Saturday, January 22, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - January 22, 2011

Greetings everyone,

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Other good notes is that Marc Velásquez, known as the Deaf Pirate, finally plead
guilty to fraud of the CC's VRS system and that AB 2072 is making a resurrection
in the California's legislature after being vetoed last year by then Governor

With the departure of the fabled deaf pirate, our fragile community in Orange
County can begin the healing from the embarrassment and anguish casted upon us.
Bon voyage!

Let's check out Alyssa Kieth's birthday wish and help
make her birthday wish come true.

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


Our ebay store

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

This link will give you a head start on Valentine's Day shopping\
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.



A new study indicates that the incidence of maltreatment, including neglect and
physical and sexual abuse, is more than 25 percent higher among deaf and
hard-of-hearing children than among hearing youths.

Read more at\



Great news!

New "Teach Me English in American Sign Language" (ASLE) DVDs just released!

Watch on YouTube

For more information about new ASLE DVDs, visit


Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

Our tupperware fundraiser



Marc Velásquez pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the Federal
Communications Commission's (FCC) Video Relay Service (VRS) program, announced
Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and James W.
McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office.


Also see



CAN you imagine a world without sight and sound, a world of darkness and
silence, a world where smells and feelings are all that guide you?

That was the situation faced by deaf dad Bruce Eggleton this winter, when
glaucoma robbed him of his eyesight.

The 35-year-old feared he would never see his daughter again, but
ophthalmologist Petros Andreou at Broomfield Hospital acted quickly and saved
him from permanent blindness.\


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\
and we are current with our State of California reporting requirements.

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The Minnesota Commission of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans has
a free online course on advocacy. It is signed and captioned. This course
teaches how to influence public policy makers (e.g., your state government).
Among other things, it also teaches how to collaborate with others on efforts.



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?




I would like to introduce myself as the chair of the 2011 National Cued Speech
Association conference to be held in Chapel Hill, NC from July 8 - July 10.

The 2011 National Cued Speech Conference is designed for professionals providing
services to children and adults with hearing loss. This year's theme is
"Language, Literacy, and Communication," emphasizing the benefits of Cued Speech
for language and literacy development, while addressing the possibilities of
visual communication for spoken languages.

We are currently seeking presenters for the conference. If you or someone you
know may be interested in submitting a proposal, the Call for Papers submission
form is now available on the website
Also, we plan to open registration in late February/early March.

I feel free to share this information with co-workers and students. Please do
not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Warm Regards,

Mary-Beth Rose
2011 NCSA Conference Chair | July 8-10, 2011 | Chapel Hill, NC
Text: 630.559.6554 • Voice via Relay: 630.874.8978


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All the evidence suggests that Averi Halbert is a typical terrible 2-year-old.
She adores baby dolls, stuffed animals and things that light up. If matters were
left to her, vegetables would be outlawed, as would being told no and going to
bed. Right now, she's on the verge of throwing a tantrum. Her striking hazel
eyes have narrowed to an angry squint – she's run out of grapes to eat. She
pouts until her mom concedes and hands her more.

Read more at\


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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.

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Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and
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