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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.

Printable PDF:

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


DYT is hiring for the summer!



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By donation event and ASL Interpretation available:

By donation event and ASL Interpretation available


Doors: 7:00pm
Skwxwu7mesh Greeting by Cease Wyss: 7:30 pm
Panel Discussion: 7:45pm – 8:15pm
Dialogue with Audience: 8:15pm – 8:45pm
Cocktails & Conversations: 8:45pm – 10:00pm

Vancouver is rapidly losing culturally valuable spaces in favour of condos and other high priced residential development. Cultural workers (artists, community organizers and cultural facilitators) who operate in these spaces are constantly fighting to survive, competing with powerful real estate developers and large, well-financed corporations.
How can we engage all of the stakeholders in this challenging and complex public policy landscape?

Let’s start a solutions-based conversation on how communities can preserve culturally valuable spaces in the face of increasingly expensive rent and real estate.

WFD and WASLI Statement On Use of Signing Avatars

WFD and WASLI Statement on Use of Signing Avatars