Saturday, March 26, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 26, 2011

Greetings everyone,

This and next week's newsletters are dedicated to informing our readers of the
changes in some of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definitions that
became effective last week. Therefore these are very important issues in our
newsletter history. This newsletter will cover some of the changes and next
week's newsletter will cover some additional changes affecting the deaf and
disability communities. Information and explanations in this newsletter is not
legal advice. For legal advice, please contact an attorney.

Lets celebrate National Deaf History Month with a day of positive relationships,
a day of positive coexistence, and a day of fun at our bowing tournament today.
More info on our bowling event http://www.deafadvocacy.org/bowl-a-thon and
please join us.

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

===============================================

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.

Were always adding many new items each month.

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

===============================================

Our meetups scheduling will resume starting May 2011. Please join a group for
more information.

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/

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Qualified Interpreter

Qualified interpreter means an interpreter who, via a video remote interpreting
(VRI) service or an on-site appearance, is able to interpret effectively,
accurately, and impartially, both receptively and expressively, using any
necessary specialized vocabulary. Qualified interpreters include, for example,
sign language interpreters, oral transliterators, and cued-language
transliterators.

Examples : Certification of interpreters through Registry of Interpreters for
the Deaf (RID) is not in the definition. RID certification is not necessary.
Basically this is a re-empasization as there are many places throughout the USA
still requiring the use of certified interpreters and is attributing to the
"shortage of interpreters" condition that allows waivers from the ADA
requirements.

===============================================

Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

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

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Service Animals

Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform
tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical,
sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of
animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals
for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service
animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Examples of work or
tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or
have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are
deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing
non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an
individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens,
retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support
and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility
disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities
by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime
deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional
support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks
for the purposes of this definition.

Examples : Only trained dogs are service animals. Not monkeys, potbellied pigs,
hissing cockroaches. Therapy animal services do not meet the definition of work
that a service animals does. Minature horses may meet the service animal
definition through a completely different, and complicated, set of rules.

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Video Remote Interpreting

Video remote interpreting (VRI) service means an interpreting service that uses
video conference technology over dedicated lines or wireless technology offering
high-speed, wide-bandwidth video connection that delivers high-quality video
images as provided in Sec. 36.303(f). Qualified interpreters on-site or
through video remote interpreting (VRI) services; notetakers; real-time
computer-aided transcription services; written materials; exchange of written
notes; telephone handset amplifiers; assistive listening devices; assistive
listening systems; telephones compatible with hearing aids; closed caption
decoders; open and closed captioning, including real-time captioning; voice,
text, and video-based telecommunications products and systems, including text
telephones (TTYs), videophones, and captioned telephones, or equally effective
telecommunications devices; videotext displays; accessible electronic and
information technology; or other effective methods of making aurally delivered
information available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing;

Examples : This combines many communication services for the deaf and hard of
hearing that were in separate categories into a single category. This probably
complicates the separation between VRS and VRI for the purpose of receiving
reimbursements from FCC and NECA.

===============================================

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

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Wheelchairs

Wheelchair means a manually-operated or power-driven device designed primarily
for use by an individual with a mobility disability for the main purpose of
indoor or of both indoor and outdoor locomotion. This definition does not apply
to Federal wilderness areas; wheelchairs in such areas are defined in section
508(c)(2) of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. 12207(c)(2).

Examples : Wheelchairs dont have to look like wheelchairs. They can be walkers
with seats or battery power razor scooters to name a few. This expands the
definition of wheelchairs.

===============================================

Paypal is one super online payment system we all come to know for now. However a
new company called VirtaPay 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 VirtaPay 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.virtapay.com/r/ocdac

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Mobility Devices

Other power-driven mobility device means any mobility device powered by
batteries, fuel, or other engines--whether or not designed primarily for use by
individuals with mobility disabilities--that is used by individuals with
mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion, including golf cars,
electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMDs), such as the
Segway[supreg] PT, or any mobility device designed to operate in areas without
defined pedestrian routes, but that is not a wheelchair within the meaning of
this section. This definition does not apply to Federal wilderness areas;
wheelchairs in such areas are defined in section 508(c)(2) of the ADA, 42 U.S.C.
12207(c)(2).

Examples : This also means Fairview's community Segway users in Costa Mesa will
no longer tickets from police!

