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We are pleased to announce that following the declaration by the United Nations (UN), International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) will be celebrated annually on the 23rd September as part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf).
For this year, taking place under a cross-cutting theme of ‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’, IDSL will be held on Sunday 23rd September 2018 consecutively with IWDeaf which runs between Monday 24th September and Sunday 30th September 2018.
‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’ observes the following collective goals of the IDSL and IWDeaf:
The recommended hashtags for both the IDSL and IWDeaf are:
IDHHC will host its Annual Tax Night on March 27, 2018 starting at 5:00pm. Tax Night is for low income Deaf, Deaf-blind, deafened and hard of hearing individuals; particularly for those who require the services of an ASL-English Interpreter or who have significant barriers to communication.
You must be on a low or fixed income.
• You must live in the Greater Victoria area (Client exception see below)
• You must be Deaf, Deaf-Blind, deafened, or hard of hearing and require the services of an ASL-English Interpreter. Hard of hearing persons may not require interpreters.
In late 2016, the Provincial Languages Services reviewed the provincial medical Sign language interpreting services.
The review gathered input from a variety of stakeholders, including the Deaf, hard-of-hearing and Deaf-Blind community.
Based on the feedback received from the community, we realized that we must engage further with clients who use Sign language interpreting services. To help do this, we have hired Delaney + Associates to facilitate and report on meetings with the community.
This engagement is to understand the values and needs of the Deaf, hard-of-hearing and Deaf-Blind and help us develop a medical Sign language interpreting services that works for the community. The engagement process will be completed by the end of March 2018.
An engagement session is taking place in Victoria (Vancouver Island: 1:30pm March 10, 2018, Quadra Room, Comfort Inn Hotel, 3020 Blanchard Street), and we are asking for your input. We are also offering an opportunity to provide feedback via Online Survey if you cannot attend in person.
In March 2018, we will consult with clients again when we have a proposed model for a service delivery. The proposed model will be developed with the input we receive.
For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for participating in the engagement.
NOTE: The survey is anonymous. It consists of open-ended questions. We do not wish to collect any information that might identify you. We encourage you not to provide any identifying information, such as names, ages, or identification numbers, in your answers to open ended questions.
UPDATE: Please note because we are doing more engagement sessions, our timelines have been moved. We are now expecting that our final engagement session will be in April.
Quick Link to Provincial Health Services Authority for more information about MIS and community meetings.
Presenters / Facilitators:
Patricia Cochran (Faculty Member, UVic Faculty of Law)
Kathryn Costain (JD Student, UVic Faculty of Law)
Mark Dunn (SVIAD and IDHHC Board Member)
A workshop with an objective where participants may leave empowered and informed with respect to their human rights.
Session will include presentations as well as the opportunity to ask questions.
Areas of information presented:
Date: March 10th 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Quadra Room, Comfort Inn Hotel, 3020 Blanshard St. Victoria
March 8, 2018 – American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided at this event.
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific. Make IWD your day! – everyday!