The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - February 6, 2010
THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK
THE PUSH TO REPLACE "MENTAL RETARDATION" WITH "INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY"
"Rosa's Law," a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate to eliminate the terms
"mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from the federal law books and use
"intellectual disability" instead, has gathered 28 co-sponsors from both sides
of the aisle in the U.S. Congress. Many are members of the Senate Committee on
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, to which the bill has been referred. The
bill, S. 2781, was introduced in November by Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
and Michael B. Enzi (R-WY).
Brought to you by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center
DO YOUR SHOPPING AT OUR WEBSTORE.
We have lots of new items and our webstore count stands at over 660 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
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR PEOPLE WITH SOCIAL SECURITY
DISABILITY BENEFITS WHO WANT TO RETURN TO WORK
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has launched the Choose Work Website
for people receiving Social Security disability benefits who want to return to
work. The site contains first-person accounts by people who have used the SSA's
work incentives; videos, including a Work Incentive Seminar Event; help finding
local resources; and more.
Choose Work Website : http://choosework.net/
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FACE TO FACE TIMES
To Say Or Not To Say Manual
A new manual in people first language has been released by Self Advocates
Becoming Empowered group. This helps remove the labels stigma from people with
To Say Or Not To Say : http://www.sabeusa.org/PeopleFirstLanguageManual.pdf
Brought to you by Modern Deaf Communication
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, and uses the
THE FINGER BOWS
COMING IN APRIL: DISABILITY POLICY SEMINAR IN WASHINGTON, DC
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is one
of disability organizations co-hosting the annual Disability Policy Seminar in
Washington, DC, from April 12-14, 2010. The seminar is a yearly examination of
organizations' grassroots networks for bipartisan advocacy of national policies
promoting full inclusion of people with disabilities in our society.
Holistic Living Expo - Newport Beach
It's a great place for us to relax in these trying times. Free pass for your
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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
President's Budget Includes $250 Stimulus Payment for Social Security Recipients
President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposes a $250 payment to Social
Security recipients. The relief would come at a time when Social Security
beneficiaries will not be receiving a normal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)
because of a formula that forbids adjustments during times of negative
inflation. "Without a COLA, far too many of America's seniors will find it even
more difficult to purchase basic necessities, heat their homes and pay for their
medications," said Barbara J. Easterling, President of the Alliance. "We urge
Congress to similarly work to provide much-needed economic relief to older
Americans who are struggling to make ends meet during these difficult times,"
she continued. "The President's budget proposal will provide Social Security
beneficiaries with the equivalent of a 2% increase in benefits and will help
greatly to bolster their financial security." As expected, the budget also calls
for a Bipartisan Fiscal Commission that will address the growth of entitlement
spending, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. A plan to freeze
non-security discretionary spending for three years to address the budget
deficit would not affect those programs. "We must watch this fiscal commission
development carefully, so that the budget is not balanced on the backs of
seniors," said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance.
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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
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) supports the efforts of the Northern
Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) to monitor and count the number of Super Bowl
commercials that are captioned. The deaf and hard of hearing community has
engaged in an annual ritual of counting the number of captioned advertisements
during the Super Bowl.
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)
Eye Fire Vlogs has become a battleground over the Mormonism and Proposition 8
issue. Go there to watch Lo take it on Popemistress and vice versa.
Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center remains neutral on this issue of Mormonism
and Proposition 8. Eye Fire Vlogs encourages free expressions. Even postings
presumptively regarded as 'hate' through few people's perspectives are allowed
there. And we feel confident that the results of the trial, either way, will
reflect the broad community consensus of opinion with regards to Mormonism and
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do on behalf of people with hearing and speech impairments and we have a
donation form ready for your use.
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clicking on the donation link above.
FROM THE NEWSLETTER READERS
Hi Richard and OCDAC Staff. This is me Mohammed, my roomate Bill moving out
March 1, 2010 . He was laid off from Pazza Restaurant December 24, 2009 and
struggling with rent money. his room available for rent starting March 1, 2010
Rent $481.00 per month , gas and electricity not included, Please Post on OCDAC
site if anyone is interested to rent the room in Riverside. male or female ok.
no smoking in house. smoking is permitted in backyard.
EDITOR'S NOTE :
Interested persons should email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Room For
Rent Riverside" in subject line. Editor will forward your correspondence to
Mohammad lived with the editor in the early 80's as college roommates. Mohammad
is an excellent person to live with, comical, has a very independent mentality,
and would make a good roomate to live with.
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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,
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