Thursday, 28 April 2016

Magic of ASL for May 18th at DCM Forrest Nickerson Theatre!!


Gallaudet University News- 146th Commencement Exercises

Student speakers announced for 146th annual Commencement Exercises

Image: Ardavan Guity and Tong Song

Ardavan Guity and Tong Song

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On April 15, 2016, Provost Carol Erting announced the student speakers for the 146th annual Commencement Exercises, to be held on Friday, May 13, 2016, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Field House. Ardavan Guity, from Tehran, Iran, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in deaf studies, will speak on behalf of the undergraduate Class of 2016. Tong Song'13, from Beijing, China, who is graduating with a Master of Public Administration degree, will speak on behalf of the graduate student class.

Guity attended a school for the deaf in Iran. He began his commitment to community service at age 12 as a UNICEF delegate for children and teenagers with disabilities. In 2005, he led the Iranian Center for the Deaf (ICD) and helped found its Deaf Youth Section. The following year, Guity represented the ICD at the Asian Youth Deaf Camp in Miyazaki, Japan. The experience inspired him to establish and lead the first Young Deaf Iranian Camp in 2007. In 2011, Guity served as a delegate for the World Federation of the Deaf Congress in South Africa and taught interpreters about International Sign Language at the SIGN5 Conference of Sign Language Users at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. From 2011 to 2012, he was a researcher at Alzahra University in Tehran, working on a sign language and deaf culture educational book and DVD for sign language interpreters.
After earning a degree in computer science at a university in Iran, Guity enrolled in Gallaudet's English Language Institute (ELI) in 2013 and became an undergraduate student in 2014. He has been a peer advisor for three years. In this capacity, he co-hosted several panel discussions, including a diversity panel, "Who Am I?" in March of this year. He has been accepted to Gallaudet's accelerated master's/doctorate program in linguistics for fall 2016. 
Upon graduating from high school in 2008, Song came to the United States and began her studies in the ELI. In fall 2009, she began her undergraduate studies at the University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 2013. Song returned to Gallaudet in 2014 to pursue a Master of Public Administration degree. She also worked as a student assistant in Tutorial and Instructional Programs, managing tutorial appointments, tracking students' progress, and assisting in preparing tutorial materials, exhibits, and demonstrations. In addition, Song served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Business, working on research projects and developing new course materials, and volunteering with the department's Income Tax Assistance program, providing free tax return preparation. She is currently interning in the University's Finance Office.
The Student Commencement Speakers Committee was chaired by Don Miller, '99, of the Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Other committee members were Marina Dzougoutov, '02, of the Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre; Thuan Nguyen-Lakrik, '00,  representing the Gallaudet Staff Council; Damien Spillane, '10, representing the Graduate Student Association; and Jaddua Johnston, representing the Student Body Government.
Published April 19, 2016

Two Undergrad students from University of Washington invented high tech gloves that turns sign language into speech


Article from Rompers about Nyle DiMarco

Hello,

Please see the article from Rompers.com about Nyle DiMarco about his twin brother. Here is the link - https://www.romper.com/p/who-is-nyle-dimarcos-twin-brother-the-two-are-close-but-very-different-9414

Enjoy reading this article:)

Sheila Montney
Executive Director

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Interview between The Daily Moth & Nyle DiMarco from The Dancing With The Stars!

Hello everyone,

It has come to my attention that The Daily Moth had an interview with Nyle DiMarco from The Dancing With the Stars.

Please see the link - https://www.facebook.com/TheDailyMoth/videos/511996049002300/

Enjoy watching the video:)

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Notice of E-Quality Communciation Centre of Excellence (ECCOE) Annual General Meeting - June 6th!


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wanna Kernel Popcorn? See below!

Anyone interested to buy Kernels Popcorn with several flavours for Annika's fundraising program? Bags range in size from 20-55g and sell for $2.00. 8 flavors to choose such as White Cheese,Salt & Vinegar, Dill Pickle, Ketchup, Buttersalt, Jalapeno Jack, Cheddar Cheese and Creamy Caramel. The popcorn is whole grain produce made with non-GMO free corn, no Trans Fats, is Gluten Free and No-Nut product! The bag will last fresh up to two month expiration date. The money will be raised for equipment and activities for students at ETBA and ADFC to enjoy!! Contact Sheila by email - sheila.montney@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your support toward Annika's Kinder-daycare!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Update news from Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) for April 22nd,2016

The Crescent Fort Rouge Church is at 525 Wardlaw Ave.

