Friday, February 26, 2010

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - February 27, 2010

THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK

See our entry to the $15,000 Green Heroes Grant competition. Facebook membership is required to vote for us.

http://apps.facebook.com/greenheroes/heroes/204

Through our TOP-RATE program we accomplish a few things. First, we get a lot of re-useable electronics away from the landfills. Secondly, we make access equipment much more accessible to those who are otherwise reluctant to use to make their businesses accessible to the deaf. Thirdly, we make the equipment accessible to those who need to use them to participate in all aspects of our society. Finally we teach people to reduce waste to landfills and re-use access equipment.

Our program is very worthy of your vote and the vote could help us win from $5,000 to $15,000 for our program.

Right now, our entry is being judged to see if we are worthy to be one of the finalists you'll be voting on. And we will learn of the results soon from the judging phase.

The voting begins on March 18 and you'll vote on the program every day until April 17.

Please join us at facebook and sign onto our cause http://apps.facebook.com/causes/11660?m=fe434a8d

Please see our video of the TOP-RATE program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8sDFF-bOZw

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National Federation of the Blind
Braille Reading Pals Club

Registration is now open for the New Year beginning April 1, 2010.

The Braille Reading Pals Club is an early literacy program that encourages parents to read daily with their blind or low-vision child (ages infant to seven).
Participating club members will receive:
* A print-Braille book and a plush reading pal
* Monthly parent e-newsletter promoting tips for early Braille literacy
* Quarterly Braille activity sheets for young children
* Braille birthday cards for child participants
* Access to a network of resources devoted to serving parents of blind children
Mission of the Program
* Introduce young children and their families to Braille
* Provide parents literacy strategies to use with their children
* Direct parents to essential resources for promoting success for their young blind children
* Help parents promote early literacy skills, a love of reading, and a positive attitude about Braille through daily reading with their blind children

To learn more about this exciting program, or to register, please visit www.nfb.org/readingpals, or call (410) 659-9314, ext. 2295.

Cosponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)

Brought to you by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Http://www.deafadvocacy.org

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DO YOUR SHOPPING AT OUR WEBSTORE.

We have lots of new items and our webstore count stands at over 680 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.

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THE GRAPEVINES

Ah, the hopes raised by a new HUD administration. Early last year, Congress provided funds for 4,000 Mainstream Vouchers for Non-Elderly People with Disabilities. New Secretary of HUD, Shaun. L. Donovan, met with ADAPT and agreed with ADAPT that 1,000 of these vouchers should be used to help disabled people move out of nursing homes.

On June 22, 2009, HUD issued a "Proposed Notice" in the Federal Register. Comments were due by July 14, 2009. A number of you responded with comments.

Before any of these 4,000 vouchers can be used, HUD must publish in the Federal Register a Notice of Financial Availability (NOFA) so that Public Housing Authorities and others can submit competitive bids for these vouchers. Yes, another Federal Register publication. After that occurs, HUD must review the bids and then allocate the vouchers.

How many people will die before one voucher is used? How many people with disabilities will develop bed sores in nursing facilities? Urinary tract and other infections in these institutions? How many people in what President Obama called "the year of community living" exist in nursing homes waiting for these vouchers?

Hmm. Why has it taken more than SEVEN months and still NO NOFA? Doesn't HUD understand that there are people unnecessarily institutionalized solely because they cannot afford to rent an apartment without the rental assistance of a voucher? Doesn't HUD and the White House realize there are actual cost savings from using the vouchers and having people live in the community? Doesn't anyone in the White House or HUD have a relative in a nursing facility who wants to get out? Don't they understand how dangerous nursing facilities are?

Here is one excuse we've heard - approval of the NOFA is "in process at OMB." Well, tell Secretary Donovan to at least pretend that these vouchers and ending discrimination against people with disabilities is a HUD priority. Tell him to get his butt down to OMB and tell them he's not leaving until these vouchers get out of OMB! If he needs company at OMB, let us know!

Send HUD an email - Shaun.L.Donovan@hud.gov to "Free Our People."

Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues

Brought to you by The Orange Deafie Blog Http://www.deafadvocacy.org/blog/blog.html

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FACE TO FACE TIMES

Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum (Second edition)

Dennis H. Reid and Marsha B. Parsons

The PBSTC is the only competency-based training Curriculum that teaches supervisors and direct support staff how to implement the progressive principles of positive behavior support while providing services and care to people with developmental disabilities in agencies. Written in simple, plain language by award-winning authors, PBSTC requires trainees to demonstrate mastery of skills taught at the end of the training program.