===============================================

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

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Direct Threat

Direct threat means a significant risk to the health or safety of others that
cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices, or procedures, or
by the provision of auxiliary aids or services, as provided in Sec. 36.208. In
determining whether an individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety
of others, a public accommodation must make an individualized assessment, based
on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical knowledge or on the best
available objective evidence, to ascertain: The nature, duration, and severity
of the risk; the probability that the potential injury will actually occur; and
whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures or the
provision of auxiliary aids or services will mitigate the risk.

Examples : A person, who has been making threats in the past, can no longer be
perceived as a person capable of making threats in the future PROVIDED that
there is treatment and or following self achievable procedures available to
suppress the threat and the person has unrestricted access to and is ready,
willing, and able to obtain treatment or follow procedures in order to suppress
the capabilities of making the threats.

===============================================

**********************
**** DISCLAIMER ****
**********************

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of
your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and
wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and
this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 26, 2011

Greetings everyone,

This and next week's newsletters are dedicated to informing our readers of the changes in some of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definitions that became effective last week. Therefore these are very important issues in our newsletter history. This newsletter will cover some of the changes and next week's newsletter will cover some additional changes affecting the deaf and disability communities. Information and explanations in this newsletter is not legal advice. For legal advice, please contact an attorney.

Lets celebrate National Deaf History Month with a day of positive relationships, a day of positive coexistence, and a day of fun at our bowing tournament today. More info on our bowling event http://www.deafadvocacy.org/bowl-a-thon and please join us.

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

===============================================

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.

Were always adding many new items each month.

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

===============================================

Our meetups scheduling will resume starting May 2011. Please join a group for more information.

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/

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Qualified Interpreter

Qualified interpreter means an interpreter who, via a video remote interpreting (VRI) service or an on-site appearance, is able to interpret effectively, accurately, and impartially, both receptively and expressively, using any necessary specialized vocabulary. Qualified interpreters include, for example, sign language interpreters, oral transliterators, and cued-language transliterators.

Examples : Certification of interpreters through Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is not in the definition. RID certification is not necessary. Basically this is a re-empasization as there are many places throughout the USA still requiring the use of certified interpreters and is attributing to the "shortage of interpreters" condition that allows waivers from the ADA requirements.

===============================================

Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

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

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Service Animals

Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.

Examples : Only trained dogs are service animals. Not monkeys, potbellied pigs, hissing cockroaches. Therapy animal services do not meet the definition of work that a service animals does. Minature horses may meet the service animal definition through a completely different, and complicated, set of rules.

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Video Remote Interpreting

Video remote interpreting (VRI) service means an interpreting service that uses video conference technology over dedicated lines or wireless technology offering high-speed, wide-bandwidth video connection that delivers high-quality video images as provided in Sec. 36.303(f). Qualified interpreters on-site or through video remote interpreting (VRI) services; notetakers; real-time computer-aided transcription services; written materials; exchange of written notes; telephone handset amplifiers; assistive listening devices; assistive listening systems; telephones compatible with hearing aids; closed caption decoders; open and closed captioning, including real-time captioning; voice, text, and video-based telecommunications products and systems, including text telephones (TTYs), videophones, and captioned telephones, or equally effective telecommunications devices; videotext displays; accessible electronic and information technology; or other effective methods of making aurally delivered information available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing;

Examples : This combines many communication services for the deaf and hard of hearing that were in separate categories into a single category. This probably complicates the separation between VRS and VRI for the purpose of receiving reimbursements from FCC and NECA.

===============================================

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

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Wheelchairs

Wheelchair means a manually-operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability for the main purpose of indoor or of both indoor and outdoor locomotion. This definition does not apply to Federal wilderness areas; wheelchairs in such areas are defined in section 508(c)(2) of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. 12207(c)(2).

Examples : Wheelchairs dont have to look like wheelchairs. They can be walkers with seats or battery power razor scooters to name a few. This expands the definition of wheelchairs.

===============================================

Paypal is one super online payment system we all come to know for now. However a new company called VirtaPay 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 VirtaPay 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.virtapay.com/r/ocdac

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Mobility Devices

Other power-driven mobility device means any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines--whether or not designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities--that is used by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion, including golf cars, electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMDs), such as the Segway[supreg] PT, or any mobility device designed to operate in areas without defined pedestrian routes, but that is not a wheelchair within the meaning of this section. This definition does not apply to Federal wilderness areas; wheelchairs in such areas are defined in section 508(c)(2) of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. 12207(c)(2).

