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For Deaf

Canadian Association of the Deaf
The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) is the oldest national consumer organization of, by and for Deaf individuals in Canada for having its interests represented at national level.

Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf
Incorporated in 1973 as a non-profit chartiable organization funded through private donations, the CCSD preserves, encourages and advances the cultural interests of Canada’s Deaf population.

Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. The University enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people.

Deaf Linx – a Resource and Guide
Deaf Linx is your resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Langauge (ASL) and all other related topics.

Deaf Read – Best of Deaf Blogs and Vlogs

Deaf Websites
Deafness is defined as hearing loss, which relates directly to the volume of sound that a person is capable of perceiving.

Email SVIAD Contact
South Vancouver Island Association of the Deaf

Whether you are learning to communicate with a friend or to improve your work options, everyone learning American Sign Language has to start with the fundamentals. We’ve gathered some useful and free study resources for learning ASL. Here are are four useful learning links:

For Family & Children

BC Family Hearing Resource Society
When faced with the possibility that your child may have a hearing loss, the feeling is overwhelming…. take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Let us help guide you through the process of discovering what works for your child, in a safe and comfortable environment.

BC Hands & Voices
BC Hands & Voices’ board of directors is a diverse group of parents and professionals. We are mothers and fathers; we are hearing, hard of hearing and deaf adults; we are specialists in infant development, education and language – all working together to provide parents in BC the support they need.

Deaf Children’s Society of BC
The Deaf Children’s Society of BC (DCS) is a not-for-profit agency that provides resources, programs, support and information to families with deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age five.

Guide by Your Side – Under “Support”
Many parents find it helpful to connect with others who have been through something similar. The BC Early Hearing Program operates the Hands & Voices’ “Guide By Your Side (GBYS) “ program. GBYS connects trained, experienced Guides in BC with parents of children newly identified as deaf or hard of hearing. The Guides are young adults who grew up deaf or hard of hearing, and parents of children with hearing loss.

It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing
It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing® is a registered trademark of HHS (US Department of Health and Human Services.) The campaign is designed to increase awareness among children ages 8 to 12 (“tweens”) and their parents about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

The Well-Being Program (WBP)
The WBP provides services for four tracks of service: therapy, interpretation, support workers and workshops.

Family Network for Deaf Children
FNDC’s primary goal is to gather and share information with deaf and hard of hearing youth, their families, as well as the professional and social communities that support them.

For General Use

Canadian Hearing Society
Founded in 1940, CHS is a not-for-profit agency and the leading provider in Ontario of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

Guide to Closed Captioning Technology
Closed captioning may be defined as transcribed text that runs simultaneously with video. Those who are hard of hearing, deaf, or speak a foreign language can benefit from the use of closed captioning services.

Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Provincial Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (PDHHS) is a provincial government organization dedicated to supporting the diverse and multicultural goals of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind individuals and their families within an ASL and English environment.

The Hearing Foundation of Canada
The Hearing Foundation of Canada is a national nonprofit organization. It is committed to eliminating the devastating effects of hearing loss on the lives of Canadians by promoting prevention, early diagnosis, leading edge medical research and successful intervention.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre
We work closely with people who have a disability and with other community organizations to find and remove barriers that prevent full participation in life. The Independent Living approach to providing services offers a new perspective on disability.

Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility
Established in 1956, the Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility (formerly Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) has provided quality programs and services in Audiology, Employment Counselling, Sign Language Interpreting and Communication Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

For Hard of Hearing

Advanced Listening
Advanced Listening designs and installs assistive listening devices in public places for the hard of hearing.

B.C. Parents’ Branch Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
We believe that, as parents, we hold the most important role in ensuring the well being and development of our children. CHHA – B.C. Parents’ Branch is a province wide network of parents, families and friends of hard of hearing children.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
CHHA is the national voice of all hard of hearing Canadians. It is a non-profit, self-help, bilingual consumer organization run by and for persons who are hard of hearing.

Greater Victoria Assistive Listening Device Locations
Three Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are included in this database: Inductive loop (telecoil), Infrared and FM. Two Closed Caption systems are included: CaptiView and RWC. A description of each system appears at the end of this document.

For Interpreting

Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters
The Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters is a non-profit, professional association for interpreters whose working languages include a sign language.

Western Association of Visual Language Interpreters
The Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI) is the provincial professional association of interpreters who work between spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL).

For Sports

BC Deaf Sports Association
BC Deaf Sports Federation (BCDSF) is a multi-sport, non-profit organization functioning as an umbrella for deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes in British Columbia.