"The PBSTC and the Positive Behavior Support philosophy help our staff to use a common language and it is another tool for improving the quality of care within our programs. Staff members have found the on-the-job training checks as part of the PBSTC training to be most helpful." Christie Ducklow, Training Director, Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center, Wisconsin

What PBSTC delivers:

* A tested, stable, and successful source of positive behavior support strategies to reduce challenging behavior

* Knowledge and skills to foster a culture of respect within disability service settings

* Performance and competency-based Curriculum requiring in-class activities, role plays, and on-the-job demonstration of skills

* Training for supervisors on managerial duties, including staff observations, performance analysis, and evaluating PBS plans

* "Right out of the box" trainer curriculum with activity sheets, skills checks, and PowerPoint slides on CD-ROM

* Ample opportunities for student and teacher interaction with enjoyable team activities

The PBSTC contains 25 training modules total, 9 of which are designed for supervisors only. Each module addresses a key set of skills in positive behavior support, and the supervisors' modules train professionals to be effective managers.

The second edition of PBSTC is simpler and shorter, with a wider selection of activities to make learning easier. It also includes a completely redesigned and ready-to-use PowerPoint slides on CD-ROM. One efficient Curriculum trains both supervisors and direct support professionals.

Now available! AAIDD Training Program on PBSTC
AAIDD has worked with authors Dennis Reid and Marsha Parsons to conduct several successful training programs on PBSTC in North America. For more information on scheduling a PBSTC training workshop, please send an email to books@aaidd.org.

Who can buy PBSTC
Past buyers of PBSTC include ARC offices; community colleges; state departments of aging and disability services; developmental centers; family support services; libraries; private clinics; public schools; rehabilitation centers; residential services; respite care services; service providers; consulting practices; and universities.

"The PBSTC Curriculum provides a wonderful base of understanding for staff with no previous training or experience and enhances the skills of well-seasoned staff. The Curriculum is very well designed and is both teacher and student friendly. It is a succinct program that allows ample student interaction and participation." Donna Boyd, Tri-Developmental Center of Aiken County, South Carolina

Read more reviews and view a Table of Contents and a chapter excerpt.

Questions on PBSTC or how you can benefit from PBSTC training? Email books@aaidd.org.

2007 | Price: $395 | Curriculum (420 pages) | Guide (156 pages) | Item 380

Each order consists of a 3-ring binder, shrink-wrapped Curriculum, 8.5X11 Resource Guide, and Trainer PowerPoint on CD-ROM. Additional Trainee Resource Guides can be purchased for $10.95.
Founded in 1876, AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities. Learn more at www.aaidd.org.

Brought to you by Modern Deaf Communication http://www.moderndeafcommunication.org

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MAXED OUT ON YOUR CREDIT CARDS?

Get yourself an OCDAC credit card through a special program at http://www.cardpartner.com/enduser.aspx?AEID=D0974

We get a $50 donation for each person who completes the signup, and uses the card.

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THE FINGER BOWS

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Hear Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez, Former Congressman Tony Coelho, and Other Leading Disabilities Rights Advocates

at the

2010 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

Equality, Difference, and the Right to Live in the World

April 15-16, 2010

at the

National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Baltimore, Maryland

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez and former
Congressman Tony Coelho head the list of distinguished law professors,
practitioners, and advocates who will discuss the concepts of equality
and difference as they relate to the disabled in employment, education,
medical treatment, and access to technology. With an expanded format to
incorporate workshops, the 2010 symposium will provide more time for
discussion, collaboration, and networking.

2010 plenary session presenters:

* Adrienne Asch, Director, Center for Ethics, Yeshiva University
* Dan Brock, Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical
School
* Richard Brown, Chief Judge, Wisconsin Court of Appeals
* David Ferleger, Esquire, Law Office of David Ferleger
* Dan Goldstein, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
* Andrew Imparato, President and CEO, American Association of
People with Disabilities
* Leslie Seid Margolis, Managing Attorney, Education Unit,
Maryland Disability Law Center
* Mark Weber, Vincent dePaul Professor of Law, DePaul University
College of Law

2010 workshop facilitators:

* Charles Brown, Director, Volunteer Lawyers for the Blind,
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
* Ira Burnim, Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
* Claudia Center, Senior Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society
Employment Law Center
* Marc Charmatz, Senior Attorney, National Association of the Deaf
* Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Director of Clinical
Programs, American University Washington College of Law
* Eve Hill, Senior Vice President, Burton Blatt Institute
* Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
* Christopher Kuczynski, Esquire, Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission
* Jennifer Mathis, Deputy Legal Director, Bazelon Center for
Mental Health Law
* Ruby Moore, Executive Director, Georgia Advocacy Office, Inc.
* Ari Ne'eman, President, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
* Steven Schwartz, Executive Director, Center for Public
Representation

Documentation for CLE credits will be provided.

