Sunday, June 20, 2010

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - June 19, 2010

THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK

This week's newsletter is again one of the richest resource of all the newsletters we've published. This is real food for your brain and your advocacy zeals.

The Southeast ADA Center is pleased to announce the release of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Anniversary Tool Kit and Southeast Region Supplement: ADA Toolkit. Together with our Affiliate Networks and Partners, we have accomplished significant results toward voluntary ADA compliance. The Tool Kit captures our collective achievements and offers informative materials designed to help you plan and publicize your ADA activities during the ADA Anniversary and throughout the year.

http://adaanniversary.org/

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

Disability Mentoring Day Will Be October 20, 2010

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center (OCDAC) announced that the 2010 Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) will be held nationally on October 20th. Each year, DMD connects nearly 20,000 students and job seekers with disabilities to thousands of employers in over 300 locations in the U.S. and 23 foreign countries. OCDAC says Disability Mentoring Day is an opportunity for employers to "recruit interns; tap a pool of potential future employees; learn more about the experience of disability; develop lasting relationships with disability community leaders; demonstrate positive leadership in their communities; and attract positive media attention".

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

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FACE TO FACE TIMES

Presumed Disability: Proposed Regulations Reflect the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Intent to Vigorously Enforce the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act

See that at http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=d79efa9a-2ab6-4f36-a2aa-5a4c28d4723f

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

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MAXED OUT ON YOUR CREDIT CARDS @ NEED CHEAPER AUTO INSURANCE?

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.

=========

FREE AUTO INSURANCE QUOTES

This brokerage http://oc.insure2.us has people familiar with deaf motorists.

*******************

THE FINGER BOWS

Participants Needed: Risk Perceptions in Accommodating Entertainment Patrons with Disabilities Study

ADA/504 Coordinators and those with an interest in venue accessibility are invited to participate in a research study analyzing risk perceptions of entertainment venue managers in accommodating patrons with disabilities. This study is being conducted by researchers at the University of South Carolina to learn more about accommodating patrons with disabilities at entertainment venues. This confidential survey should take about nine minutes to complete.

Survey is at http://schospitality.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_20q97IJY0jpSO0Y&SVID=Prod

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.

*******************

THE SOUR ORCHIDS

National Federation of the Blind Files Complaints against Nine Law Schools

The National Federation of the Blind filed complaints with the Justice Department's civil rights division against nine law schools, claiming they violated the ADA and asking the department to compel them not to use the Law School Admission Council's online application process.

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.

*******************

FROM THE BLOGSPHERE

Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor

This new online tool from the U.S. Department of Labor helps employers quickly determine which federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization and their responsibilities under them.

Fidn it at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/odep.htm

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 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.

*******************

FROM THE VLOGSPHERE (VIDEO BLOGGING)

Self-Advocacy for High School Students with Disabilities

The Disability Law Lowdown has posted a podcast (February 11, 2010) about self-advocacy for high school students with disabilities. Jacquie Brennan discusses a new information sheet published by the Pacer Center (www.pacer.org) that provides valuable information for high school students about how to plan for their future by taking an active role in IEP meetings and transition planning, whether the transition is to employment, post-secondary education, or independent living. It is important that students learn to advocate for themselves so that goals are set and plans are made that include their own desires and needs. The Disability Law Lowdown is a project of the national network of ten ADA Centers, offering technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related laws. The Disability Law Lowdown is a free podcast series available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. To subscribe or listen to archived podcasts, visit DisabilityLawLowdown.com

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

ASL Video Podcast Series: Disability Law Lowdown

Bi-weekly videos on disability law delivered with American Sign Language (ASL), captioning, voice-over, and transcripts. Subscribe via web or iTunes.

Web: dll-asl.ada-podcast.org/

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

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**** DISCLAIMER ****
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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 Newsletter is non-partisan. OCDAC Newsletter does not sell advertising space.

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is 2960 Main Street suite #100, Irvine California 92614 and this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

To subscribe to this newsletter go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ or send a blank email toocdacnewsletter-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's Beth's birthday on June 30!

