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Empower U Training

We were just informed of a wonderful opportunity, a free all-day workshop in Vancouver on October 28, 2019. Here is the excerpt from Canadian Association of the Deaf.


Empower U: Learn to Access Your Deaf Rights
& Disability Rights

Training on Canadian Human Rights, the Convention on the
Rights of Person with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol (OP)
VANCOUVER – October 28, 2019

This training aims to increase awareness of how to address discrimination using more familiar Canadian human rights laws, such as Human Rights Codes, and the newer laws, such as international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This is the training for Deaf people, and for persons with all disabilities. The training is part of the project funded by the Employment and Social Development Canada, and it is implemented by the Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) in collaboration with Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW), ARCH Disability Law, DisAbled Women’s Network, and BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS).

The event is co-presented by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and the Canadian Association of Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada.

October 28, Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street (at the corner of 15th Avenue), Vancouver.
Workshop will last from 9:00 to 17:00, with refreshments and lunch included. No cost.

What will I learn?
At the end of the training you will have:

  • Knowledge of how to use the United Nations CRPD and the Optional Protocol, as well as Human Rights Codes and the Accessible Canada Act
  • Understanding the systems where to seek redress for discrimination
  • Ability to access and navigate the system to redress for discrimination
  • These workshops are for people with disabilities, Deaf people, allies, human rights activists, community change makers, students concerned with social justice, and disability support workers.

    Organizer: Pavel Chernousov, Project Director, Canadian Association of the Deaf. Email: pavel@cad.ca

    Please register for the event at: https://secure.neads.ca/register/en.php?id=19BC

    Level One Speechreading – Autumn 2019

    Level One Speechreading

    Let’s Talk!

    Developed by Canadian Hard of Hearing Association)

    TUESDAYS – September 17 – November 19
    THURSDAYS – September 19 – November 21

    TIME: 9:30AM to 11:30AM
    WHERE: 130 – 1555 McKenzie Avenue Victoria

    Register in person or via telephone at 250.592.8144.

    Info Hubs – Autumn 2019

    Here are this season’s Info Hub sessions! Contact us for questions and/or more information.

    1:30PM – 3:00PM
    No RSVP needed.

    September 16: Senior Smart Drive with Colleen Woodger, Road Safety Coordinator
    October 7: Fire Safety with Mike Simpson, Saanich Fire Chief
    November 4: Creating Quieter Communities with Trevor Hancock, Retired UVic Professor
    December 2: Cochlear Implants & BAHA’s with Hugh McCormack, Audiologist

    COST: $8.00 (free to IDHHC members)
    (Annual Membership is $25)

    LOCATION: 130 – 1555 McKenzie Avenue Victoria, BC
    Free Parking!

    Captioning services will be provided. ASL interpreters provided upon request.

    CAG Announcement

    From Provincial Health Services Authority:

    We heard your input: developing an efficient and successful model for the delivery of a provincial medical Sign language interpreting service begins with input from the community it is meant to serve. To make that happen, we now need your help! We need your insights and suggestions to ensure that our future services are informed by patients, family members and caregivers’ experiences.

    We are looking for people with a passion for service improvement, familiarity with community engagement and lived experience or knowledge in medical Sign language interpreting services. We are seeking members who represent the Deaf, Deaf-blind and Hard of Hearing community and will consider demographic and regional diversity in our selection process.

    The English version of this video can be found here:
    ASL Community Advisory Group Announcement

    Nominations for the Board 2019

    Following the procedures as outlined in the IDHHC Bylaws, five Board members are continuing into the second year of their two year term.

    Four people have been nominated for elections to start a two year term (one is a returning Director Mark Dunn, and three new Directors).

    The introduction of the three new nominees, Linda Bradford, Alanna Cooke and Jan Todd along with their biographies are posted below.

    To view their VLOGS, please click on the link attached to each biography. The 2019 AGM will be held on June 26th at 6:00 pm at the IDHHC Victoria office at #130, 1555 McKenzie Avenue.

    At the AGM, members will be voting on the slate of candidates put forward by the Board of Directors Nomination Committee.


    1. WATCH Linda's/ASL VLOG below
    2. READ Linda's VLOG Transcript
    3. READ Linda's Biography


    1. WATCH Alanna's/ASL VLOG below
    2. READ Alanna's VLOG Transcript
    3. READ Alanna's Biography


    1. WATCH Jan's/ASL VLOG below
    2. READ Jan's VLOG Transcript
    3. READ Jan's Biography