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 sheltering 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-tournamen\
t.pdf


We have a sign language competition on September 10, 2011
http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/sign-language-bee.pd\
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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.pd\
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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-th\
e-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%2C5\
481028.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-Schoo\
l-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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disabilities, their friends, associates, and relatives and promote advocacy in
the disability community. Information circulated herein does not necessarily
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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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