Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) & Hospice Toronto Survey

The Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) is supporting Hospice Toronto in an initiative known as the Transitions Project. The objective is to help gain a greater understanding of the needs of people with disabilities as they approach end of life issues. In order to accomplish this, Hospice Toronto has decided to appeal directly to people with disabilities, caregivers and/or family members to survey them as to the specific issues and concerns they may have. Hospice Toronto wants to hear from as many people as possible.

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AVLIC's Board of Directors is composed of 9 positions:

AVLIC Supports the Establishment of Video Relay Services (VRS) for Deaf Canadians

Click here for the ASL version of this press release.


Squamish, BC (Jan 23, 2012) – The Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) fully supports the actions taken across Canada on January 13, 2012, in lobbying for the establishment of Video Relay Services (VRS) for Deaf Canadians.

"Change, We Know What Needs to be Done, Now Let's Do It!" by Chris Kenopic

The Chris Kenopic lecture from September 28, 2011 is now available on the Western Canadian Centre for Deaf Studies website.  Thanks to the WCCDS for sharing this wonderful resource.

Please be patient with this video; it is very long and may take time to load in your browser.  Also note that this video does not work with Google Chrome.

CAD Call for Action for National VRS in Canada

VRS Rally on Friday, January 13, 2012

6 January, 2012 (Ottawa, ON) - The Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) is asking Deaf Canadians to show their support for the BC-VRS Committee rally on Friday January 13, 2012.  The BC-VRS Committee has worked very hard to provide French and Langue des Signes Québécoise (LSQ) video blogs to ensure that Deaf Francophone are included in their activities.

[addition by AVLIC to the CAD press release:]

AVLIC 2012 and ASLIA Welcomes Dr. Erin Wilkinson

     Saturday, March 17, 2012

     8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Workshop for Interpreters, Interpreting Students, ASL Instructors and Deaf Community Members

     Alberta School for the Deaf

     6240-113 Street,Edmonton, AB

Letters to CRTC in Support of VRS Requested!

The Alberta Association of the Deaf (AAD) with the support of the Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) and on behalf of the B.C. VRS Committee, has asked members of the public to provide support in a letter writing campaign to petition the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to continue to offer Video Relay Service (VRS) in Canada (reference policy CRTC 2009-430).

Please watch the vlogs linked below to see more on the topic:

AAD VRS Update Vlog:

Linda Cundy, AAD Representative

Canadian Evaluation System's Phase Two Workshop: Interpretation of Interactive Interviews

Workshop dates:

Registration deadline:


July 7, 2011: Occupational Title Protection Granted to WAVLI Members

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).  WAVLI holds its members to a Code of Ethics and provides Guidelines for Professional Practice to govern its members.


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