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Picnic in the Park Photos

The sky was cloudy and rain was lurking, but the sun came out for a little while to shine on the Picnic in the Park to kick off the celebrations for DCS's 30 years of providing exemplary services to families and children.

CARF Re-accreditation

The Deaf Children's Society of BC recently received new 3-year accreditation from CARF. 

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) had this to say about DCS.

Thank you!

Over the past weekend, I had the pleasure to attend a small but very entertaining fundraising event for DCS hosted by long-time friends of the agency.

I would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU! to all the attendees and the hosts... you were very generous and kind, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new and old friends, catching up on news, and seeing how supportive the Deaf community is of DCS.

Rest assured that your donations will be put to good use, to ensure that our community continues to grow and thrive...

Grace Szakun

The Deaf Children's Society of BC would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and students past and present of Grace Szakun, a dear friend and teacher, who contributed so much to the Deaf community.  She was funny, witty and wise, loved life, and gave happily and generously to all. Grace will always be remembered as a friend and great supporter of DCS.

Grace, we will carry you in our hearts forever.

Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language

Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language is a beautifully done film that no parent should miss.

The video can be viewed here:

(not captioned)

or here:


Advantages of Early Visual Language

VL2 has just released a new research brief on the Advantages of Early Visual Language.  The link to the article is here.  The link may take a moment to upload.

Captioned Movies

I very rarely go to movie theatres, mostly because Rear Window captioning isn't that great.  Foreign movies, with subtitles, are much easier to view, but I don't always have the time to search for where these are being shown.

In a recent conversation with a friend, she mentioned that open captioned films are readily available in the theatres in Bellingham.  Movies have been much more accessible for the Deaf in the United States, but it had never occurred to me to head south for a night at the movies. 

'To Be Visual or Not to Be Visual: The Hard of Hearing Child' by Roger Carver

Roger Carver, a former Director of the Deaf Children's Society of BC, wrote numerous articles and essays on the subject of deafness, deaf culture, and ASL while at DCS.  Mr. Carver is currently Executive Director of Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  His writing has always been thoughtful, useful, and ahead of its time. One such article is "To Be Visual or Not to Be Visual: The Hard of Hearing Child".

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