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

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your shopping.

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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:

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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/


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.

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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)

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 :
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

"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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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.

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