Saturday, February 26, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - February 26, 2011

Greetings everyone,

I begin this newsletter with a sad note that Deafvideo.tv website has become infected with a behavioral syndrome that has caused Aslrocks.net website to crash and close. People from Aslrocks.net simply flocked to Deafvideo.tv website and then shortly afterwards they started spewing out their trademark bullying language in their new home. This is very critical because the owner of Deafvideo.tv happens to be married to an attorney employed by the National Association of the Deaf. Therefore it is a safe bet that this infectious behavioral syndrome will spread into the National Association of the Deaf. So when the National Association of the Deaf becomes a bully, the entire deaf community loses big time. All efforts must be taken to ensure this infectious behavioral syndrome stops at Deafvideo.tv and not spread to National Association of the Deaf because it's the home, the soul, the fire, and the power of the deaf community.

We are cranking up our Meetup program to meet again at a local restaurant starting this coming May. We have 3 meetup groups. They are;

1) The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group (148 members) http://www.meetup.com/deaf-38/
2) The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group (419 members) http://www.meetup.com/asl-37/
3) Oral Deaf Orange County (40 members) http://www.meetup.com/deaf-263/

More information is available to members, so if you want to know more, join a group. We look forward to seeing and entertaining all of our meetup members starting May.

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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Our meetups scheduling will resume starting May 2011.

The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group http://www.meetup.com/deaf-38/

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group http://www.meetup.com/asl-37/

Oral Deaf Orange County http://www.meetup.com/deaf-263/

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Doctors must be trained to communicate with the deaf

An advocate for the hearing impaired community is calling for doctors and health workers to be trained in Jamaican sign language so that they can communicate effectively with their deaf patients.

Read more at : http://www.jis.gov.jm/news/106-health/26865-doctors-must-be-trained-to-communicate-with-the-deaf

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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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Lawmakers Give Thumbs Up To Sign Language Courses

Virginia students soon might have another choice when selecting a foreign language to pursue.

Read more at : http://www.newsleader.com/article/20110221/NEWS01/102210320/1002/news01/Lawmakers+give+thumbs+up+to+Sign+Language+courses

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Deaf Woman Storms PM's Stage

Security officers protecting Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva are being blamed for allowing a deaf woman to confront him on the stage at a function.

Read more at : http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/222827/deaf-woman-storms-pm-stage

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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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Churches, Hospitals Asked To Employ Sign Language Interpreters

Mr Simon Nyadro, Ho Municipal Advocacy Committee Chairman of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), has called on churches and hospitals to engage the services of sign language interpreters to facilitate communication between them and the deaf.

Read more at : http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_humaninterest/r_25655

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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 eligible for driving licence: Delhi high court

The Delhi high court allowed on Monday the plea of National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and said if the deaf person approaches the transport department for a driving licence then the same should be given if he passes the test.

Read more at : http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_deaf-eligible-for-driving-licence-delhi-high-court_1508037

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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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Aaron Kubey Resigns As Director Of National Theatre Of The Deaf

Aaron Kubey is exiting as executive director and president of the West Hartford-based National Theatre of the Deaf.

Read more at : http://blogs.courant.com/curtain/2011/02/xxxxxxx-3.html

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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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