Friday, May 28, 2010

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - May 29, 2010

THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK

This is being sent out today because we all have an exciting weekend coming up. Have a great and safe memorial day weekend.

The top story this week is a case being heard in San Francisco; State of Arizona vs. Harkins Amusement Enterprises Inc. that will have wide reaching impacts. It could slam the entire entertainment sector with the requirements that all theaters must be accessible to hearing and visual impaired patrons using additional special equipment for captioning, listening aids, and descriptive aids.

Our ebay store has some of the equipment for public entertainment centers that could prevent lawsuits like this.

Secondly we have started the Orange Deafie Newswirer a weekly listing of recent news items pertaining to hearing loss and the community. This is the lite version of the newsletter which brings the news to our readers.

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.

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

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THE GRAPEVINES

Sorenson VRS Debt is what fueled their misleading campaigns in the recent weeks.
They're basically asking for a bailout to pay off the loans used to pay their
investors dividends.

Read about it at http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7020492013

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

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FACE TO FACE TIMES

Research through Modern Deaf Communications show that deaf people with TTY's
have more jobs than people with videophones. See the research at the Modern
Deaf Communication website.

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

Los Angeles Department on Disability has the annual DEAFestival in Van Nuys on
September 25, 2010. See the flyer at
http://ens.lacity.org/dod/indexpage/dodindexpage169466207_05042010.pdf for more
information.

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

Has the deaf blogging and vlogging websites helped or hurt the deaf community?
You be the judge after seeing the 5 posting on these types of sites.

http://www.deafread.com/go/73359
http://www.deafread.com/go/73353
http://www.deafvideo.tv/75013
http://aslrocks.net/?p=3929
http://jdeaf.com/archives/1565

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

Support Ca bill AB2072 to inform parents of ALL options for deaf and hard of
hearing babies
http://www.examiner.com/x-4959-Special-Education-Examiner~y2010m4d20-Support-Ca-\
bill-AB2072-to-inform-parents-of-ALL-options-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-babies


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)

Successful Senate Hearing on ADA & Technology: Markey says Industry Exaggerates
Costs of Accessibility. See the captioned video of the hearing.

Advance the video to 18 minutes and 45 seconds to see and/or hear the actual
start of the hearing.

http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=4c38a45b\
-a9f2-4458-a4d3-cb22c48714fd&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed\
&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a&MonthDisplay=5&YearDisplay=2010


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 you've taken to read this newsletter and
clicking on the donation link above.

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FROM THE NEWSLETTER READERS

Really enjoyed the movie done in BSL mentioned in the newsletter. Sort of
reminded when I was in Egypt and was attempting to communicate with deaf
Egyptians.

Looking forward to more of these movies. Thanks for mentioning it.

Tom Orr

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I went to see my doc yesterday and she asked me if I got my guide dog. in which
I told her not yet but I feel closer to getting one. When I told her a few
years ago that I am thinking of a guide dog. she thinks its a great idea and the
dog could help me as well. With Rex's help I should find a pre breed husky. I
haven'temailed the breeder yet. Just want to get some things out of the way
first. I hope that my brother who is a shop manager in NC could set up a
donationbox at his shop where they could raise money. He will ask if it is
possible they can work with me. But he wants to know how much it is gonna cost
and so forth.. I have been taking care of Jamba which I call it a warm up with
what I will soon expect. So as soon as things short out I will be happy to have
a dog. I hope I can train it to use the rest room in one spot so it is easier
to look rather than all over the field.. I have never took France for a walk
with the harness on. I have with Jamba and it kinda feels like riding on the
horse. Sometimes I trip over the step even if I don't tap my stick on the
ground. I know with the dog if I feel the dog went down i would watch my step.

I read the article about a couple who were booted from a restaurant because she
had a guide dog. The manager didn't know first hand about the ADA laws. He
does not but I think he should have learn this before he became a manager. If
someone were to tell me to leave cuz of my dog, I would be confused and will try
to get on top of what is going on. We don't have a problem here in CA as far as
I know about guide dogs when Rex and I go somewhere. The only one I am aware of
is how the driver from food for less mistreated France. They no longer have
that ride program.. At least we could borrow their carts, but I have my own
cart to begin with. I remember when I lived in HB I always made an effort to
return the cart.

Sharky

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

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social services maze. Every day people go without proper food, shelter, and
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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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