Thursday, June 02, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - June 3, 2011

Greetings everyone,

With summer vacationing period rapidly approaching, its imperative that hotels
and motels make themselves accessible to travelers with hearing and speech
disabilities. Failure to do so could result in over $7,000 in settlement costs.
We have put together a $600 kit that would go a long way to helping these hotels
become accessible to travelers with hearing and speech impairments. You can
access this kit at http://ocdac.eCa.sh/adakit and this is the real "ounce of
prevention". Please share this with people you know work or operate hotels and
motels. We only have 8 kits left until the next summer.

We have started a social enterprise experiment
http://www.empireavenue.com/ocdeaf to see how people would respond to a
for-profit version of Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center. Using a social media
website Empire Avenue we are seeing how the public responds to our presence, our
biography, our resources, and external communications. After 4 days the
response is very positive and that Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is worth
investing in.

This coming sunday we have a foodstand fundraiser at the worlds largest chili
cookoff; http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/ and we are all ready and excited for
this.

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://eCa.sh/NYAh

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.
http://ocdac.eCa.sh/adakit
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Join us in our monthly meetups.

The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group http://eCa.sh/yAHP

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group http://eCa.sh/SHbd

Oral Deaf Orange County http://eCa.sh/bYDu

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Matt Hamill providing inspiration for deaf community

Matt Hamill can't hear his corner during a fight. Although he can read lips from
across the room as easily as you or I might read a large-print book, his eyes
are never anything but focused on what's in front of him.

Read more at : http://eCa.sh/B8r5

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The downside of concentration: It can make you deaf

Believe it or not, it can. The term has recently been coined "inattentional
deafness" by a group of British researchers from University College London. They
have discovered that people can become deaf to perfectly audible sounds when
focusing heavily on a task.

Read more at : http://eCa.sh/eKjx

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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://eCa.sh/mYkZ

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Deaf Children Can Sing!

Washington State Hands and Voices is an organization that provides support to
families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing in Washington State -
regardless of communication modality.

Read more at : http://eCa.sh/KtFa

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Deaf Woman Struck By School Bus In Lawrenceville

A 70-year-old deaf woman was hospitalized after being struck by a school bus in
Lawrenceville early Tuesday morning.

Read more at : http://eCa.sh/CPjz

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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 http://eCa.sh/U3se

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Armless Man Jumps on hotel desk in protest

He is in a fit because he cannot open his hotel room door. The receptionist
refuses to help him, so he jumps up on the counter and rips through like a
tornado in a trailer park. The hotels refusal to poen his room door is a clear
violation of the ADA.

See the video at : http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f30_1307056754

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Baby born deaf will get 'bionic ears' that could help him hear and talk

A BABY boy who was born profoundly deaf after his mother had one of the most
common viral illnesses during pregnancy is set to get bionic ears.

Read more at : http://eca.sh/nwJG

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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.

Virtapay http://eCa.sh/xPU3

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New Sign Language Bill Could Help Interpreter Shortage

American Sign Language became a foreign language, when offered in schools,
around the state Monday afternoon. American Sign Language became a foreign
language, when offered in schools, around the state Monday afternoon. American
Sign Language became a foreign language, when offered in schools, around the
state Monday afternoon.

Read more at : http://eca.sh/ZqWf

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Mutated Muscle Protein Can Cause Deafness: Gene Mutations on X Chromosome Lead
to Progressive Hearing Impairment

Excessive noise is not the only thing that causes damage to hearing. In many
cases, genetic factors are responsible for the loss of hearing at a young age.

Read more at : http://eca.sh/pJNA

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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://eCa.sh/kAIL

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Hearing-impaired inmates sue for more services

A group of hearing-impaired prisoners are suing the Illinois Department of
Corrections, claiming the agency has discriminated against them by refusing to
provide interpreters, technological assistance and other alternate forms of
communication.

Read more at : http://eca.sh/BooN

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Convicted Rockville deaf-services company founder jailed

John T.C. Yeh, founder and former CEO of Rockville deaf services company Viable,
has been detained without bail "based on recent violations of the conditions of
his bail and pretrial release," according to an order signed May 9 by a federal
judge.

Read more at : http://eca.sh/7tZX

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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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