Friday, 25 May 2018

Winnipeg Church of The Deaf | Camp Kakepitay | Newsletter | Winnipeg Church of The Deaf 100th Anniversary at Camp Kakepitay

BFM's Last Major Accessibility-Rights Campaign to Launch May 29th

We are launching what will likely be BFM’s last major accessibility-rights campaign on May 29th and we NEED your help.

Barrier-Free Manitoba has grown increasingly concerned about significant shortfalls in the government’s implementation of the landmark Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA). We’ve done our best to raise these concerns with the responsible government officials over the past 18 months but without the timely responses and robust results we would have hoped (and expected).

So we have become increasingly public with our concerns, the first step being the March 2018 release of a principled report card on implementation efforts to date. The government scored poorly on five of the nine principles at the time. Regrettably, we had to lower the mark given to a sixth principle on a recently updated version of the report card (attached).

But we need to move well beyond this. Based on a session we hosted with disability-related and allied organizations on May 7th (we've attached the meeting notes for your review), BFM has decided to take the next major step forward.

We plan to launch a major public accessibility-rights campaign on Tuesday, May 29th. Called “Broken Promise”, the campaign will culminate on June 20 with the public consultation event being held in Winnipeg on June 20, 2018 that is being hosted by Ms. Theresa Harvey Pruden as part of her compulsory four-year review of the AMA.

9:00 am to Noon
Registration at 8:30 am
Viscount Gort Hotel, Main Floor, Royal B and C
1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB

BFM’s Broken Promise campaign is expected to include:
  • An online and printed post card for groups and individuals to sign onto / send in to express their disappointment with the implementation of the AMA to date and to call for major changes/improvements over the short, medium and long term.
  • The development and distribution of reference materials that focus on key areas of disappointment that were highlighted during discussions at the May 7th meeting.
  • A series of short video spots by persons with disabilities related to these key areas.
  • Extensive use of social media to promote awareness and engagement.
  • Active encouragement for persons with disabilities and disability-engaged groups and individuals to attend the June 20th public consultation event.
We believe that the campaign’s success will be critical to ensuring the full and timely implementation of the AMA - an Act that holds out so much promise of better futures for 200,000 Manitobans with disabilities (and their families) and that we all worked so hard to get enacted in December 2013.

As said above, we NEED your help. Here’s what we’re asking of you:
  1. Actively amplify the campaign and its messages by sharing them with your constituents and network and by liking/sharing our FaceBook posts and liking and retweeting our tweets.
  2. Referring to our key areas of disappointment in sharing your thoughts on the limitations of AMA implementation to date with others (including Ms. Harvey Pruden who we understand has already reached out to selective disability organizations)
  3. Helping us get as many organizations (yours included) and individuals to sign onto our online/print post card. We’ll provide you with the link to the online version of the post card and details of where you can pick up printed versions on May 29th. 
  4. Registering to attend the public consultation on the AMA scheduled for June 20 in Winnipeg and encouraging your constituents to do the same. We’ve attached the registration form that Ms. Harvey Pruden is asking people to complete and submit to the Disability Issues Office.
The Broken Promise campaign will likely also be the last of Barrier-Free Manitoba’s major public campaigns given our plans to cease operations in December 2018. We hope that you will help make this final one even more successful and be even more impactful than the others we have ran over the last decade.

We look forward to providing you with an update on our May 29th launch date. Between now and then, we’ve got a whole lot of work to get done.

Thank you for your ongoing interest, support and assistance.

Upward and onward!


Patrick Falconer
Consultant to the Barrier-Free Manitoba Steering Committee
Social media: twitter / facebook / daily digest

Articles To Read | Home Accessibility & Comfort

Hello everyone,

Below are some interesting links to articles that could be helpful to our readers. The topics involve home-related informational articles.