Instead of gifts, She's asking all her friends to donate to the cause OCDAC Deaf Blind Services. This cause is extremely important to her. There are so many Deaf-Blind people that can do so many things with their lives but the training and support is very difficult to find. This cause makes a difference :) Please help her fulfill her birthday wish! http://apps.facebook.com/causes/birthdays/370532?m=f551d417&bws=enfbe

FREE 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

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

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!

Follow Us On Twitter!

We have hooked up with twitter. People can learn of the news and more as they happen instead of waiting for the weekly newsletter.

Our twitter link is http://twitter.com/ocdac

Join us today!

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - June 19, 2010

THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK

This week's newsletter is again one of the richest resource of all the
newsletters we've published. This is real food for your brain and your advocacy
zeals.

The Southeast ADA Center is pleased to announce the release of the 2010
Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Anniversary Tool Kit and Southeast Region
Supplement: ADA Toolkit. Together with our Affiliate Networks and Partners, we
have accomplished significant results toward voluntary ADA compliance. The Tool
Kit captures our collective achievements and offers informative materials
designed to help you plan and publicize your ADA activities during the ADA
Anniversary and throughout the year.

http://adaanniversary.org/

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

*******************

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.

*******************

THE GRAPEVINES

Disability Mentoring Day Will Be October 20, 2010

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center (OCDAC) announced that the 2010
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) will be held nationally on October 20th. Each
year, DMD connects nearly 20,000 students and job seekers with disabilities to
thousands of employers in over 300 locations in the U.S. and 23 foreign
countries. OCDAC says Disability Mentoring Day is an opportunity for employers
to "recruit interns; tap a pool of potential future employees; learn more about
the experience of disability; develop lasting relationships with disability
community leaders; demonstrate positive leadership in their communities; and
attract positive media attention".

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

*******************

FACE TO FACE TIMES

Presumed Disability: Proposed Regulations Reflect the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Intent to Vigorously Enforce the Amended
Americans with Disabilities Act

See that at
http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=d79efa9a-2ab6-4f36-a2aa-5a4c\
28d4723f


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

*******************

MAXED OUT ON YOUR CREDIT CARDS @ NEED CHEAPER AUTO INSURANCE?

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.

=========

FREE AUTO INSURANCE QUOTES

This brokerage http://oc.insure2.us has people familiar with deaf motorists.

*******************

THE FINGER BOWS

Participants Needed: Risk Perceptions in Accommodating Entertainment Patrons
with Disabilities Study

ADA/504 Coordinators and those with an interest in venue accessibility are
invited to participate in a research study analyzing risk perceptions of
entertainment venue managers in accommodating patrons with disabilities. This
study is being conducted by researchers at the University of South Carolina to
learn more about accommodating patrons with disabilities at entertainment
venues. This confidential survey should take about nine minutes to complete.

Survey is at
http://schospitality.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_20q97IJY0jpSO0Y&SVID=Prod

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

*******************

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.

*******************

THE SOUR ORCHIDS

National Federation of the Blind Files Complaints against Nine Law Schools

The National Federation of the Blind filed complaints with the Justice
Department's civil rights division against nine law schools, claiming they
violated the ADA and asking the department to compel them not to use the Law
School Admission Council's online application process.

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

*******************

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.

*******************

FROM THE BLOGSPHERE

Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor

This new online tool from the U.S. Department of Labor helps employers quickly
determine which federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their
business or organization and their responsibilities under them.

Fidn it at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/odep.htm

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
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.

*******************

FROM THE VLOGSPHERE (VIDEO BLOGGING)

Self-Advocacy for High School Students with Disabilities

The Disability Law Lowdown has posted a podcast (February 11, 2010) about
self-advocacy for high school students with disabilities. Jacquie Brennan
discusses a new information sheet published by the Pacer Center (www.pacer.org)
that provides valuable information for high school students about how to plan
for their future by taking an active role in IEP meetings and transition
planning, whether the transition is to employment, post-secondary education, or
independent living. It is important that students learn to advocate for
themselves so that goals are set and plans are made that include their own
desires and needs. The Disability Law Lowdown is a project of the national
network of ten ADA Centers, offering technical assistance and training on the
Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related laws. The
Disability Law Lowdown is a free podcast series available in English, Spanish,
and American Sign Language. To subscribe or listen to archived podcasts, visit
DisabilityLawLowdown.com

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

*******************

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.

