as we reflect upon our own lives, lets stop and think
about the other hearing impaired and disabled around us who are less fortunate.
Some of our friends like these 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 holiday basket 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
Also if you wish, you can add other food items to spice up the holiday basket
with items like spices, ethnic foods, and cultural foods. I get messages each
year that my shopping list is either boring, flavorless, and short-sighted.
So please, if you can afford it, grab some extra groceries for a hearing
impaired and disabled's family. An ideal holiday gift to a needy family like
these would be groceries that lasts a few days. Contact your local hearing
loss/disability association for information on connecting to a needy family.
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MAXED OUT ON YOUR CREDIT CARDS?
Get yourself an OCDAC credit card through a special program at
We get a $50 donation for each person who completes the signup.
THE FINGER BOWS
A brand new film from the UK called 'Departure Lounge' has been released on the
internet in full - it's 30 minutes long.
The film was directed by Louis Neethling (who directed 'Coming Out' and the BBC
series 'Switch') and stars Hal Draper and David Sands.
It's in BSL with English captions.
Just click here: http://www.bslbt.co.uk/drama/departure_lounge/
Hope you enjoy it!
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Take a look and bookmark our new search page!
Http://www.deafadvocacy.org/search.html . It's a good source of information you
THE SOUR ORCHIDS
The infamous Aguilar VS Errigo case shows how far and ridiculous the sign
language militants can go to intimidate a cochlear implant deaf family.
See the case transcript at http://www.hear-for-life.org/r&mcasetranscript/
This is the weirdness people who favor cochlear implants have to put up with
from the sign language and deaf culture militants in California.
Brought to you by the other Orange Deafie Blog at http://ocdac.wordpress.com/
COME TO OUR MEETUPS!
The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
http://asl.meetup.com/37/ - and the Orange County Deaf & Hearing
Impaired Meetup Group http://deaf.meetup.com/38/ meets each 3rd Fridays of the
We are currently pondering a new locations for all of our meetup events because
our competition appears to have hijacked the excitement, prestige, and normalcy
of our cherished monthly gatherings.
FROM THE BLOGSPHERE
Disability and the 2000 Census: What reporters need to know
The 2000 U.S. Census shows us that 49.7 million people in the U. S. age 5 and
over have a disability -- nearly 1 in 5 U.S. residents, or 19 percent.
* 5.2 million were between the ages of 5 and 20. This was 8 percent of people in
this age group.
* 30.6 million were between the ages of 21 and 64. Fifty-seven percent of them
* 14.0 million were 65 and over. Those with disabilities comprised 42 percent of
people in this age group.
Brought to you by the Hearing For Life Foundation Http://www.hear-for-life.org
DO YOU HAVE TINNITUS? ARE YOUR EARS RINGING ALOUD BY ITSELF? DO YOU WANT THAT
Tinnitus affects people with or without hearing loss.
Tinnitus is the ringing sensation that occurs in the ears. Severe tinnitus can
be painful and disable a person. Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center has two
people serving in a patient advocacy council. Orange County Deaf Advocacy
Center wants to help people retain their productivity by helping them manage
We are introducing a nutraceutical cocktail of Ginkgo Biloba, Zinc, and Garlic
to manage tinnitus (ringing) in the ears. New studies show that a combination
of these three working together helps manage tinnitus. We have the research
that suggest the cocktail helps manage tinnitus.
This cocktail doesn't create the flush reaction you get from using high dosage
of Niacin taken to manage tinnitus.
Tinnitus management kit contains Ginkgo Biloba, Zinc, Garlic, pill minders box,
carrying case, and 2 sets of ear plugs.
Kit is assembled by people with disabilities.
If you care about your ears, please shop through our paypal link below now
Tinnitus 2 month management kit $79.99 - Free Shipping On All Orders!
Refills each month $29.99 (Link will be mailed to you with your order)
The funds generated from this offering will be returned to the community in the
form of assisted housing, education, advocacy, free equipment, outreach, and
***These Statements have not been evaluated by the US FDA. This product is not
intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. There is no guarantee this
will help you manage tinnitus. This may work on some people and this may not
work on some people too.
FROM THE VLOGSPHERE (VIDEO BLOGGING)
AFA Leads Boycott Against Deafread.com And Deafvideo.tv :
Brought to you by the Eye Fire Vlogs Http://eyefirevlogs.com
Please donate to Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center. We have a lot of work to
do on behalf of people with hearing and speech impairments and we have a
donation form ready for your use.
Donation form :
Thank you very much for the time youve taken to read this newsletter and
clicking on the donation link above.
FROM THE NEWSLETTER READERS
Dear list members,
I am wondering.
I am a faculty member in community rehabilitation and disability studies at the
University of Calgary, Canada. One of my research areas is to look at changed
perception and impact of so called 'therapeutic' devices that might outperform
'normal' human body. Hearing aids might in the future give hearing abilities
that go beyond the 'normal'.
I started a study with the purpose is better understand the sentiment towards
a) today's hearing aids in general and b) hypothetical future hearing aids with
various and different features that might surpass the `normal' hearing and c)
the sentiment towards sign language and what the respondent think about the
linkage of hearing aids and sign language.
It would be great if you would fill out the survey!!!
Dr. Gregor Wolbring
University of Calgary
President-elect Canadian Disability Studies Association
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safety, health, and productive living.
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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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