Registration fee: $175

Student registration fee: $25

A limited number of scholarships to cover the registration fee will be
available to individuals with demonstrated financial need.

To learn more about the symposium and symposium sponsorship
opportunities, view the agenda, and register online, please visit
http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Law_Symposium.asp
. You may also download from
this Web site a registration form to mail or fax. Hotel information is
also available on the symposium Web site.

For additional information, contact:

Lou Ann Blake, JD

Law Symposium Coordinator

Jacobus tenBroek Library

Jernigan Institute

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

200 East Wells Street

at Jernigan Place

Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Telephone: 410-659-9314, ext. 2221

E-mail: lblake@nfb.org

Brought to you by ASL News http://www.aslnews.com

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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 can use.

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THE SOUR ORCHIDS

Hearing CEO of NAD - Acceptable?
from About Deafness/Hard of Hearing

Would you accept a hearing person as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf IF that person had all the qualifications except for a hearing loss?

What if someone applied for the job who had a strong culturally deaf background, was an adult child of deaf parents (a CODA), and who had a strong work history of working in the deaf and hard of hearing community? Someone who had the financial and management skills and social networking skills to guide the NAD through challenging times?

Should that person be hired if the other candidates are deaf, but less qualified than the hearing, culturally deaf person? The job description (deadline March 1) does not state that the candidate has to be deaf. We got our deaf presidents of Gallaudet University, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Are we ready for the opposite - a hearing CEO of the National Association of the Deaf?

http://deafness.about.com/b/2010/02/20/hearing-ceo-of-nad-acceptable.htm

Brought to you by the other Orange Deafie Blog at http://ocdac.wordpress.com/

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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 month.

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.

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FROM THE BLOGSPHERE

Disability Blog Carnival #63 is up NOW!
[Visual description: Carnival logo featuring a black-and-white photograph of an old hospital, turrets and such, with the words "Disability Blog Carnival" and "Can't shut us up now" in yellow scrawly print across it.]

And it's a WOW of a carnival, at the disability community on dreamwidth.org, on the theme "relationships." There are lots of links, lots of different blogs, and even if you only read the choice quotes avendya selected to represent each submission, you'll leave the table with plenty to think on. But don't do that, go read the full posts too, and comment to thank the submitters for their strong work.

According to my schedule, the next carnival should be hosted by Athena, Ivan, and the Integral at their blog. The stated theme I was given is "If you had a chance to strike down a single stereotype, which one would it be and why?" Stay tuned at their blog for more on this. Meanwhile you can send submissions to me or put them in comments here, I'll be sure they get to the hosts for consideration before the March carnival posts.
Posted by Penny L. Richards at 1:05 PM
Labels: disability blog carnival

http://disstud.blogspot.com/2010/02/disability-blog-carnival-63-is-up-now.html

Brought to you by the Hearing For Life Foundation Http://www.hear-for-life.org


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DO YOU HAVE TINNITUS? ARE YOUR EARS RINGING ALOUD BY ITSELF? DO YOU WANT THAT TO STOP?

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 tinnitus.

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! https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8502596

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 conference activities.

***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.

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FROM THE VLOGSPHERE (VIDEO BLOGGING)

Google Earth for Android

Explore the world from the palm of your hand with Google Earth for Android. Fly around the planet with the swipe of a finger, as you view the same 3D imagery available in the desktop version. Search by voice for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers of geographic information including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit Android Market and search for Google Earth to download it for free.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyeJyctGhSc

Brought to you by the Eye Fire Vlogs Http://eyefirevlogs.com

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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 : http://partners.guidestar.org/controller/searchResults.gs?action_donateReport=1&partner=networkforgood&ein=33-0806007

Thank you very much for the time youve taken to read this newsletter and clicking on the donation link above.

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FROM THE NEWSLETTER READERS

Hi Richard

They are complaint that James Saracay talked to be stab back against Marc on FaceBook. He said,"Marc is bad and other interpreters on phones for arresting by the agents." James sent to many deaf people's Facebook against Marc. He wrote www.justice.gov. Someone informed me.

Sincerly Yours,
Dixie

Editors Note: It's good to see people using Facebook. Just remember Facebook has heavier moderation rules than www.eyefirevlogs.com 's no slander policy.

Brought to you by Deaf Paradise Http://deafparadise.ning.com/

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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, counseling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

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