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ASL Board Games Night

Hello ASL community of Vancouver,
Douglas College’s Sign Language Interpretation program is hosting another ASL Board Games Night!

The fun will happen on

Date: Thursday, November 30th

Time: 5-8pm.

Room: D1019 in the D building of
Douglas College David Lam Campus, Coquitlam
1250 Pinetree Way – about a short 5 min walk from
Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station.

We will provide board games, light snacks and a night of fun! Deaf community members are welcome.

Professional interpreters are welcome too.
ASL students and hearing allies who use ASL are, of course, more than welcome as well.

This event is all ages and is wheelchair accessible.

Job Postings – We are Hiring! STRIVE Living Society

Are you looking for an exciting career in Social Services?

Our organization offers full benefits upon meeting eligibility requirements, great opportunities to grow within and a fun and positive environment for both staff and clients!

We are looking for:

  1. behaviour interventionists,
  2. mental health workers and
  3. community support workers

who have behavior management and/or speak ASL (American Sign Language) skills and able to handle challenging situations.

Exciting opportunities exist for the right individuals to join a progressive non-profit organization as a Community Support Worker in our Hybrid Supported Home Share Program/Supported Independent Living Program/Strive Center and Pinetree Center. The position entails working in a one to one setting with individuals with Developmental, Concurrent Disorders, Autism, ADHD, Mood Disorders and Mental Health, in the lower mainland. The successful candidate would spend most of their time assisting the clients in their home and community to work towards their goals, teaching life skills, community integration and social skills to assist with their daily living.

We are looking for casuals with many opportunities to grow within and post into part time/full time positions.


  • Experience and understanding of Mental Health and Challenging Behaviours
  • Fluent in American Sign Language an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work with adults with behavioural, social, emotional and mental health/psychiatric issues
  • Ability to create a meaningful routine
  • Crisis Management
  • Knowledgeable of creating independence vs. creating dependence
  • Following health care/behavioural plans
  • Completing daily documentation on a Microsoft platform database on their own computer
  • Implementing personal protocols, schedules, and activities
  • Accompanying/transporting individuals to appointments and activities in the community
  • Must have experience working with high anxiety
  • Community Integration
  • Able to set firm boundaries
  • Ability to encourage, motivate and involve client in community activities.
  • Access to computer and internet
  • Proven ability to develop rapport with adults in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with educational personnel, social workers and resource workers, service providers and partners
  • Able to self-start, make judgment calls, and create new models/programs as needed
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Proven ability to work with minimal supervision

Other Qualifications Include:

– University degree or college diploma in a social science program and/or subsequent experience

-Class 5 BC drivers’ license and reliable vehicle preferred

-Clean Driver’s Abstract

-Criminal record check clearance

-Negative TB test clearance

-First aid and CPR

-Mandt Certificate

*Other requirements which may be specific to the individual(s) served*

Compensation: $19.31 hourly, plus benefits upon meeting eligibility requirements.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Strive Living Society is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate against age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Christie or visit our website www.striveliving.ca

Work with us – https://careers-striveliving.icims.com

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Global Diversity in Deaf Culture

Looking for a unique study experience?  Global Diversity in Deaf Culture

Study alongside students in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation at Douglas College and develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture.

You will learn definitions and theories of culture, studying the history of Deaf people around the world. Implications for current services and education for deaf people will also be examined.

The Instruction will be in American Sign Language (ASL). This course will be taking place at the David Lam Campus in Coquitlam.

The Evergreen skytrain line extension is  open; the campus is at the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station.

CRN 13992
INTR 1285 001
Tuesday afternoons, 2:30-5:20
Classes: January 9 to April 10, 2018
Room: B2350,
David Lam Campus, Coquitlam
Instructor: Nigel Howard

If you have questions regarding the course, email us at intr@douglascollege.ca

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Communications & ASL Specialist – JAMAICA

Communications & American Sign Language Specialist – Volunteer in Jamaica

CUSO International is a non-profit international development organization, working to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive, lasting change.

We are currently seeking a Communications & American Sign Language Specialist to volunteer with our partners in Jamaica for 1 year.

City  Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date Oct – Dec 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

The Volunteer’s Role

The overall purpose of this placement is to support the team at Deaf Can! in creating a more inclusive environment & society for deaf people in Jamaica and enhance DeafCan’s sustainability as a social enterprise.

Cuso International is looking for a volunteer like you to:

– Support DeafCan! in the promotion of the deaf community through advocacy campaigns to sensitize individuals of their capabilities and remove social stigmas and prejudices.

-Support the design and implementation of sign language training workshops to increase the number of qualified interpreters and awareness in the local community for the need for interpreters at various events.

– To strengthen DeafCan!’s market reach and visibility as a social enterprise to facilitate sustainable growth.

At Cuso International, a key area of our work is GESI-Gender & Social Inclusion and this partnership aims to address some of the issues which have historically excluded deaf individuals from mainstream society.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support DeafCan! to develop, promote & implement training workshops in sign language interpreting.

-Strengthen DeafCan! to create and implement comprehensive advocacy strategy

– Design social campaigns & print material to raise awareness

-Support DeafCan! at public events to raise awareness.

-Support the development and dissemination of marketing content for DeafCan! Coffee to increase visibility & sustainability

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s Degree in Communications

-Formal training in American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting/ NIC-National Interpreting Certification

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience interpreting

-Strong oral & written skills

-Strong communication skills

-Experience working on community related projects

-Experience designing communication materials

-Experience supporting advocacy campaigns

-Experience conducting communications training

-Experience in developing communications strategy & campaigns

-Knowledge of marketing/ promotional tools

Support Package

– Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

– Accommodation while in placement

– Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

– Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

– Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

– Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

– Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

– Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

– Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

– Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

To apply, please visit:https://curaweb.mindscope.com/CUSOIN04387_CURA/aspx/JobDetails.aspx?lang=en&Job_ID=407

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DCCN Presents: Autism and Barriers

We wish to inform you about our next Disabled Community Connection Network (DCCN) session. DCCN is a monthly communication and information group for people of all ages (16+) with any disability. This group is supported by the North Shore Disability Resource Centre and PeerNet BC.

Our next group is happening on Thursday, November 16th 4:00PM – 6:00PM at PeerNet BC, #408-602 West Hastings, Vancouver. We would be very appreciative if you could promote this session in your newsletters and on your social media-feeds.

The session will focus on Autism and Barriers. Come share your lived experience with barriers through lively, peer facilitated discussion. This group is facilitated by and for people with disabilities.

Our next session will feature as a speaker, Nicole M. Jinn. – Nicole Jinn received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences from the University of British Columbia – Vancouver in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Virginia Tech in 2014; and is looking to pursue a PhD within the next few years in a field of study, in which they would investigate factors affecting social skills development in the workplace among adults on the Autism Spectrum, especially females. Nicole is a board member of Square Peg Society and the Richmond Mental Health Consumer and Friends Society (RCFC). Despite not having a stable paid job, Nicole is very actively advocating for autistic adults that do not have intellectual impairment nor clinically significant language delay – and more generally for people with disabilities – both at the provincial and federal levels.

ASL Interpretation and food is provided! The space is also wheelchair accessible.

Please let us know of any accommodations and dietary needs you require.

Please email S. Klassen or call 604-904-4088 to register.

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Post by: Lauren, DCCN Facilitator