*******************

FROM THE NEWSLETTER READERS

ASL Video Podcast Series: Disability Law Lowdown

Bi-weekly videos on disability law delivered with American Sign Language (ASL),
captioning, voice-over, and transcripts. Subscribe via web or iTunes.

Web: dll-asl.ada-podcast.org/

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

**********************
**** DISCLAIMER ****
**********************

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
Newsletter is non-partisan. OCDAC Newsletter does not sell advertising space.

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of
your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and
wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is 2960 Main Street suite #100, Irvine California 92614 and
this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

Friday, June 11, 2010

BLOW THE WHISTLE ON TRS AND VRS FRAUD

DONT WORRY ABOUT THE KNIVES, GO AHEAD AND BLOW THE WHISTLE ON TRS AND VRS FRAUD



The reputations of the TRS and VRS with the taxpayers are at stake. Increasing fraudulent activities by TRS organizations operated by popular deaf people are running the risk of getting the whole TRS funding program shut down.

It is important that the deaf community plays a proactive role in preserving the TRS funding program by reporting fraud. Remaining silent as we have been all these years doesn't do us any good. In fact being silent like the deaf community had been has actually hurt the VRS industry in the long run.

Don't be afraid of the knives, report, or blow the whistle on, TRS and VRS fraud.

Share this URL in your emails, post on your blog and website.

http://tinyurl.com/stop-trs-fraud

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Each Trophy Below Represents A TRS Fraud Case Resulting From Our Reader Submissions.


DOUBLE THUMBS UP TO ALL OUR READERS WHO SUBMITTED INFORMATION TO US. KEEP THEM COMING. THESE ARE YOUR TROPHIES. BE PROUD OF THIS PAGE!

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) maintains a Hotline to facilitate the reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) programs or operations. If you wish to report such allegations, you may call, send a letter, or email the OIG Hotline as identified on this page below. Allegations may be reported by FCC employees, FCC contractors, or the general public.

Issues that should be reported include:

Fraud in Commission programs such as the Universal Service Fund (USF), Telecommunnications Relay Services (TRS) Fund, and FCC Auctions Programs

You are encouraged to provide relevant and specific details, including the identity of the person, company, or organization alleged to have engaged in wrongdoing; a description of the alleged impropriety; the FCC facility and program affected by the alleged misconduct; contract numbers; date(s) of alleged wrongdoing; how you are aware of the alleged impropriety; the identity of potential witnesses; and the identity and location of supporting documentation.

Hotline processing:

Upon receipt of a specific allegation of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement, the OIG may take any one of the following actions: open an investigation, audit, or inspection; refer the matter to FCC management for appropriate review and action; or refer the allegation to another Federal agency or other organizations. Allegations with limited specificity or merit may be held in abeyance until further, specific details are reported.

Confidentiality:

Individuals who contact the Hotline, via telephone or letter, are not required to provide their identity to the Hotline operator. However, persons who report allegations are encouraged to identify themselves in the event additional questions arise as the OIG evaluates or pursues their allegations.

The Office of Inspector General will protect the identity of individuals reporting allegations to the maximum extent possible by law. Confidentiality for FCC employees is established by Section 7(b) of the Inspector General (IG) Act of 1978, which precludes the IG from disclosing the identity of a FCC employee who reports an allegation or provides information, without the employee's consent, unless the IG determines that disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation. Non-FCC employees who report allegations may specifically request confidentiality.

Hotline email:

You can send an email to hotline@fcc.gov

Hotline Telephone Numbers:

You can call the FCC OIG Hotline toll free number 1-888-863-2244 or call 1-202-418-0473.

Hotline Mailing Address:

You can mail information to:

FCC Inspector General's Hotline

Office of Inspector General

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, SW

Room 2-C762

Washington, DC, 20554

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If you need assistance in getting a report to FCC, feel free to sign on as a client of OCDAC and we'll help you get the letters drafted. No charge for this assistance.

