Vancouver – Peter Julian (Member of Parliament, Burnaby–New Westminster) was joined by members of the Deaf community as well as key representatives from Deaf service organizations on August 11th at Vancouver Community College to bring attention to the chronic underfunding for BC deaf students seeking post secondary education.
Julian stated “I believe that deaf students from the province of BC should be given the opportunity to join their peers at a university where everyone uses the same language – American Sign Language. Gallaudet University in Washington, DC is the only university in the world that offers 100% accessible and inclusive academic and social post secondary programs for deaf and hard of hearing students. No program of this kind is available anywhere in Canada and to deny this opportunity to deaf and hard of hearing students in BC is unconscionable and wrong-headed”.
Prior to 1998, BC provided funding (Vocational Rehabilitation Services) to post-secondary programs that use American Sign Language as its language of instruction.
“‘Top-up funding as is done in Alberta & Ontario is a practical and necessary option for deaf students to become contributing members of society. It would be more prudent financially to provide these funds so that deaf students could attend Gallaudet University than to fund interpreters at a BC university”, said Julian.
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Once again, the CRTC has gotten nearly everything wrong!
In February 2008, the CRTC asked Bell
Canada to test VRS in Ontario and Quebec,
while Telus would test it in B.C. and Alberta. Before the end of that year, Bell said it made no sense to go ahead with
these tests, and they cancelled their plans.
In the public hearing in November 2008, and in written
comments in January/February 2009, Bell joined Sign Relay Canada (SRC),
Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD), and Canadian Cultural Society of the
Deaf (CCSD) in telling the CRTC that Canada needs national VRS’s, not
provincial or regional ones.
Despite this united front of consumers and telcos, the CRTC
has now stubbornly ordered Bell and Telus to proceed
with the provincial tests.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, the CRTC has also told Bell and Telus they don’t have to start their VRS’s until 31 December 2011. That’s right — another two years before Canada
gets VRS in even four provinces!
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