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GVAD HOSTS

PERSONAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

“If you are not prepared for a disaster, it can shatter your life!”

The workshop purpose is to learn how we can be prepared in times of personal emergencies during natural, or manmade, disasters!

  • Why get prepared?
  • Hazards & Risks
  • 4 Steps – What to Do?
  • Recovery
  • Neighbourhood Preparedness

Presented with ASL interpreters by: City of Surrey: Surrey Emergency Program

When:    October 21, 2017

Time:     1:00 pm. to 3:00 pm.

Where: Room N3408

Douglas College,

New Westminster Campus,

700 Royal Avenue

New Westminster, BC

Share Your Experience: do you have experience with the Canadian justice system?

Do you have experience with the Canadian justice system?

Have you been the victim of a crime?

We would like your ideas on how to improve communication access for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind citizens.

Join us for a Focus Group in Vancouver,BC

Date: October 12, 2017

Time: 6 -730 pm

Room:   Room 2504. Building A

Location: VCC, Broadway Campus,
1155 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 4V5

RSVP to: drussell@ualberta.ca  if you would like to attend.

Can’t make the focus group? No problem  take our survey – in ASL or LSQ

Here is the link to the surveys and information about the project:
https://sites.google.com/gallaudet.edu/deafcanadajusticesourd/
Submitted by: Debra Russell, Patrick Boudreault, Cathy Chovaz

 

 

WAVLI Workshop – October 21 and 22, 2017

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Location: 

Douglas College, New Westminster, BC.

Saturday, October 21st – Room N2217
Sunday, October 22nd – Room N3408

This workshop will be presented in spoken English. Interpreting services will be provided.

Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 21st from 9am – 4pm (one hour lunch break on your own)
Sunday, October 22nd from 9am – 12pm

**please note, WAVLI has scheduled a follow up gathering on Saturday, December 2nd for all interested participants.

Workshop DescriptIon: 

Robyn Dean, CI/CT, PhD. has been a nationally certified signed language interpreter for over twenty-five years with particular service in the field of healthcare, will be facilitating the workshop:  “Justice Reasoning: How Our Ethical Discourse Counters Our Ethical Claim”

This workshop will look at how sign language interpreters practice ethics and will empower each individual to use tools of reflective practice.

Participants will learn how our field aligns with other service professions in the area of ethical practice, where the interpreting field can improve, and what practical steps each practitioner can take to implement these new approaches in their everyday work.

Cost:
Registered WAVLI Member  – $200.00
Student Interpreter/Deaf Interpreter – $110.00
Deaf Community – $110.00
Non-Member – $225.00

Come out for a weekend of transformative learning with your peers where you will walk away with increased capacity and ethical understanding.

To Register: https://squareup.com/store/westcoast-association-of-visual-language-interpreters

Power In Our Words: Talking About Sexual Violence Workshop

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When: Friday, November 17th, 2017

Time: 11:00am-6:00pm
Room: Lib 7200
Location: SFU Burnaby
ASL Request Deadline: November 2nd at 9am

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

In a society enmeshed in rape culture, it is vital that we empower and equip ourselves and each other to support survivors of sexual violence. The words we use to talk about sexual violence are powerful – they can perpetuate harm, or they can cultivate healing.

Open to everyone, this workshop is especially designed for all students, staff and faculty who are actively working to support survivors, to build safer spaces on campus, and to create a world free of sexual violence.

Through this workshop, we will:

  • Explore the systemic nature of sexual violence
  • Screen the documentary “It Was Rape”
  • Use the documentary as a starting point to unpack truths, myths and stories of sexual violence
  • Discuss the legal framework used here in Canada to address sexual violence
  • Deepen our vocabulary and revisit how we talk about sexual violence

Active listeners will be present to support anyone who is triggered during this event.

ACCESSIBILITY INFO:

ASL is booked for this event. Please register by November 2nd at 9am to request ASL. If no requests for ASL are received by November 2nd at 9am, ASL interpretation will be cancelled.

The event space is wheelchair/scooter accessible with access to an accessible washroom 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, Compass 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!

(More info here: http://thinkbeforeyoustink.com/howtogofragrancefree.html,http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html)

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.

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, pleaseet us know.

Craig Pavelich
Director of Communications
Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG)

City of Victoria PROCLAMATION for IWD 2017

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“INTERNATIONAL DEAF WEEK” 

WHEREAS           The Deaf Community and extended signers are celebrating the unique heritage and multicultural identities of Deaf individuals with 200 years of American Sign Language in 2017.  In conjunction to this special bicentenary celebration, September 18-24th is International Deaf Week.  The theme for this year that is promoted by World Federation of the Deaf, under the United Nations is “Full Inclusion with Sign Language”; and

WHEREAS           The Deaf community strives to see the goals set out by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be fully achieved here in Canada; and

 

WHEREAS           UVic American Sign Language (ASL) Club as well as the Society for Society for Students with a Disability (SSD) at University of Victoria, would promote diversity among the students and staff, would be celebrating with American Sign Language Festival at a later date on October 6th, 2017, for a day of events on campus; and

 

WHEREAS           Community building, diverse communication approaches and means, which introduced to the benefit of different areas of knowledge when approaching Linguistics, Humanities, Sociology and beyond; and the further recognition of our extended communities. and

 

WHEREAS           We, regardless where we come from; hope everyone will share in the experience with “Full Inclusion with Sign Language and celebrate the diversity, pride and meet all the love for one another through our culture and language.

 

NOW, THEREFORE I do hereby proclaim the week of September 18th-24th 2017 as “INTERNATIONAL DEAF WEEK” on the TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES of the ESQUIMALT AND SONGHEES FIRST NATIONS in the CITY OF VICTORIA, CAPITAL CITY of the PROVINCE of BRITISH COLUMBIA.

 

IN WITNESS, WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand this 21ST day of September, Two Thousand and Seventeen.

 

   

 

 

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LISA HELPS

MAYOR

CITY OF VICTORIA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

 

 

 

Sponsored By:

Lindsay Carroll / Ravi Coughlan

UVic ASL Club