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OCDAC Newsletter January 30, 2007

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    Dear Friends, We plan a very rich, wholesome, cheerful, and memorable contribution to the Deafnation Expo experience this coming April in Pomona. You all be
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 30 10:30 AM
      Dear Friends,

      We plan a very rich, wholesome, cheerful, and memorable contribution
      to the Deafnation Expo experience this coming April in Pomona. You all
      be wary of anyone sending or forwarding out emails telling we're doing
      something else there. Last year we made a positive and memorable
      impact on the future deaf generation and this year, we will do it again.

      Bob Davila's actions have gone as predicted in the editor's previous
      blog and vlog submissions. The visibility of the future of deaf
      society emerge at Gallaudet University hopefully by the end of April 2007.

      We have been getting plenty of accolades for making the holiday cards
      and toys accessible to the blind and the deaf-blind. We do things
      that otherwise most toy companies and even organizations serving the
      blind don't even consider doing to make things accessible to the
      blind. We are sad to report that one such organization, Lighthouse
      for the Blind , has people who chose to be critical of our products.
      They too offer toys and games, but at prices that makes most of them
      them practically inaccessible. Not only do we make things physically
      accessible to blind people, we also make them economically accessible
      as well.

      Our newsletter will be taking on a new appearance soon. It's going to
      be shorter and carry the same rich advocacy. It's going to be
      colorful as it is going to carry pictures. And this newsletter will
      be reflecting some of the changes. Enjoy!

      Thanks Hollywood! Movie studios have been buying hundreds of dollars
      worth of assistive technology from, us! Maybe we'll see our products
      on the silver screen.

      We cant help but notice the deafread's blog awards voting page don't
      list any blogs that represent the future of deaf society. This sends
      a strong yet very sad message about a website that claims to be the
      conglomerate of the deaf blogs.

      We are getting ourselves ready for the big education campaign of 2007
      with the kickoff at the Orange County Mixer in March.

      We still have the 14 month 2007 English-Spanish-ASL calendars for sale
      now. Check our ebay catalog item
      and they make great gifts.!

      We still have a huge stock of American Sign Language Alphabet
      Placemats this year we wont run out like we did last year.
      and they also make great gifts too.

      Do your shopping at our eBay store today! Lots of NEW products for
      the deaf, and blind, and other disabilities. We also have products
      for people with Cochlear Implants and people who need FM systems.
      Remember your parents, grand parents, brothers, sisters, family
      members, co-workers who need adaptive equipment. Employers can shop
      here for equipment and accessories for their hearing impaired workers.
      Stop by http://stores.ebay.com/OCDAC-Adaptive-Equipment-and-More
      today to start your shopping.

      OCDAC Communications

      -------------< INSIDE NEWS >

      With our subscribership from the international communities increasing
      at a steady pace, we wish to make this newsletter accessible to them
      and the easiest way to accomplish this is by directing them to
      http://www.babelfish.altavista.com/ and entering
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocdacnewsletter/ in the website
      translation box and the babelfish will help our international
      subscribers become strong advocates for the deaf and disability

      This weekly newsletter is now available in print form to be mailed out
      each week. The price is going to be $90 per year for the print
      version and the price is highly reasonable due to it's very rich deaf
      and disability advocacy content and very little advertising. This
      still beats out the other deaf print news that are chock full of
      distracting advertisements. They are now available in other
      alternative formats like floppies, braille, and in large print for
      people with vision impairments. For more information, please email

      Our Campbell's product label collection campaign to help us raise the
      means to get supplies for our office is producing results. Start
      saving your Campbells product labels today and mail them to us on the
      first week of each month. We have aproximately 1600 subscribers and
      if each one of them accumulates and sends us 900-1000 labels a month,
      we'd be able to get lots of new equipment for our office and internal
      and external education programs! Lets get those labels coming. Our
      big thanks to those who sent in their labels.

      -------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

      Take a look and bookmark our new search page!
      http://www.deafadvocacy.org/search.html It's a good source of
      information you can use.

      -------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 1/3 >

      The State of the Union for People with Disabilities

      In response to President Bush's State of the Union address, National
      Organization on Disability presents its own State of the Union,
      focusing on issues important to people with disabilities, such as
      employment and emergency preparedness.