Choose "Communication Assistance"

http://www.deafadvocacy.org/intake-form

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If you are not sure of what you know of or have in your possession as evidence of fraud, feel free to tell us about it using this email address tagboard7(at)juno.com and put "TRS FRAUD" in the subject line. We have associates who can pass the information to the proper hands. It works for us as we have these trophies!

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This page is constantly changing with addition of newer and fresher tools for the deaf and hard of hearing communities to use in reporting TRS fraud.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Regarding The Opposition To California’s AB 2072

The late Modern Deaf Communication founder Morton Warnow discovered that the
deaf community has a very high illiteracy rate. Perhaps the inability of the
large California deaf organizations to understand the AB2072 bill, based on
their blanket opposition, reflects the deepness of the illiteracy problem in the
deaf community. All they have to do is read the bill and they will read that
American Sign Language is included in the bill. The shameful opposition we're
seeing to AB2072 is becoming a major embarrassment to the whole class of people
with hearing loss.

Richard Roehm
Modern Deaf Communication
Http://www.moderndeafcommunication.org

Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - June 5, 2010

THE TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK

Regarding AB 2072

Dear Members of the California State Senate,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and consider the historic
opportunity for parents to play a role in charting the life journeys of their
deaf babies.

This historic opportunity is known as Assembly Bill 2072 by Assemblymember Tony
Mendoza that changes the way deaf babies are handled once they're determined
through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs.

As civilization evolves and advances, the communities within advances as well.
Not all communities are willing to advance with civilization. The sign language
based deaf community is one of them. They may seem to advance with technology,
but they remain in a medieval state of mind that still believe in staying
dependent on taxpayers and living in a closed society.

The costs of maintaining a dependency based deaf community is enormous. Theresa
Bugler wrote in the lifestyles magazine that it costs $800,000 to teach a deaf
child sign language. The costs go beyond the $800,000 when taxpayers has to pay
for their interpreters in their schools, pay for their videophones in their
homes, and finally pay for their living expenses for the rest of their lives
because they usually end up not working. Modern Deaf Communication has
determined that deaf people who routinely use videophones have a lower job
occurrence in the deaf society.

Given these times when California is strained financially, it pays more to
create a new deaf community that does not end up as dependants on society as
we've seen they have become and does not end up as a drain on the taxpayers.

It pays more to give the parents the options on how their deaf babies are to be
raised. Lets return the deaf babies back to the soft warm loving arms of their
parents instead shipping them off to the hard cold crab claws of a closed deaf
society.

It has been proven many times over through deaf video blogging websites such as
deafvideo.tv, justdeaf.com, aslrocks.net, jdeaf.com, deafcube.com, and also seen
in facebook.com, tokbox.com, and many other video sharing websites that the
closed deaf society do not care about their members. There is never ending
infighting over picky issues, misconceptions, and misunderstandings. Speaking of
which, a well known deaf entrepreneur recently recruited a deaf college
professor to preach hatred under the misunderstood guise of combating hate
crimes against deaf people. Many deaf members oftentimes have to go through
painstaking gauntlets of litmus testing because most members of the dependent
deaf society seek "the purity within" by weeding out those that are determined
not deaf enough physically and literally. Should we as a responsible society be
sending the deaf babies out this way? NO!

Do parents need to sacrifice their deaf babies to the dependent deaf society as
it is? NO! Parents need to have a strong say on how their deaf babies are to be
raised and lets give them that opportunity by supporting and passing AB 2072.

Lets return the deaf babies back to the soft warm loving arms of their parents.

Signed
Richard Roehm
Modern Deaf Communication

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 780 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.

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THE GRAPEVINES

SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO CHANGE LABEL OF 'MENTAL RETARDATION' TO
'INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY'

On May 26, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
approved, by voice vote, a bill titled Rosa's Law (S. 2781) that would change
references to the words 'mental retardation' in numerous existing laws to
'intellectual disability'. The bill, introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski
(D-MD) and Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) is aimed at eliminating the terms 'mental
retardation' and 'mentally retarded' from the U.S. federal law books. Before
approving the measure, the panel adopted, by unanimous consent, a Mikulski
substitute amendment that would specify that the bill is not intended to change
coverage, eligibility, rights, responsibilities or definitions in existing laws
and that the bill also is not intended to require states to make similar changes
to state laws.

