Saturday, January 01, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - New Year Issue

Greetings Friends!

New Year 2011 Comes In With A Bang!

Yes, as this newsletter has some serious substances that affect the deaf
community as a whole.

As we begin the new year, we do it with facing the challenges the year has in
store for us. Some of the challenges are known since we're basically sitting on
a field of changes for our deaf society. Some of the challenges are unknown and
only time will tell us when we will face them.

Two of the challenges we are facing are expanding our ebay offerings with the
goal of 2,000 items and to get a new office in an office building close by our
residency programs. The other challenges are building up our capacity to help
others and to make the time to return this newsletter back to it's weekly form.
These challenges are bold and these will be met with your support.

These are the challenges we face in addition to helping thousands of our clients
face their personal challenges in a positive way.

We are and always have been up to date on many issues faced by the deaf
communities. Barriers remains in the area of captioning, movie access, access
to many facets of life, and respectability between deaf leaders and their deaf
and disability organizations.

Richard Roehm, Chairman
On behalf of Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

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Our ebay store has been a great challenge. We have been able to develop over a
dozen new products. Funds raised would go to supporting a variety of advocacy,
training, education, outreach, and residency programs offered by the Orange
County Deaf Advocacy Center.

Our ebay store http://stores.ebay.com/OCDAC-Adaptive-Equipment-and-More

This link will give you a head start on Valentine's Day shopping
http://stores.ebay.com/OCDAC-Adaptive-Equipment-and-More/_i.html?_nkw=I+love+you\
&submit=Search&_sid=12597986
as theres many non verbal ways to say "I Love You"

Your support is always needed. Please visit the store and see our new items.

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF OPPOSES NETFLIX'S DEAF TAX

The National Association of the Deaf sent another letter to Netflix on Friday
addressing concerns about Netflix's new pricing plan for its Watch Instantly
movies, which the deaf community says amounts to a "deaf tax."

Read more at
http://abledbody.com/newswatch/2010/12/22/nad-opposes-netflix-deaf-tax/

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BIAS AGAINST A DISABILITY ACCOUNTED FOR 1.5 PERCENT OF THE HATE CRIMES IN THE
UNITED STATES IN 2009 ACCORDING TO THE LATEST HATE CRIME STATISTICS FROM THE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released 2009 statistics which
indicated that 6,604 criminal incidents involving 7,789 offenses were reported
as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation,
ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability. Hate Crime
Statistics, 2009, published by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program
includes data from hate crime reports submitted by law enforcement agencies
throughout the nation. Of the 6,598 single-bias incidents, 48.5 percent were
motivated by a racial bias, 19.7 percent were motivated by a religious bias,
18.5 percent were motivated by a sexual-orientation bias, and 11.8 percent were
motivated by an ethnicity/national origin bias. Bias against a disability
accounted for 1.5 percent of single-bias incidents.

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Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

Our tupperware fundraiser http://shortlinks.deafadvocacy.org/tupperware

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A TEACHER-TURNED-TALK-SHOW-HOST ARTICLE IRKS DEAF

Dom Giordano asks: "What's 'foreign' about sign language?" in her opinion
article and it's creating an interesting buzz in the deaf forums.

Read more at
http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/20101214_Dom_Giordano_asks__What_s__fore\
ign__about_sign_language_.html


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CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN MEXICO'S INSTITUTIONS DISAPPEAR AND ARE TRAFFICKED

From August 2009 through September 2010, Disability Rights International (DRI)
and the Comisión Méxicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos
(CMDPDH) investigated psychiatric institutions, orphanages, shelters, and other
public facilities that house children and adults with disabilities. Now a report
titled Disappeared and Abandoned: Mexico's Segregation and Abuse of Children and
Adults with Disabilities documents violations of the rights of people with
disabilities under the new United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD) and other human rights treaties ratified by Mexico. The
report finds that children with disabilities disappear and are trafficked;
people are left in permanent restraints are subject to torture or ill-treatment;
living conditions are inhumane and degrading; and use of lobotomies and
psychosurgeries are prevalent.

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Our board president, Beth, has a holiday wish.

During this holiday season, I'm hoping my friends and family will join me to
raise $500 for OCDAC Deaf Blind Services. It's a great cause that... gives
people who are deaf blind the training and skills needed to be as independent as
possible.

I chose OCDAC Deaf Blind Services because... I have seen first hand the
wonderful results.

Beth's Holiday Wish http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/141093

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DEAF WOMAN WRESTLER TO DEBUT IN TOKYO

Yakami Aoi is an active Deaf professional woman wrestler belonging to Toromon
Japan, a Deaf professional wrestler group.

Read more at
http://deafjapan.blogspot.com/2010/12/deaf-woman-wrestler-to-debut-in-tokyo.html

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Paypal is one super online payment system we all come to know for now. However a
new company called Paybox is rising up using the same babysteps as paypal. They
need at least 3 million members before they can open up to the public and your
help is needed. We will get $10.00 for each new paybox signup. New signups
will be given $25.00 in startup funds. Now isn't that a win win situation for
you and our organization?

Paybox http://www.paybox.me/r/ocdac

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DEAF MAN FACED DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDERS

A Jefferson Circuit Court jury late Monday night convicted a man of two counts
of murder after more than seven hours of deliberation in a case in which his
deafness was a factor. Now this is a first time a deaf man faced the death
penalty. However his life was spared by a jury.

Read more at
http://www.fox41.com/story/13674022/jury-spares-life-of-deaf-man-convicted-of-mu\
rders


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For over 37 years, Labels for Education® has supported organizations across the
country by providing more than $110 million in free educational merchandise.
This year, the Labels for Education program is getting even better with a new
look and focus on the Arts, Athletics and Academic enrichment programs that can
spark children's successes. Labels for Education is also adding new partnerships
and resources. With your help, the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center can make
this year the best ever! To meet our goals, we need to collect 1,000,000 points.

Campbells Labels For Education Program http://www.deafadvocacy.org/campbells

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NEW DATABASE HELPS FEDERAL AND PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYERS HIRE WORKERS WITH
DISABILITIES

More than 2,200 candidates with disabilities representing all academic
backgrounds and working toward, or recently earned, associate, bachelor's,
master's, doctoral and law degrees are featured in the 2011 Workforce
Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities database. Some are
seeking summer employment, while others are looking for regular, full-time
positions. Federal officials can register and search for candidates who meet
their hiring needs at https://wrp.gov/LoginPre.do?method=login, whereas
private-sector employers can search the program's database through the Employer
Assistance and Resource Network at  http://askearn.org/ or by calling
1-866-327-6669. This resource is intended to assist federal and private-sector
employers in identifying workers with disabilities.

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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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