Saturday, May 21, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - May 21, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - May 21, 2011

Greetings everyone,

After a restful hiatus, we bring you great news!

California School for the Deaf, Fremont will soon get a celebrated leader to
replace the retiring Dr. Hank Klopping and coming Monday the candidates for such
position would be revealed and that includes Dr. Reginald Redding who has had an
exciting journey through his life.

Our monthly meetups have resurrected with a blast. Join us on every first and
third Fridays each month in Santa Ana, California.

Our VirtaPay monetizing plan is far exceeding our expectations as dozens of
supporters have bought copies of the ebook "101 Ways To Stop The Money Leak" and
its a valuable resource for our community stakeholders and supporters. You can
access it at https://www.virtapay.com/pay.php?id=ocdac-001&c=1305821805 and if
you don't have a VirtaPay account, sign up at http://www.virtapay.com/r/ocdac
and use the free bonus money to get the ebook for free! It's a win-win
situation for both of us and our readers in these trying times!

Deaf evolution has just made it's latest encroachment. This time it's at the
Illinois School for the Deaf. Illinois governor Mitch Daniels has made
appointments to the school's board thats causing a small outrage and a lot of
debating from all over the United States. Dozens of blog postings and lively
video blog postings are evident. At issue are the appointments of 3 people with
ties to Hear Indiana which is a chapter of the AG Bell Association that has been
despised by the leadership of the sign language minority.

I'm getting some messages that landlords are requiring pet deposits for service
animals. I just want to be clear with everyone that according to Fair Housing
Amendments Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. 3601, et seq.) Landlords CAN NOT charge you a
pet deposit for the service animal.

And finally, we are almost done 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 a small $700 donation to hire someone to man the ebay store while we're
all at the fairgrounds.

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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Join us in our monthly meetups.

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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Signing Hedda Gabler - ASL interpreters tackle Ibsen's dark drama

Theatrical American Sign Language interpreters must be perceptive, flexible,
and—quite possibly—have a touch of multiple personality disorder.

Read more at : http://www.bu.edu/today/node/12917

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Beverly Hospital settles case on deaf patient care

Federal authorities say Beverly Hospital has agreed to a three-year program to
improve its services for hearing-impaired patients and patients' family members.

Read more at :
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20110511beverly_hospital_settles\
_case_on_deaf_patient_care/srvc%3Dhome&position%3Drecent


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Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center has a facebook page. "Like it" and you'll be
kept up to the minute on latest info regarding our organization and activities.
Our facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/ocdac

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Noise Maker: Hearing-impaired Wildcat uses baseball as outlet

As is the case with any sport, baseball involves a degree of communication, be
it fielding signals from a coach or corresponding with teammates for a ball in
play.

Read more at :
http://www.courier-gazette.com/articles/2011/05/11/sports_update/8388.txt

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Lynn Boyer named superintendent for W.Va. Schools for the Deaf and Blind

A former state director for special education has been named superintendent of
the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

Read more at :
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/lynn-boyer-named-superintendent-for-wva-s\
chools-for-the-deaf-and-blind/2011/05/11/AFVxaVrG_story.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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NDCS map shows local authorities failing to protect deaf children's services

Figures released today by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) reveal
that almost one in five local authorities across England have cut education
services for vulnerable deaf children, despite the education budget being
protected by the Government.

Read more at : http://www.ndcs.org.uk/news/ndcs_news/ndcs_map_shows_local.html

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Deaf centre rejoice reopening

A Christchurch deaf education centre has two reasons to celebrate this week –
the reopening of its earthquake-damaged site coincided with New Zealand Sign
Language Week.

Read more at :
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/4968947/Deaf-centre-rejoice-reopening

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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 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?

Recently they have developed a merchant system that enables members to buy and
sell digital products. Tis is one big step toward making this a viable payment
system.

Paybox http://www.virtapay.com/r/ocdac

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Deaf couple tell story of survival

Most times, people describe a tornado by saying it sounded like a train coming,
but what if you couldn't hear that train or hear at all?

Read more at :
http://www.myfoxal.com/story/14575781/an-athens-deaf-couple-tells-survival-story

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Deaf tenants work to educate landlords on legalities

Many renters struggle with their landlords, but few do so more than deaf
individuals.

Read more at :
http://www.dailyillini.com/index.php/article/2011/05/deaf_tenants_work_to_educat\
e_landlords_on_legalities


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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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Madison High School to offer ASL as a foreign language

Starting next year, students at Madison High School will be able to take
American Sign Language to fulfill their foreign language requirements.

Read more at :
http://www.lenconnect.com/features/x226480194/Madison-High-School-to-offer-ASL-a\
s-a-foreign-language?photo=0


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Parents rally to get boss of schools for deaf , blind ousted

A group of parents from Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind called for the
ouster of the schools' superintendent outside a State Board of Education meeting
on Thursday. But the board took no action on the question of whether Steven
Noyce will stay on the job.

Read more at :
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/51761405-78/noyce-parents-program-deaf.html.cs\
p


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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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