Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Consultation
The Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre is looking for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals on Vancouver Island to participate in our community survey. This is an opportunity for you to share your experiences and concerns about the services you have received. This is an opportunity to bring up any gaps in service, and provide any ideas on how to make things better for the community.
[Audio description: Backdrop on screen is a map of Vancouver Island.
On the left is the logo for the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre and the words, “Special Announcement.”
Vinu Abraham pops up from below the screen. He is wearing a dark blue shirt and is very enthusiastic.]
Vinu: Hey! Why don’t you be part of this community consultation?
Who’s this for?
[Audio description: John Warren pops up from below the screen next to Vinu wearing a black shirt and glasses.]
John: It’s for Deaf and Hard of Hearing islanders!
[Audio description: Screen transition. Map disappears. Vinu is seated in front of a light grey backdrop with the words, “Vinu Abraham, Facilitator” below him.]
Vinu: The Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre, on Vancouver Island, has asked me to help with a community survey for Vancouver Island folks to express their experiences and concerns about the services they receive. This is an opportunity to bring up any gaps in service, provide any ideas on how to make things better for the community.
[Audio description: On the bottom of the screen appears the writing, “email@example.com.”]
Vinu: The IDHHC will use this information to help improve their services. My colleague will explain it in more detail.
[Audio description: Screen transition. John Warren sitting in front of a light grey screen
wearing a black shirt. The words, “John Warren, Organizer” appear on the bottom of the screen.]
John: IDHHC reached out to Vinu, who agreed to host a community forum in order to garner vital feedback from the community so that the IDHHC can improve their services.
[Audio description: To the left of John appears a photo of an office building.
Written in yellow text is: Saturday, January 13, 2024, 3960 Quadra Street #301, Victoria, BC.]
John: This will take place on Saturday, January 13th at 4:30pm in the new IDHHC building. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community is invited to be part of this round table information-gathering session. Your suggestions, ideas and feedback will be documented at this meeting. If you prefer to give your feedback in private, you can contact Vinu any time for that.
[Audio description: Photo of office building fades away.]
John: First of all, there are three main components to this consultation: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community who receive the services, the IDHHC who provide the services, and the government who provide funding for the services.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community have rights to clear communication, interpreting, education, captioning, employment, and access to medical services. The goal of this feedback is to allow the IDHHC to get a clear picture of how they can improve their services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing islanders. They will take this information to the government and advocate for funding to help improve services for the community on Vancouver Island.
IDHHC’s goal is to improve overall quality of life for the community. This will be done by encouraging leadership, the ability to resolve issues as they arise, help improve community partnerships, and help reduce the isolation some people encounter as a result of a lack of services.
Advocacy, services and funding, the three main components to help improve the services. Your feedback is important.
[Audio description: A minimal, graphic map of Vancouver Island appears to the left of John.]
John: There are five possible locations where these meetings will take place. First of all, Victoria, January 13th.
[Audio description: The word “Victoria” appears on the southern end of the map, in bold black letters, then disappears.]
John: Nanaimo, on January 27th. There will be an announcement about this soon.
[Audio description: The word “Nanaimo” appears just above Victoria, in bold black letters, then disappears.]
John: Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River.
[Audio description: The words “Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River” appear in quick succession moving north on the map, disappearing one after the other.]
John: And finally, Duncan and the Gulf Islands.
[Audio description: The words “Duncan, Gulf Islands” appear in quick succession at the map’s southern tip.]
[Audio description: All location names appear at once on the map.]
John: For sure, Victoria will be happening, and Nanaimo. The other ones will yet to be determined.
[Audio description: Screen transition. Vinu is on screen seated in front of a grey background.]
Vinu: Your feedback is very important for this process. Then the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre can help improve their services for you, the Deaf community.
[Audio description: Screen transition. John is on screen seated in front of a grey background.]
John: We will see you there!
[Audio description: Photo of IDHHC’s office building pops up on John’s right. John points to the image to emphasize the word “there.”]
[Audio description: Screen is black, with the white text “firstname.lastname@example.org” appearing in the center of the screen.]