      The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
      http://asl.meetup.com/37/ - and the he Orange County Deaf & Hearing
      Impaired Meetup Group http://deaf.meetup.com/38/ meets each 3rd
      Fridays of the month.

      Come to our meetup on February 16, 2006.

      The Orange County American Sign Language & Orange County Deaf &
      Hearing Impaired Meetup.

      Friday, February 16, 7:00 PM

      The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
      17595 Harvard Ave #B
      Irvine, CA
      (949) 660-1332

      Meet the 2 meetups


      Oral Deaf Orange County Club

      Come to our meetup on Tuesday February 6, 2007.

      Oral Deaf Orange County Club

      Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 PM

      Natále Coffee
      2801 W. MacArthur A2
      Santa Ana, CA

      -------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

      See what we offer at Ebay!

      -------------< DEAF GRAPEVINE >

      Deaf Culture and Gallaudet

      In this op-ed piece from the Washington Post, N.O.D. Board Member and
      former Gallaudet University President I. King Jordan expresses his
      views on the recent rejection of Jane K. Fernandes as incoming
      President of Gallaudet.

      -------------< BULLETIN >

      ACTION ALERT! Help Build a Case for ADA Restoration!

      AAPD needs your compelling, real-life stories of employment
      discrimination on the basis of disability to help make our case to
      Congress that the Supreme Courts narrow interpretations of the
      Americans with Disabilities Act have harmed people with disabilities
      in employment and that its time to restore the original scope and
      intent of the ADA! AAPD, in conjunction with the Consortium for
      Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), will use these personal stories in
      coming weeks to build bipartisan support while educating members of
      Congress in a way which they can readily understand and relate to
      about the need for a legislative fix to the ADA.

      * In recent years, a number of Supreme Court decisions have
      significantly reduced the protections available to people with
      disabilities within employment settings.

      * Courts are quick to side with businesses and employers, deciding
      against people with disabilities who challenge employment
      discrimination 97% of the time, often before the person has even had
      a chance to show that the employer treated them unfairly.

      * Courts have created an absurd Catch-22 by allowing employers to say
      a person is too disabled to do the job but not disabled enough to be
      protected by the ADA.

      * People with conditions like epilepsy, diabetes, HIV, cancer,
      hearing loss, and mental illness who manage their disabilities with
      medication, prosthetics, hearing aids, etc. or mitigating measures
      are viewed as too functional to have a disability and are denied the
      ADAs protection from employment discrimination.

      * People denied a job or fired because an employer mistakenly
      believes they cannot perform the job or because the employer does
      not want people like that in the workplace are also denied the ADAs
      protection from employment discrimination.

      This Is Not What Congress Intended When They Passed The ADA in 1990!

      Who can help: ANYONE who has experienced employment discrimination on
      the basis of his or her disability.

      * Both those who have AND havent brought their claims to court

      * Those who dont bother to go to court because theyve been told or
      believe they cannot prove they have a disability

      * Veterans with disabilities

      What you can do: Send an email summary of your story what happened,
      when it happened, and how it was resolved (if at all).

      * Denials of reasonable accommodations
      * Hiring discrimination
      * Discriminatory firing and layoffs
      * Harassment

      When you should do it: We have an immediate need for these stories, so
      please send these stories ASAP!

      Where to send your stories: Please send your stories to Anne Sommers,
      Policy Counsel at AAPD by email at aapdanne@....

      (**We will not use your name or details of your story without first
      receiving your express permission.**)

      For more information, contact:

      Anne C. Sommers. J.D.
      Policy Counsel
      American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
      (202) 457-0046 (V/TTY)
      800-840-8844 (V/TTY) toll-free

      -------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

      Take a look and bookmark our new search page!
      http://www.deafadvocacy.org/search.html It's a good source of
      information you can use.

      -------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 2/3 >

      15 Years of ADA - Filled with Setbacks - and Victories

      Commentary by Mike Ervin
      January 26, 2007

      Today, Jan. 26, is the 15th anniversary of the day the Americans with
      Disabilities Act went into effect. Since then, a barrage of legal
      challenges has rendered the ADA much weaker than envisioned.

