Saturday, April 09, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - April 9, 2011

Greetings everyone,

This newsletter gets a little bigger beginning with this issue as we've doubled the amount of external newsworthy content.

This is a response to Marla Hatrak’s Report on Mendoza’s Town Hall Meeting on January 21, 2011 as seen on http://yestoasl.com/2011/04/report-on-mendoza/

The recent California Standardized Testing and Reporting (S.T.A.R.) Program test results show the California sign language based education system is broken and is a system that needs fixing.

California School for the Deaf-Fremont District
http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2010/ViewReport.asp?ps=true&lstTestYear=2010&lstTestType=C&lstCounty=01&lstDistrict=31617-000&lstSchool=0131763&lstGroup=2&lstSubGroup=128

California School for the Deaf-Riverside District
http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2010/ViewReport.asp?ps=true&lstTestYear=2010&lstTestType=C&lstCounty=33&lstDistrict=31625-000&lstSchool=3330834&lstGroup=2&lstSubGroup=128

And the current results are no better than when the California Education Department recognized the poor S.T.A.R. results in 2007.

http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/se/agdeaf.asp

There is definitely a broken system in the California Education Department and it needs a major overhaul if parents are to become impressed with sign language as an option for their deaf newborns.

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 If you know what this is all about and want to go straight to the purchase page click on http://tinyurl.com/macys2011

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 and i will need your help in keeping our ebay store up and running while the fair is on and the best way you can help me out is through the http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/267070 link.

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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Hearing Impaired Student Wins National Science Fair

A 6th grade student from Owego Apalachin Middle School is making his way into the science world with one interesting experiment about rust.

Read more at : http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=18080

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Virtual interpreters help deaf hospital patients

Communication between physician and patient is essential, but when the patient is deaf, it's not always easy to get interpreters.

Read more at : http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/disability_issues&id=8049374

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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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Attorney General warns of scammers exploiting system for hearing impaired

Scam artists are exploiting a relay system established to help the hearing impaired conduct business over the telephone, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. They are using it to target consumers and small businesses.

Read more at : http://www.toledoonthemove.com/news/story.aspx?list=~\home\lists\search&id=599601

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Ear implants for the deaf with no strings attached

COCHLEAR implants have helped thousands of deaf people around the world hear for the first time. Now a tiny microphone implanted in a person's ear will provide them with continuous hearing day and night.

Read more at : http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21028064.800-ear-implants-for-the-deaf-with-no-strings-attached.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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Letter: Deaf community wants to keep Fay Hall

To the School Board and PTA of Powers Catholic High School: We the Deaf people of Michigan oppose the sale of the Michigan School for the Deaf. For Powers Catholic High School this is a win-win situation at our expense. The deaf people are making the utmost sacrifice.

Read more at : http://www.mlive.com/opinion/flint/index.ssf/2011/04/letter_deaf_community_wants_to.html

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‘Bingo the Musical’ has sign-language interpreted show Saturday

This is the final weekend for IceHouse Theatre’s “Bingo the Musical” — and for the deaf or hard of hearing, there is an American Sign Language interpreted performance this Saturday night, April 9.

Read more at : http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_stage_theat/2011/04/bingo-the-musical-has-sign-language-interpreted-show-saturday.html

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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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ASL bill not enough for Gov. McDonnell on first go-round

When it was time to put pen to paper, Gov. Bob McDonnell balked—sending House Bill 1435, a popular bill on American Sign Language, or ASL, legislation, back to the drawing board.

Read more at : http://www.loudountimes.com/index.php/news/article/asl_bill_not_enough_for_mcdonnell_on_first_go-around123/

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Teen hearing loss rising, study shows

Some may assume that hearing loss is a problem that occurs later in life but teens are also facing an increasing risk according to the International Journal of Audiology.

Read more at : http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/health&id=8054641

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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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HearUSA gets restraining order against Siemens

HearUSA got a court to issue a temporary restraining order against Siemens Hearing Instruments, which is seeking to collect on a disputed loan.

Read more at : http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2011/03/31/hearusa-restraining-order-siemens.html

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Shirley Cranwell Jordan, Retired Gallaudet Professor

JORDAN, SHIRLEY CRANWILL, 76, passed away at home on March 30, 2011. Shirley was born on April 11, 1934 in Pennsylvania but moved as a young child to Flint, Michigan, where she grew up on the campus of the Michigan School for the Deaf, moving to Bloomfield and then Montclair, NJ as a young teen.

Read more at : http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hometownannapolis/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-jordan&pid=149892613

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