Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 13, 2010

THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK

Purple VRS owes FCC $18 million, and 2 banks $40 million. FCC has instructed
NECA to stop reimbursing Purple VRS.

How do we save Purple VRS?

Here is a quick fix for Purple VRS. Have a sale of shares. Sell 1.2 billion
shares at 5 cents each. This will help raise the $58 million Purple VRS needs to
get out of the hole.

This solution could be short lived as a recent communication from those
associated with FCC shows that FCC is leaning toward a single VRS vendor and
have started taking steps to get there.

Soon we'll see battles and a lot of blood between VRS vendors.

http://www.purple.us/news/

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1101268/000119312510046057/d8k.htm

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 700 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.

We have recently added big ticket items that would make Theaters, Cinemas,
Houses of Worship, Classrooms, Zoos, and any places of public access accessible
to the hard of hearing. This your rare opportunity to get them at unbeatable
prices!

Stop by http://stores.ebay.com/OCDAC-Adaptive-Equipment-and-More today to start
your shopping.

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THE GRAPEVINES

The US Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has
recently audited Gallaudet University's internal controls over federal funds,
and released a final report on May 20, 2009.

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/auditreports/fy2009/a03i0009.pdf

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

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FACE TO FACE TIMES

Dear friends,

Please feel free to share this message of assurance in ASL video with others.

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/vrs_policies.html

Thank you.
Greg

Gregory Hlibok
Disability Rights Office
Consumer & Governmental Affairs
Voice/VP: (202) 559-5158

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

Two new websites to remember.

http://www.adaresources.org and http://www.adacourse.org

Your One-Stop Resources for Training and Materials on the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA)

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

Around 95% of deaf children have hearing parents, most of whom are unfamiliar
with sign language. These children have consistently revealed a general delay in
the onset of language, as well as a slower rate of progression, resulting in
poorer linguistic abilities with respect to same-age hearing children. So as to
compensate for their difficulties in speaking, deaf children, and hearing
children with linguistic disabilities in general, rely more on the use of
gestures than their peers do. In this light, some language education and/or
rehabilitation programs for deaf children rely on simultaneous communication,
which consists of the spoken language and the simultaneous use of lexical signs
from the sign language used in the given country, yet following the grammatical
structure of the spoken language (in Italy, this form of communication is
referred to as "bimodal"). The supporters of simultaneous communication claim
that the use of a visual-gestural modality, which is not impaired in deaf
children, may improve the acquisition of spoken language.

In light of this, the JDSDE Author's is pleased to announce that the research of
Drs. Pasquale Rinaldi and Maria Cristina Caselli (Institute of Cognitive
Sciences and Technologies, Rome, Italy) is now available for review and
discussion. Drs. Rinaldi and Caselli's research, entitled " Lexical and
Grammatical Abilities in Deaf Italian Preschoolers: The Role of Duration of
Formal Language Experience,"
(http://jdsde-author-corner.wiki.educ.msu.edu/Italian_Preschoolers) will be
featured on the JDSDE Author's Corner from 2/22/2010 through 3/14/2010. You are
encouraged to participate in this research discussion, a discussion that will
serve to enhance our ability to effectively understand and communicate with
families of newly identified children who are d/hh.

To participate in the discussion simply:

Have Established a Logon/Password
1. Go to http://jdsde-author-corner.wiki.educ.msu.edu (Journal of Deaf
Studies
and Deaf Education: Author's Corner)
2. Click on "Sign In" (in the upper right-hand corner), enter the
appropriate
information, and click on the "Sign In" button
3. Click on "2. Current" (in the left hand menu bar)

Need a Logon/Password

1. Go to http://www.wiki.educ.msu.edu/ and click on the word
"Join" (in the upper right-hand corner). Enter the appropriate information.

2. Once you have established a logon and password, click on
Journal of
Deaf Studies and Deaf Education: Author's Corner

(http://jdsde-author-corner.wiki.educ.msu.edu/)
3. Once you are on the JDSDE Author's Corner home page, click on "2.
Current" (in the left hand menu bar)

That is it, "1 - 2 - 3" and you will be able to read and participate in an
interactive learning opportunity concerning a learning opportunity that is of
critical importance to us all. (Note: You will need to "Sign In" to the JDSDE
Author's Corner prior to posting in the discussion threads.)

Respectfully,
Harold Johnson

Harold A. Johnson, Professor
Deaf Education Teacher Preparation
Michigan State University/College of Ed
Dept. of Counseling, Ed. Psy. & SPED
343A Erickson Hall
East Lansing MI 48824-1034

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

Petition seeks to return deaf babies back to a costly world of dependency.

The petition itself is full of ideological rantings and bears no factual basis
for it's purpose. Ruthie Jordon continues to shame and embarrass the closed
deaf society with her vlog rantings , actions, and worthless petitions. Ruthie
likes to grandstand at the deaf community's expense.

http://www.petitiononline.com/AFA62509/petition.html

So far it's garnered just under 1000 signatures, hardly a drop in bucket and
Ruthie has managed to get Deafhope saddled on her neverending grandstandings to
promote the petition.

The real deaf hope is to make deaf babies begin their lives learning how to live
independently and productively than be a real drain on our society.

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.

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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)

A New Public Service Announcement Series from the National Network of ADA
Centers Is Available on You Tube. This is the second of five PSAs that will be
launched the 26th day of each month to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ADA
on July 26, 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynu33mRiWWQ and subscribe to the youtube account.

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.

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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

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verification (ensuring that your valuable data is safe), and client requests
(your specific software or hardware requests).

Second, we offer tech support at $99 per hour for clients without a regular
service contract. These clients can contact us at will; however, scheduling of
service times is subject to I.T. Specialist availability.

Pricing for off-site data back-up starts at $7.50 per gigabyte per month for
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Pricing for ongoing website maintenance starts at $200 per month for 0 to 3
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Sincerely,

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http://cera-web.org
http://natd.org
http://nationalhbwa.org
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