“You visit illegal websites” fake email

22 02 2005

You have to be very careful when you get something like this fake email plus virus file attached. One of our client and friend got upset/crying because of this. She finally realized its just hoax. Sigh…

Be careful.

Subject: You visit illegal websites

From: Admin@fbi.gov
To: mobile@deafnetwork.com
Subject: You visit illegal websites
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 06:15:23 GMT

Dear Sir/Madam,

we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites.

Important: Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.

Yours faithfully,
M. John Stellford

++-++ Federal Bureau of Investigation -FBI-
++-++ 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 2130
++-++ Washington, DC 20535
++-++ (202) 324-3000

*-* AntiVirus: Found to be clean
*-* “DEAFNETWORK” Anti-Virus Service
*-* http://www.deafnetwork.com

Attachment 1: text-indictment_cit9675.zip (68KB )

To view snaphot of virus delete in Norton AntiVirus program: Click here.

Grant W. Laird, Jr.

Good-bye TCDHH forever

21 02 2005

DHHS logoSince the beginning of 2003, there’s many alarming that Texas Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TCDHH) is going down the drain. Of course, there’s good reason for it – all about money talk from State of Texas such as cut on tax. It’s not only impact TCDHH but it impacts many different departments under Health & Human Services Commission. (Super agency)

Last year, Division of Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHHS) officially moved under Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services (DARS) and everyone seems happy about it. Unfortunately, it is not end of the story.

Recently, they announced that DHHS is going move under Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS — also known as VR) which effect on March 1, 2005. It is not surprising move by HHSC because many other states have similar program under VR umbrella. VR division is biggest program under DARS plus they do serve thousands deaf and hard of hearing clients, too.

Now – why did they kept move DHHS around so much?

1. They have smallest budget of all divisions
2. They have smallest number of employees
3. Received no federal funds – mostly state-funded & private grants

However DHHS is still important pieces in deaf & hard of hearing community and in general:

1. Communication Access Services
2. Interpreter Outreach and training
3. Camp SIGN
4. Regional Specialist Services
5. Certification of Deafness for Tuition Waiver
6. Interpreter Certification (BEI)
7. Telephone Access (STAP)

Let’s talk how many deaf & hard of hearing population in State of Texas. I checked Texas: Department of State Health Services – we have approximately 20+ millions (US Census in 2000) populations in Texas alone. Now, Gallaudet University’s Center of Assessment and Demographic Studies showed that we have approximately 2.5% of Americans with a hearing loss are deaf. The remainder of 2 millions people, of Texans has varying degrees of hearing loss causing problems in their daily communications.

That’s mean we have approximately 50,000+ alone in Texas. Sound small? Sure – however, DHHS is not here to serve deaf & hard of hearing – they do work with anybody in general to help resolve problem with ADA to interpreter certification.

DHHS ILY Drive licenseNow, why are we still disappoint with their decision? Well, it is simply because we lost the recognition of “TCDHH” after deaf community work hard to bring this agency first time more than 20 years ago. The fact is that TCDHH is first commission in America, many other states follow TCDHH model and start their own commission in their states. That’s something we should remember how much deaf texans fought for it many years ago plus TCDHH did so many accomplishments during 20+ years.

In case you wonder if we can bring TCDHH back someday – yes it is always possible. It’s always depends how things going on at capitol plus talk to your local congress or senator about it.

I want you to remember “TCDHH” in spirit forever. Time to move on.

How to order Texas License Plate ILY: Click here.
Read DRS-DHHS Announcement: Click here.
See DARS Organization Change: Click here. (PDF format)
Visit DHHS website: Click here.

Grant W. Laird, Jr.