Examples : This also means Fairview's community Segway users in Costa Mesa will no longer tickets from police!

===============================================

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

===============================================

ADA Definition of : Direct Threat

Direct threat means a significant risk to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices, or procedures, or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services, as provided in Sec. 36.208. In determining whether an individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, a public accommodation must make an individualized assessment, based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical knowledge or on the best available objective evidence, to ascertain: The nature, duration, and severity of the risk; the probability that the potential injury will actually occur; and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures or the provision of auxiliary aids or services will mitigate the risk.

Examples : A person, who has been making threats in the past, can no longer be perceived as a person capable of making threats in the future PROVIDED that there is treatment and or following self achievable procedures available to suppress the threat and the person has unrestricted access to and is ready, willing, and able to obtain treatment or follow procedures in order to suppress the capabilities of making the threats.

===============================================

**********************
**** DISCLAIMER ****
**********************

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

To subscribe to this newsletter go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ or send a blank email to ocdacnewsletter-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 19, 2011

Greetings everyone,

The big news this week are the expanded revisions on the ADA regulations became
effective Tuesday. Some big changes in the definition of a "service animal".
Given these changes, it becomes necessary to revive our service animal
evaluation and certification program.

On Friday, July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations
revising the Department's ADA regulations, including its ADA Standards for
Accessible Design. The official text was published in the Federal Register on
September 15, 2010. The revised regulations amend the Department's Title II
regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, and the Title III regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 36.
Appendix A to each regulation includes a section-by-section analysis of the rule
and responses to public comments on the proposed rule.

Paybox becomes Virtapay and this means rebranding is happening and will soon
open to the public as soon as a major credit card company partners with it.
Help OCDAC raise money by signing up through this link :
http://www.virtapay.com/r/ocdac

Finally lets celebrate National Deaf History Month with a day of positive
relationships, a day of positive coexistence, and a day of fun at our bowing
tournament next Saturday. More info on our bowling event
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/bowl-a-thon and please join us.

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

===============================================

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.

Were always adding many new items each month.

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

===============================================

Our meetups scheduling will resume starting May 2011. Please join a group for
more information.

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/

===============================================

Fire crews use `sign' cards to help deaf

FIREFIGHTERS have been equipped with pocket sized `emergency signs' cards to
help them communicate with the deaf community in Cheshire.

Read more at :
http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/8898785.Fire_crews_use____sign____cards_\
to_help_deaf/


===============================================

Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

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

===============================================

(Deaf) Man Able To Walk After Confined To Wheelchair

Scott Bettencourt was determined to walk and his mother Judy Forbes never
doubted that he would. After all, this was not the first time he would overcome
physical challenges and learn to use his legs again.

Read more at :
http://hometownstation.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23777:ma\
n-in-wheelchair-with-cerebral-palsy-walks-clarita-2011-03-11-1341&catid=26:local\
-news&Itemid=97


===============================================

SC school leaders hope House plan holds

After years of cutbacks amid the recession, South Carolina's five public
residential schools for talented, troubled and hearing- and visually-impaired
students are poised to get more money in the state budget.

Read more at :
http://www.thestate.com/2011/03/13/1735065/sc-school-leaders-hope-house-plan.htm\
l#ixzz1GgRrJ45y


===============================================

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

===============================================

Ear implant decision raises questions

Health Minister Deb Matthews' recent announcement that an additional $5.9
million is being provided for cochlear implants should lead to increased
scrutiny of Ontario government policy regarding deaf children's access to sign
language.

Read more at :
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters/article/952943--ear-implant-decision-rais\
es-questions


===============================================

Paypal is one super online payment system we all come to know for now. However a
new company called VirtaPay 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 VirtaPay 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.virtapay.com/r/ocdac

===============================================

Don't let a doctor destroy your baby's hearing

As about 2% of babies born in the United States do, Alex Resnick failed the
routine newborn hearing screening he received before he left the hospital. At
first his parents didn't think much of it, since the nurse told them further
testing often shows the baby is fine. But six weeks later when those additional
tests showed Alex had moderate to severe hearing loss, his mother's heart sank.