      Title I, which prohibits employment discrimination, has especially
      taken a hit over the years. Employers from both the public and private
      sectors have frequently challenged the ADA's definition of disability
      and have narrowed the scope of who qualifies for protection under the
      law. It is now a the point where people with such conditions as
      diabetes, heart disease, cancer and significant vision loss have had
      their cases dismissed because judges determined they don't qualify as

      Employment discrimination suits brought under the ADA are rarely
      successful in courts. Every year since 1992, the American Bar
      Association has surveyed Title I cases, and each year the survey
      reveals that employers have prevailed in more than 90 percent of the

      President Bush has helped undermine the law his father proudly signed
      by appointing active opponents of the ADA to the federal bench.

      In the infamous University of Alabama v. Garrett case in 2001, William
      Pryor, who was then attorney general of that state, hired Jeffrey
      Sutton to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that state governments
      should be immune from Title I lawsuits brought forth by state
      employees. Sutton and Pryor won. Bush subsequently placed both men on
      the federal bench.

      In spite of the setbacks, America is vastly more accessible than it
      was 15 years ago. We have the ADA to thank for that. What made this
      law revolutionary was that it extended the obligation not to
      discriminate to the private sector. As a result, sometimes the mere
      threat of legal action has brought about positive change for people
      with disabilities.

      One of the most monumental court victories brought about by the ADA
      was the 1999 case of Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W. The Supreme Court ruled
      the state of Georgia violated the ADA by arbitrarily warehousing two
      women with disabilities in a state institution against their will. As
      a result, many states have rightly shifted spending priorities away
      from institutionalization and into community living programs.

      In 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice reached an out-of-court
      agreement with NPC International that will make nearly all the 800
      Pizza Hut restaurants the company operates more uniformly accessible
      to people with mobility disabilities by the end of 2009.

      The ADA also requires all new buses, trains and stations to be
      wheelchair accessible. As a result, public transit access has improved
      dramatically in the last 15 years.

      These victories still make the ADA well worth celebrating.

      Mike Ervin is a disability-rights activist with ADAPT (www.adapt.org).
      He wrote this commentary for Progressive Media Project.

      Progressive Media Project
      409 East Main Street
      Madison, WI 53703
      Email: pmproj@...
      Website: http://www.progressive.org

      -------------< DEAF QUOTES >

      "If not for Anita (O'Hara Buel), deaf ladies would, uh, where would we
      go? Without her, I would feel so lost and helpless." Judy Brambrink

      -------------< ANNOUNCEMENT >

      Do you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on stores? You can get a free
      community partners card at those stores and then add it to our list of
      supporters. A percent of what you buy will go to helping our Deaf
      youth program. If you already have a school or other program that you
      are supporting, don't worry, you can add your card to support our
      program too! It doesnt cost you anything more than your purchases to
      be a supporter. There are two ways to add your card. You can email
      your First and Last name with your phone number and community partners
      card number to ocdac@... or you can download and print
      our Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at
      http://www.deafadvocacy.org/community/AlbertsonsSignup.pdf and have
      your friends, neighbors, associates, and relatives sign up as
      supporters and then mail the form to the address on the form. To reach
      our funding goal we need 25,000 supporters who shop at Albertsons /
      Sav-on. And remember to use your community partners card when you shop
      at Albertsons or Sav-on.

      -------------< COMMUNITY BULLHORN >


      Let's ask our state legislatures to enact similar legislation.

      With a new legislature in Minnesota, it's been widely talked about
      that there will be a state-wide smoking ban in indoor public places
      and workplaces within a year or two. This has come through from many
      cities adopting their own city-wide smoking ban ordinance. With this
      ideology, I came up with an ordinance called 'Closed-Captioning
      Enabled' ordinance for cities that will later on with the support of
      many cities to become a state law and who knows, a federal law on
      this. I am currently working on this to have it enacted in St. Paul,
      Minnesota. Please feel more than free to copy this letter that I have
      drafted and propose this to your city council and get this enacted.

      Hello [Name],

      My name is [ ]. I am interested in proposing a new city ordinance
      for [City], [State]. I would like to meet with you to work together on
      this to make it happen.

      The ordinance that I have written is;


      Closed-Captioning Enabled Ordinance

      Effective Dates and Coverage Areas: July 1, 2007: this ordinance
      requires closed-captioning feature to be enabled in all televisions at
      all times in public indoor and outdoor places and workplaces.


