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DWCC & CAD-ASC release series of ASL Wireless Terminology

The DWCC and CAD-ASC are pleased to release a series of videos, a total of 32 videos in ASL and LSQ.

The purpose of these videos are to increase Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing ASL and LSQ users’ understanding of wireless terminology.
What does data plan mean?
What does voice credit mean?
How many MB are in a GB?

Have a watch & learn!

We will release one video every week Tuesday at 10am. PST, one video in ASL, and one video in LSQ.

Both organizations would like to thank Cineall Productions and Scott Jeffery for their work in production and editing of these videos. Captions were added by Michael J Stewart. Additionally our sincerest appreciation also goes to Arista Haas and Rachel Filion for their work in the writing, editing, and the French translations of these terms.  These videos would not be possible without them. Many thanks!


Sharing on behalf of both organizations,
Lisa Anderson-Kellett, Chairperson
Deaf Wireless Canada Committee (DWCC)

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The first video term is: Wireless Service Provider (WSP) as follows:

Hand Made Heritage Project Announcement

Hand Made Heritage Project Announcement

You are invited to participate in New Horizon’s “Hand Made Heritage” Project!

What it is: This project will start a ASL discussion between Young Deaf and Deaf Seniors. Participants will be part of making something to preserve Deaf Heritage for future Deaf generations.

How: This project will explore ways to improve future Deaf leadership roles and Deaf Culture by exploring the Deaf past. The final product will be shared with the public in early 2018.

Why: Focus will be on the decline in Deaf leadership and participation of Deaf cultural life here in Vancouver.

When and Where: Participants will decide together the time, day and location of of meetings. Participants will commit to meeting regularly for 5 to 6 months.

Interested? Contact us for more information at:

Tammy Gray, WIDHH Better at Home Program Coordinator

Jean Nielsen, WIDHH Better at Home Volunteer Outreach “Hand Made Heritage” Project Assistant

Free Food Services Course at VCC – Fall 2017

Free Food Services Course at VCC

VCC is excited to be offering the Access to Food Services for Deaf Students course again this fall. For more information, or if you would like to register, please contact Nigel Scott at:

– Email: interpreting@vcc.ca
– Text/FaceTime/Voice: 604-328-8742
– Glide: Interpreting Services VCC

Letter of Request Re: Position of Principal – BC School for the Deaf (BCSD)

By Email: richard.per@sd41.bc.ca

2125 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 1X9
Contact: gvadoffice@gmail.com
Website: www.gvad.com
News: www.deafbc.ca

May 19, 2017

Richard Per
Director of Instruction
School District #41 (Burnaby) District Office
5325 Kincaid Street Burnaby, BC V5G 1W2

Dear Mr. Per,

Re: Position of Principal – B.C. School for the Deaf

At the request of the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf (GVAD), I am sending this letter to affirm our organization’s commitment to advocate for fully accessible education of children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. We aspire to be involved in the process for selecting the next Principal for the B.C. School for the Deaf, continuing our history of cooperation among community groups.

The GVAD is the oldest advocacy organization for persons with disabilities in British Columbia. Since 1926, the organization has worked with the community to gain access for Deaf, Deaf- Blind and hard of hearing individuals in education, communication, and employment. Our organization is affiliated with the Canadian Association of the Deaf, which is a full member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). The GVAD is also working with cross-disability organizations, such as civic disability advisory committees and the Disability Alliance BC, following progress of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which the Government of Canada ratified on March 10, 2010. The GVAD has high expectations that all levels of government would comply with the Convention, especially regarding Article 9 – Accessibility, and Article 24 – Education, which emphasize the rights of Deaf adults and children to have full access and use of sign language in their daily lives.

As many members of GVAD have been to the B.C. School for the Deaf for their education and it is like a ‘second home’ to us. We care deeply about the school and the quality of deaf education. We admire those Deaf individuals who are teachers, education assistants, and head teachers, because they are the role models for deaf and hard of hearing students. We believe that the BCSD would benefit greatly from an administration that understands the importance of involving the adult Deaf community in educational decisions that will have lasting effects on young people who will be part of our world.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. BC’s Oldest Disabled Consumer Group

Therefore GVAD, its members, and Deaf community leaders request comprehensive involvement of the Deaf community in the selection process for the position of Principal of the B.C. School for the Deaf. We believe such participation – from the screening of applicants to final selection – would fulfill the purpose and spirit of the Convention and define the Burnaby School District as a positive and pro-active supporter of this international agreement and all human rights principles.

As the contact person for the GVAD, you may reach me at our Association’s office, by email, gvadpresident@gmail.com to discuss the above request. The board has identified Deaf members who can be available to meet with you and other appropriate individuals, at your convenience.

Sincerely Yours,

Kimberly Wood GVAD President

Cc: Silvina Lanusse, silvina.lanusse@sd41.bc.ca
GVAD Board
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community

PDF of Letter

Come visit GVAD & DeafBlind Planning Committee Info Booths at Deaf, Deaf World

National Deafblind Awareness Month – Catch a wave from coast to coast!

GVAD & DeafBlind Planning Committee Info Booths at Deaf, Deaf World

What:  Deaf, Deaf, World event – Deaftopia

“Join us for a fun – filled event to learn about Deaf Culture,

American Sign Language, and much more!”

 Who:   ASL & Deaf Studies Students from Vancouver Community College (VCC);

Supported by Deaf & Deaf-Blind community organizations and individuals.

When:             Saturday June 3, 2017                       11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Admission:    $5.00 / person; $10 for families of 3 or more.

Where:            Vancouver Community College

Broadway Campus, Building B

1155 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC V5T 4V5

Summary: This is an annual fundraising event by VCC students supported by Deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind, and hearing volunteers to introduce Deaf Culture, ASL, and the Deaf World to the wider community.

In addition, there will be booths by Deaf Community groups showcasing their activities. The Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf and the Deaf-Blind Planning Committee will have their own tables and promote other activities happening locally related to the National Deafblind Awareness Month.

Contacts for more information:

Deaf-Blind Planning Committee: Tracy Metzger, Chair – deafblindplanningcommittee@gmail.com

Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf: Kimberly Wood, President – gvadoffice@gmail.com or gvadpresident@gmail.com

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