Annual Meeting | Manitoba Deaf Dart Club | 18 June 2018 | Deaf Centre Manitoba

MSD Graduation Ceremony & Celebration | Class of 2018 | Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Friday, 18 May 2018

Wireless Data Plan Costs Survey 2018


Wireless Data Plan Costs Survey 2018
  1. Do you have expensive Wireless Data Plans?
  2. Do you use your smartphone primarily for video communications?
  3. Frustrations with your accessibility plan with wireless companies?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this new survey is for you!
Please take 15-25 minutes to answer questions.

Online version available in 4 Languages & Deaf-Blind Accessible.

English/ASL Survey Link:

English/ASL Deaf-Blind Link:

If you wish to have a text survey in MS Word (or Adobe Acrobat PDF) format, please feel free to e-mail to for a replying e-mail with a survey in attachment in document format.

These following organizations thank you for your participation to help us respond to the CRTC TNC 2018-98:
Our partnering group (DWCC et al) appreciates the time you take to fill this survey out, as the goal is to collect evidence that Wireless Data Plan costs continue to be a challenge for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of hearing ASL and LSQ Canadians.

When sharing on social media, please use these hashtags:

#WirelessDataPlanCosts #DeafWirelessCanada #ASLandLSQCanada 

Thank you from DWCC et al

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

National AccessAbility Week 2018 | We are fast approaching National AccessAbility Week 2018, which runs from May 27 – June 2, 2018. This Week celebrates the contributions of people with disabilities and impairments, their communities and workplaces.

AANM at the Forks for book Reading for children between 1 - 3 pm will ASL

AANM will be at the Forks this coming up Saturday.
Share with members:
AANM at the Forks for book Reading for children between 1 - 3 pm will ASL

You Are Her(e) by Angela Chalmers

Please feel free to share with any individuals/families or artists in your community that  may want to join us this Saturday.


Accessibility Symposium, 8:30 am – Noon, June 12, 2018
Main Floor, Viscount Gort, Winnipeg
The event is free, the learning is priceless.

Understand accessibility from the perspective of Manitobans requiring customer service and those delivering it, moderated by Janet Steward, CBC News:

Learn why accessibility is embraced by large Manitoba retailers such as IKEA, small non-profit organizations like the Woodland Pioneer Museum, and other business associations. 

Hear personal stories from Manitobans like Brandon University Student, Whitney Hodgins:  “The Accessibility for Manitobans Act is a bid for accepting people for who they are.  Inclusion needs acceptance in order for it to work.” 

Receive new tools and lessons from keynote speaker Alfred Spencer, who will explain how The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005) has paved the way toward accessibility. 

This year’s program gives special consideration to businesses and organizations that must comply with the Customer Service Standard by November 2018.  

Following the symposium, the DIO will host a Lunch and Learn on the topic of “procurement” (contracting services) to build organizational accessibility.  The capacity is 30 persons, so please register soon.

Hope to see you there!

Ask us about the new accessibility standard affecting your business in November 2018 and how we can help.

Winnipeg Church of the Deaf celebrates its 100 years! | Join us at Camp Kakepitay | 3 August 2018 - 6 August 2018

Hello everyone,

The Winnipeg Church of the Deaf (WCD) with be hosting an event at Camp Kakepitay to celebrate its 100th Anniversary.

It will be held from Friday, August 3rd (after 3:00 pm) until Monday, August 6th (before 12:30 pm).

I will be the chair person for the event and we are currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out please contact me at

Please read below or the attachment for more information and to register for the event.
 Thanks, Mar Koskie


New AODA Alliance Video Reveals Serious Accessibility Problems at New and Renovated Toronto Public Transit Stations


Grassroots Disability Coalition's Powerful New Video Shows Serious Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Public Transit Stations in Toronto, As the Future of Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Looms as an Ontario Election Issue

May 15, 2018 Toronto: As part of its effort to raise disability issues in the Ontario election, the AODA Alliance today makes public a striking new online video that reveals serious disability accessibility barriers in several new and recently renovated Toronto-area public transit stations, built with public money. This includes the six new TTC stations from Downsview Park to Vaughn Metropolitan Centre, the new Union-Pearson Express line's Weston and Bloor stations, and the new Go Transit concourse at Union Station.

