from President Kimberly Wood

GVAD has been very busy lately:

  • We hosted the Townhall/Roundtable on Saturday January 21st – with about 60 participants
  • From the feedback at the Townhall/Roundtable, the Board decided to re-structure GVAD, to enable us to meet future GVAD goals.

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“How to Make a 9-1-1 Call” videos (click here)

ASL Interpretation – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Did you know that @Arundhati Roy: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services?
Next Monday June 26th, at St Andrew’s Wesley, the Booker Prize winning writer/activist Arundhati Roy returns to Vancouver to discuss her brand new book – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Schedule:

6:00pm – Doors and box office open
7:00pm – Event starts
8:30pm – Author available for book signing

ASL is available for this event!

Please email outreach@indiansummerfest.ca to request ASL services before June 9th. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Programming is low-vision friendly. For venue description and accessibility information: St Andrew’s Wesley

“In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again. That is their mystery and their magic.” – Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Indian Summer Festival, in association with the Vancouver Writer’s Fest, are delighted to welcome Arundhati Roy back to Vancouver for the launch of her new book.

When Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, was published in 1997, it was awarded the prestigious Booker Prize, became an international bestseller, and is now considered a classic of modern literature. Roy returns to Vancouver with her richly moving second novel, written twenty years after the first.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness gives us a glorious cast of unforgettable characters, caught up in the tide of history, each in search of a place of safety. Its heroes, both present and departed, human as well as animal, have been broken by the world we live in, and then mended by love. And for this reason they will never surrender. Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

Preorder your copy of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness through Indigo Books or purchase one at the event.

A book signing will follow this program.

Pinkwashing: Notes From Palestine with ASL interpreters

Pinkwashing: Notes From Palestine

When: Saturday, July 15th, 2017
Time: 10:30am-4:30pm
Where: SFU Burnaby
Registration link:
Facebook event:
ASL interpretation is booked for this event. Please register by June 28th at noon to confirm if you need ASL. If no confirmations are received by June 28th at noon, ASL interpretation will be cancelled.
We acknowledge that this event is taking place at SFU Burnaby, located on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples. Unceded means that this land was never surrendered, relinquished or handed over in any way. Based on our current knowledge, this includes the territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, Kwikwetlem & Tsleil-Waututh nations. When discussing settler colonialism abroad, it is integral to recognize and work to dismantle settler colonialism on the lands we currently occupy.
What is pinkwashing? What does it have to do with Palestine? Let’s talk about it. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of 100+ years of Palestinian struggle against European Imperialism, Zionism and Israeli settler colonialism.
We will be screening a movie called Pinkwashing Exposed, made by our friends in Duamish territories (also known as Seattle). After that, there will be a chance to discuss how Palestinian queers in Palestine are resisting Israeli pinkwashing, what’s happening here locally, and what we can all do to end pinkwashing.
Accessibility Info:
ASL interpretation is booked for this event. Please register by June 28th at noon to confirm if you need ASL. If no confirmations are received by June 28th at noon, ASL interpretation will be cancelled.
The event space is wheelchair/scooter accessible with access to accessible washrooms nearby.
A gender-neutral washroom is available just down the hall from the event space.
In order to enable people to attend without experiencing hardship, bus tickets and money for dependent care (this can include childcare, eldercare, etc.) are available upon request. Please email admin@sfpirg.ca with inquiries.
While we cannot ensure a fully scent-free event in this setting, we’re aiming to create a scent-reduced environment by not bringing additional scents into the space. Exposure to laundry products, colognes, hairspray, and many other scented products can trigger serious health reactions in individuals with asthma, allergies, migraines, and/or chemical sensitivities. We ask that you not wear/ apply/ or bring any scented products into this space. If you do so, we may need to ask you to leave so others can safely stay in the space. If you find yourself being impacted by someone’s use of scented products during the conference, speak with any one of the organizers. We know that this can be a big step for many people. As Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha says in Fragrance Free Femme of Colour Realness, “Cutting out scents may seem like a pain in the ass, but it means that awesome, ass-kicking community members you love can attend events you’re at and make out with you without having seizures, throwing up or otherwise getting really sick.” Please, bring your amazing self, and keep the scents at home!
The event is nut-free and peanut-free. Absolutely no nuts or peanuts will be permitted within the event space in order to create an allergen-free environment for all participants. This includes (but is not limited to) products like hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, coconuts, walnuts, coconut oil, coconut milk, and peanut butter.
If you have any other allergies or sensitivities that we need to know about so that you can participate fully and safely, please let us know at admin@sfpirg.ca.
Some folks are sensitive and/or get sick from electromagnetic frequency radiation (EMF). This can include radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi, fluorescent lights, and more. SFU Burnaby has Wi-Fi set up throughout its campus, including in theevent space. In order to reduce EMF exposure, we will strive to minimize fluorescent light usage and utilize natural lighting whenever possible.
If there is any other way we can make this event more accessible for you, please let us know at admin@sfpirg.ca!

Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG)

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Seeking Tutoring or Online Practise of ASL

I am a hard of hearing ASL student living in Victoria BC. I am currently taking ASL classes with Burnaby online but the course online does not provide as access to tutoring or online practice.
If it is allowed, I would like to post on your website that I am looking for an ASL tutor either in person within Victoria BC or via skype.
Thank you,

Hand Made Heritage Project Announcement

Hand Made Heritage Project Announcement

You are invited to participate in New Horizon’s “Hand Made Heritage” Project!

What it is: This project will start a ASL discussion between Young Deaf and Deaf Seniors. Participants will be part of making something to preserve Deaf Heritage for future Deaf generations.

How: This project will explore ways to improve future Deaf leadership roles and Deaf Culture by exploring the Deaf past. The final product will be shared with the public in early 2018.

Why: Focus will be on the decline in Deaf leadership and participation of Deaf cultural life here in Vancouver.

When and Where: Participants will decide together the time, day and location of of meetings. Participants will commit to meeting regularly for 5 to 6 months.

Interested? Contact us for more information at:

Tammy Gray, WIDHH Better at Home Program Coordinator

Jean Nielsen, WIDHH Better at Home Volunteer Outreach “Hand Made Heritage” Project Assistant

Free Food Services Course at VCC – Fall 2017

Free Food Services Course at VCC

VCC is excited to be offering the Access to Food Services for Deaf Students course again this fall. For more information, or if you would like to register, please contact Nigel Scott at:

– Email: interpreting@vcc.ca
– Text/FaceTime/Voice: 604-328-8742
– Glide: Interpreting Services VCC