Read the text of this legislation at
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.2781:

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FACE TO FACE TIMES

NEW FEDERAL ONLINE TOOL HELPS EMPLOYERS DETERMINE WHICH FEDERAL DISABILITY
NONDISCRIMINATION LAWS APPLY TO THEIR ORGANIZATION AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES

The U.S. Department of Labor unveiled a new tool to help America's employers
ensure their employment policies and practices do not discriminate against
qualified individuals with disabilities. The online Disability Nondiscrimination
Law Advisor, available at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/odep.htm asks users to answer
a few relevant questions on the nature of organization, size of staff, and
whether the business or organization receives federal financial assistance.
Based on the responses provided, the advisor generates a customized list of
federal disability nondiscrimination laws that likely apply, along with
easy-to-understand information about employers' responsibilities under them.

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THE FINGER BOWS

$32.7 MILLION AWARDED BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO
HELP THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CONTINUE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AT
HOME

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced $32.7
million in Service Coordinator grants to provide more than 19,200 low-income
frail elderly and residents with disabilities in federally supported housing,
with assistance to identify and receive health care, meals, and other critical
support services. These grants are directed to owners of privately owned
multifamily housing developments that receive money from HUD to house low-income
individuals. The owners or their management companies either hire or contract
service coordinators with backgrounds in providing social services, especially
to the frail elderly and people with disabilities, to assist their residents
with special needs.

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THE SOUR ORCHIDS

Now with many social service agencies sharing their thoughts about AB 2072, this
is our turn with this newsletter.

AB 2072 is a very serious matter that's being brought up in the California State
Senate this month. If you're residing in California, you need to contact your
State senator and tell them that it is important that they have your attention.

http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/?p=5574

You can click on this link for the page that has the link to locate your state
senator and a sample letter to use.

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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

Deaf Baby Hears Mom's Voice for the First Time

Research shows that baby's can distinguish their mother's voice even in the
womb, which is part of what makes this video so precious. Eight-month-old
Jonathan has his cochlear implant turned on for the first time and reacts to
hearing his mother's voice. Get out your Kleenex, folks.

http://ocdac.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/deaf-baby-hears-mom%e2%80%99s-voice-for-th\
e-first-time/


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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.

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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)

Visual Vlogs Resurrects!

Http://www.visualvlogs.com

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 :
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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

"GDUI's affiliate liaison, Kae Seth, and guide dog school liaison and program
chair, Cecelia Warren, presented their views but were also constitutionally
prohibited from voting. "

As I am relatively new here and somewhat out of the loop myself could someone
take a moment to clarify why K. Seth and C. Warren are prohibited from voting by
the GDUI constitution.

Respectfully submitted,
M. Morrow-Farrell, MA
Philadelphia PA

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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
Newsletter is non-partisan. OCDAC Newsletter does not sell advertising space.

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,
counselling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of
your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and
wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Friday, June 04, 2010

An Orchid Of Opportunities To Help OCDAC Serve Those In need

An Orchid Of Opportunities To Support OCDAC

1) It's Beth's birthday on June 30! Instead of gifts, She's asking all her friends to donate to the cause OCDAC Deaf Blind Services. This cause is extremely important to her. There are so many Deaf-Blind people that can do so many things with their lives but the training and support is very difficult to find. This cause makes a difference :) Please help her fulfill her birthday wish! http://apps.facebook.com/causes/birthdays/370532?m=f551d417&bws=enfbe


2) Now OCDAC is helping deaf people get low cost auto insurance. Unlike many insurance networks, this one is very familiar with deaf people. Why dont you go to the site and fill out the information to get free insurance quotes http://oc.insure2.us/ today!


3) Visit our ebay store. We have over 800 items listed and they range from cute sign language novelties to powerful lawsuit preventing access equipment. http://stores.ebay.com/OCDAC-Adaptive-Equipment-and-More?refid=store


4) Applying for a credit card is easy. Applying for it through our partner makes it easier for us to help others. http://www.cardpartner.com/enduser.aspx?AEID=D0974

5) 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.