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky guides you on a tour of barriers that hurt people with blindness, low vision, mobility disabilities, dyslexia, balance issues, fatiguing conditions, cognitive disabilities and more. These include problems with such things as train platforms, stairs, elevators, doors, ramps, signage, and more.

Short 16 minute version:

Long 30 minute version:

"With politicians making election promises to spend huge sums on public infrastructure, 1.9 million Ontarians with a physical, mental, sensory or other disability want to know what Ontario's next Government will do to ensure that new public transit stations are never built with accessibility barriers like those we expose in this new video, especially when spending public money," said David Lepofsky, chair of the non-partisan AODA Alliance which spearheads advocacy on accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities. "Last year, our last online video went viral, which exposed serious accessibility problems at the new Ryerson University Student Learning Centre. People cannot believe that in the 21st century, new disability barriers are still being created in our built environment. We're hoping our new video will help drive candidates in this election to make strong commitments for new action to strengthen and breathe new life into Ontario's laws on accessibility for people with disabilities. "

Most people mistakenly think all new buildings in Ontario must be accessible to people with disabilities, and that design professionals like architects must be properly trained on accessible design. This video disproves both.

In the June 7 Ontario election, the AODA Alliance is pressing the parties for pledges on disability accessibility, not just in the built environment but in all aspects of Ontario life. The AODA Alliance will soon make public the responses received.

"We're poised to leap into social media like Twitter to spread the word on our new video, as part of our election blitz, using the hashtag #DisabilityVoteCounts," said Lepofsky "Ontario is now behind schedule for becoming fully accessible to people with disabilities by 2025, the deadline that Ontario's Disabilities Act requires. We're asking candidates for Premier to tell us what they will do to get Ontario back on schedule. This video shows in jaw-dropping detail why this is important for all Ontarians. Everyone has a disability now or is bound to get one later, as they age!"

All, including the media, are free to link to or broadcast this video. This video has audio description for persons with vision loss and captioning for persons with hearing loss.

Contact: David Lepofsky, Twitter: @aodaalliance @davidlepofsky

Helpful Background Links

2017 AODA Alliance video on accessibility problems at Ryerson University's Student Learning Centre:
12 minute version:
30 minute version:

2016 AODA Alliance video on accessibility problems at the new Centennial College Culinary Arts Centre
5 minute version:
18 minute version:

More on the AODA Alliance's non-partisan blitz to raise disability accessibility issues in the June 2018 Ontario election is available at:

More on the AODA Alliance's campaign for accessibility in the built environment is at:

More on the AODA Alliance's efforts to make transportation accessible in Ontario is at

All the news on the AODA Alliance's multi-year campaign for accessibility in Ontario is at:

2018 AEIP Appreciation BBQ | Come and Join! | 23 May 2018 | 5PM - 7PM

Monday, 14 May 2018

Using iPad and iPhone with Hearing Loss Info Session | Global Accessibility Awareness Day | 17 May 2018 | Hosted by Apple Polo Park | 4PM

Apple Polo Park is hosting an event on 17 May 2018 for Global Accessibility Awareness Day, "Using iPad and iPhone with Hearing Loss" at 4PM. It is a one-hour session that covers the basics of FaceTime, LED Flash Alerts, and more. An interpreter will be present as well. Interested participants must register.

These sessions are all FREE, and do not require ownership of Apple devices, but we will only exclusively be training on Apple devices. 

To register:

1. Visit Deaf Resource Center during business hours to register in person
3. Contact Jesse Knox, Manager of Apple Polo Park
          Phone: 204.777.4500

Apple Polo Park would like to partner up with Deaf Resource Centre to accommodate the Deaf community with their Apple products, on how to use them, learn more about their devices, teach content that would support and inspire people to use Apple devices to do more than they realized possible. We would love to hear your feedback. Please, feel free to send your requests of seminars or trainings at the DRC front desk or so we can organize a seminar for you.

