Saturday, April 30, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - April 24, 2011

Greetings everyone,

Our education booth at the Pet Expo last weekend was a complete success. We shared valuable information to people with disabilities. We raised a record breaking about of money through donations. We received a lot of food and items donations to people and their service animals in our residency program.

I had to go through a painful dental procedure this week and I'm glad that I'm done with this and the nagging toothache is gone forever. I looked like crap.
I'm doing well now.

What is next for us is the local community fairs and we will maintain our brandand presence at these events.

We are selling shopping passes for the Macy's Community Shopping Day. You can find more information about this event at!/event.php?eid=205219526173966 If you know what
this is all about and want to go straight to the purchase page click on

We have a Bowling Tournament in August 27, 2011

We have a sign language competition on September 10, 2011

We are starting a bowling league that mainstreams deaf bowlers with the rest of the society. It begins on September 18, 2011

Our monthly meetups are coming up very soon. Look down further into this newsletter for more information.

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 link.

I just want to sign off on this newsletter with a short tribute to Phillip Doyle who was a friend to many people. Phil as we know him passed away yesterday. He was one of the liberal giants whom I worked with in my mid 20's. I learned plenty from him.

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


Our ebay store

Funds raised would go to supporting a variety of advocacy, training, education, outreach, and residency programs offered by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center.

We're 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

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group

Oral Deaf Orange County


House approves bill to move money from deaf services fund to education fund

The Alabama House of Representatives tonight voted 61-34 for a bill to take $30 million from a fund created to pay for telephone services for the deaf and put the money in the state Education Trust Fund.

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A New Reason for Why the Deaf May Have Trouble Reading

Deaf people may have no trouble communicating any idea in American Sign Language, or ASL, that can be expressed in English. But studies of ASL signers show that, on average, deaf high school seniors are likely to read at the level of a nine-year-old.

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Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

Our tupperware fundraiser


American Sign Language bill becomes law

The fight is over for supporters of House Bill 1435, a piece of legislation that will place American Sign Language, or ASL, on the same level as other power languages when it comes to satisfying foreign language requirements.

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Sociology graduates needed for research project

Angela Cannella, a sociology student at Gallaudet, is interested in getting data from alumni who majored or minored in sociology for statistical information to be used in her Senior Capstone project.

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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\1003712& and we are current with our State of California reporting requirements.

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Deaf culture as point of pride? It's more a curse

As an 85-year-old World War II veteran with a clinical diagnosis of severe to profound hearing loss — caused, I suspect, by dozens of hours of machine gun fire and hundreds of hours in noisy airplanes — I read professor Harlan Lane's remarks with increasing amazement and annoyance.

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City honour for deaf people's champion

A LASTING tribute was unveiled in Belfast yesterday to a Church of Ireland missionary deemed a "great champion" for the rights of deaf people.

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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?



Gallaudet Women's Basketball Players Scrimmage with KDES Basketball Teams

The families of the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) boys and girls basketball teams wanted to recognize the teams' special achievement.

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Plan would cut 5 teachers at Iowa school for deaf

Five teachers at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs could lose their jobs under a cost-saving measure being considered by the Iowa Board of Regents.

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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


Deaf pet finds friends and fun in new home

A deaf dog no one wanted has found a loving home and an owner who wants to teach her how to get beer from the fridge and take her for rides on his Harley-Davidson motorbike.

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Betty Beekman Named Interim Director of National Theatre for the Deaf

Betty Beekman, former tour director of the West Hartford-based National Theatre of the Deaf, is the new interim director of the organization.

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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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