Read more at :
http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/10/ep.neuropathy.kids.hearing/index.html

===============================================

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

===============================================

(Deaf) Kidnapping Suspect Appears in Taylor County Magistrate Court

A man accused of kidnapping a Taylor County teenager was in magistrate court on
Friday.

Read more at : http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=95794

===============================================

**********************
**** DISCLAIMER ****
**********************

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of
your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and
wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and
this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 19, 2011

Greetings everyone,

The big news this week are the expanded revisions on the ADA regulations became effective Tuesday. Some big changes in the definition of a "service animal". Given these changes, it becomes necessary to revive our service animal evaluation and certification program.

On Friday, July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the Department’s ADA regulations, including its ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The official text was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. The revised regulations amend the Department’s Title II regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, and the Title III regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 36. Appendix A to each regulation includes a section-by-section analysis of the rule and responses to public comments on the proposed rule.

Paybox becomes Virtapay and this means rebranding is happening and will soon open to the public as soon as a major credit card company partners with it. Help OCDAC raise money by signing up through this link : http://www.virtapay.com/r/ocdac

Finally lets celebrate National Deaf History Month with a day of positive relationships, a day of positive coexistence, and a day of fun at our bowing tournament next Saturday. More info on our bowling event http://www.deafadvocacy.org/bowl-a-thon and please join us.

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

===============================================

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.

Were always adding many new items each month.

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

===============================================

Our meetups scheduling will resume starting May 2011. Please join a group for more information.

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/

===============================================

Fire crews use ‘sign’ cards to help deaf

FIREFIGHTERS have been equipped with pocket sized ‘emergency signs’ cards to help them communicate with the deaf community in Cheshire.

Read more at : http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/8898785.Fire_crews_use____sign____cards_to_help_deaf/

===============================================

Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

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

===============================================

(Deaf) Man Able To Walk After Confined To Wheelchair

Scott Bettencourt was determined to walk and his mother Judy Forbes never doubted that he would. After all, this was not the first time he would overcome physical challenges and learn to use his legs again.

Read more at : http://hometownstation.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23777:man-in-wheelchair-with-cerebral-palsy-walks-clarita-2011-03-11-1341&catid=26:local-news&Itemid=97

===============================================

SC school leaders hope House plan holds

After years of cutbacks amid the recession, South Carolina's five public residential schools for talented, troubled and hearing- and visually-impaired students are poised to get more money in the state budget.

Read more at : http://www.thestate.com/2011/03/13/1735065/sc-school-leaders-hope-house-plan.html#ixzz1GgRrJ45y

===============================================

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

===============================================

Ear implant decision raises questions

Health Minister Deb Matthews’ recent announcement that an additional $5.9 million is being provided for cochlear implants should lead to increased scrutiny of Ontario government policy regarding deaf children’s access to sign language.

Read more at : http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters/article/952943--ear-implant-decision-raises-questions

===============================================

Paypal is one super online payment system we all come to know for now. However a new company called VirtaPay 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 VirtaPay 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.virtapay.com/r/ocdac

===============================================

Don't let a doctor destroy your baby's hearing

As about 2% of babies born in the United States do, Alex Resnick failed the routine newborn hearing screening he received before he left the hospital. At first his parents didn't think much of it, since the nurse told them further testing often shows the baby is fine. But six weeks later when those additional tests showed Alex had moderate to severe hearing loss, his mother's heart sank.

Read more at : http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/10/ep.neuropathy.kids.hearing/index.html

===============================================

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

===============================================

(Deaf) Kidnapping Suspect Appears in Taylor County Magistrate Court

A man accused of kidnapping a Taylor County teenager was in magistrate court on Friday.

Read more at : http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=95794

===============================================

**********************
**** DISCLAIMER ****
**********************

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

To subscribe to this newsletter go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ or send a blank email to ocdacnewsletter-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 12, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 12, 2011

Greetings everyone,

National Deaf History Month starts tomorrow!

Marlee Matlin the historic deaf actress whose appearance in the current The
Apprentice season made a history breaking statement. What had been the powerful
statement that represented our identity "Deaf people can do anything but hear"
for decades, Marlee says "Deaf people can do anything and hear" shocking the
deaf blogosphere and the ripples from this surprise is felt far and wide even
outside the U.S. Borders.