We appreciate the time you have taken to read this special bulletin.

Aw gee its almost 3 am and I'm very tired and we have so much work to do to make life better for the deaf and disabled and I haven't had a decent vacation in 4 years. I missed joining my family on their trips to Catalina Island, Panama Canal, and even Alaska because I have to make sure we can help those in need.

Richard Roehm
CEO, OCDAC

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Orange Deafie Newswirer - June 2, 2010

THE TOP STORIES

Deaf Baby Hears Mom's Voice for the First Time

Deaf man sells home after being conned out of thousands on Facebook

Park to lead South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

Living in a silent world


Wadsworth exhibition celebrates co-founder of American School for the Deaf


Lawsuit: Calif fails to accommodate deaf workers

Rainbow Alliance for Deaf Seeks to Overcome Barriers


Deaf Student Pursues Dream of Becoming a Doctor

Religious class for deaf Muslims tests limits of American Sign Language

FACTOID OF THE WEEK

Through the OCDAC webstore, Richard Roehm, has helped businesses all accross the United States save hundreds of millions of dollars in ADA litigation expenses related to hearing loss. It costs very little to prevent ADA litigation. It pays big to visit the OCDAC webstore today!

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The Orange Deafie Newswirer is designed to share recent news items to people with disabilities, their friends, associates, and relatives and promote advocacy in the disability community. The Orange Deafie Newswirer is non-partisan. The Orange Deafie Newswirer does not sell advertising space.

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, counselling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and wide and encourage them to sign up for our newsletters.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Deaf Baby Hears Mom’s Voice for the First Time

Deaf Baby Hears Mom’s Voice for the First Time

Research shows that baby’s can distinguish their mother’s voice even in the womb, which is part of what makes this video so precious. Eight-month-old Jonathan has his cochlear implant turned on for the first time and reacts to hearing his mother’s voice. Get out your Kleenex, folks

VOLUNTARY GROUPS URGED TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY FOR DEAF PEOPLE

VOLUNTARY GROUPS URGED TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY FOR DEAF PEOPLE

A disability charity is urging voluntary organisations to make sure they are fully accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, as part of Volunteers Week (June 1 to 7).

The RNID has made the call after results from its annual membership survey revealed that 62% of respondents who had volunteered had experienced difficulty communicating with other people.

More than a quarter (29%) of respondents said staff or other volunteers were not deaf aware and 25% said fully operational induction loops, which amplify speech over background noise for hearing aid users, were not available.

RNID's chief executive Jackie Ballard said: "Volunteering provides people who are deaf or hard of hearing with wonderful opportunities to gain new skills, rewarding experiences and the chance to widen their social circles while helping others.

"Many voluntary organisations doing tremendous, life-changing work in local communities will be disappointed to learn that, by failing to be deaf-aware or providing a fully operational induction loop, they are preventing people with hearing loss from fully enjoying their volunteering experience."

RNID has produced a series of tips to help staff and volunteers at voluntary groups communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The charity advises people to talk in a place with good lighting so they can be lip-read, to talk in a place away from noisy distractions and to face the person they are talking to.

RNID said people should speak clearly, but not too slowly, and advised people not to exaggerate their lip movements or shout.

For more information about making voluntary organisations more deaf aware, go to www.rnid.org.uk/volunteer or email: volunteering@rnid.org.uk.

RNID is a charity dedicated to tackling hearing loss and promoting hearing health. It campaigns and lobbies, raises awareness of deafness and hearing loss, provides services and carries out social, medical and technical research.

The charity's membership questionnaire was sent to members in the summer of 2009.

For further information about RNID, visit www.rnid.org.uk, call 0808 808 0123 (freephone) or 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or email informationline@rnid.org.uk.

Wider opportunities, rights for deaf sought

Wider opportunities, rights for deaf sought

Patricia Tadak wants to see an assisted living facility for deaf senior citizens built in Western New York.

Eileen Wuest wants deaf and blind citizens to have the same rights as everyone else.

David Wantuck wants deaf athletes to be able to play professional sports.