The opening reception between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on 22 April and also plan to hear guest speaker Nicholas Burns at 8:00 p.m.


Show time on Saturday is 12 – 5 p.m.  Graffiti artists are returning to paint on the lawn.  Lita Fontaine, Anishinawbe/Dakota artist, will be leading anyone who wishes in the art of feather zentangles, ultimately to create a community mandala.  Two other artists on speaking on the theme of Intersection: Shayani Turko at 2:00 and Gibril Bangura at 3:00.  From 4-6 they will be hosting a community barbeque.  All are welcome!

Show time on Sunday is 12 – 3 p.m.  They have added this time as we have invited a number of churches in the area to bring their congregations to enjoy the artwork.  It is of course also open to the public.






News from Canadian Administrator of VRS (CAV) 2016

CAV April Update - Mise à jour avril ACS


Suivi par le texte français et vidéo LSQ

Video : ASL


Hello!

Happy Spring!  CAV has news to share about Canada’s Video Relay Service (VRS).

Last February, we reported CAV had issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select Video Interpreter Providers (VIPs). That process is finished and CAV is pleased to announce the three companies who will deliver the services of “SRV Canada VRS”.

The VIP who has been selected as the primary provider of ASL calls is Convo. Convo is a Deaf-owned company from the US who has deep experience with VRS.

Sign Language Interpreting Associates Ottawa, Inc. (SLIAO) has also been selected to provide additional ASL VIP services. SLIAO is a community-based interpreting company that has been providing professional interpreting services in Canada for almost 20 years and, more recently, video remote interpreting services.

Service d’interprétation visuelle et tactile (Sivet) is the company who has been selected to handle the majority of LSQ calls. Sivet is a Deaf-led, Montreal based non-profit company who has been providing community based LSQ interpreting services for about 25 years.
Convo will also be working with CAV to develop operating standards and will be responsible for training the other two VIPs to ensure consistent quality and delivery of the video relay service.

Now that the VIPs are selected, we will begin building call centres and integrating the video technology platform hardware and software.

At the same time, CAV is testing the apps that you will use when VRS is launched this fall on your PC, Mac, iOS and Android Devices.

There is still a lot to do, but we are making excellent progress towards making “SRV Canada VRS” a reality.

To keep up to date with information, go the website at www.cav-acs.ca and register for CAV updates.

Thank you.


Sue Decker
Executive Director, CAV-ACS



Vidéo: LSQ


Bonjour,

Le printemps est arrivé. L’ACS a des nouvelles à vous transmettre au sujet du service de relais vidéo (SRV) canadien.

En février, nous vous confirmions que l’ACS avez émis un appel d'offres afin de sélectionner des fournisseurs d'interprétation vidéo.

Cette période est maintenant complétée et l’ACS a le plaisir de vous annoncer que trois entreprises ont été sélectionnées afin d'offrir leurs services pour le SRV canadien.

Le Service d’interprétation visuelle et tactile (Sivet) a été choisi pour prendre en charge la plupart des appels en LSQ. Depuis bientôt 25 ans, cet organisme à but non lucratif dont le siège social se situe à Montréal offre des services d’interprétation aux personnes sourdes, malentendantes et sourdes-aveugles francophones.

Le SRV principal qui a été sélectionné pour l’ensemble du projet est CONVO. Il s’agit d’une entreprise gérée par des personnes sourdes. Établie aux États-Unis, elle possède une très vaste expérience des SRV.

L'entreprise Sign Language Interpreting Associates Ottawa, Inc. (SLIAO), a également été retenue comme fournisseur de services supplémentaires de SRV en ASL. SLIAO est une entreprise communautaire qui offre des services d'interprétation au Canada depuis près de 20 ans et, plus récemment, elle offre aussi des services d’interprétation vidéo.

CONVO collaborera également avec l’ACS afin de développer et de mettre sur pied les normes de mise en application tout en étant responsable de la formation des deux autres fournisseurs de SRV afin d'assurer la qualité et l'accessibilité des services à offrir.

Maintenant que nos fournisseurs sont sélectionnés, nous pouvons commencer à mettre sur pied un centre d'appel tout en intégrant la plate-forme technologique vidéo nécessaire.