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is making history being the only deaf social
service agency in the state of California to have rigorous education and
referral program for parents of deaf newborn babies. We've developed "Fast
Track To Hearing" resources thats continuing to grow for these parents and
they're at http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/?p=9451 and has been accessed over
100,000 times since its inception.

Theres two new blogger websites that has invited our participation. 1) Deaf
Truth Seeker http://deaftruthseeker.blogspot.com/ and; 2) Deaf News Inside
http://deafnewsinside.blogspot.com

Our monthly meetups will resume this May 2011.

Finally lets celebrate National Deaf History Month with a day of positive
relationships, a day of positive coexistence, and a day of fun at our bowing
tournament. More info on our bowling event
http://www.deafadvocacy.org/bowl-a-thon and please join us.

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

===============================================

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.

Were always adding many new items each month.

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

===============================================

Our meetups scheduling will resume starting May 2011. Please join a group for
more information.

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/

===============================================

US Department of Labor makes available Web-based toolkit for federal agencies to
increase employment of people with disabilities.

he U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy today
posted an online toolkit comprised of resources to assist federal agencies in
recruiting, employing and retaining individuals with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.dol.gov/odep/federal-hire.

===============================================

Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

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

===============================================

Embracelets given out as anti-bullying resolution

SBG (Student Body Government) President Colin Whited kicked off the Embracelet
event in the Jordan Student Academic Center's MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) by
offering a few introductory words. Several presenters representing different
parts of the Gallaudet community followed Whited.

Read more at http://www.thebuffandblue.net/?p=5172

===============================================

Breaking the Language Barrier

In March, Briar Woods High School's 55 American Sign Language (ASL) students
have something exciting planned.

Read more at
http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/420242/ne\
wspaperid/2529/Breaking_the_Language_Barrier.aspx


===============================================

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

===============================================

Celebrate National Deaf History Month - Beginning March 13

Hearing-Aid.com and the National Council for Better Hearing offer a look back at
this important hearing healthcare event.

Read more at
http://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/11/03/p902930/celebrate-national-deaf-his\
tory-month-beginning-march-13


===============================================

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

===============================================

Specialized Schools Face Tough Cuts As Budget Battle Nears

Advocates for the blind, deaf and those with emotional issues are gearing up for
a battle with the governor over cuts to specialized schools and their programs.
NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Read more at
http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/134965/specialized-schools-face-tough-cut\
s-as-budget-battle-nears


===============================================

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

===============================================

Deaf woman says in lawsuit that hospital made daughter interpret

A deaf Fort Dodge woman is suing a hospital for allegedly forcing her to use her
7-year-old daughter as a sign-language interpreter before the girl had surgery.

Read more at
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110305/NEWS/103050310/Deaf-woman-says\
-in-lawsuit-that-hospital-made-daughter-interpret?RAGBRAI


===============================================

**********************
**** DISCLAIMER ****
**********************

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of
your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and
wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and
this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 12, 2011

Greetings everyone,

National Deaf History Month starts tomorrow!

Marlee Matlin the historic deaf actress whose appearance in the current The Apprentice season made a history breaking statement. What had been the powerful statement that represented our identity "Deaf people can do anything but hear" for decades, Marlee says "Deaf people can do anything and hear" shocking the deaf blogosphere and the ripples from this surprise is felt far and wide even outside the U.S. Borders.

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is making history being the only deaf social service agency in the state of California to have rigorous education and referral program for parents of deaf newborn babies. We've developed "Fast Track To Hearing" resources thats continuing to grow for these parents and theyre at http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/?p=9451 and has been accessed over 100,000 times since its inception.

Theres two new blogger websites that has invited our participation. 1) Deaf Truth Seeker http://deaftruthseeker.blogspot.com/ and; 2) Deaf News Inside http://deafnewsinside.blogspot.com

Our monthly meetups will resume this May 2011.

Finally lets celebrate National Deaf History Month with a day of positive relationships, a day of positive coexistence, and a day of fun at our bowing tournament. More info on our bowling event http://www.deafadvocacy.org/bowl-a-thon and please join us.

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

===============================================

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.

Were always adding many new items each month.

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

===============================================

Our meetups scheduling will resume starting May 2011. Please join a group for more information.