Those were just a few of the hopes for the future expressed Friday during a conference of the Deaf Community Alliance Network in Buffalo. More than 70 people who are deaf, hearing impaired or who work with the deaf gathered in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo to discuss the need for more comprehensive services for deaf and hearing-impaired Western New Yorkers.

The need is still great, said Jason Goldstein, program director for Deaf Adult Services of Western New York.

“For so long, we’ve been silent about it,” Goldstein said. “We need to open the doors.”

Goldstein said access to communication and services for deaf individuals in Western New York remains “sparse,” despite decades of progress.

The conference, “Through the Eyes of the Deaf,” brought together service providers, interpreters and others to discuss issues such as sign language access, interpreting certificate reform, education advancement and health care.

Wantuck, a deaf student at Medaille College and a member of the college’s basketball and golf teams, said he has seen deaf athletes receive different treatment from others because of their disability.

“I have encountered many barriers with communication issues,” Wantuck said during an afternoon panel discussion, which was interpreted in sign language and speech. “I had coaches look at me differently. I was treated differently. I don’t want that.”

Wantuck, who wants to become a sports manager, said he hopes one day professional leagues such as the NBA or the NFL could field deaf teams.

Goldstein estimated there are 4,500 deaf residents in Erie and Niagara counties, but he said resources in Western New York lag behind other areas, where interpreting and other services are more widely available.

The conference was organized by Deaf Adult Services of Western New York, in collaboration with Aspire of Western New York, Heritage Centers and Independent Living of Niagara.

“It’s just bringing awareness to the community about the need for full communication access,” said Laurie Murray, an employment specialist for the deaf at Aspire of Western New York.

Music for Deaf People ’synesthesia’ neckset

Music for Deaf People ’synesthesia’ neckset

Designer Frederik Podzuweit has developed an innovative device to allow the deaf to enjoy music – synesthetic headphones which employ direct vibrations to the skin.

As revealed over on The Design Blog, the device, which is purely a concept for now, aims to tap in to the concept of ’synesthesia’ – a neurological condition which causes sensations gathered by one sense to be perceived by another: smells that have color, colors that have taste, and tastes that produce sounds, for example.

While synesthesia is often thought of as an unwelcome condition, attempts have been made in the past to create a voluntary form of the experience – most frequently in computer games, with music-based shooters such as Rez being one of the first to attempt to match vibrations, visuals, and music in a complete synesthetic experience.

It is this voluntary synesthesia that Podzuweit is attempting to harness with his invention: by causing the sounds – which a deaf person is unable to sense – to be detected as vibrations on the skin – which the deaf person can sense – it is possible to experience music without ever using your ears.

The Music for Deaf People device takes the form of a collar which is worn over the neck and shoulders and connected to your music source – an MP3 player, iPod, mobile handset or the like. Play, pause, track skipping and ‘volume’ control – which actually adjusts the force of the vibration effect – are available via easy-to-access buttons on the ends of the collar, making the device suitable for use by those whose fine motor control skills aren’t what they once were as well as the younger deaf set.

Once triggered, the device translates the bass, midtones, and treble into distinctive vibrations – making it possible for a deaf person to distinguish music with surprising clarity, albeit without actually ‘hearing’ anything.

It’s an interesting concept design, and while it would take quite some time to get used to – after all, centuries of evolution have lead to touch and hearing being used in very different ways – it represents one of the first projects designed to bring the convenience and enjoyment of modern portable music playback devices to the deaf community.

While it’s a neat device, the Music for Deaf People ‘neckphones’ remain a design concept – and, thus far, Podzuweit hasn’t revealed any plans to put the device into production. Hopefully there are companies out there looking to get the deaf dollar – Apple, are you listening here? – who would be interested in helping Podzuweit bring the interesting concept to fruition.

Deaf Student Pursues Dream of Becoming a Doctor

Deaf Student Pursues Dream of Becoming a Doctor

The commencement ceremony at University of Virginia held a special meaning for one student who graduated with a degree in chemistry despite being deaf. Now that her undergraduate career has come to a close, Jasmine Saleh continues to over come her disability with plans to attend medical school.