De plus, l’ACS effectue également des tests sur les applications que vous pourrez utiliser lorsque le SRV canadien sera lancé cet automne.  Ces applications fonctionneront sur les plateformes PC, Mac, iOS, de même que sur les appareils Android.

Nous avons encore beaucoup de pain sur la planche, mais nous faisons d'excellents progrès afin que le SRV canadien devienne réalité.

Demeurez à l’affût des nouvelles en visitant notre site Web à www.acs-cav.ca et inscrivez-vous afin de recevoir toutes nos mises à jour.

Merci,


Sue Decker
Directrice générale, ACS
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) Job Posting



DMV2016 says "Thank You"

Thank You!


168,000 voters with disabilities in Manitoba, five key priorities, 77 partner agencies, 16 constituency teams, dozens of events, 5,000 election signs, 10,000 buttons, 6 video rants, 1 Great Disability Debate and thousands of dedicated volunteer hours culminated in one big celebration and many new friends.


A campaign that started as a dreamy idea over coffee became bigger and more successful than we could ever have imagined. Your support made this campaign a success. This is not an ending, this is a beginning.

If you didn't have a chance to attend the event last night, you can see the video of the remarks and our final video by clicking here.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

DMV2016- 5 hours left to make a vote!!

Five More Hours to Vote


You have 5 more hours to get to the polls and make your choice. Your vote, your choice could mean the difference between real progress on disability issues through to 2020 and beyond, on the one hand, or more years of inadequate resources and attention, on the other.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. today. Click here to find your Voting place.

Why you should vote today!


 

Also, please come and celebrate with DMV2016 - ALL WELCOME!
TYC Event Centre (located at the Canad Inns Polo Park)
7 pm - 11pm

7 pm - doors open
7:30 - light refreshments
8 pm - watch election results roll in on the big screen
8:30 - light refreshments
9:00 (ish) - formal program / message to supporters (ASL & note-taking present)

We'll also be live on Periscope at various times throughout the evening - be sure to keep an eye on your Twitter feed to tune in, or catch up on the recordings that will be available for 24 hours after the event.

Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Tools and Links

Link to Party responses
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Update from City of Winnipeg-Additional consultation for proposed zoning change for south of Corydon Avenue

City of 

Winnipeg

Additional consultation is planned regarding proposed zoning change from R1 to R2 south of Corydon Avenue

The City would like to thank all those who submitted their feedback on the Corydon Osborne Area Plan implementation at the open house, by email, and through online surveys. We received over 150 submissions. 
   
The Winnipeg Public Service has reviewed the feedback that has been submitted up to this point. 
   
We would like to provide a brief summary of what we have heard so far.


1. The majority of respondents support the Planned Development Overlay (PDO) and the design review process that would be required for developments other than single-family residential.

2.
The majority of respondents also support the proposed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning district, which would allow additional height and density for properties that are immediately adjacent to rapid transit stations.

3. For the Medium Density Residential, Higher Density Residential, and Low Rise Mixed Use Residential Areas, which are primarily north of Corydon Avenue, the majority of respondents support rezoning properties from “R1” to “R2”.

4. For the Lower Density Residential Area, which is south of Corydon Avenue, and includes the streets Jessie Avenue, Warsaw Avenue, and Mulvey Avenue,  feedback on rezoning properties from “R1” to “R2” was mixed.  While some respondents in this area support the proposed rezoning, we received a number of responses that indicated concerns with the proposed zoning change. 

Based on this feedback, the Public Service has determined that for the proposed rezoning from “R1” to “R2” in the Lower Density Residential Area, additional engagement will be carried out prior to the scheduling of a public hearing.
   
Next Step – Continuing the Conversation

The City will undertake further public engagement for the proposed change from “R1” to “R2” in the Lower Density Residential Area.  This will include a workshop focused on the rezonings, including options. There will also be tools to engage online. 
   
It is anticipated that public engagement for the next phase of the project will take place in June 2016
, including a workshop. The City will notify residents in the Lower Density Residential Area by mail once we have confirmed details. 
   
For more info: email ppdcorydon@winnipeg.ca
or visit the project website at http://winnipeg.ca/ppd/corydon/.

Disability Matters Vote 2016---- PLEASE VOTE TODAY!!