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/

===============================================

US Department of Labor makes available Web-based toolkit for federal agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities.

he U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today posted an online toolkit comprised of resources to assist federal agencies in recruiting, employing and retaining individuals with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.dol.gov/odep/federal-hire.

===============================================

Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

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

===============================================

Embracelets given out as anti-bullying resolution

SBG (Student Body Government) President Colin Whited kicked off the Embracelet event in the Jordan Student Academic Center’s MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) by offering a few introductory words. Several presenters representing different parts of the Gallaudet community followed Whited.

Read more at http://www.thebuffandblue.net/?p=5172

===============================================

Breaking the Language Barrier

In March, Briar Woods High School's 55 American Sign Language (ASL) students have something exciting planned.

Read more at http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/420242/newspaperid/2529/Breaking_the_Language_Barrier.aspx

===============================================

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

===============================================

Celebrate National Deaf History Month - Beginning March 13

Hearing-Aid.com and the National Council for Better Hearing offer a look back at this important hearing healthcare event.

Read more at http://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/11/03/p902930/celebrate-national-deaf-history-month-beginning-march-13

===============================================

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

===============================================

Specialized Schools Face Tough Cuts As Budget Battle Nears

Advocates for the blind, deaf and those with emotional issues are gearing up for a battle with the governor over cuts to specialized schools and their programs. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Read more at http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/134965/specialized-schools-face-tough-cuts-as-budget-battle-nears

===============================================

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

===============================================

Deaf woman says in lawsuit that hospital made daughter interpret

A deaf Fort Dodge woman is suing a hospital for allegedly forcing her to use her 7-year-old daughter as a sign-language interpreter before the girl had surgery.

Read more at http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110305/NEWS/103050310/Deaf-woman-says-in-lawsuit-that-hospital-made-daughter-interpret?RAGBRAI

===============================================

**********************
**** DISCLAIMER ****
**********************

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

To subscribe to this newsletter go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ or send a blank email to ocdacnewsletter-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 5, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 5, 2011

Greetings everyone,

This issue, we talk about our yahoo news groups lists. Now you as a subasriber
to this newsletter is already familiar with this news group. We have a few more
news groups in our control over a variety of subsections that concerns the deaf
community.

1) Deafhood. 36 members. Discussion on deafness, deafhood, promotion and
preservation of deafness, and responsible deaf and deafhood advocacy.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/deafhood/

2) Gallynet. 21 members. Discussions pertaining to higher education of the
hearing impaired communities and not be limited to Gallaudet University
stakeholders. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gallynet/

3) Ocdacvolunteer. 328 members. This is a group for volunteers at the Orange
County Deaf Advocacy Center. We will post events, and news, and collabrate on
projects in this group. This is where we share ideas on helping our agency help
others with those interested in helping us out. List members will be screened
out to make sure theyre fit to help us out.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacvolunteer/

And another news we are setting up a sign language competition in memory of
Kenneth Algaze to take place in Septembers each year. This will be replacing
the Johnny Scott Memorial Chess matches we've had in the past. Technology
advancements to chess playing makes opportunities in one-on-one chess matches
less attractive and feasible.

Finally when you have free time to spare, take a look at my videos at
http://www.aslvlogs.com/?u=tagboard7 and I'm grateful to Ken Davis for setting
up a website so we can share our wonderful videos with the sign language
population.

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

===============================================

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.

===============================================

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/

===============================================

In a world of whistles, deaf referee is on call

By the time Jim Segala was an upperclassman at Frontier Regional School in South
Deerfield, Mass., he was known for more than just his scoring ability on a team
that would finish as state runner-up his senior year in 1986.

Read More at :
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110227/SPORTS08/102270356/In-world\
-whistles-deaf-referee-call?odyssey=nav
|head

===============================================

Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

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

===============================================

Greater equality for sign language users - Crockart

Edinburgh West MP, Mike Crockart, today called for equal access to
telecommunications for sign language users at the launch of a new campaign, VRS
Today!

Read More at :
http://www.glasgowlibdems.org.uk/201102252405/Scottish-Lib-Dems/greater-equality\
-for-sign-language-users-crockart.html


===============================================

Students take time to sign

Ruth Brunner's seventh grade American Sign Language class at Windsor Middle
School is in its eighth week and already demonstrating proficiency in signing.

