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For Immediate Release – December 22, 2017


OTTAWA, Canada – On December 19, 2017, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) announced in a press release that a resolution to declare September 23rd as International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) was officially adopted at the 72nd United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

As an Ordinary Member of the World Federation of the Deaf, the Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds Canada (CAD-ASC) would like to extend our congratulations to the WFD in their advocacy work bringing attention to the importance of Sign Languages as a human right for Deaf people around the world.

CAD-ASC welcomes the breakthrough development at the United Nations in officially recognizing the International Day of Sign Languages where Canada is one of the countries listed as additional sponsors to the UN resolution. CAD-ASC applauds the federal government for supporting this resolution, putting Canada among the leaders promoting Deaf human rights across the globe.

The press release from the WFD states the following:

The choice of 23 September commemorates the date that the WFD was established in 1951. This day marks the birth of an advocacy organisation, which has as one of its main goals, the preservation of sign languages and deaf culture as pre-requisites to the realisation of the human rights of deaf people.

The first International Day of Sign Languages will be celebrated on 23 September 2018 as part of the International Week of the Deaf.

Quoting the message from World Federation of the Deaf President Colin Allen:

“This resolution recognises the importance of sign language and services in sign language being available to deaf people as early in life as possible. It also emphasises the principle of “nothing about us without us” in terms of working with Deaf Communities. With effect from year 2018, the WFD is overjoyed at the prospect of observing and celebrating this day annually.’

To read more of WFD’s press release, click the link here – WFD Press Release.

The IDSL will be celebrated each year on September 23rd to promote Sign Languages as being equal to spoken languages. It will also coincide with the International Week of the Deaf that focuses on advocacy and public awareness about human rights for Deaf persons, including the crucial place of Sign Languages in the development of educational, economic, and social equality for Deaf children, youth, and adults.

During Canada’s appearance in Geneva at the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in April 2017, UN Committee members were concerned that Canada had yet to recognize its two national Sign Languages. As reported in the “Concluding observations on the initial report of Canada on May 8, 2017, it was stated that the Canadian government needs to officially recognize the two national Sign Languages.

It is important to acknowledge that over 42 countries around the world have recognized their national Sign Languages through federal legislation. However, Canada is one of the countries that has not yet recognized its two national Sign Languages – American Sign Language (ASL) and langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). CAD-ASC appeals to the Government of Canada to introduce federal accessibility legislation that will recognize the two national Sign Languages- ASL and LSQ. Sign Language is a fundamental aspect of accessibility and signifies the protection of Deaf persons’ human rights in Canada. This will reinforce the cultural and linguistic identities of Deaf individuals in their respective Canadian Anglophone and Francophone communities, moving us closer to becoming a fully inclusive and accessible country.

The recognition of Sign Languages is a key element of human rights related to Deaf persons, as clearly outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as described in Article 21. CAD-ASC would like to ensure that the Government of Canada implements this UN resolution on the International Day of Sign Languages, by first enacting federal legislation that recognizes Canada’s two national Sign Languages American Sign Language (ASL) and langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).

Message from CAD-ASC President Frank Folino:

“It is a matter of human rights that we embrace our two national Sign Languages to promote equal opportunities for Deaf people in our Canadian society that will open up a wealth of opportunities through social, cultural, economic, civil and political rights. It is also part of Canada’s obligation as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”

For more information about the United Nations Resolution on the International Day Sign Languages,  including the UN’s 6 official languages via at this link.

Media Contact:

Frank Folino, President


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

The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) is a not-for-profit organization as a national information, research and community action organization of Deaf people in Canada. Founded in 1940, CAD-ASC provides consultation and information on Deaf issues to the public, business, media, educators, governments and others; conduct research and collects data. CAD-ASC promotes and protects the rights, needs, and concerns of Deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) and langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). CAD-ASC is affiliated with the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), and CAD-ASC is a United Nations-accredited Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For more information, visit www.cad.ca.

PDF – EN International Day of Sign Languages Press Release CADASC
PDF – FR International Day of Sign Languages Press Release CADASC

MS WORD downloadable ENGLISH – EN International Day of Sign Languages Press Release CADASC

MS WORD downloadable FRENCH – FR International Day of Sign Languages Press Release CADASC

Deaf Wireless Canada Commiittee Press Release

Released on 15 December 2017

Hello Everyone,

Six organizations representing Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH) including:

Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee (DWCC)

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

Canadian National Society of Deaf-Blind (CNSDB)

Deafness Advocacy Association Nova Scotia (DAANS)

Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians (SDHHNS)

Canadian Hearing Society (CHS)

are pleased to release accessible videos in ASL and LSQ explaining about your rights and responsibilities as wireless customers according to the CRTC’s updated Wireless Code taking effect on December 1, 2017. These videos were produced in collaboration with the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

English Press Release: http://bit.ly/2kxAyCc
ASL Press Release: https://youtu.be/8lilMlJMCeo

Wireless Code ASL Video: https://youtu.be/9uDy0HQdVcA
Wireless Code LSQ Video: https://youtu.be/bKqq0dSA7qs

Thank you!