      This proposed ordinance is valuable to all people with hearing loss;
      people with English as their second language; reduces the noise
      pollution; children will rapidly learn to read.

      I want to be clear about this proposed ordinance that this is not
      requiring the television programs to be captioned. It merely asks that
      the televisions to have its closed-captioning feature enabled so that
      the closed-captioning will appear if the programs has it.

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or
      concerns. Again, I would very much like to work with you or others on
      this to make this happen for our fellow citizens.

      [Home address]
      [Phone number]
      [E-mail address]

      Visit the blog site of 'Self-Advocacy for the Deaf, by the Deaf' at
      http://blog.deafread.com/sonnyjames and view all previous postings.

      -------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 3/3 >

      The Road To Freedom

      The Road To Freedom is a national awareness campaign inspired by the
      historic journey of Justin and Yoshiko Dart to mobilize support for
      passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our year-long,
      cross-country bus journey launched from Washington, DC on November
      15th, 2006 and aims to engage audiences across the United States in
      the story of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the history of
      the disability rights movement. We hope to mobilize Americans to keep
      the promise of the ADA – freedom, inclusion, and opportunity for
      children and adults with physical, mental, cognitive and developmental

      Throughout this journey, national and state disability leaders will
      be joined by young people with disabilities, family members and others
      in a campaign to restore and strengthen the ADA.
      Here's how we'll get the word out:

      The Road to Freedom Bus will stop at more than 80 locations
      nationwide, from state capitals to disability conferences to sporting
      events to malls and parades.

      Tom Olin's historical photographs of the struggle for disability
      rights are featured in our traveling exhibit. Olin's work has been
      featured at the Smithsonian Institute. This exhibit also includes a
      narrative of the history of the disability rights movement and the ADA.

      We plan press conferences, radio shows and TV interviews highlighting
      both the obstacles —and the victories— of Americans with disabilities.
      The tour will visit schools and colleges to design youth curriculum,
      working with our partners, the National Youth Leadership Network.
      The Road To Freedom bus tour and traveling exhibit is a project of ADA
      Watch and the National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR), an
      alliance of hundreds of disability, civil rights and social justice
      organizations founded by disability rights advocate, Jim Ward.

      -------------< LETTERS >

      Dear Colleagues,

      I am pleased to announce the release of a CD version of the Tool Kit
      on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities: Parents'
      Materials designed to assist parents and states in their efforts to
      work together to raise the achievement of all students with disabilities.

      The Parent Tool Kit compiles materials identified to augment the
      previously released CD, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students
      with Disabilities, and offers a collection of resources on the same
      substantive areas addressed, including assessment, instructional
      practices, behavior and accommodations. These new documents were
      written specifically for parents and include information they need as
      they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a
      quality education. Materials included in the new Parent Tool Kit
      provide information that will help them become active and informed
      participants in IEP discussions and other decision-making meetings
      that support students with disabilities and their families.

      To encourage broad dissemination of these materials, we have launched
      a new Web site, www.osepideasthatwork.org/index.asp,which includes the
      materials in the Parent Tool Kit. The websitewill continue to be
      updated with additional materials as they become available.

      This Parent Tool Kit is an example of the Department of Education's
      ongoing commitment to ensuring that states, local school districts,
      schools and families have the most current and relevant information
      about practices that will improve and enhance education opportunities
      for children with disabilities throughout the nation. We appreciate
      the time you commit and the work you do every day to improve the
      academic achievement of students with disabilities and hope you find
      these materials useful in advancing achievement through strong
      accountability and assessments for all students.


      John H. Hager
      Assistant Secretary
      Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
      U.S. Department of Education

      -------------< EPILOG >

      If you wish to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send in
      news, stories, and opinions relating to the disability community. Your
      support in this effort to move the disability community forward will
      be greatly appreciated. We will continue to aggressively pursue
      justice, fairness, and equality for the disability community as it has
      been doing since November 1996. We have chosen
      that EDUCATION is the best way to accomplish this objective.

      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.

      Feel free to forward this email message to anyone and any of your
      personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far
      and wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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      interest to people with disabilities, their friends, associates, and
      relatives and promote advocacy in the disability community.
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