Read More at :
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110226/WINDSORBEACON01/102260315/Students-ta\
ke-time-to-sign


===============================================

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

===============================================

Speaking -- and reading -- in their own language

When Tim and Deadra Stewart talk, their hands move, not their lips. The couple
converse in American Sign Language, a language many deaf people in the United
States and Canada consider their first language.

Read More at :
http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110226/LIFE07/102260328/1007/NEWS01/?odysse\
y=nav
|head

===============================================

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

===============================================

Senator eyes fee on Utah'scell phones

Utahns' cell phone bills could go up $2.40 a year under a legislative proposal
that would add a monthly surcharge to fund telecommunication devices for people
who are speech and hearing impaired.

Read More at :
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700113498/Senator-eyes-fee-on-Utahscell-phone\
s.html


===============================================

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

===============================================

(Deaf) Church volunteer sentenced to 22 years for child porn

A Baptist church volunteer who confessed to sexually abusing nine boys and was
found by FBI agents to have gathered more than 10,000 pieces of child
pornography was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday.

Read More at :
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/crime/os-child-porn-deaf-ministry-20110225,0\
,4412855.story


===============================================

**********************
**** DISCLAIMER ****
**********************

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.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of
your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and
wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and
this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - March 5, 2011

Greetings everyone,

This issue, we talk about our yahoo news groups lists. Now you as a subscriber to this newsletter is already familiar with this news group. We have a few more news groups in our control over a variety of subsections that concerns the deaf community.

1) Deafhood. 36 members. Discussion on deafness, deafhood, promotion and preservation of deafness, and responsible deaf and deafhood advocacy. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/deafhood/

2) Gallynet. 21 members. Discussions pertaining to higher education of the hearing impaired communities and not be limited to Gallaudet University stakeholders. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gallynet/

3) Ocdacvolunteer. 328 members. This is a group for volunteers at the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center. We will post events, and news, and collaborate on projects in this group. This is where we share ideas on helping our agency help others with those interested in helping us out. List members will be screened out to make sure theyre fit to help us out. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacvolunteer/

And another news we are setting up a sign language competition in memory of Kenneth Algaze to take place in Septembers each year. This will be replacing the Johnny Scott Memorial Chess matches we've had in the past. Technology advancements to chess playing makes opportunities in one-on-one chess matches less attractive and feasible.

Finally when you have free time to spare, take a look at my videos at http://www.aslvlogs.com/?u=tagboard7 and I'm grateful to Ken Davis for setting up a website so we can share our wonderful videos with the sign language population.

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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In a world of whistles, deaf referee is on call

By the time Jim Segala was an upperclassman at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield, Mass., he was known for more than just his scoring ability on a team that would finish as state runner-up his senior year in 1986.

Read More at : http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110227/SPORTS08/102270356/In-world-whistles-deaf-referee-call?odyssey=nav|head

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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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Greater equality for sign language users - Crockart

Edinburgh West MP, Mike Crockart, today called for equal access to telecommunications for sign language users at the launch of a new campaign, VRS Today!

Read More at : http://www.glasgowlibdems.org.uk/201102252405/Scottish-Lib-Dems/greater-equality-for-sign-language-users-crockart.html

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Students take time to sign

Ruth Brunner's seventh grade American Sign Language class at Windsor Middle School is in its eighth week and already demonstrating proficiency in signing.

Read More at : http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110226/WINDSORBEACON01/102260315/Students-take-time-to-sign

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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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Speaking -- and reading -- in their own language

When Tim and Deadra Stewart talk, their hands move, not their lips. The couple converse in American Sign Language, a language many deaf people in the United States and Canada consider their first language.

Read More at : http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110226/LIFE07/102260328/1007/NEWS01/?odyssey=nav|head

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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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Senator eyes fee on Utah'scell phones

Utahns' cell phone bills could go up $2.40 a year under a legislative proposal that would add a monthly surcharge to fund telecommunication devices for people who are speech and hearing impaired.

Read More at : http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700113498/Senator-eyes-fee-on-Utahscell-phones.html

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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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(Deaf) Church volunteer sentenced to 22 years for child porn

A Baptist church volunteer who confessed to sexually abusing nine boys and was found by FBI agents to have gathered more than 10,000 pieces of child pornography was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday.

Read More at : http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/crime/os-child-porn-deaf-ministry-20110225,0,4412855.story

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