Please Vote Today


The most powerful thing you can do, is exercise your right to vote. 
Polls are open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. today. Click here to find your Voting place.

Why you should vote today!


 

Also, please come and celebrate with DMV2016 - ALL WELCOME!
TYC Event Centre (located at the Canad Inns Polo Park)
7 pm - 11pm

7 pm - doors open
7:30 - light refreshments
8 pm - watch election results roll in on the big screen
8:30 - light refreshments
9:00 (ish) - formal program / message to supporters (ASL & note-taking present)

We'll also be live on Periscope at various times throughout the evening - be sure to keep an eye on your Twitter feed to tune in, or catch up on the recordings that will be available for 24 hours after the event.

Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Tools and Links

Link to Party responses
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Link to the Tool kit
Link to the Voters Guide
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Monday, 18 April 2016

Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind (RCMDB) Volunteer Drivers needed!


Organizational Description:
The Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind (RCMDB) is a non-profit organization that provides services for adults who have various degrees of vision and hearing loss.

Description of Duties:
RCMDB is looking for volunteer drivers to go with Deaf-Blind individuals in your own vehicle to their appointments and then pick them up to return home. Volunteers will be working one on one with a Deaf-Blind individual. Cross Cultural training will be provided by RCMDB.

Skills Gained:
This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in pro-tactile communication skills. Utilize existing skills, gain valuable career-related experience, make a profound difference in the life of one individual and contribute to strengthen your community.

Skills Required:
The volunteer will assist with mobility guiding, transportation, and environmental orientation. Trust and commitment are an important part of volunteering.



Interested volunteers, please contact Angela Mayen at amayen-obregon@rcmdb.net to obtain further information and opportunities for training. All volunteer drivers must have a good driving record, a safe non smoking vehicle and provide both a drivers abstract and a criminal record check. Parking and mileage can be logged and kept for reimbursement.


Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD)- Annual General Meeting- May 5th, 2016


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA) announcement


ATTENTION:

New Manitoba Deaf Board for 2016-2017:

President- Sheila Montney
Vice President-Jordan Sangalang
Secretary-Sherry Clark
Treasurer-Doug Momotiuk
Winnipeg Director-Charlene Arnold
Rural Director- Doug Cosens

Thank you to Gunars Butkans (ex-President) and Tricia Amaro (ex-Secretary) for their time during 2015-2016. Congratulation to the new Board members!

New Board would like to say THANK YOU to MDA Members for their support toward them and will look forward to make sure MDA a strong organization for you:)

Sheila Montney
President
Manitoba Deaf Association

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Communication Services of the Deaf : Beyond Inclusion

Disability Matters Vote 2016- What do your Candidates Think?

What Do Your Candidates Think?


Still deciding who to vote for? We hope these tools will help you decide.

Candidate Views

We asked all Candidates to answer two questions and the answers are in (or not in depending on the candidate). The percentage of candidates from each party who answered the questions:

The Manitoba Party 46.7%
Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba 47.3%
The Manitoba Liberal Party 52.9%
The Green Party of Manitoba 54.8%
The New Democratic Party 100%

Also of interest, which party leaders answered our questions:

Rana Bokhari, Manitoba Liberal Party (Fort Rouge) - Yes
James Beddome, Green Party (Fort Garry-Riverview) - Yes
Gary Marshall, The Manitoba Party (Kildonan) - Yes
Brian Pallister - PCs (Forty Whyte) - No
Greg Sellinger, NDP (St. Boniface) - Yes

Click here to find your constituency and read your candidates responses.

Where Parties Stand on Five Priority Issues
Read up on Where Parties Stand on the 5 Key Priorities.

Come Rally With Us
Last chance to participate in DMV2016 events!
Street Rally: Friday April 15 - Osborne Street Bridge (Northbound) from 7:45 am - 8:45 am
Street Rally: Monday April 18 - Norwood Bridge (Southbound) from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Last Rant - Dignified Income
Please share the latest rant with your friends and on social media or by email.
https://youtu.be/YKUgyjqC9Rg

MOST IMPORTANT! Plan to Vote
You can vote in advance polls right now! Or wait until election day on Tuesday April 19. Click here to find your advance or Election Day voting information.

Celebrate with DMV2016
Plan to attend our celebration after you vote at at the Tijuana Yacht Club at 7 pm (located at the Canad Inns Polo Park) 

Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Tools and Links

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