Saturday, 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 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

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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.

Were always adding many new items each month.

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. 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/

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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.

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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 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

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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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