Monday, April 04, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - April 4, 2011

Greetings everyone,

This newsletter covers some of the changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as last week's newsletter covered some ADA changes affecting the deaf and disability communities. Moreover, the new ADA regulations will include first-ever accessibility requirements for swimming pools, parks, golf courses, boating facilities, exercise clubs and other recreational facilities. Information and explanations in this newsletter is not legal advice. For legal advice, please contact an attorney.

There is a new housing project nearing completion in Fullerton, California that provides emergency shelters to men and their children who need to escape from domestic violence situations and/or escape from their abusive wives or partners. This is a dedicated apartment building. Nothing as big as this has ever been seen in the domestic violence industry. We see many domestic violence shelters proliferate throughout our society and almost all of these shelters discriminate against men and their children. This housing project is leading a role to bring fairness and equality to the concept of emergency sheltering from domestic violence situations.

A new social website for deaf video bloggers has opened. It's called Deafbook.tv and you can access it at www.deafbook.tv and its very inclusive. It's a little bit like facebook. I strongly suggest you visit that website. Search for my name there and send me a friend request.

We are selling shopping passes for the Macy's Community Shopping Day. You can find more information about this event at http://www.facebook.com/ocdac#!/event.php?eid=205219526173966

We have a Bowling Tournament in August 27, 2011 http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ocdac-bowl-tournament.pdf

We have a sign language competition on September 10, 2011 http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/sign-language-bee.pdf

We are starting a bowling league that mainstreams deaf bowlers with the rest of the society It begins on September 18, 2011 http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ocdac-bowl-league.pdf

And finally, we are putting together a very resourceful booth to be at the Orange County Fair this summer.

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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ADA Definition of : Housing at a Place of Education

The Department has added a new definition to Sec. 36.104, "housing at a place of education," to clarify the types of educational housing programs that are covered by this title. This section defines "housing at a place of education" as "housing operated by or on behalf of an elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate school, or other place of education, including dormitories, suites, apartments, or other places of residence." This definition does not apply to social service programs that combine residential housing with social services, such as a residential job training program.

Examples : This removes housing at social service establishments from the definition "Housing at a Place of Education".

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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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Sign Stage on Tour Performs Winnie the Pooh using Sign Language and Spoken Word

Windwood Productions Presents Sign Stage on Tour, Deaf Theatre adaptation of Winnie The Pooh at The Palace Theater in Hamilton on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30pm for a one-hour show.

Read more at http://madisoncountycourier.com/2011/03/31/sign-stage-on-tour-performs-winnie-the-pooh-using-sign-language-and-spoken-word/

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Dirtbike Princess - Meet Ashley Fiolek

Ashley Fiolek has overcome broken bones and total deafness to succeed in the traditionally male sport of motocross.

Read more at http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/sport/general/Dirtbike+Princess+Meet+Ashley+Fiolek-3674.html

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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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Hearing Impaired Woman Saved From Dog Attack

A woman in Granite City, Illinois survived a dog attack on March 25, 2011 with the help of a good Samaritan. But, the survivor does not know who her rescuer is.

Read more at http://www.fox2now.com/news/kplr-dog-attack-hearing-impared-woman-033011%2C0%2C5481028.story

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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

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State Funding Restored to Rochester School for the Deaf

Alosha Cerney enrolled at the Rochester School for the Deaf in 2007. When he first learned about the potential budget cuts, Cerney was shocked Governor Andrew Cuomo could cut something so essential.

Read more at http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/State-Funding-Restored-to-Rochester-School-for/Dcm3Ze0i0UG09zQTqTxayA.cspx

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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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Blind (& hearing impaired) man charged with killing sister, nephew

Authorities say an argument over stolen beer escalated into murder Sunday night when a 56 year-old man allegedly killed his sister and nephew.

Read more at http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/118783414.html

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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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