#WirelessCode #ASLandLSQCanada #AccessibleCanada

VRS Canada SRV announcement and job position opening

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The announcement can be seen in our FB Group Page as well: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1719180181442010/.

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North Vancouver School District is looking for an Education Assistant, Visual Language Support position


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Position:  Education Assistant – Visual Language Support

Rate: $27.95 per hour (current rate)

Shift: Day

Hours of: 32.5 Hours per week, School Term

Location: Seycove Secondary School

Effective: January 8, 2018

NOTE: Training and experience with supporting students in community activities, swimming and lengthy walks is desired.


This is specialized work of a student assistance and teacher support nature attending to the learning needs or students requiring sign language support. An employee of this class provides assistance by performing a variety of tasks. Employees will be required to bring specialized skills to assist students who are deaf/hard of hearing.  The work requires considerable initiative, emotional stability, empathy and understanding of the many and varied issues these students face.  This position requires sound judgement in dealing with a variety of situations under the general supervision of a teacher(s).  Work performance is reviewed and evaluated by an administrator in terms of effective services rendered to students and staff.


• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and work collaboratively as a member of the educational team.

• Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.

• Ability to establish trust and rapport with students and staff.

• Knowledge of the basic aspects of children’s educational, physical, social and emotional development.

• Knowledge of the basic principles of educational practices, the function of support services, and the role of visual language support staff as part of an educational team.

• Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices related to the learning style and other needs of students with hearing loss.

• Considerable knowledge of American Sign Language.

• Considerable knowledge of behaviour theories, behaviour intervention strategies, conflict resolution techniques and situational safety assessment.

• Considerable knowledge of the academic course content and non academic programs as required for assigned students.

• Considerable knowledge of a wide range of equipment including adaptive technology. Examples may include, but are not limited to: computers, iPads, computer software and Smart Boards.

• Working knowledge of child development.

• Working knowledge of basic first aid.

• Ability to implement student Individual Educational Plan (IEP), Individual Care Plan, academic and other individual programs.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with students with special needs.

• Ability to perform a variety of record keeping tasks, including the collection and monitoring of data.


Completion of the 12th grade or equivalent, plus basic first aid, supplemented by a Special Education Teaching Assistant certificate, or equivalent training.  Completion of an ASL program; Level 6 or higher.  Preference will be given to those with a Deaf Studies Diploma.

Please submit resumes to http://www.makeafuture.ca/north-vancouver

We appreciate your interest in applying; however, only those candidates selected to move forward in the application process will be contacted.

Full time position as Medical Interpreting Service (MIS) dispatcher

For printing PDF MIS Dispatcher – December 2017

The Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) is a unique non-profit service organization for Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens. Our Agency provides services in Audiology, Counselling, Sign Language Interpreting and Communication Devices.

We are looking for a dynamic and energetic person to fill the following full-time position:

Medical Interpreting Services (MIS) Dispatcher

Job Summary:

The MIS Dispatcher is responsible for receiving all requests to book an ASL Interpreter for a medical situation and to select and assign the interpreter best suited for the needs of the appointment.  This position reports directly to the Head of Interpreting Services.

Work Performed:

• Prioritizes requests for interpreters

• Schedules and assigns contract and program interpreters

• Participates in the preparation of assignment forms

• Online database/scheduling

• Receives requests via email, text, skype, facetime, voice phone, TTY, and fax


• Minimum of two years experience interacting with the public, Deaf, and Deaf-Blind individuals; preferred

• Demonstrated track record with data input and retrieval

• Excellent organizational skills and experience working in a busy environment with the ability to multi-task

• Must understand the confidential nature of the position


• Ability to communicate in an articulate and professional manner with service providers and the public

• Fluent in American Sign Language

• In-depth sensitivity to and knowledge of Deaf culture, Deaf-Blind needs, and the communication modalities of hard of hearing individuals

• Advanced computer skills

Application deadline:  Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 5:00pm

Please reply in confidence with cover letter and resume to:

Janice Lyons, Head of Interpreting Services

Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Email: jlyons@widhh.com