"My four years here at UVA have been so wonderful," said Saleh.

Despite being deaf, Saleh focuses on her capabilities rather than her challenges.

"My parents cried when they found out I was deaf. They thought I would never get into college," said Saleh.

Defying all odds, she graduated from UVA this weekend and will start medical school at the University of Illinois in the fall. She plans on becoming a radiologist.

"With my hard work, determination, I got in and everything is going great," said Saleh.

But it was a long road to get here. At 17 months of age Saleh's parents discovered she couldn't hear. When she was five, she received a cochlear implant and then went through rigorous speech therapy to be able to communicate outside the sign language world. Today, she can hear background noises but has difficulty understanding what people say. During classes she relied on an interpreter but the biggest challenge she said was changing how others viewed her.

"They thought that deaf people can't do anything, so I had to prove them wrong," said Saleh.

Greg Propp is an American Sign Language professor at UVA and taught Saleh.

"Jasmine is great, very hard working student, very dedicated," said Propp.

Propp said it's rare for a deaf person to get into college and even medical school.

"Deaf students usually, English is their second language so similar to other second language students, their verbal scores are usually lower," said Propp.

Although hearing is a challenge, Saleh listened to her heart and followed her dream of becoming a doctor, like the one's that made a difference in her life.

"It can change someone's life and broaden more opportunities for that person," said Saleh.

Saleh said being in and out of hospitals as a child was the reason she wanted to go into medicine. She wants to help others and make a difference in their life.

Deaf driver makes history at Riverhead Raceway

Deaf driver makes history at Riverhead Raceway



History was made at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night when Daryn Miller won the Chargers race that night.

Miller, 36, of Franklyn Square, is deaf, and his victory marks the first time a deaf driver has ever won a race at Riverhead Raceway, according to track announcer Bob Finan.

"This is history in the making," Finan said as Miller's car approached the finish line.

Miller has been racing cars for about seven years, and while other drivers have radios in their cars with which to communicate with their crews, Miller has a series of four colored lights in his car to give him direction, according to his father, Bob, who designed the light system and used to race cars himself in the 1960s.

Daryn Miller, who owns a landscaping company, competes in both the Chargers and the Late Model divisions and came into Saturday ranked 13th in the standards for Chargers and 11th for Late Models. The updated standards, which would reflect his victory, were not yet available.

Deaf dancing queen makes it against the odds

Deaf dancing queen makes it against the odds

A profoundly deaf teenager is taking steps towards West End stardom after overcoming adversity to win a place at a top dance school.

Natasha Julien, 18, from Openshaw, beat off competition from hundreds of other hopefuls to gain entry to the Hammond School – a specialist performing arts centre.

Natasha was one when doctors told mum Paula Arrigonie, 44, that she was profoundly deaf. They warned it was unlikely she would speak and said her only option was to have a cochlear implant – a ‘bionic’ ear.

But Paula was stunned when NHS chiefs refused to pay for the operation and she told of her heartbreaking plight in the M.E.N. Just days after the story appeared, health bosses performed a U-turn and the toddler was given the vital treatment when she was three.

Paula, an ambulance worker, believes the operation gave her daughter the confidence to start dance classes in Clayton at the age of five. She said Natasha’s story showed it was possible to achieve anything against the odds.

Paula, of Neston Street, Higher Openshaw, said: “I’m so proud of her I could cry. When we found she was profoundly deaf we thought she would never speak and we were so upset when the NHS refused to give her the operation.

“Thanks to the M.E.N story, they changed their minds and the operation helped to give her confidence. She wants to be a role model to other children and people with disabilities to show you can achieve your dreams. She’s so talented I’m sure she’ll make it.”

Natasha, a former Wright Robinson College pupil, has won ‘trophy after trophy’ in dance styles ranging from ballet to contemporary.

She is set to study for a national diploma in dance at the Hammond School in Chester after coming through auditions. Her dream is to be a professional dancer.

Natasha’s three-year course will cost £14,000 a year and she now hopes kind-hearted M.E.N readers will help her pay her fees.

Anyone who can help should call City College, where Natasha is currently studying, on 0161 909 6655.