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Deaf Seniors of America 15th Biennial Conference in Seattle 2019

As chair of the forthcoming conference, I would like to devote this article on what should be exciting, exhilarating happening at the Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) 15th Biennial Conference, to be held in Seattle, Washington State, September 2 – 8, 2019.  It will take place at the exclusive Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue, WA, 98101.   Washington State Deaf Senior Citizens is the host.
Any one 50 years of age and over, from all over USA  and Canada, is invited to participate in our week-long conference.
We are pleased to have Mrs. Donna DiMarco  officiate the commencement of our conference and equally thrilled with bringing in two ingenious entertainers from Canada – Angela Stratiy, a one woman comedian, and Maxim Formitchev, aka  Maximime, 
Angela will grace our stage at an open ceremony in the evening with her alluring presence and her wise-cracking humours.  And, Maxim will perform at the closing ceremony, also the night of a banquet.
For tours, we have two pre-conference tours arranged by Andy Lange’s Travel. Both are Alaskan cruises with one given to more time and more in-depth trekking inland. Both are scheduled to return to Vancouver BC and Seattle just prior to the conference commencement.  Information on the cruises is posted in our website, dsa2019seattle.org.
During our conference week, Hands-on-Travel (HOT) is ensuring we have tours and trips for attendees who wish to take half-day or day-long trips in and about Seattle. With HOT, you can take in sights around the city, including Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Chihuly Sculpture Glass Gardens, Underground City, and out to Snoqualmie Waterfall, the Chateau Ste Michelle wine-tasting county, Boeing Aircraft Museum, and, definitely, Mt. Rainier.   Pre- and post-conference trips, arranged by HOT, are also in the planning for those wishing to travel to Vancouver/Victoria, BC.
You can register for your guest-room at the rate of $209USD per night at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Check into dsa2019seattle.org and register through the hotel’s web-link. Again, to be guaranteed your lowest rate, alert the booking clerk that you are attending our DSA Conference, and to avoid confusion, click on the dates only at September 2 and checking out September 8.


For the first time ever, DSA National Board and the DSA Seattle have agreed to team up on a Dual Silent Auction, a brand new concept for fundraisers.  Also, there will be an Art Show with Deaf artists in attendance, exhibits, workshops, a general meeting and Deaf Forum, Red Hat Society and Sports luncheons, Senior Bowl, and Bingo/Wingo – hosted by Vancouver, BC’s very own Happy Hands Club.
In conclusion, I’m delighted to be able to tell you we have 900 registering with us, with our goal of attaining 1300.  
The rate for a combo ticket is now $320USD (or $270USD for Canadians), good to the end of 2018. To apply/register, use the registration form printed out from the website, dsa2019seattle.org. A combo ticket covers Open/Closing Ceremonies, tote bag with a package of freebies, including program book, workshops, exhibits, evening entertainments, Wingo, Senior Bowl, and Gala Banquet. Contrarily, any tours or events scheduled during the conference week denoted with $$ are not included in the combo ticket fee.
If you wish to pay in parts or use our layaway plan, please contact Hester Hussey at hhussey@me.com.
On behalf of my DSA 2019 Seattle Conference Management Team, I look forward to having you be a part of our conference, the only one ever to be situated in our bounteous Pacific Northwest. 

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Wireless Data Plan Costs Survey 2018

  1. Do you have expensive Wireless Data Plans?

  2. Do you use your smartphone primarily for video communications?

  3. Frustrations with your accessibility plan with wireless companies?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this new survey is for you!

Please take 15-25 minutes to answer questions.
Online version available in 4 Languages & Deaf-Blind Accessible // Version en ligne disponible dans 4 langues et accessible pour les sourds-aveugles:

English/ASL Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wirelessdatacosts

English/ASL Deaf-Blind Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wirelessdatacostsdb

Lien vers le sondage français/LSQ : https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/coutdonneessansfil

Lien vers le sondage français/LSQ accessible pour les sourds-aveugles : https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/coutdonneessansfilsa

If you wish to have a text survey in MS Word (or Adobe Acrobat PDF) format, please feel free to e-mail to survey@deafwireless.ca for a replying e-mail with a survey in attachment in document format.

These following organizations thank you for your participation to help us respond to the CRTC TNC 2018-98:

Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee (DWCC-CSSSC)

Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC)

Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind (CNSDB)

Deafness Advocacy Association Nova Scotia (DAANS)

Our partnering group (DWCC et al) appreciates the time you take to fill this survey out, as the goal is to collect evidence that Wireless Data Plan costs continue to be a challenge for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of hearing ASL and LSQ Canadians.

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Thank you from DWCC et al

Grief Journey workshop by WBP in Prince George, BC


“Grief Journey

What are different kinds of grief? How do we cope with grief?


When: Saturday May 26th

Time: 10am—12:30pm

Where: Prince George (meeting place to be determined)

Presenter: Tiffany Cassner


Afternoon Activity: Community picnic hosted by Northern BC Children and Families Hearing Society


Tiffany’s workshop will focus on:


  • learning about different kinds of grief (not just grief from the death of a loved one)
  • how we manage feelings of grief
  • what we can do to support ourselves and others


Tiffany is a clinical counsellor who works at the WBP.  The presentation will be in ASL.


Need More Information or Register?

Email:  WellBeing.Staff@vch.ca

Voice: 604-456-0900 

Text: 778-987-4174

TTY: 604-456-0901

FAX: 604-456-0904

Toll-free TTY: 1-800-949-1155



PG Grief workshop

GVAD‘s letter in respect of our beloved Cora Gray

GVAD letter -re Cora Gray    (DOC)

GVAD letter -re Cora Gray    (PDF)


Deaf Youth Today Announcement

We have exciting summer program offered for children and youth.

Check out the flyers:

DYT – Teen Events DYT2018-WAG DYT2018-WAG