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Announcement from the WIDHH Interpreting Department about changes to Medical Interpreting Services on Vancouver Island.

Dear members of our Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Interpreting and Medical Services Community on Vancouver Island,

I am Tim Mallach, Head of Interpreting, for the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH). Our Agency is the provider of Medical Interpreting Services (MIS) for BC. For the past several years, services for MIS on the Island has been subcontracted to the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre (IDHHC) in Victoria. Thank you to IDHHC for their services to the MIS program. We are now planning to transition the services from IDHHC back to WIDHH. This will help to create consistency in services across the entire province.

In about a month’s time, WIDHH will manage MIS for all of BC, including the Island. For now, please continue to contact IDHHC for Medical Interpreting Services. I will let you know when the transition is finished and the date when you can contact WIDHH for MIS on the Island.  We appreciate your patience during this time. Our goal is to continue to improve the MIS program for the province.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I can be reached via email tim.mallach@widhh.com or by 905.299.2696.

Tim Mallach
Head of Interpreting

You’re invited to Vancouver Community College’s Spring Open House on Wednesday, April 25!

We will be opening our doors to our Broadway campus for an afternoon of free presentations, demonstrations, and entertainment. Staff and faculty will be available to answer questions about our 120+ programs, as well as services offered on campus.
Tour VCC’s Broadway campus, and our transportation trades, nursing, music, and culinary areas.
The event is free and open to the public.

Prizes and perks
No application fee
Attend Experience VCC and we will waive your application fee! (limit one per person)
Chance to win $500 tuition
Attendees will have the opportunity to win $500 towards tuition

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American Sign Language (ASL) for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program

Vancouver Community College is accepting students for our American Sign Language (ASL) for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program. The program begins Monday, April 9th 2018 and meets for 12 weeks, Monday to Thursday 8:30am-2:45pm at our Broadway Campus (accessible by bus and Skytrain).

PLEASE NOTE: We will accept new students throughout the duration of the program so please refer eligible students even after April 9th.

ASL for LINC is designed to provide American Sign Language (ASL) training for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Newcomers to Canada. Additionally, students benefit from individualized and one to one settlement support as needed, assistance with essential community services, government documentation, and referral recommendations.

Eligibility Requirements:

Students are required to:
· have Permanent Resident (PR) or Convention Refugee status in Canada; not a Citizen of Canada
· be deaf and/or hard of hearing
· be able to commit to a 12 week program
Students may:
· have limited or no English language ability
· Enroll even after the start date

We welcome your referrals and please do not hesitate to contact the Program Coordinator, Peter Fischer, at pfischer@vcc.ca or 604-871-7000 ext. 8322 for more information.

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ASL for LINC flyer April-June 2018


Survey on Deaf/HH Social Interactions

Hello, I am a deaf doctoral candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, doing my dissertation on the social experiences of deaf/Deaf or hard of hearing people in social interactions. The purpose of this study is to understand social experiences that deaf children have had, and how those experiences affect them as adults.

I am distributing this survey to deaf/Deaf and hard of hearing people who are in regular contact with hearing people, have had hearing impairments before the age of three, and live in the United States and Canada. The survey will take around 25-35 minutes to complete. I understand that your time is limited, and your participation is appreciated. Your participation would be voluntary and anonymous. There will be a drawing for five people to win a $50 Amazon gift card for participating. The odds of winning are between 3% and 7%, depending on the number of responses.

To take the survey, go to this link:


If you have questions about the study, please contact me. I can be reached at hsiegrist@alliant.edu.

To learn more about the study, you can also visit this website:


Many thanks in advance,

Holly Siegrist, M.A., M.S.
Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Doctoral Candidate
California School of Professional Psychology
Alliant International University
San Francisco Campus


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