Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - May 22, 2010

THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK

Our New Automated Client Intake Form Is Open!

If you need help with any situation, you can begin the process of getting us to
help you by clicking on the following link;

http://www.deafadvocacy.org/intakeform.html

Confidentiality and privacy is assured!

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 800 items. We
have fresh donations. We hope to have over 900 items by the end of this season!

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. Our ADA kits supply is running low and it will
take some time to restock.

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

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THE GRAPEVINES

Register Now for the 2010 National ADA Symposium

The Great Plains ADA Center is pleased to announce that registration for the
2010 National ADA Symposium is now available. We are holding it on June 20-23 in
Denver, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center is our co-host. 2010 marks
the 20-year anniversary of the ADA, and we're excited about the celebrations
being planned in its honor. We hope you will join us in Denver for an
outstanding training opportunity and to Celebrate 20 Years of ADA progress!
Additional information about the Americans with Disabilities Act National
Conference. Additional information about the Americans with Disabilities Act
National Conference

http://www.adasymposium.org/

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

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FACE TO FACE TIMES

Two Federal Agencies Partner to Allow Rental Assistance to Support Independent
Living for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities

As part of President Obama's `Year of Community Living' initiative, the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) have joined together to provide housing support for
non-elderly persons with disabilities to live independent lives in their
communities rather than in institutional settings.

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&news\
Id=20100407006655&newsLang=en


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

April 2010 Disability Employment Statistics Released

The unemployment rate for those with disabilities was 15.2 percent, compared
with 9.3 percent for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted.

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TRAINING: COURSES & TUTORIALS ON THE WEB $FREE Webcourses (3) and CEU/CRCC
credit offered by DBTAC: ADA Centers:

At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities Webcourse (0.5 CEU; 5
CRCC) http://www.wiawebcourse.org/

ADA Basic Building Blocks Webcourse (0.5 CEU; 3.5 CRCC)
http://www.adabasics.org/

Title II Online Tutorial for ADA Coordinators (0.3 CEU; 3 CRCC)
http://www.adacourse.org/title2/index.php

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

Response To Thatdeaf's "TTY Vs Videophone" Vlog - TTY's Mean More Jobs For Deaf!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Jost7WTHw

77% TTY users have jobs verses 45% Videophone users. My research shows that.

Richard

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

AB2072 BILL STATUS

The hearing on AB 2072 will be held at State Senate Health Committee on June
16th.

We will continue to update you as soon as we get more information.

MEASURE : A.B. No. 2072

AUTHOR(S) : Mendoza.

TOPIC : Hearing screening: resources and services.

HOUSE LOCATION : SEN

+LAST AMENDED DATE : 04/27/2010

TYPE OF BILL :

Active

Non-Urgency

Non-Appropriations

Majority Vote Required

Non-State-Mandated Local Program

Non-Fiscal

Non-Tax Levy

LAST HIST. ACT. DATE: 05/13/2010

LAST HIST. ACTION : Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

COMM. LOCATION : SEN HEALTH

HEARING DATE : 06/16/2010

TITLE : An act to add Section 124121 to the Health and Safety Code, relating
to public health.

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)

The ASLrocks website becomes a bastion of a closed deaf society. The website
which recently went from open access to members only access reflects the deaf
community yearnings to be a closed society.

This video blog reflects the yearning;

No Visitor Here !! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvXX7DCjjMc

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

The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), located at
the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, is recruiting
participants with hearing loss (hard of hearing and deaf) who are aged 18+ and
have completed high school to take part in two focus groups. The goal of the
focus groups, conducted by a team of Georgia Tech researchers, is to review the
ease of use of technologies that can improve social or workplace interaction and
increase job options for people with disabilities. We are looking for
individuals who are familiar with any or all of these technologies:

* smart phones (e.g., Blackberry, IPhone, Palm Treo)
* social networking (e.g. LinkedIn or Facebook)
* virtual worlds like Second Life, where the user takes on a role in a
simulated world
* electronic gaming, either for fun or for serious purposes such as
education or training
* peer publishing, where people gather and distribute information and news,
such as blogging, wikis, YouTube and other ways of sharing ideas and views
* open source software applications and processes (e.g. Linux, Firefox,
etc.)

The project is funded by the National Council on Disability (NCD), and is being
managed by Georgia Tech's Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), and
involves researchers from the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental
Access (CATEA) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).

By participating in this study, you will help NCD and the disability community
by providing your perceptions of the digital technologies and the potential
usability of these technologies to enhance workplace participation. The research
will help us devise recommendations in the form of best practices for technology
developers on cost-effective development and application to increase the
employment of people with disabilities in the new media and/or digital
technology environments. It will also provide general policy recommendations on
how such media and technologies may be used to foster the employment of people
with disabilities, and what new employment opportunities they may offer.

The focus group will be conducted at the CATEA offices in Atlanta, Georgia on
June 3, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It will require a maximum of 2 hours of
availability. Participants will be provided a $50 stipend for participation in
the focus group, and ASL translators will be provided. If you need other
accommodations, please contact Chris Langston (chris.langston@coa.gatch.edu).
The stipend will be paid at the end of the group interview. Please note that
participants are responsible for individual transportation arrangements and
costs.

If you wish to participate contact: Christopher Langston
[trainingcore@coa.gatech.edu] 404.894.3683.

If you have any questions about the NCD study you may contact Dr. James D. White
at 404.385.4613. If you have any questions about your rights as a research
volunteer, call Ms. Melanie Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology at (404)
894-6942.

Paul M.A. Baker, Ph.D.,

404.385.4618 [V]

paul.baker@cacp.gatech.edu


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The OCDAC Newsletter is designed to share information of interest to people with
disabilities, their friends, associates, and relatives and promote advocacy in
the disability community. Information circulated herein does not necessarily
express the views of The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center. The OCDAC
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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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