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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
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 charitable organization funded through private donations, the CCSD preserves, encourages and advances the cultural interests of Canada’s Deaf population.
What’s happening in and around British Columbia.
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 VCH Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & Deaf-Blind Well-Being Program
The Well-Being Program (WBP) provides Mental Health Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & Deaf-Blind people throughout the province of British Columbia
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
The Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility (formerly Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) provides programs and services in Audiology, Employment Counselling, Sign Language Interpreting and Communication Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
Hard of Hearing Specific
Advanced Listening designs and installs assistive listening devices in public places for the hard of hearing.
Assistive Listening Device Locator
Find locations with listening devices. Concerts, the theatre, sporting events—your hearing loss should never get in the way of the things you love. The ALD Locator will provide Hard of Hearing (HoH) user reviews of a given venue, plus identifies the type of hearing assistance the venue supplies.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC: 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.
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
ROCHESTER, NY: The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology, and is home to the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Vancouver Community College – ASL and Deaf Studies Program
VANCOUVER, BC: Immerse yourself in American Sign Language (ASL) while learning Deaf culture and community, social justice, and Deaf and ASL literature.
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:
Family & Children
BC Family Hearing Resource Society
BC Family Hearing Resource Society is the largest not-for-profit organization in British Columbia serving children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, aged birth to school-entry.
BC Hands & Voices
B.C. Hands & Voices is a parent-driven non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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.
Family Network for Deaf Children
Family Network for Deaf Children (FNDC) is a parent-run, non-profit charitable organization supporting families with deaf and hard of hearing children & youth that use sign language or are interested in learning sign language.
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.
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.
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).
Interpreting & Captioning
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.
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.
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).
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.