We encourage people to attend these seminars that way we can provide you with the best possible service for you.

Other seminars being offered at Apple Polo Park could be found on this website,

Friday, 11 May 2018

UPDATED DATE | Notice of Meeting | Manitoba Deaf Association Inc. | 6 September 2018

An Important App Updates for MAC & PC Users

SRV Canada VRS

Dear Subscribers,

SRS Canada VRS continually strives to provide a quality user experience for our customers. As such, we recently released software updates for the Mac and PC app.

This update is important!

To start the update process, please close and reopen your app. The update should occur automatically.

If not, we have posted additional update instructions on our website. 

Also, for instructions on updating your Mac you can watch "How to install and de-install Live Video Plugin on Mac - Step Two" video.

For instructions on updating your PC you can watch "How to Install and de-install Live Video Plugin on a Windows Computer (PC) – Step Two" video.

Thank you

SRV Canada VRS Customer Service Team

Storytelling at The Forks | ASL Interpreted | 19 May 2018

May 19th at the Forks There will be two storybook readings interpreted in ASL, one from 1:00-2:00 pm and the second from 2:00-3:00 pm! This is a great opportunity to enjoy storytelling for young and old alike!


Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf

Share Your Story & Win! | National Speech & Hearing Awareness Month With The Canadian Hearing Society


Have you overcome barriers in life because you’re Deaf or Hard of Hearing?

Please join us by sharing your story about how you overcame barriers to participation—at home, in school, at your job and in the community.

By sharing your story, you are helping to inspire others who may be struggling with barriers of their own.

In honour of National Speech and Hearing Awareness Month, please help us raise awareness and dollars to break down barriers for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians, and build a stronger, more inclusive country for all.

Plus, you can win great prizes!

Here’s how it works…

1. Get Votes. Go to to upload your story in photo, print or video format. We’ll send you a web link to your story to share with your friends and family by email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Ask everyone to vote for your story daily and you could win a weekly or grand prize. (Truth is, everyone wins when you help to spread the word!)

2. Get Donations. Please ask your friends and family to consider making a donation to the cause. (Donors can win a prize too!) Proceeds support the Canadian Hearing Society
National Scholarship Program.

For more information about the campaign, including contest rules and prize listings, please visit

Special kudos to CHS Corporate Partner
Enginess for the prizes and helping to make this initiative possible.

Best of luck!

Pam Feldman
Director, Fundraising and Scholarships 

Canadian Hearing Society 271 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2V3
Phone: 1.866.518.0000 ext. 4011  |  TTY: 1.877.215.9530  |  Email:

Wednesday, 9 May 2018



Free performance 
Zi ASL Dancer
Friday May 11 @ 8-8:20 pm
R.A. Steen Community Centre Gym 
980 Palmerston Ave. Winnipeg, MB

Zi-Name Sign-draw “Z” with “i” finger in front of the body. Pronounce zed eye 👁Z👁.
Zi is a gifted dancer and certified ASL interpreter. (Ms. Iris Margaret Perchaluk)

She specializes in interpreting English songs into ASL while she dances.
Come watch beauty in motion as Zi artistically blends her deep love for ASL and Dance.
Everyone is invited to enjoy this powerful and important performance.


Wolseley’s Envision 2018 Festival of the Arts

Envision’s mission is to celebrates the huge amount of artistic talent that lives and works in our Wolseley-West Broadway community. The festival showcases all forms of the arts; painters, sculptors, authors, poets, photographers, filmmakers, singers, dancers, music, theatre.

We have workshops, book readings, a reading corner, a cafe and some pop -up artists that push the boundaries of what is art.
You will also be able to win original pieces of art at our raffle table or win a host of gift certificates in our Eating in Wolseley Contest.
Friday 11 May 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 12 May 11:00am – 5:00pm

We love volunteers so get in touch with us at
Two hours of your time will go along way to making the festival a success.