Saturday, January 15, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - January 15, 2011

Greetings everyone,

What a sad week.

On Monday, January 10, the newest California Governor Jerry Brown released his
budget plans. It calls for huge cuts in social spending.

The direct and immediate impacts are hearing aid benefits would have a yearly
maximum dollar cap of $1,510. And the state portion of the maximum SSI/SSP
individual grants will be reduced to the lowest level allowed by the federal
government From $845 to $830. Hearings have been scheduled and we will include
them in this and future newsletters.

The impact on us as an organization is that we being fully independent from
government funding, will see a surge in clientèle due to increased referrals
from programs that are sponsored by the state government. In layman's terms,
program operators face cuts who will refer people to us to help them.

This re-emphasizes the need for additional fundraising projects and increased
participation by our readers and our subscribers. Our subscribers and readers
are urged to help us either through donations, purchases from our ebay store,
and participation in our fundraising projects.

OTHER NEWS : Millions of people on Medi-Cal have received letters regarding the
coverage of the Acetaminophen drug this week. There is no panic if you're using
a medication that contains Acetaminophen that CAN NOT be bought over the counter
and REQUIRES a prescription.

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

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

Funds raised would go to supporting a variety of advocacy, training, education,
outreach, and residency programs offered by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy
Center.

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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NEW STUDY PROVIDES STRONG EVIDENCE REGARDING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AVT

A new study published by The Volta Review provides longitudinal data supporting
the effectiveness of auditory-verbal therapy for children who are deaf or hard
of hearing.

Read about it at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/01/prweb4940744.htm

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EEOC FILINGS OF ADA DISCRIMINATION AT RECORD HIGH

Disability filings have risen sharply in the last decade, likely due to
increased awareness of the ADA which was signed into law 20 years ago.

For the EEOC data, see
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/ada-charges.cfm

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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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HEARING BY ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE NO. 1 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ON
JANUARY 27, 2011 - THURSDAY

1 PM – State Capitol – Room To Be Announced

Budget Items To Be Heard:

Department of Social Services (Budget Item 5180)
Child Welfare Services
Foster Care
In–Home Supportive Services
SSI/SSP
Adult Protective Services

Governor is proposing over $500 million cut in State general fund spending to
the IHSS program including additional 8.4% permanent across the board cut in
hours for all persons receiving IHSS (on top of existing 3.6% cut that is due to
go into effect February 1, 2011); doctor's certification that person applying
for IHSS or already in the program is "at risk" of being institutionalized as a
new eligibility requirement for the program; elimination of domestic and related
services for children under age of 18 who live at home and for persons living in
a "shared living arrangement". Governor proposing elimination of state funding
for IHSS Advisory Committees. Governor also proposing cutting SSI/SSP (and
presumably Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants grants) to lowest level
allowed by federal government (from $845 per month to $830 per month). Governor
is proposing to shift State responsibility of adult protective services to the
counties.

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DOG ALERTS OWNER, SAVES HER FROM FIRE

Teresa Jackson wondered what had gotten into her chihuahua Saturday morning when
the dog suddenly started running back and forth and barking excitedly.

Read more at :
http://www.fultonsun.com/news/2011/jan/14/dog-alerts-deaf-owner-saves-her-fire/

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Donate to Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is a transparent organization serving the
needs of people with disabilities and our transparency is visible at
http://rct.doj.ca.gov/MyLicenseVerification/Details.aspx?agency_id=1&license_id=\
1003712&
and we are current with our State of California reporting requirements.

Give us a hand. Go to
https://www.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=33-0806007

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HERNDON GIRL OFFERS COMMUNICATION KNOWLEDGE TO PEERS

Sharing what it's like to live in a non-hearing world at home has enabled a
5-year-old Herndon girl to open up a world of opportunities for her classmates.

Read more at :
http://republicanherald.com/news/herndon-girl-offers-communication-knowledge-to-\
peers-1.1090807#


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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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ADVANCED BIONICS LAYS OFF 150

Advanced Bionics lays off 150 employees in the wake of the FDA Recall, including
longtime field support staff. Details to be posted as they become available.

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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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CAL STATE-NORTHRIDGE FORWARD IS THE ONLY DEAF PLAYER IN DIVISION I

It's sometimes said in journalism that a story can be so compelling it writes
itself. In the case of Michael Lizarraga, a forward for the Cal
State-Northridge men's basketball team, an out-of-town reporter has no choice
but to let Lizarraga serve as something of a co-author.

Read about it at
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/seattleuniversity/2013876959_seattleu08.ht\
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disabilities, their friends, associates, and relatives and promote advocacy in
the disability community. Information circulated herein does not necessarily
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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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