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6B Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Disabled Californians have access to free communication This was some informa- tion that I picked up from the recent updates seminar in Fresno. The presentation was quite interesting and presented a variety of instru- ments that are available to our vets and others. The telephone may be an accepted part of life in the 21st century, but not for an estimated 3 million Califor- nians. Most of us take using the telephone for granted. But if you have difficulty hearing, seeing, speaking, moving or remembering, what seems to be a simple telephone call can be quite challenging, thus preventing communication with family, friends and others. The same telecommunica- tions technology that fuels VET TRAX MIKE McLEOD Division Director, Veterans Services never-ending innovation has produced a wealth of special- ized phones and devices so people with disabilities can communicate with family and friends. These phones are provided by the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunica- tions Program at no charge to eligible Californians. DDTP distributes telecom- munications equipment and services that improve communication for all Cali- fornians. A program of the California Public Utilities Commission, DDTP provides Californians with special- ized telephone equipment and relay services through the California Telephone Ac- cess Program and California Relay Service, respectively. CTAP provides specialized phones that amplify sound, adjust tone, light up for in- coming calls, display phone conversation as text, have large buttons with raised numbers, are portable or have speed dial phone but- tons incorporating pho- tographs. CTAP offers ap- proximately 60 types of spe- cialized phones and devices, so all Californians can com- municate their own way. CRS provides specially trained relay operators and Where in the World Gene Kanniainen, right, of Taylorsville, visits his cousin Pentti Niemenmaa in Helsinki, Finland. The 10-day trip also included a stop in Kauhajoki. County ,Republican communication assistants to licensed physician, medical best fits a client's needs and relay telephone conversa- doctor or audiologisL There provide training on how to tions between people who is no cost, obligation or age use and personalize the are deaf, hard of hearing or or income requirement, phone. speech-disabled with those Once an individual quali-DDTP is funded by a small they wish to communicate ties for a specialized tele- surcharge that appears on with by telephone. CRS, cap- phone, he or she can call 800- all Californians' telephone tioned telephone and speech- 806-1191 or go into one of bills. The money collected to-speech relay services are CTAP's service centers pays for both CTAP and CRS. all offered in English and throughout California to de- This surcharge appears on Spanish. termine the most appropri- phone bills as "CA Relay Ser- California residents are el- ate device for their require- vice and Communications igible for specialized equip- ments. CTAP staff will Devices Fund." For more in- ment if they have phone ser- demonstrate phone features, formation or to download an vice and are certified by a recommend the phone that application, visit ddtp.org. hi The Mohawk Community Resource Center produced its fourth annual fashion show luncheon fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 6, at Long- boards Bar & Grill. "It made everyone smile," said Judy Porep-Lullo, coor- dinator of the show. "We an won, the MCRC made mon- ey, the guests had a great time and the merchants were happy to get the attention of the buyers in town:" The fundraiser started at the Grizzly Gill four years ago and went for two years until there was a need for a bigger place. Last year it went to Nakoma and this year to Longboards. One of the guests remarked, "Thank you for a wonderful after- noon, fun day, wonderful food, wonderful venue and wonderful outfits -- a win- ner." It couldn't come at a better time, as it is a year when MCRC is struggling to keep its doors open. "The county is strapped for money and is supporting the resource center to the ex- tent that it can, but MCRC must still raise over $9,000 for operating costs before the end of June 2013." The community center is used for many local activi- ties, including exercise class- es, senior lunches, bridge and other card games, line dancing, scrapbooking and computer use. Organizers hope everyone will contribute to their cause A golf club completes this ensemble during the Mohawk Com- munity Resource Center annual fashion show Oct. 6. Photo by Linda Cooley Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012 7am to 8pro Mitt Romney- President Paul Ryan - Vice President Elizabeth Emken - U.S. Senate Doug La Malfa - U.S. Congress, District 1 Ted Gaines - State Senate, District 1 Brian Dahle or Rick Bosetti - State Assembly, District 1 State Ballot Initiatives NO on Prop 30 Stop the tax hike on all Califomians YES on Prop 31 Bring Accountability and transparency to California government YES NO you YES Stren NO on Pro Join %iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiii NO on Prop 37 Stop the trial lawyers' :ly scheme Three Strikes NO on Prop 38 Another multi-billion dollar tax increase on Californians NO on Prop 39 Billions in new taxes on businesses will mean thousands of lost jobs YES on Prop 40 Hold politicians accountable and save taxpayer dollars Hazard Mitigation Plan m Tellyour (ire, flood ornatural hazard story. "Bringyour photos. "Come to a Plumas County hazard ~OPEN HOUSE 1- Portola, ~ 96222 -OPEN HOUSE 2. -O]PEN HOUSE 3. CA 95971 *OPEN HOUSE 4- "lllll///llll//ll//i]/1//lll///1///i///// Your story is an important piece of history. PROJECT WEBSITE: www.plu mascounty, us~index, aspxPnid=2214 CONTACT: JerrySipe@countyofplumas.com using an upcommg sponsor- ship program. Details will be announced soon. Meanwhile, they offer thanks to all who came to the fundraiser and s'upported the MCRC fashion show. A spe- cial thank you goes to all the local merchants who so gen- erously donated to the silent auction. And finally, they send a big thank you to the many volunteers who made the day happen and made it a big success. The Mohawk Community Resource Center is a service of Plumas Rural Services. For more information on MCRC, PRS and the re- sources and services they of- fer, visit plumasruralser- vices.org or call MCRC at 836-0446. REPLACING or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. 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